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EAST COAST SUPERCHARGING CORVETTE CHALLENGE - TRIESCHMANN KEEPS 'FIRST WIN' STREAK ALIVE IN EVENT 5!

By Sheila Murchan

May 13, 2006: ECSCC series coordinator Bob Trieschmann keeps the season of dreams-to-reality on a roll by taking his first ever Corvette Challenge eliminator win. Even his worthy opponent (Sebrowski) in the double-Bob dual was shocked - Mr. T's first CC win?!? Well, who better than the head of Simple Man Racing to truly underscore the sentiment of 'long overdue & well deserved'! More on the final later …

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Runner Up Group Winner
Runner up Bob Sebrowski Cars in the lanes Winner Bob Trieschmann

Round one 76 cars & drivers came ready to race for a Vinnie [ok, not it's real name - but if the national events can have Wallys … well, E-town has a storied history too!]. The first pair out were Elsis & Farley, and Rob's punishing .008 RT (JP, Jr. award) made Joe push the tree, and the resulting red wasn't something the Rookie of the Year contender usually sees. Of the other seven fouls, it was the C6 of Dave Romancheck that was "Almost Perfect" … Joe Donnelly & C4 would've been spectators for Rd 2 if Dave's .002 had been green. Dave Buddendorff horsepower (.984 on a .96 dial) nearly overcame the RT advantage of Cliff Bray, Jr. - Dave's '73 vette w/454 came "Ohh So Close", but Cliff prevailed with a .0128 margin of victory. The "Closest to Dial" award wasn't decided until the last pair, a re-run between Ray Sztabnik & Bob Sebrowski. If I recall correctly, there was a timing error on their first run - though the C4 Bob himself modified for racing is stout, an 11.175 on a 11.90 dial … well, would that it did! Both Bob & Ray had superb RT's their first match (always did have good timing, eh? ), but on the 2nd go Ray had it tough against Bob's 11.904 on a 11.90 dial - one of many ways Bob S. routinely stays in points chase.

Other racers running tight dials in round 1 were Ellis Gray over Randolph Lane's C4; had the B-Man not nicked the redzone, Jerry Muniz's .988 on a .97 would've been the victor over Jim Peins' .221 on a .25 (phew!); Bob "Tatoo" Hollingshead ran .068 on a .94 - Paul Bogdan's C5 ran closer, .043 on a .00 … but the split-window had too much on Paul at the start - Bob's C2 left the line .008 from perfect (no, I don't know how they break a tie for awards); Devon Bole won over Doug Bereczki with a .682 on a .67. In an odd double-red, Gary Harta benefited from John Burbich going first - their proposed dials were only .81 apart…no doubt both were ramped up for a close one. Joe Signore had both the start advantage & close dial, but breaking out by .005 gave the win to Louis Calicchia - his '99 no slouch either, running .88 on a .80. The battle of PA Jims w/C5's went to Bole (.291 on a .20), by virtue of Kasmala's .005 red. Dan Swadis, Jr. took out Bill Fischer, Sr. by a smaller break-out - a .608 on a .61 dial. One of the coolest races was Tom Smith's '69 over Bill Archambally's C5 - identical RT's, with Tom's margin of victory only .065 … what is that, half a stripe?

Round two Donnelly gets the better of a double break-out with Tom Anderson; Panuzzo, knowing Bob T. not only runs consistent but cuts wood, took a shot at the tree - Trieschmann to round 3. Jim Kovitch had Edgar Perez covered, but an .016 break-out ended his day (to his credit, Redgarita ran a respectable .384 on a .35); Ralph Blauvelt's hot streak came to a close with a -.001 (ooouch!) against Bole; both Ralph Savarese and Bob Hollingshead went "oh-NO!-red" - that's the printable version of missing perfect by thousandths (Farley would've joined them - but he was on a bye run, so he got to go red AND break-out!). Rich Shuleski's .018 RT, plus a .811 on a .78 dial, was the key to making Ron Higgins' good dial (.077 on a .03) into "the one that got away". Gene Paterno's .905 on a .90 & .035 start advantage got the better of Tom Smith - though he did run .295 on a .25. Don Peppler, Jr. drilled a .008 & ran .387 on a .34 - taking out an equally competitive Ellis Gray.

Round threeJohn Trescott had Shuleski covered at both ends, with a total package of .036; Neil Vernarelli's '57 ran a beautiful .604 on a .60, but the start foul gave it up to Peins; Jim Bole pushed Harta to a .087 break-out; a heartbreaker for Dave Olejnik, besting Paterno on the tree, only to break-out by .012 more than Gene. In the "I need more seat time" category, yours truly wasted a .006 RT by taking waaay too much stripe - I comfort myself that Sebrowski went on to final (he also ran .865 on a .86!). The CC leaders battle was extremely tight … Edgar: .080 RT & .376 on a .35, & Bob T. went .093 RT with a .785 on a .78 - both these guys were up for it, no holding back … another 119+ mph for the Big E. Donnelly took a close shave (-.010) that advanced Devon Bole; Farley got the better of Swadis at the top end; & Peppler ran his number again in a bye run.


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Round four Gene Paterno covered Jim Bole at both ends, & Devon fell to a gutter-Bole at the light against Trieschmann; Peins' C4 ran its number well, but his light couldn't compete with another .008 from Farley. Peppler would have won the double breakout, but a -.002 gave it up to Sebrowski; Trescott made the bye a solid timeshot.

Round five Trescott's red light gives up a .133 on a .13 to Farley - and with a .024, the Paas-mobile was not exactly sleeping. Paterno had Bob S. on the tree, but a virtual 'head's up' match pushed both to breakout - Gene by .044, & Bob by only .006 … good racing, guys! Bob T. used his bye to run .793 on a .78.

Round six The semi-finals gave Sebrowski a bye, and left Farley & Trieschmann to battle for a berth in the final. Bob & Rob came to play, but it was Simply Bob all the way - taking the tree, and slamming the door with a 13.781 on a 13.78 … forcing Rob to push with a 13.448 on a 13.50 (hard on the brakes).

Final RoundBob couldn't know it, but Bob had an odd light, but given their mutual respect for each other's tremendous racing talents & history - Bob took a whack at the tree, and just missed. Bob took home the win, and Bob ran within .011 of his dial. Bob, from NJ, - congrats! (can you tell it's getting late?)

Seriously, both of these racers didn't make it to the final on luck - though there's always a bit of that in every story - they are seasoned veterans who have also won in other venues & series. Event 5's runner-up does all his own work on his racecar (getting guidance from Ralph S & his good buddy Frank Fiori), & never hesitates to help someone else's ride get back in the game (I know first-hand, & deeply appreciate his help). RMS Racing's trailer is always open, respite from the elements - his sportsmanship is the standard we come to expect at a racetrack. His deadly consistent ride is something else altogether - both car & driver very intense on the track - and that's why you see his name in the Top 10 year after year. With multiple CC event wins, and several other venues, Bob S. is always a threat. He also has a wicked sense of humor [for a rotor-head!], & I'm still waiting for my cut on the 'pool'.

Typical of his style, Bob S is a man of few words - but he did share the following: "Like so many others I didn't realize Bob T had never won the CC before. I raced Bob in the finals at least once, but I think it was two times. I knew racing Bob in the final was going to be (tough) because he is an awesome racer. I know he always cuts a really good light and I was having a problem since round 3 cutting a light. I was lucky in the fact that my competitors were also having the same problem. I told myself if you're even thinking about beating Bob you better cut a good light, so I pushed it and went red. But I don't feel bad losing to Bob because he is such a good racer, and it was a well deserved win."

Bob also thanks his wife Beth, a lovely lady who understands his passion for racing goes way back (including testing Indy cars - wow!).

Bob Trieschmann started racing in the Corvette Challenge back in 2000, and was a runner-up many times. Lining up next to him, you know he always brings his "A" game. Given his long history of killer lights & sinfully consistent dials, no wonder even a fellow series founder was incredulous at a 'first' victory [he has wins in several other series, including a recent Wally!]. Like Bob S., drag racing is a passion - one he shares with Marianna and their son John. He is also a positive rep for our series, with an easy smile, quick wit, & generosity of spirit. I remember from my very first visit to E-town his encouragement & willingness to share his knowledge - be it race strategy or keeping your ride running. Both Bob & Mariana have contributed greatly to the success of the ECSCC, and it was truly a pleasure to see his win light come on - way to go BOB!

Also like his fellow finalist, Bob T. prefers to shine the spotlight on others - though he did enjoy the victory! Here's Bob in his own words: "It was a memorable moment for me, and I will never forget it. I would like to thank my wife Mariana and my son John for all their love and support; Simple Man Racing; the staff of Raceway Park for always providing a first class facility; all of the Corvette Challenge racers who continue to support the series and make it grow year after year; and lastly all of the sponsors of the Corvette Challenge. Without these people there would not be an East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge.

Until the next East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge race: BE SAFE OUT THERE AND RACE ON."

Well said. Congratulations to all award winners, finalists & everyone who sees the value of competing in the ECSCC!

Awards Handed Out at this Event

Corvette Challenge Points Update

2004 Champion Rob Farley has increased his lead in the standings and is beginning to make it a one driver race.
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Rookie of the Year Update

Devon Bole built his Rookie of the Year lead holding a 12 points to 9 over Joe Donnelly and Kimberly Rudolf.
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Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley continued domminance of the the Club Challenge Cup as well with 12 participants at today's race. Rob Farley scored the bonus for the team with a semi final appearance and 6 points.
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Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

New for 2006: Spectrum Equipment Services "Gear Jammer of the Year" award, presented at year-end banquet to the racer with most points in his/her manual transmission Corvette. We will begin counting from this race forward so all gear jammers have a squeare start.

Donald Peppler got off the early lead earning four points. He is followed by Neil Vernarell and Rich Shuleski with three points each.
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Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Bob Treischmann went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Sebrowski went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Rob Farley and who won $75 cash.
  • Rob Farley won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Rob Farley was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .008.
  • Dave Romancheck won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Dave Romancheck's light was -0.002 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.
  • Bob Sebrowski won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .004 off his dial. Bob Sebrowski was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsDavid Buddendorff won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0128. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, David Buddendorff 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 76 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

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