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EAST COAST SUPERCHARGING CORVETTE CHALLENGE EVENT 3 SETS NATIONAL ET RECORD!!!
Tom Anderson Wins Event 3 In a Tom and Jerry Show!

By Sheila Murchan

From ECSCC news wire - Sat., April 1, 2006: First time winner Tom Anderson earns automatic Pro Stock entry to U.S. Nationals, with a qualifying run of 5.08! Reigning champ Anderson so distraught at being up-staged, he's scrapped his GTO for a C4 - and claims TA as his long lost twin (born several years apart). [Future race winners not driving white C4's will receive the "I Felt a Chill" award, presented by Apparition Racing.]

Ok, ok - couldn't let the event date go unsung. But there seemed to be several "April Fool's!" moments this past Saturday - from the track opening at 11 (posted for noon); the SheDevil made it through tech before first time-shot {pffft! }; rain / hail / wind (no locusts, but there was a 'cat & mouse' final!); and TA does have a time slip showing that 5.08 ET…..the dreaded hotdog wrapper blows by again. Rain & antifreeze dampened some dreams [grrrrr-asket; mea culpa - but mega thx to Dr. John/Bob/Frank/et al], giving first-rounders more time to contemplate their dials (or pray for wash-out!). Nonetheless, a great day at the track was enjoyed by the fans, sponsors, and the 73+ cars who came to spring ahead.

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Runner Up Group Winner
Runner up Jerry Muniz does a burnout
Photo by John Panuzzo
Bob Trieschmann, Winner Tom Anderson, Runner up Jerry Muniz and his wife Vanessa
Photo by Chris Young
Winner Tom Anderson
Photo by Chris Young

Several competitors found themselves with only one practice run, which made first round 'jitters' an understatement. There were 10 break-outs, 7 double break-outs, 3 uncharacteristic late lights, and a dozen red lights thinned the herd. Many of those pre-greens came from stout racers - such as Rich Shuleski: a -.003, which earned him Raceway Park's "Almost Perfect" award plaque. Round one saw some great matches, with Chris Haase coming "Ohh So Close" - a Zaino starter kit for losing by .0057, treeing Muniz with an .054 RT. That race not only put Jerry on the road to the final, but also earned him the CCDV's "Closest to Dial" award - 12.154 on a 12.14 dial (yes, the C6 had to earn that stripe, & tech card too!). Car number 6845 proved first it was a good day for those named Anderson, as Jason took a commanding win with a .004 RT - the John Panuzzo Jr award honors - and ran 11.046 on a 11.00 dial, a tight package that forced Al Betz to run it to a break-out. John Policastro of United Racing vied for best RT with a .005, and a .007 RT converts Farley to "Bond, Rob Bond" "....close heads up, stirred but not shaken by Gino Spina". Some other close races: Abbruzze v. Calicchia; Leader v. Paterno; T. Anderson v. Bereczki; Higgins v. Ramer; Rudolf v. Fischer, Sr..

Second round had 3 double break-outs, with Abbruzze besting Young; Farley over Smith; and Mike Hoffman over event one winner Joe Signore. Don Peppler Jr. won a squeaker over last race runner-up Eric Fischer (video). 15 competitors began round 3, starting with the ghost ships - white '91 of Tom Anderson put last event winner Jim Kovitch's '88 on spectator duty. Ron Higgins carried his adopted 'Fisch-ette' all the way to the semi's (rd 5) with a .031 RT, which caught last season's champ Ralph Savarese off his game (video).

Corvettes in the Lanes
Photo by Chris Young

Round 4 produced solid RT's and dials from all four semi-finalists, advancing Higgins, Anderson, Farley & Muniz - and Jason Anderson's C5 missing a perfect light by -.001 (ouch). The semi finals were both decided by red (perhaps a tad eager for daylight savings? ). Both Farley & Higgins ran out their dials anyway - again, extremely close (hmmm, two sharks sharing same fate - sounds fishy…). This set up a final for a first time winner, and possibly the first C6 to best an ECSCC event.

No foolin' - our two finalists found themselves in that 'one shot only' mix, but the race gods smiled upon TOM & JERRY [Senor Gato y Topo Gigio; Felix & Mickey..…readers too young or sheltered - ask JP, of O.T.D. fame.] Tom Anderson had a tight race going first round against Doug Bereczki, and advanced on Doug's narrow break-out. Round 2 was at Neil Fine's expense, a barely red -.006 that allowed Tom a good time shot. Facing Kovitch next, Tom knew it wouldn't be easy - and it was a drag race from the get-go … Jim had him on the start, and just missed with a .010 break-out - but Tom was ready for him, running 12.90 on a 12.88 dial (no accident there - just talent). Anderson forced an even closer match in Round 4, with a vise-grip package of .029 RT & 12.899 / 12.88 dial … Mike Hoffman's respectable light and hard dial forced the issue at the stripe, where his Z06 broke out by .013 (video). On to the semi's, where Ron Higgin's really good day, now tied for sixth in the standings, went belly-up - and Tom made his second berth in an ECS CC final. [Do you see a pattern here with white C4's…?]


2006 Event 3 Ladder

In Tom's words: "The final pitted me against Jerry Muniz in his black C6. It was a tough race (crowd loved it!) and I ran it out hard, which I think pushed Jerry into running it out as well and causing him to break out, running an 11.88 on a 12.00 dial. I think I was on my game some of the day (very modest), but I definitely had luck on my side in enough rounds to get me through to the finals." (video)

"I'd like to thank Edgar Perez for the outstanding job he is doing with the Challenge. I know he puts in countless hours working on every aspect to make it a success. Great job, Edgar!" [Amen!] A well deserved and hard earned win Tom - congratulations from all your fellow racers, wear that target with pride because you earned it! You also earned $300 cash, $100 Pro Torque gift certificate, the tallest trophy - Eliminator Winner, & the new Speed Dawg Racing Apparel decal.

Just as Tom is the top cat of Event 3 (propelling him to a tie for 4th place in points), Jerry is the mouse that roared - this is a car & driver to reckon with (did you notice he's the current points leader?). His first win will happen. Jerry stayed focused through the trials of first round, caught a gift of red - from our current Rookie Points leader Devon Bole, tightened the noose in rd 3, ran another superb dial in rd 4 (he was so intent, didn't notice Jason's red), and advanced when Farley took a close shave on the tree [got splinters?]. Though his worst light came against Tom, Jerry chased him down hard, and for his strong effort awarded $150 cash, $50 Pro Torque gift certificate and an Eliminator Runner Up trophy (in addition to that CCDV booty!).

Per Jerry: "I want to thank all my CCDV people, Edgar for his advice on dialing my car…Chris for lending me the practice tree. The Vette Doctors for putting her back together again. Cartek and the guys from the M-Team for making sure my trailer was ready for these events." All kidding aside, Tom & Jerry are two great guys & fine racers…..it was a done deal that either one would be a popular win.

In other news for our series, the 2006 ECSCC Rookie of the Year ranks exploded - 27 signed up for points as of now, and 8 of them are in the top 25 series points standings. Leading the pack is Devon Bole with 7; a three way tie for second - 6 pts each - for Hoffman, Latona & Rudolf; and a 4 way tie, with 5 pts each, for 5th place among Donnelly, Kasmala, Leader & Mowton….and there's four more tied only one point behind. This award will definitely come down to the last race of the season - good luck to all, though clearly many of these racers ain't exactly 'wet behind the tires' …. .

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley, Team CCDV, is off to a great start in the Corvette Challenge Club Challenge cup is looking to retain the cup for this year. CCDV holds a commanding 60 to 3 point lead over Corvette Club of America, CCA1. Thirteen CCDV club members were in attendance this race with Jerry Muniz adding the bonus of 6 points thanks to his runner-up finish. The winner or the Club Competition gets to keep the cup the following year.

Thanks again to all our sponsors (& we urge you to patronize!), CC stewards Dennis/Bob/Edgar, the RP staff, fans, racers - let's keep the points race close & the goodwill growing. With heavy turn out comes more rounds, more chances for a career day - so put your tax refund to good use, & we'll see you at E-Town on the 15th!!! (high noon again…)

Always - good health, safe rides, great racing! SBM

[hmmm, how about an 'all-chick' final just before Easter? … whomever takes the next events, they're part of the best series in racing!]

Answer to last week's trivia: John Hadyniak hasn't any side mirrors because….C. wouldn't fit in the hauler

This week: Complete the phrase….."Panuzzo is ……. "

  1. so old, his school mascot was a wooly mammoth.
  2. so outrageous, Don King calls for advice.
  3. so lucky, he's the only racer to win an event - without besting any round.
  4. such a sandbagger, sea turtles return each year to nest in his garage (and reminisce about last 100 yrs)
  5. truly one of kind - don't change a thing!

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 Total
# 10 25 21 7 63
% 15.87% 39.68% 33.33% 11.11% 100%

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Tom Anderson went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Jerry Muniz went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Ron Higgins and Rob Farley who won $75 cash.
  • Jason Anderson won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Jason Anderson was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .004.
  • Rich Shuleski won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Rich Shuleski's light was -0.003 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.
  • Jerry Muniz won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .014 off his dial. Jerry Muniz was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsChris Haase won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0057. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Chris Haase 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 73 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

April 15, 2006 - Wouldn't you know, Tax Day! But wait, the governement has decided to extend Tax Day to April 17 this year so we can all race on the 15th. In addition, April 15 marks the return of The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout heads up racing for its second points race of the season. To race in the Pro 8 Shootout, you must sign up for Pro 8 points separately. Be sure and check out this hard racing action.

May 13, 2006 for our fourth points race of the season. After a fierce start to our season we will get a month off before we return our our fourth points race and fifth overall. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class will return for its second race. A head ups class (separate signup required) in which cars cannot run under 10.0. Run whatcha brung but don't bring more than 10.0. We are hoping this will bring some really tight racing so don't miss this one either. See our schedule for racing on the top left of this page.

Visit the Drag Schedule at www.racewaypark.com to view Raceway Park's schedule for other events and days for test and tuning.

East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The cold front blew through first round, and for one lucky racer it rained 12,900 pennies from heaven. Tim Blair deeply appreciates our longtime participation in the Toys for Teens & Tots 50/50 raffle, and I'm sure he was glad to see Bob Trieschmann with the winning ticket. And no, the fix wasn't in - though Marianna has spent many, many pre-races promoting a good cause, this time around it was Mrs. Shuleski doing the honors. Our thanks to ALL the ladies who've pitched in: Debbie, Rose, Alina, Heather, Mary, Vanessa, Karen ….mea culpa if I missed any! [Speaking of great dames, it was very cool to see CC racer Frank Fiori 'givin' props' to his Louise on her return to racing her Camaro - with a big grin, he said she went more rounds than him! Maybe a '2-car team' next season?]

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