Mark Shaw Wins the New Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout!
by Paul Ziajski
03/31/07 - Englishtown, NJ -
Despite a forecast of mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, racers were greeted by heavy cloud cover and the mercury hovering barely above the 40 degree mark on this inaugural day of the restructured Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft (www.neverliftracecraft.com). Keeping drivers’ safety in mind, a decision was made to transform the program from a “run-what-you-brung” format to an index race capped at 8.50 elapsed time in the quarter mile (details). Seven drivers decided to heat up the action on what started out as a cool Saturday morning.
|Qualifiers - The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout presented by Neverlift Racecraft
|1||Bill Maloney ||8.548 || 163.20
|2||Paul Major ||9.112 || 177.49
|3||Mark Shaw ||9.637 || 143.08
|4||Alan Eckert ||9.670 || 139.63
|Did Not Qualify
|5||David Shen ||10.013 || 134.49
|6||Michael Conway ||10.369 || 135.77
|7||Edgar Perez||10.534 || 129.53
For today's Corvette Challenge bracket results click here.
The cool temps must have made drivers lethargic as it took several announcements over the PA to move the cars from the pits to the staging lanes for the first qualifying attempt. However, Bill Maloney quickly warmed up the atmosphere in his rear-mounted turbo C5 built by The Vette Doctors with a blistering 8.54 @ 163 mph. Maloney barely missed the $50 bonus payout presented by Lucid Diagnostic Imaging Services for running a perfect 8.50 pass but he more than made up for it by setting a new record for an independent rear suspension C5. Another shot of Vette Doctors medicine was injected into the crowd of fans as Paul Major staged his mid-7 second ride. Despite the superb suspension and chassis work by Leo Barnaby of Neverlift Racecraft, Major could only pedal his drag radial turbo Z06 to a 9.27 at a jaw-dropping 177 mph. Mark Shaw, sporting a new combination in his 1970 Monza Red Coupe, clicked off a conservative 9.65 @ 143 mph on a shake-down pass to take the number three spot. Alan Eckert in his ECS-built rear-mounted twin turbo C5 (now commonly known as Blue) attempted to secure a spot in the program but missed by 1/100 of a second by turning a lap of 10.01 @ 134 mph. The new rules limit qualifying to elapsed times of 9.99 or quicker. 2006 Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 runner-up, David Shen, also failed to pilot his ’65 Rally Red Coupe to a sub-10.0 e.t. as did Michael Conway who is still trying to dial-in his big tire beast engineered by Cartek Racing and Neverlift Racecraft. Edgar Perez met the same fate as Eckert, Shen, and Conway after the Vette Doctors-built Red Sled clicked off a very respectable 10.57 @ 129 mph.
|Runner-up Bill Maloney
||Team L to R, Maloney's dad, Edgar Perez, runnerup Maloney, Winner Shaw, Dennis Hemmerly (The Vette Doctors) and Shaw's son and crew cheif Ben
||Winner Mark Shaw
Photo by Mike Roberts
As the sun began to warm the track surface, rays of sunshine fell on Eckert who navigated Blue to a 9.67 @ 139 mph during his second qualifying pass to make eliminations and place fourth on the ladder. Mark Shaw improved his e.t. by a couple of hundredths to keep the number three position with a 9.63 @ 142 mph. Maloney aborted his second qualifying attempt but retained the top seed while Major smoked the tires yet still managed to run a 9.11 @ 175 mph and place second. Stormy clouds over Shen, Conway, and Perez failed to dissipate and the three drivers did not make it to round one because they did not better their e.t. past the elusive 9.99.
With only four drivers left standing, everyone made it to the semi-finals. It will be interesting to see how the lack of points normally awarded to the winners of the first round will affect standings later in the season. In the first match-up, Bill Maloney got out of the gate slightly ahead of Eckert, maintained that edge for 1320 feet and won the duel with a 9.70 @ 147 mph to Eckert’s 9.83 @ 138 mph. Mark Shaw decided to push the new combination a little further and ripped off a 9.29 @ 148 mph to defeat Paul Major who, apparently, still thought that doing burnouts at the 330’ mark was a crowd-pleaser. Failure to find traction and reign in the ponies cost Major the race as he recorded a 9.55 @ 172 mph with the best reaction time in the program of .148.
Round 2 - The Final
Unfortunately, lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place and although Maloney left Shaw at the tree with a .246 to a .307 reaction time difference he did not capitalize on the advantage as he did in the race against Eckert. Shaw’s car was guided into the groove at the starting line by Paul Ziajski and found the traction necessary to overcome Maloney’s skillful pedal effort with a 9.54 @ 144 mph to Maloney’s 9.90 @ 149 mph.
Congratulations to Mark Shaw on his second career Pro 8 win (first win 2006 Race 2)! See you all back on, hopefully, sunnier and warmer April 21st.
Awards and Payouts Today
- Winner Mark Shaw earned a payout of $100 cash and a trophy
- Runner-up Bill Maloney earned a payout of $50 cash and a trophy
- Number 1 Qualifier Bill Maloney received a plaque for his 8.54 qualifying run
- Bill Maloney received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .215
2007 Points Standings
With a new points system for 2007, points loke very different than in previous years. Read about the new points on 2007propoints.html
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