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First Time Finalist Ralph Blauvelt Wins Event 5

By Doug Bereczki

April 21, 2007 - Englishtown, NJ - Back to the track so soon! With two events on the 14th , 79 Vettes showed up for Saturday's East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission . I had thought there would have been more Vettes to show up as the weather was beautiful, low 80s and sunny.

after some organizational problems last week, it was nice to see that the gate line and the tech line moved along at a reasonable pace. Also during the time runs the tree lights and the water box were run in a more uniform fashion. So with everything running smoothly everyone was looking to get the racing started.

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Round one - As usual Rob Farley was ready and waiting in the right stage lane. First under the tower were Rob Farley and Richy Josephs to get the event started. Rob dialed in at 12.96 to Richy's 12.40 and got to launch first, and with a red light Rob was the first to go home. While Richy drove leisurely into the second round. Rookie leader Michael Archibald takes out Bob Trieschmann as Michael was able to run a better number. Michael 12.526 on a 12.50 dial to Bob's 13.498 on a 13.45 dial. Thomas Anderson used a fantastic .003 light to end James Kovitch's day. Another great light of .019 by John Trescott put Vic Gandhi on the trailer. Frank Fiori had a lot of time to play with when Tad Archambault gave Frank a huge reaction time advantage. Frank takes round one with a 12.885 on a 12.80 dial. Chris Haase advances on Al Betz's red light. Ron Lynch got a gift as Anthony Cupolo had a better reaction time but could not run his number. Another gift was given to Ellis Gray by way of Ed Mowton's red light. Ellis used the run to further dial his car in with an 11.102 on an 11.08 dial. John Panuzzo used a reaction time advantage and a dead on dial run, 11.986 on an 11.98 dial, to force Shawn Cavanagh to break out. Jerry Muniz also used a dead on dial run of 11.995 on a 112.99 dial to take a close win over Anthony Abbruzze who ran a 13.086 on a 12.98 dial. Charles Fay takes himself out with a red light giving Sheila Murchan a free pass to the second round. Neil Vernarelli used a slight reaction time advantage to beat Frank Shear. Neil ran a 13.643 on a 13.48 dial to Frank's 13.406 on a 13.24 dial. Joseph Latona was unable to win with a stellar reaction time of .001 allowing Tony Buonassisi to advance to the second round. Chris Young catches "Mistress" Kimberly Rudolf sleeping at the tree to advance to the second round also. Steve Pistilli's package of .030 R/T, 13.358 on a 13.30 dial bettered Louis Calicchia's package of .064 R/T, 11.701 on an 11.63 dial. A dead on dial run of 13.902 on a 13.90 dial gave Alfred Salanitro the win over Bob Hollingshead. A PERFECT 12.600 run on a 12.60 dial sent Joe Signore to round two over Paul Bogdan. Do you think Joe's Raceway Park #7777 helped him with that run?

Ralph Blauvelt put together a .008 package, which was the best of the day, to advance him to round two. Ralph probably would have liked to use his .000 R/T, and 13.968 on a 13.96 dial run on another race as Mike Hoffman lighted the red bulb! Ralph Savarese's combination of a .027 R/T & 11.100 on a 11.07 dial forces Mike Campbell to break out and go home. Ken Tyler's .012 R/T also forces Robert Sebrowski to break out and sent Ken to the second round. James Peins put together a dead on dial run of 14.055 on a 14.05 dial to send the Red Sled of Edgar Perez back to his trailer. That enabled Edgar to get some great video shots of the second round. Doug Bereczki, who's car suffered a major problem that prevented it from making it to the event, ran Tony Buonassisi's 05 Vette to attempt to go rounds. Doug lined up Tony's Magnetic Red Vette up next to Ken Gallassio's 05 Magnetic Red Vette and sent Ken packing with a .029 light.

Since covering all 36 first round races would use too much ink, her are the balance of racers that came up a little short. Glenn Murphy, Ken Rammer, and Al Raven sent themselves home with a red light. Raymond Sztabnik, Ueyd Mackay, Bob Rosenberg, Bill Ehret, David Shen, Eric Fischer, Nigel Lawrie, Gene Paterno, Joe Donnelly, George Geipel, and Bob Gay all got to watch round two from the bleachers.

2007 Event 5 Ladder

Round two - Tom Anderson caught Richy Josephs napping at the tree, but took too much stripe with a break out run of 12.892 on a 12.93 dial to Richy's 12.429 run on a 12.40 dial. John Trescott used a killer run of 11.802 on a 12.80 dial to overcome a reaction time disadvantage to send Frank Fiori back to Delaware. With similar reaction times Ellis Gray's package of11.124on a 11.08 dial was better than Ron Lynch's package of 13.742 on a 13.70 dial. Steve Pistilli bettered John Panuzzo's light to advance to round three. Jerry Muniz was able to overcome a .117 reaction time disadvantage to take a win over Ken Tyler who ran a 12.510 on a 12.33 dial to Jerry's 12.045 on a 11.99 dial. Michael Archibald cut a phenomenal .005 light, but was unable to put it to good use losing to Jim Bole who also cut a good .029 light. Jim ran a 12.219 on a 12.18 dial to Michael's 12.653 on a 12.50 dial. Barb Grippo, who is second in rookie points, was unable to gain some ground on Michael Archibald. Barb was caught sleeping at the line by fellow rookie Al Salanitro allowing Al to advance to the third round. Tony Buonassisi used a better light and run to send Pete Lopresti home to New York. Tony ran a 12.903 on a 12.85 dial to Pete's run of 15.304 on a 15.23 dial.

Don Peppler banged the gears to a near perfect run of 13.261 on a 12.26 dial to send Dennis Kazimir packing. Leaving first with a .063 light Devin Bole was forced to take too much stripe by Ralph Savarese's .021 light. Devon breaks out as Ralph advances. With similar reaction times James Peins takes the stripe first running a 14.172 on a 14.05 dial over Ron Higgins's 12.288 on a 12.08 dial. Bill Martinson turned a .048 R/T advantage into a win over Gary Hurta. The last pair to run in round two was Doug Bereczki ( trying to learn Tony's C-6 Vette ) and series leader David Torolani. Both drivers had a leisurely start and at the stripe it was David with the win as Doug crosses the stripe first with a break out run. Ralph Blauvelt got the bye run of the round with his 1st round .000 reaction time! He would use the run to further dial in his car, crossing the stripe at 13.994 on a 13.94 dial.

Five races were decided by red lights in the second round. Drivers bowing out with the red light were Shella Murchan, Chris Haase, Joel Fellman, Dave Hollingshead, and Ed Monari.

Round three - Joe Signore's #7777 didn't help him in round three as he lost to David Tortolani with a red light that matched his car color. Randolph Lane and Bill Martinson left the line with identical reaction times, and Randy crosses the finish line first to drive into the 4th round. Tony Buonassisi leaves the line with a reaction time advantage over Don Peppler but is way off of his dial in time which allows Don to advance. Ralph Blauvelt rips off a .034 light and a 14.043 run on a 13.98 dial to send Neil Vernarelli to the pits. John Hadyniak and Ellis Gray line up for a almost "heads up" race with John dialing in at 11.31 and Ellis at 11.08. As the lights came down, John cut a fantastic .003 light and Ellis was unable to catch John at the top end. Ripping through the gears Richy Josephs put together another win, this time over Al Salanitro. Three more red lights sent home Steve Pistilli, Jerry Muniz, and Jim Bole. Ralph Savarese got the bye run in this round.

Round four - Two teams are turning up the heat with two drivers each in the 4th round. Ridin' Dirty with Ralph Savarese and Chris Young and The Eliminators with John Trescott and James Peins. By the luck of the draw all four drivers were paired against each other. Team challenge 1 pitted John against Chris in a very tight race. John left first cutting a .092 light, Chris followed cutting a .020 light. One would think Chris had this race in the bag, but Chris covered the mile in 10.374 on a 10.20 dial while John put together a 11.900 run on a 11.80 dial. At the top end John would take the stripe by .002, winning the team challenge 1 and moving on to round 5. Team challenge 2 found Ralph lining up against James. In another close race, James got a 3 second head start with a .074 light, and Ralph followed with a .076 light! Ralph caught and past James at the stripe by .047 with a dead on dial run of 11.064 on a 11.06 dial while James crossed at 14.191 on a 14.14 dial. The other three match ups were not nearly as exciting with each race decided by a red light. Don Peppler with an oh so close -.008 light, and Richy Josephs and Randolph Lane also cutting red lights.

Round five - Just three rounds and 5 drivers left. First from under the tower were Ralph Savarese and John Hadyniak. These two experienced drivers brought their A game to this match up. This race was close to "a heads up start" with Ralph dialed in at 11.05 and John dialed in at 11.33. John started first with a .013 light and Ralph quickly followed with a .006 light! Ralph with his black C-4 gradually caught John in his red and white C-3 then ever so slightly edged ahead of John and held that position crossing the stripe .036 before John. Nothing dirty about that race, both drivers put together excellent packages when needed most. Next up was Ralph Blauvelt, proving his team name correct Going Rounds, and The Vapors team leader David Tortolani. This race was decided quickly when David couldn't wait for the green light and lit the red bulb instead. Ralph didn't waste the run crossing the stripe at 13.994 on a 14.00 dial. Some double checking of the dial number would be in order for Ralph before the next round. John Trescott got the bye run of the round and used it as a time shot running 11.755 on a 11.80 dial.

Round six - With three drivers left Ralph Blauvelt got the single run into the final round. Once again Ralph would use the run to confirm his dial number running a 14.005 on a 13.98 dial. John Trescott's bye run of round 5 would prove to be extremely valuable in his race against Ralph Savarese. Lighting the board with a 11.757 on a 11.75 dial John ended two time Corvette Challenge Champ, Ralph Savarese's day. That race spoiled a Ralph vs. Ralph final!

Round seven - The final round would pit 1st time finalist Ralph Blauvelt against 2nd time finalist John Trescott. Once again the winner of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge would be a first time winner. Out of the hole Ralph got a 2 second head start over John. Ralph cut a .021 light to John's .094 light. Crossing the line at 14.106 on a 13,98 dial Ralph forced John to break out with a 11.814 run on a 11.82 dial. Winning the Corvette Challenge gave Ralph's team Going Rounds a big boost moving up 2 positions Likewise John helped his team The Eliminators a three position jump to second place.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

67 of our 101 registered points drivers made it out to the 5th event. On the strength of his 4th round win David Tortolani remains in first place by 1 point with 20 points. John Hadyniak and Don Peppler traded places with John moving up to second place. Ralph Savarese's 5th round win saw him jump up to 4th place. Finishing in the runner-up position rewarded John Trescott a 5th place spot. With his first place finish Ralph Blauvelt got the 6th spot up from 22nd.
2007 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

With the top three rookies Mike Archibald, Barb Grippo, and Pete Lopresti going out in the second round and Steve Pistilli and Al Salanitro exiting in the 3rd round, the top five spots remained the same. Mike leads the pack with 13 points and the next 4 rookie drivers all have 9 points. With the season half completed the Rookie of the year looks to be tight and exciting.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Corvette Challenge Team Challenge Cup

The new Team Challenge Cup competition continues to be a very exciting addition to the ECS CC. Numerous requests for updated points a spread across the internet and not just from John Panuzzo. The Vapors, lead by Dave Tortolani continues to hold first palce in this challenge with Dave himself leading the way with 5 points today and teamates Neil Vernarelli and Alfred Salanitro scoring 3 points each. The Eliminators, led by John Trescott, made the biggest jump today into second place trailing The Vapors by two points in the challenge. Trescott's runnerup contributed 7 points, James Peins 4 and 2 points were used with both Monari and Lopresti scoring 2 each. Team CFYA!, Robert Sebrowski and The Tree Trimmers, Rob Farley, each dropped three positions in the team standings this week. For complete Team Standnings visit

Current Team Standings

TeamTeam NameTeam CaptainPoints
T01 Ridin' Dirty Savarese, Ralph 105
T08 The Eliminators Trescott, John 100
T02 The Vapors Tortolani, David 95
T06 Going Rounds Fischer, Eric 84
T10 Tree Trimmers Farley, Rob 81
T09 Mistress and the Mayhem Rudolf, Kimberly 78
T05 More Meds Higgins, Ron 73
T07 The Trap Shooters Kovitch, James 65
T03 Sgt Pepplers Lonely Racers Peppler, Donald 64
T04 CYFA! Sebrowski, Robert 64
T11 Devon's Demons Bole, Devon 62
T12 Mad Dawgs Muniz, Jerry 53
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Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Don Peppler Jr. gained ground in this category today with 4 points moving him up to 19 for the season. He now holds a five point lead over Ken Tyler in a C5 and Frank Fiori in a C3 who each have 14 points. The are followed by rookie Micheal Archibald with 13 for the season. 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

  • Ralph Blauvelt won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ralph Blauvelt was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .000.
  • Ken Rammer won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ken Rammer's light was -0.030 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.
  • Joe Signore won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .000 off his dial. Joe Signore was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsTony Buonassisi won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0134. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Tony Buonassisi earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy . With 79 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

May 12, 2007 will be our fifth points race of the season and will be the return of the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class for their third race of the year. Gates open at 11 AM

July 7, 2007 - This will be our sixth points race of the year and first of two weeks in a row. The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout will return at this event for its third race of the season. Gates open at 11 AM

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