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Event 8 won by the Rain; Corvette Challenge Called After Round 1, Pro 8 Shootout Postponed

By Edgar Perez

August 19, 2006: The forecast was iffy at best with the day mostly clear to cloudy with the exception of some showers for the evening about the time we would be trying to complete our race. We started the event having 59 Corvettes compete in the first round of the Corvette Challenge. Attendance was a little light for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge, but only a few shy of our average hovering around 75 Corvettes, when combined with the 11 Pro 8 cars. Presenting sponsor Yank Racing Converters handed out some decals and brochures on their product and we hope you had a chance to review the information in support our or sponsor. Several drivers made it a double header today racing in the fist session in either EFI or US Muscle Drags and as usual scored well. In addition, several The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout drivers were out making test passes for their heads-up race later in the evening. After completing our first round, it began to rain, though not heavy, enough to make it so that Raceway Park officials determined that should the rain stop, there would not be enough time to dry the track to complete the event so they decided to call it. Today's payout was divided amongst the all first round winners with each receiving a $20 credit useable for a future race.

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Runner Up Group Winner
Covertible with hard top Never enough Vettes in the lanes Chris Young returned with the super clean bay
Photo by Mike Roberts

Round one - Our top 8 points drivers kept their positions in the standings all getting first round victories. Points leader Rob Farley broke out against rookie Kimberly Rudolf but only by .028 while Rudolf went way under by .225 on her 14.50 dial. Dave Tortolani carried a stellar .017 reaction time to the victory over rookie Devon Bole who was off his dial too much to make up the difference. Bob Sebrowski advanced running a better package than Ron Higgins while Jim Kovitch, who almost bagged the event due to rain, got a win when John Hadyniak broke out by .025 chasing. Don Peppler Jr. used a .018 reaction time to defeat the other Bole, dad Jim. Eric Fisher, fresh off being our reporter for the Top 4 race while racing in it, took a reaction time advantage to the win over Frank Schear who broke out the Mojo and ran under his dial by .005. Ralph Savarese needed to wipe his brow with his red bandana when he escaped with win over Shawn Cavanagh as both drivers ran "dead-on" in a close race. They left almost equal with Savarese ahead .121 to Cavanagh's .125 and Savarese was 11.336 on 11.33 dial to Cavanagh's 12.007 on 12.00 dial. Savarese took the win by .0055 on the double dead-on run. Bob Trieschmann held his spot by taking a fairly easy win over the ever-more distracted "me" when I left with a dismal light that I will spare myself the embarrassment by not printing (my article, my content! LOL).


Corvette Challenge Points Update

As mentioned above, the top 8 drivers all held their positions by taking round 1 wins in this shortened race. There is only one more points race left before we can determine who will represent the Corvette Challenge and Raceway Park in the NHRA Bracket finals on the weekend of Sept 23rd. Rob Farley, who has represented us once before, holds a 2 point lead over Dave Tortolani for this honor with Sebrowski, Kovitch, Peppler Jr. and Eric Fischer all having a chance. Savarese would have a shot only if Farley did not make the next race.
Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

Fortunate for Devon Bole, who holds a 1-point lead in the rookie standings Jim Kasmala and Kimberly Rudolf also went out first round so he did not lose ground to them. Even more unfortunate for Ray Sztabnik and Joe Latona who each won round 1 match-ups and gained one point on the leader but they missed out on making it more had we completed the race. The rookie of the year chase is anybody's right now with only 5 points separating the top 12 in the freshman class.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley continued dominance of the Club Challenge Cup as well with 9 participants at today's race. CCDV receives two bonus points as several drivers made it to the second round including Farley, Buonassisi, Joe Signore and Mike Campbell.
Club Challenge Cup Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

New for 2006: Spectrum Equipment Service "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 Event 5 forward so all gear jammers have a square start.

The Gear Jammer race tightened up with Neil Vernarelli going down first round while Bob Hollingshead and Don Peppler Jr. each edged a point closer with round 1 wins. Vernarelli holds an 11 point to 9 lead over Hollingshead while Peppler trails Hollingshead by 1.
Gear Jammer Standings.

Summary of driver Dial-In times

Time 11 12 13 14 15 Total
# 12 22 19 5 1 59
% 20.34% 37.29% 32.20% 8.47% 1.69% 100%

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Dave Tortolani won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Dave Tortolani was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .017.
  • John Trescott won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). John Trescott'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.
  • Ralph Savarese won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .006 off his dial. Ralph Savarese was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsShawn Cavanagh won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0055. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Shawn Cavanagh 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 70 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

September 2, 2006 for our eighth points race of the season. Surprisingly, we have yet to have a repeat winner in 2006. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class will return for its fourth race also having no repeat winners. A heads-up 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.

October 7, 2006 - Our ninth points race, though we still need to make one up Nov 4th. The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout will attempt to get a race in after two straight rainouts for them. 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.

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