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Hadyniak Takes Event 4 Win in First Ever Corvette Challenge Double Header

By Eric Fischer

April 14, 2007: "Dedication" is the best word to describe our participants that endured an extremely long day in our first ever East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission double header. It didn't take long for us to put the new for 2007 makeup date system to use; our first points event of 2007 was snowed out and rescheduled to the second session of today's event, creating our first ever Corvette Challenge "double header". Over 80 Corvettes stuck around for 2nd session of the day, and with many other competition classes running in parallel with our event, the day went off very smoothly, with very little downtime, and great air conditions. And as an added treat, we got to witness some wickedly fast NMRA Mustangs and a NMCA Camaro performing multiple test runs in the 7 second range and some at 200 MPH plus using turbo power through the mufflers.

The weather would yet again play into this event as a storm front on the horizon prompted e-town officials to limit our time trials to just one, in hopes that the event could be completed prior to arrival of the ensuing rain. Luckily Mother Nature cooperated and the event was completed without any precipitation.

No stranger to final rounds, John Hadyniak took the win today when Robert Sebrowski was disqualified due to a fluid leak during his semi-final bye round. The track was shut down for cleaning and Hadyniak was declared the winner with no pass necessary as Sebrowski officially was out of the race.

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Round one - Lots of silliness and confusion in the lanes in this first round as it was unclear if our lane assignments were lanes 6&7 or lanes 7&8. It's well known that Mr. Easter Egg Farley prefers to be at the head of the lanes in the right lane, but what is not well known until today is that the entire field and I mean the ENTIRE field appears to be intimidated by that purple car as not a single car lined up against him in the left lane. All the other competitors were in the same lane behind Farley, single file, and the lane was spilling out into the pits. Were the driver's confused by the ambiguous lane assignments?? Or is there genuine fear of 2 time points champ?? Farley incited some addition commotion when he graciously moved over to lane 8 upon realizing that our proper lane assignments were lanes 7-8. Let's just say that his new opponent was not happy. Having lost to Farley multiple times last year, this competitor had enough, said "not this time, buddy" and pulled out and went to the back of the lanes. This author probably would have done the same thing!

And finally the staging lanes were set. As promised Farley was out first in the right hand lane. This time his victim (ahem I mean opponent) was Ralph Blauvelt. Ralph gave it his best shot but a reaction time advantage to Farley puts him on top. Dave Tortolani still hot from his Event #2 win used a huge reaction time advantage to put rookie W Tad Archambault on the trailer. Louis Calicchia left with an awesome .004 light and ran a 13.523 on 13.50 putting an early end to Paul Brogan's day. A stellar .017 light by Pete Lopresti was all he needed to get by the leisurely light of Bill Wilson. In a very close race, Jim Kovitch edged out Ellis Gray for the win, but I don't think Ellis minded at all since he achieved his goal today of getting into the 10's and came in dialed 10.96. Congrats Ellis.

In a battle of the sticks, Neil Vernarelli in his '57 had the better light but couldn't run the number giving Bill Martinson and his new to him FRC the win. Rookie Chris Haase took out veteran Bob Hollingshead by running dead on his dial, 11.944 on an 11.94 to Bob's 13.016 on a 12.89. Rookie Steve Pistilli defeated veteran and 2006 Top 16 winner John Trescott. Trescott had a .080 reaction time advantage but must have had mechanical difficulties as his car slowed to a 12.054 on an 11.69 dial. Bob Trieschmann beat up on this author's father Bill Fischer Sr, by using a .078 reaction time advantage to sail out to the win. Joe Latona in his 10 second C5 must be getting coaching lessons from Pro Stock’s Dave Connelly as his .005 reaction time was more than Sheila Murchan could overcome. Bob Korreck, Rookie of the Year for 2005 (and bought his own jacket stating such) made the long trip up from FL for our double-header. John Hadyniak fired the warning shot over the bow, his .003 light and 11.26 on an 11.23 put Korreck back on the trailer for Korreck's 3rd consecutive 1st round loss. Korreck ran his number 12.777 on a 12.75 but Hadyniak had a huge reaction time advantage. Fresh off his event #3 win in the today's early session, Michael Archibald fell to Tony Buonassisi who had a better reaction time by .050 and was closer to his dial. In a battle of leadership vs. wisdom, the "More Meds" John Panuzzo's .039 light proved too difficult for our series coordinator Edgar Perez to overcome. Ken Gallassio, Thomas Anderson, Frank Schear, Eric Fischer, Ralph Savarese, and Gary Hurta all advanced as their opponents respectively went red: Ross Bartick, Mike Calicchia, Al Betz, Joe Signore, Randolph Lane, and Glenn Murphy went home early due to the dreaded red light.

2007 Event 3 Ladder

Round two - Yet again the weather would play into this event as the air conditions appeared to be improving yet many racers reported being 5 hundredths off there dial during first round. This prompted many to question their weather stations and a long interval between 1st and 2nd round with the DA purportedly dropping further compounding the dilemma. Recognizing that a strange weather pattern was moving in, many racers decided to "split the difference" between their first time trial and the predication of their weather stations. This author doesn't own a weather station so I picked my dial-in the old fashioned way by sticking my wetted finger in the air and saying, "yeah, it feels cooler". Or sometimes I say, "Hey Ralph, what's the air doing??!!"

But it turns out that most of this round was decided immediately at the tree, either through near perfect lights, or by the dreaded red light. Thomas Anderson gave Farley a run for his money, both running about .06 over their dial-ins but Farley's light was better by .009, giving him the win. Tough break for Tom. Jim Bole and Bob Rosenberg cut nearly equal lights, but perhaps they need to see Panuzzo to try out some of his meds as both of their lights were VERY leisurely (not quite .500 second, but you get the drift), on a double breakout Bole gets the win, running a 12.033 on 12.05. Continuing the theme that the round was decided at the tree, near perfect lights were a plenty as Tony Abbruzze's .010 drilled Eric Fischer's .113 ending my day; Dave Hollingshead's .010 was too much for Frank Fiori's .135 to overcome; John Hadyniak still letting us know who is boss drill's the tree with .003 on his bye run; and then there is Tony Buonassisi with his PERFECT .000 light; there was nothing his opponent Ray Sztabnik could do to overcome that. On the flipside, 7 out of 18 rounds were decided by red light: Pete Lopresti, James Kovitch, Don Peppler Jr, Ralph Savarese, Robert Sebrowski, Devon Bole, and Dave Tortolani all advanced when their opponents light the red bulb, respectively Kenneth Gallassio, Chris Haase, Bob Trieschmann, Dennis Kazimir, Ken Tyler (event #3 runner-up), John Panuzzo, and Gary Hurta all went red.

Round three - Into the ladder round with 18 Vettes left. In the highlight of the round, Rob Farley is paired with 2006 Rookie of the Year Devon Bole. Bole leaves first with an .024 green and gets the win when Farley uncharacteristically goes red (-.044) . Bill Martinson had an .032 light but Vic Gandhi gets the win by running closer to his dial. Higgins and Buonassisi need to both take more meds as both lights were a wee bit late, but Higgins gets the win since his light was about ˝ of Tony's. Two-time points champ Savarese ran dead on his dial running a 10.995 on a 10.99 forcing Event #2 winner Dave Tortolani to breakout with an 11.625 on an 11.63. Sebrowski advances when he puts together a better package than Pete Lopresti. A huge reaction advantage gives Hadyniak the win over Alfred Salanitro (gotta love that name SalaNITRO!).

Round four - The excitement rises for the Team Challenge points as two teams, "Ridin' Dirty" and "More Meds" each have two members still alive. In another uncharacteristic foul, Gandhi goes red handing the win to Sebrowski. Savarese uses an .074 RT advantage to end Kovitch's day. Hadyniak and Bole launch with near equal reaction times and it's a battle to the finish, both racers break out but Hadyniak breaks out less running a 11.215 on an 11.23. It was all over at the tree for Tony Abbruzze as his .113 reaction deficit was too much to overcome, giving Peppler the win. Higgins took the bye run, running a 12.007 on a 12.03.

Round five - "More Med's" bumped up their dosage with team members Higgins and Hadyniak still in contention. Sebrowski and Savarese are the first pair out, with near equal reaction times it becomes a top end game, and on a double breakout, Sebrowski breaks out less, running a 11.719 on an 11.73 to Savarese's 10.968 on a 10.99 and sending the two-time champ home. Peppler's .066 reaction time advantage sends Higgins home, Peppler rowing the gears to a 13.396 on a 13.3. Hadyniak gets yet another bye (the luck of the ladder) and sets notice to the other competitors that he is on his game with an 11.210 on an 11.2.

Round six - Semi final round Hadyniak and Peppler are out first. Automatic vs. stick, Hadyniak gets him at the tree with an .057 light and runs a 11.258 on an 11.20 to take the win over Peppler. It's not the first time these guys have met and it won't be the last. Sebrowski takes the bye run and those who stuck it out to this point (all 10 of us) watch in horror as Sebrowski leaks fluid onto the track at about the 1/8 mile mark. The Zamboni's are sent out for cleanup and RP gives notice to Sebrowski that he is done for the day.

Round seven - It would have been a C3 vs. C4, "More Meds" vs. "CYFA!", automatic vs. automatic, veteran racer vs. veteran racer, and the first time these guys have met in the finals. But it wasn't going to happen as the fluid leak had disqualified Sebrowski's car, handing John Hadyniak the win. Certainly not the way any of us wanted the race to end, but perhaps they will meet again someday in another final. With Sebrowski appearing in 6 prior final round appearances and Hadyniak with two, it's probable that their paths shall cross again.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

61 of our 99 registered points drivers made it out to stayed for the second race in the double header. Don Peppler Jr making the semi final round in both of today's race raised his points total to 15 which is a virtual tie with points leader Dave Tortolani who holds first officially with 15 points and an event win. Hadyniak hold third place with 14 points and win and Bob Sebrowski holds fourth with 14 points.
2007 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

Despite the first round loss, Michael Archibald holds the Rookie points lead with 11 points. Barbara Grippo missed an opportunity to gain on Michael when she also exited first round. Gary Hurta picked up a point on both to hold third place with 6 points as does Steve Pistilli. Alfred Salanitro picked up 3 points and moved now has 6 as well.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Don Peppler Jr. displaced Frank Fiori on top the gear jammer standings with his double semi day. Peppler sits on top with 15 points followed by Fiori with 12 and Anthony Cupolo and Ken Gallasio with 8 each. Spectrum Equipment Service once again sponsors the "Gear Jammer of the Year" award, presented at year-end banquet to the racer with most points in his/her manual transmission Corvette.
Gear Jammer Standings.

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • John Hadyniak won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. John Hadyniak was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .003.
  • Glenn Murphy won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Glenn Murphy'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.
  • Frank Schear won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .000 off his dial. Frank Schear was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsDoug Bereczki won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0023. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Doug Bereczki earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy . With 93 cars making this event, we Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

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April 21, 2007 - This will be our fourth points race of the year and second week in a row we race. The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout will return at this event for its second race of the season.

May 12, 2007 will be our fifth points race of the season and will be the return of the Cartek Racing Pro 1.0 index class for their third race of the year. Gates open at 11 AM

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