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John Hadyniak Wins while Rob Farley Scores Second Championship. Devon Bole Rookie of the Year

By Edgar Perez

November 11, 2006: Makeup day for the rained out September 2nd race (Event 9) of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission was made up today. It ended up being our final points day of the season with a several titles left to be settled. We had a dramatic turnaround in weather from last week when drivers were scoring new personal bests with DA well below zero but today was almost like a spring day and there would be few personal bests with the DA around 1500 feet positive most of the day. That helped attendance I am sure as 67 Corvettes made first round making it a seven round race and 12 came out for the Pro 10.0 with a total of 80 tech cards sold today. Speaking of Pro 10.0, David Shen needed a win to get into 2nd in the standings and he did pull it off while David Outten clinched his championship when he qualified for the field.

For today's Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 coverage click here.

Rob Farley took a beating this season with his "Easter Egg" colored Corvette, officially known as the 1998 Indy Pace Car and the official color is Radar Blue though it appears Purple to the naked eye. It is one of those hate it or love it Corvettes with bright yellow "wagon wheels", and standout graphics. I, like Rob, am in the love it camp. But that would be the only beating he took as we got to see a lot of the Pace car this year as he took the lead in Event 4 and never looked back. While congratulating Farley as he left the track we talked about his great season. While happy with his second championship in the Corvette Challenge, complementing his Rookie of the Year win when he started this thing, he was disappointed he did not make it to one semi-final this entire season, (a fact that escaped me). A fact that did not escape me was the Farley also finished the points season a perfect 10 for 10 in the points season first rounds. That is a true feat accomplished only once before by John Panuzzo. In addition, Farley won first round in our non-points race and goes in as the number one seed for out Top 16 Invitational Gamblers race next week. Congratulate Rob on his championship on the Championship on Corvette Forum. He came into the today's race with 6 point lead, largest in our history, and needed only to win round two to lock up the championship.

Of course there was still a race to run and there were 66 other drivers to talk about today. We had two first time 2006 finalists today in John Hadyniak and myself though neither of us was a stranger to the finals. Hadyniak has missed the last two races and showed no signs of rust going through the field to get to the final. I was doing my usual roundy-round running both the Challenge and Pro 10.0 (where luck would again be on my side). My most embarrassing moment in racing occurred today when I went to the line for my second Pro 10.0 qualifier and was pulled off as the car overheated on the line. The cause was a ground wire not connected for the electric water pump and you will have to read the Pro 10.0 article to see why. It was the first time I have ever spilled anything on any track in like 2000 passes

Runner Up Group Winner
Edgar Perez Winner Hadyniak, Bob Trieschmann and runner-up Edgar Perez John Hadyniak

Photos by Mike Roberts

Round one - Farley would survive this round despite Bradley Jones taking a .030 to .073 reaction time advantage. Bradley was off his 11.91 dial running 12.065 allowing Farley to make up the difference and put himself in position to win the championship. Rookie Jim Kasmala had a lot of ground to make up if he wanted to win the Rookie title and was mired in a first round loss slump which he broke today when he caught a break as Chris Pasterello was off his 12.77 dial at 12.863 allowing Jim to overcome a starting line disadvantage and advance to the second round. Bob Sebrowski, the other driver who had a shot at a perfect points season, had it slip away when he bumped in too much on the tree and lit the red light, -.106, sending Don Peppler to the second round and ending his season as he will not be able to make the Top 16 race, Nov 18. Previous event winner, Vic Gandhi would not have things go his way today losing a close one to Bill Fischer Sr. Gandhi got the tree, .028 to .032 but Fischer got the better package when he was 11.870 on 11.84 dial to Gandhi's 12.478 on 12.44 dial taking a tiny .004. John Trescott figured he go hunting while racing as he hit a bird at the top end who thought he could beat the Red Vette but failed. It did not stop Trescott from taking the win over Ron Lynch thanks to his .017 reaction time and huge advantage on the tree allowing him to not be hurt by the extra drag. The quote of the day comes from Ed Mowton, who when he heard about this collision asks, "Is that a fowl?". Funny, yes, but no it isn't a foul Ed though your -.012 red light in this round is. Martin Ganjoin, a very accomplished racer at Raceway Park, joined us today with his new 2006 Sunset Orange Corvette. I asked if he got the Corvette to race in our Challenge and it turns it was a "midlife crisis" that led to the purchase but we are glad to see him come out to race with us. He was not treated too well though as Jerry Muniz took the win when Ganjoin broke out in the C6 running 13.225 on 12.37 dial. When Ganjoin figures this car out, he would be an instant contender for Rookie of the Year in 2007 should he decide to ride with us. Ron Leader also brought out his new 2006 Silver C6 Corvette. He also was sent home early when he was off his by 10 seconds, must have aborted the run sending George Geipel to the second round. Ralph Savarese would have to keep his championship hopes alive in a borrowed car, John Panuzzo's, as his car was on the trailer for first round. He got the win over Dan Swadis who was also in a borrowed car, George Geipel's. Savarese was closer on the dial running 13.156 on 13.00 dial while Swadis was 13.990 on 13.75 dial.

How did our two to-be finalists fair round one? John Hadyniak would use a dead-on run of 11.422 on 11.42 dial to defeat Bob Hollingshead who as off his dial by .15. I race the beautiful 1963 Vette owned by Anthony Cupolo with a 12.10 dial. I got the tree advantage and then Cupolo slowed so I rolled off the throttle and coasted through the traps running 11.788 on my 10.98 dial.


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Round two - No ladder yet this round so we pair as we show. Farley was out first and clinched his Championship when Chris Haase went red -.060. Bill Fischer Sr. continued his tree attack making Glenn Murphy his next victim. Fischer went .025 on the tree to Murphy's .077 and went on to break out trying to catch Fischer running 12.907 on his 13.05 dial while Fischer was 11.869 on his 11.84 dial. Joe Signore cut a great .028 reaction time but did not get the when his 2007 Corvette broke out 12.716 on 12.77 dial giving the win to Jerry Muniz who also broke out but by less running his 12.062 on 12.10 dial...without nitrous of course. Robert Gay used a super package of .057 and 12.176 on 12.16 dial in his 1985 Corvette to defeat William Arechambault. Hadyniak was dead-on again, this time with a zero running 11.410 on 11.41 dial taking the win over Bob Trieschmann who was 13.589 on his 13.48 dial. I came up a guy who I always have trouble beating, Ellis Gray. Ellis was doing double-duty on his way to his fourth King of the Hill title in Trophy Marathon. We both geared up for the tree and Ellis was off first on his 11.77 dial. He went red by a mere -.004 while I left second on my 10.98 dial and was red as well, -.002. Till we meet again my friend.

Round three - On to the ladder with 17 Corvettes left. Dave Tortolani's day would come to an end when he went red, -.029 but not before moving himself up to third in the standings from his fourth position the previous week. Jim Kasmala was the benefactor of the red. Ralph Savarese bumped in the Panuzzo car too much and he lit the red as well, -.056 sending Robert Gay to the next round. Hadyniak looking for his third dead-on in a row did not get it this time. In a double breakout with Shawn Cavanagh, Hadyniak was closer to this his 11.39 dial at 11.354 to Cavanagh's 11.289 on 11.34 dial. Louis Calicchia was another victim of the red going -.002 giving Rookie Devon Bole the win and the Rookie of the Year title as there would not be enough rounds now for Kimberly Rudolf to catch him as Devon would get the bye next round. He did it with style with a 13.614 on 13.60 dial and .018 reaction time icing a great Rookie season. Jerry Muniz ended his day as well with a red light going -.040 allowing Ms. Bedazzled to but another notch on her belt of drivers she has spelled into going red. Tony Buonassisi would use a .028 light to a win over Peter Lopresti. Rob Farley continued on his way with a win over Randolph Lane on the strength of a .015 reaction time and while Randy was dead late on the tree. I went up against Don Peppler and Don had the reaction time advantage .030 to .034. Peppler suffered shifter's mishap and slowed so I got another one in the books off the throttle. Peppler, however had clinched the Gear Jammers award for being the highest finishing points driver (since Event 5) and also advanced in the points 1 spot to a 4th place finish for the '67. Bill Fischer would get the bye this round and cut a .027 reaction time and ran 11.839 on 11.84 dial.

Round four - Farley would end Fischer's day when Fischer was late on the tree after so many good lights today. Fischer ran dead-on 11.840 on 11.84 dial but his .167 reaction time did him in. Speaking of Dead-on, "Dead On John" did it again. Three dead-on's today. 11.358 on 11.35 dial and .065 reaction time sent Robert Gay home who was 12.092 on 12.07 dial but was not close enough with a .128 reaction time. I would face the Rookie Kasmala. Everyone has at least one bad light an event and this was mine. I was .136 but Kazman was .141 so I still had a shot. Kazman was out first with 13.89 dial and I chased with an 11.05 dial. I chased hard and never did catch him but he broke out running 13.843 and sending me into the semis thanks to the bye next round. Devon Bole would have this single this round as took the Rookie title with a 13.626 on 13.60 dial.

Round five - Five left for round five. I asked all the drivers if I can sit the bye out to allow for additional battery charge time and they agreed. I later came to find out that someone unplugged my charger by accident and I did not get the charge I need...bummer. I used the time to shoot videos of this round. The Rookies would pair up this round though it was a bit too late as Devon had already clinched. Still a nice match-up. Kim would leave first with 14.00 dial and cuts a .113 reaction time. Devon would follow with a 13.60 dial and .056 reaction. The win light would come on for Kimberly as Devon broke out running 13.532. This time the "Bedazzler" cast her spell at the top end. "Dead-on John" took out Rob Farley and did not need to be dead-on to do it. Farley broke out running 13.718 on 13.76 dial and .070 reaction to Hadyniak 11.399 on 11.34 dial and .072 reaction time.

Round six - This time Hadyniak would have the bye and he sat this one out as well. I would face the "Bedazzler". I kidded with her that I wanted to sit this one out (must have been one of those spells) but I came to my senses immediately. I was determined not to be dazzled. Kim was out first with 14.15 dial and .189 reaction time. I followed with an 11.03 dial and .093 reaction time. It was a good thing I washed the car three weeks ago and put on a fresh coat of anti-bedazzling wax as the spell bounce off the sled onto the Rudolf vert. She could not run the number and I was able to take the win slowing it down to 11.129 at 108.64. I was on my way to my first CC final of the season.

Round seven - The Final - We have faced each other before but never in a final. Hadyniak home painted red white and blue 1973 Corvette is one of my favorites. Win or lose, I could not be happier to be where I am. Hadyniak dialed it in 11.38 and would follow with 11.03. He was gone with a .056 and with adrenaline following in the final, I left early. My light was red, -.011 and I ran it up the track staring at the win lights on John's boards feeling relieved the day was done and I could not be happier for "Dead-on John" (I had no idea at the time he had been dead-on three times today). Congratulations to John and his crew chief and wife Joan. You did a great job today.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

That is it. The points season is over. At the time of this writing the points are not yet official but I have done this a few times so we can expect the official points will be the same. Of course Rob Farley took the Championship with a total of 43 points, 5 short of his record 48 when he was champion in 2004. The Top 10 stayed the same though three though five swapped positions. Invitations to our Top 16 Invitational Gamblers race Nov 18 will be going out shortly. The Top 16 Gamblers race to be held at the end of the season for $1,000 cash prize. A question was raised as to how we come up with such a big payout. This is a gamblers race which means drivers pay an additional entry of $75 before first round. I will collect the funds and give them to Raceway Park. This fee is in addition to your normal $30 entry fee. Congratulations and good luck to those who qualify and the alternates who will make the field due to a few qualified drivers not making the event.
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Rookie of the Year Update

What can I say about the Rookie race that has not already been said. The 2007 Rookie class featured 29 drivers, largest ever. Devon Bole survived the season winning the Rookie of the Year title over Kimberly Rudolf. Devon finished ninth overall in points missing out on a Top 8 jacket on a tiebreaker. Devon's title was aided by two 5-point and two 4-point events compensating for four first round losses. Rudolf best finish was this race with 6 points and had one 4-point finish and four first round exits. Congratulations to all the Rookies and we look forward to seeing you all make strides in 2007 as sophomores. Congratulate Devon Bole and the rest of the rookie class on the corvette forum.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Corvette Challenge Club Challenge Cup

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley had 11 members make the race today. They scored 5 bonus points on the strength of both Rob Farley and Devon Bole scoring five point. CCDV continues to lead three categories when you look at the club and individual leaders. Way to go team! Congratulations on winning the Cup again and being the only club to hold the cup.

We are putting on the table changing this category for next year or perhaps retiring the Trophy and replacing this with a similar team/group type competition. A leading idea would be grouping drivers in teams of 4 or 5 using a fantasy football type draft where the top 10 or 12 points drivers of the current year would choose drivers to be on there team for the following season. Give your thoughts on this to Tony Buonassisi or myself at the next couple of races.
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.

Donald Peppler Jr. is the first winner of the Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer award. Peppler's 18 points with his 1967 Corvette (post Event 5) edged out Neil's 17 points with the 1957 Corvette by one point. They came into the race tied in points with Peppler holding the tiebreaker. Peppler's three points today to Vernarelli's two gave him a 1 point advantage. Congratulations to both drivers on a nice race for the gear jammer award to be presented at the banquet.
Gear Jammer Standings.

Summary of First Round Dial-In times

ET101112131415Total
Count41322206267
%5.97%19.40%32.84%29.85%8.96%2.99%100.00%

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner John Hadyniak went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a decal from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Edgar Perez went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Kimberly Rudolf and who won $75 cash.
  • Dennis Kazimir won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Dennis Kazimir was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .012.
  • Jason Anderson won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Jason Anderson's light was -0.009 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.
  • John Hadyniak won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .002 off his dial. John Hadyniak was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsVic Gandhi won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0004. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Vic Gandhi 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 80 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

November 18, 2006 - Invitation only Top 16 Gamblers race for $1000. Top 16 in points and alternates will be invited to participate in this race. If you do not qualify you can come out and watch or race time trials. Come check out the best points driver of 2006 go for the big bucks.

February 24, 2007 - While not an official ECS Corvette Challenge, the 2007 National Corvette Challenge in Richmond Virginia. At this point we have 73 registered drivers for this race and with some coming from as far as Texas and Illinois. Be a part of the huge race which will feature a bracket race, and two heads-up classes much like our Pro 8 Shootout and Pro 10.0 Indexes. All the information you need is on the net at http://national.corvettechallenge.info

Our 2007 ECS Corvette Challenge preliminary schedule should be up around Thanksgiving.

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

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