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Eric Fischer Captures First Win in First ECS CC Final in Event 9

By Edgar Perez

Englishtown, NJ, 10/29/05 - Yet another make-up race today for East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication. Today we made up the rainout from just the prior weekend, 10/22. Turnout was hurt slightly due to the unforeseen makeup date for the unforeseen rain. The reward was cool racing weather, perhaps too cool with DA reading in the negative numbers on every weather station checked. Clouds and a slight cross-wind were in the forecast. We had both a bracket race and a heads-up Pro 8 race today with 53 Corvettes making first round for brackets and 8 for the Pro 8 of which 3 partook in both classes. Our most notable appearance today was Kyle Nikola, who in the midst of a tight Rookie of the Year race, started his day in the Buckeye State where he attends Ohio State University. This trip was after he flew in last week when the event was rained out. We have to give Kyle a pat on the back for his effort.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner Up Bob Korreck Runner-up Korreck and Winner Eric Fischer Winner Eric Fischer

It was crunch time as this was the next to last points and drivers were looking to jockey for position either to meet personal goals or salvage what is left of the points chase. Several drivers made it out to the track from some practice on Friday night including Bob Korreck, Ken Rammer, Doug Bereczki, several non-points racers and myself. Rob Farley lead the charge out for Round 1 and was quick to score a win when he face Joel Fellman and put the light on him with .041 as Fellman broke out trying to stay ahead of him. Incidentally, I would like to thank Rob for helping out with writing some of our recent articles. He has decided to discontinue writing at the moment as his work schedule and baby schedule are keeping him busy. George Geipel got off to a good start as he caught John Trescott sleeping on the tree and took the first round win. Al Conner got himself a new set of ET Streets for the C4 and was hooking well but hooked too will in this round catching the ugly red light with a -.054 giving "new personal best" Don Benson the in his 11.15 dialed Z06. John Panuzzo cut a -001 to Eric Fischer on his start to the eventual win. Fischer must have seen it and left late on his tree and running 11.95 on 11.89 dial. Glenn Schaul was back out racing with us but lack of seat bit as he was late on the tree making it a easy win for Chris Young, who again was short on luck with his own car but high on luck in the his borrowed, or "rented" car from Frank Schear. CCDV member Mike Campbell also ended a long hiatus and cam out smokin' with a .021 light and a win on his opponentís red light.

With the field cut in half for Round 2 we were on a ladder. Devon Bole drew Farley and tried his best to tree him but was on the red side with a -.005 to Farley's .008 as the driver we near heads-up at 13.44 to 13.47. Dan Millen, sporting a new to him C5, was on the losing side of his race with Don Peppler Jr. but left happy as he achieved his goal of an 11 second pass with a an 11.994 on 12.19 dial. He was trying to make for his light causing the breakout. Former points leader went down in this round at the hands of George Geipel who cut a .025 light to move into the next round. In a perpetual rematch, we had Ralph Savarese against "Perfect" Ken Rammer. Ken was far from perfect however as beat him on tree this time by a 10th and went on for the win. Korreck used a .040 light to eliminate Tony Buonassisi, who's .070 light was not enough to hold back the rookie on his was to the finals. Speaking of rookies, rookies Ken Gallasio and Kyle Nikola each went out in this round and will have to get some help if they want to capture the Rookie cup at the next race.

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Fourteen cars left for Round 3 Farley led them out again. Of course he repeated his tree chopping day with a .034 to .064 by Don Peppler who either missed a shift or spun bad out of the hole because he could not run his number by half a second. Eric Fischer was following suit by cutting a .013 against Don Benson went red just a few ticks after Fischer left the line. In a rematch of the previous final, Savarese had to again face his nephew Chris Young. The 1 and 2 in points meet again. Young was going to have to take the win to close some ground on his uncle. Young in, Mojo's car, did a burnout that completely covered the car at the line. When the tree dropped, the smoke must not have cleared as Young cut a late light compared to his time runs and left Savarese a 10th to work with. You just can do that to a former champ and current points leader and Savarese sent him packing again. Geipel took another win this round taking a half-tenth tree advantage over Bob Sebrowski and running 13.580 on 13.55 dial. James Peins took a .020 light for a win over Rob Zona who went red as well. In the final pair of the round, Korreck won a close one over Frank Fiori with the light almost identical and Korreck running 12.780 on 12.74 dial to Fiori's 12.359 on 12.31 dial.

Three pair and bye in Round 4 which went to Korreck and we would be on our way to the semi finals. Farley led us out again in what was probably the closest race of the day. Farley left with a .044 on a 13.46 dial as Fischer waited. With his C5 dialed 11.86, Fischer waited and left with a .040 light. With a .004 tree advantage, Fischer finished the package with a .01 over run of 11.870 and Farley with a .013 over 12.473 dial and trip back home for his efforts. The next pair out was Al Betz, who usually does well when he makes a race and red hot Geipel. Once again, we are reminded that we must check our dials on the boards before we leave. Why? Because Betz runs a 12 second car but his dial was 10.00. The tower made a mistake and Betz did not realize it before he left so there was no way he could catch Geipel with the 10.0 dial. Geipel realized Betz wasn't catching him and lifted for the win. Check your dials! Savarese got Peins in the quarter final. Peins ran .21 over his dial and that was too much room for a win against Savarese so Ralph moved on.

Two pair left for Round 5. Fischer would leave first this time with an 11.85 dial to Savarese's 11.23. But wait a minute. That is not what the boards said. The 11.23 was on Fischer's side. Luckily checking the board was fresh on his mind as Betz was over and we were all talking about it before the round. Fischer did not stage and notified a track official the dials were incorrect and got them correct. We are still not sure if Ralph picked up on it though. Then Fischer left on Savarese with a .020 light and Savarese followed with a red light leaving .024 too early. Fischer was in his first Corvette Challenge final. Now Korreck would face Geipel who was looking for his first final appearance. Korreck was runner up in '05 Event 5. Korreck got the light with a .026 to Geipel's .075 and they ran it out. Geipel unfortunately ran it under , 13.552 on 13.63 dial while Korreck was safe at 12.783 on 12.73 dial and he was on his way to the second final.

Round 6 and the Final round had finally come. This was a long day as the cold weather lead to frequent delays for heating and track prepping and some oil downs but the final was finally here at about 7 PM. And wouldn't you know, two C5's in the final would ensure and event win for the C5. Korreck would leave first as Fischer was the quicker car at 11.83. As soon as Korreck leaves, we see two lights....Korreck's red and Fischerís win. Korreck had left early by .040 and Fischer captures his first Corvette Challenge win. Eric's dad and brother were on hand to see the win as they usually are. Interesting, dad, Bill, told use he had told Eric earlier in the day that he was going to win. Now Eric joins his father with Fischer family wins as Bill won '04 Event 6

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No Stopping Team CCDV in the Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup Competition

While clinching the Club Challenge cup cannot be done until we see how many drivers the second place team brings to the next race, it is safe to say that Corvette Challenge sponsor, The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, will, again, hold the cup. The County Corvette Association, (CCA1) would have to bring about 100 club members to the final race to take that Cup. CCDV drivers hold a 137 to 36 point lead now. CCA1 had only one driver make it out today, Al Conner. CCDV had 8 today and earned a 4 point bonus with Rob Farley and Al Betz making Round 4. In addition, they received 8 points from 8 drivers in attendance. 2005 Club Challenge Standings.

Bob Korreck Almost a Lock for 2005 Silly Goose Racing Stables Rookie of the Year Race

Bob Korreck scored his second final appearance the year and despite missing the first three races of the season, put himself in the Top 10 and opened a 6 point lead on Kyle Nikola for the Rookie race. Neil Vermicelli, third in the Rookie points also has a chance of catching Korreck being 7 points back. Korreck clinches with 2 round wins if both show, or 1 round win if only Vernarelli shows. Nikola, away at Ohio University, may not be able to make the next race but he gave it a good try flying in last week for the race that was eventually rained out and driving from Ohio this morning to for today's race. This year's Rookie class once again impressed us all and we look forward to the battle next week. Rookie Points Standings click here

Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Eric Fischer went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Korreck went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Ralph Savarese and George Geipel who won $75 cash.
  • Rob Zona won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash was presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Rob Zona was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .001.
  • John Panuzzo won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). John Panuzzo's light was -0.001 and was rewarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Joe Donnelly won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .015 off his dial. Joe Donnelly was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsRalph Blauvelt won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0122. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Ralph Blauvelt earned a Zaino starter package that includes Z1, Z2, Z6, Z7 and a polish pad.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by United Racing. With 61 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

The next race, and our final points race, will be on November 5, 2005 at 9 AM. Not only will we have the bracket racing but The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft will also have its final points race of the season. For pure entertainment and excitement, this is one race to bring your friends to. Visit the Drag Schedule at to view the schedule.

East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers and spectators hopeful of winning the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $460. Tony Buonassisi won the 50/50 and received $230. The Corvette Challenge donated the other half to St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge.

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