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Event 6

By Edgar Perez

May 12, 2007 - Englishtown, NJ - Here we are, the mid-point of the points season for the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission and we have been unable to keep both Ralph Savarese and Rob Farley from the top spot. We got half with Farley struggling of late living and dying by the tree but Savarese took the event win to place him in the top spot. We had to enlist his entire family to slow him down; Ralph will be on vacation for the next race July 7 so he will likely not be able to hold that top spot then. Spring weather was back but on this Mother's Day weekend, car count was off its average of 75 over the last three seasons. We had 74 with the Pro 10.0 racers (ha ha). A very happy Motherís day to the moms and mothers of our children, better known as our spouses and thank you for being so understanding and letting dad race on your weekend...you probably welcome the break anyway.

A huge welcome back to Mike Roberts who just wrapped up the semester at college and was back in the house with the camera to shoot our pictures for us. We missed you buddy!

We had 9 Corvette attempt to qualify for 8 spots in the Pro 10.0 race today.
For today's Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 coverage click here.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Joe Latona Winner Ralph Savarese, Edgar Perez, Runner-up Joe Latona Winner Ralph Savarese
Photos by Mike Roberts. For over 5000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round one - 64 Corvettes made it to the first round of this event but this round it seemed like only two mattered. Trash talk, banter, call outs, call it what you want, John Panuzzo took the big step and offered a victory against Rob Farley in the first round. That's right, he was hittin' it head-on today in a bold move to gain position in the standings. They went back and forth on the Corvette Forum and Panuzzo was starting to worry. He called, buddy, Chris Young over 30 times in one day to strategize, or agonize, over the race wondering if he had done the right thing. Well he did it! He lined it up first round next to "Right Lane Robbie" and shouted "Let's Get It On!" Panuzzo slapped a 13.03 on the Torch Red C4 and Farley did the same on the Radar Blue C5. Did someone say there was a sale on brake pads? In the rare heads-up bracket race, Farley laid the smack down on the tree with a .013 reaction time and Panuzzo was on with a .027. They eyeballed each other up the track like two teenagers in love and then came the brake dance ballet....okay I did not see it but we know these guys right? Panuzzo was dead-on with an 8 and Farley was just off with a 13.055 both at 106 mph. The margin victory, .003. The victor, the boss, Panuzzo gave Farley the rest of the day off.

So Jim Kovitch was up next and to not be upstaged by the Panuzzo/Farley slide show (pun), he laid down a .005 reaction time and said "take this Dennis Kazimir" and he was left only to break out trying to catch Kovitch who also broke out but by less so he was moving on. If you heard the tree saying "Oh!", "Oh!" it was because it was taking a beating. Ken Tyler and Frank Schear each won their rounds with .029 RT's sending Wayne Hagopian and Paul Bogdan back home respectively. Bob Sebrowski joined the party with a .004 RT forcing Tony Buonassisi to break out chasing him. Jerry Muniz put the Boogity in the car with new CCW C6 drag package featuring huge 345 MT drag radials and a radial front tire package to the tune of .027 reaction time and a 12.104 double breakout win over the red-lighting Tony Abbruzze. Jim Bole was on with a .022 reaction time ridin' to a win over Vic Gandhi who was .059 himself but could not overcome Bole's dead-on 12.385 on 12.38 dial despite his own 11.707 on 11.69 dial. Even the losing lights were awesome today with Frank Fiori leaving on Dave Tortolani with a .028 reaction but Tortolani broke out by a few thousandths less then Frank did for the win. Anthony Cupulo broke out giving the win to Pete Lopresti despite a stellar .026 to .196 reaction time advantage.

Eventual winner, Ralph Savarese escaped an RT deficit when Ron Higgins beat him out .026 to .068 but could not run his 11.90 dial with a 12.646. On the other side, Joe Latona, who was running in the EFI class and the QTP Quick Time 8 heads up class for LS engine cars (he runnered-up) got to advance when Raymond Sztabnik ran off his dial going 14.435 on 13.38 dial making Latona a winner with 11.114 on 11.00 dial.


2007 Event 6 Ladder

Round two - The assault on the tree continued with James Peins abusing it with a .011 RT and 14.255 on 14.15 dial making easy work of Chris Young who was late, .123 though close to dead on 10.160 on 10.15 dial. Ralph Blauvelt sent Sheila Murchan packing with a .029 to .087 RT lead causing her to break out 15.113 on 15.21 dial for the loss. John Trescott ended Chris Haase's day with .056 reaction time and 11.942 on 11.90 dial. Doug Bereczki got to breathe a huge sigh of relief as the tree backlashed at him for the spanking other drivers were giving it and threw a .214 at him but the tree punished Barbara Grippo worse with a .312 and Doug was moving on.

Savarese would hammer the tree for the round best .003 reaction sending Kovitch to the showers breaking out. Latona on the other hand got a gift from Gary Hurta. Latona went red -.108 but Hurta went red first with a -.002 so Latonaís did not matter. He went 11.031 on 11.01 dial.

Round three - As the day went on the great lights were getting less frequent. This round was about 50/50 for great lights and not so great ones. Savarese, again with the round best RT, this time with a .011, was the winner over Ralph Blauvelt as both drivers were a hundredth over their dials but Savarese was better on the tree to Blauveltís .040 and came out on top. Reaction .021 to .091 put John Trescott in a position to defeat Bob Sebrowski and Bereczki lashed back at the tree with a .025 to take the win over Eric Fischer who was in the other half of the 50/50 with a .143. Mike Campbell got away with a .207 light when Ken "Can't Today" Rammer cut a weird .345 light. Rammer has gone weeks without reaching that number adding up all of his RT's but the tree got him and he was done. John Burbich laid off the tree when Schear went red and took the win with a .216 reaction time. Latona, feeling confident, put a 10.99 dial on the car. He has been in the 10's before but it is always special to put that number on the dial. Louis Calicchia would face him and left late so he broke out chasing Latona who went 11.027 on the 10.99 dial. Shawn Cavanaugh would advance when he took the win over James Peins. Alfred Salanitro, not looking like a rookie at all, ran dead-on his 13.85 dial with a 7 to take the win over Don Peppler Jr. and now the stage was set for round 4.

Round four - Bereczki was up with a .059 and Trescott could not wait anymore in the 11-second ride and wet red with -.014 advancing Bereczki. Savarese, was deadly on tree and gaining sharper. He went .025 this time was his gift to Mike Campbell who was off with a .086 and not enough to catch Savarese. Salanitro laid down the round best RT with a .006 and took the win in a double breakout race with Shawn Cavanagh. Shawn ran 11.129 on 11.21 dial while Salanitro rode it out to a 12.909 on 13.95 dial. Joe Latona got a red light win when John Burbich was off too soon with a -.038. Latona gave the car a break and ran 15.,959 on 11.01 dial...it had to be like his 20th pass of the day not to mention the 20 or so he took at the Atco track rental on Thursday....someone give the kid a set of tires!

Round five - By now the evening session was mixing in with the completion of our afternoon session but we still have a couple more rounds to go. Ralph Savarese laxed on the tree with .068, yeah I know some of use can't buy a light like that, and it was good for the lead against Salanitro who was .080. Another double breakout as Salanitro was back to his 13.85 dial but still went 13.782 and broke out by more than Savarese with an 11.088 on 11.13 dial. Latona and Bereczki would have their own double breakout race. Did I mention the drastic change in DA right about now? Latona took the RT lead .068 to .080 and broke out with an 11.003 on 11.01 dial which was better than Doug who went under 13.942 on 14.02 dial. The stage was set with first time finalist Latona against Savarese...can you ask for a taller order?

Round six - You guessed it, Savarese was on the tree. Latona was too! .035 for Latona and .020 for Savarese. This is Savarese we are talking about so what appears to be close for us, is a huge lead for Savarese, knowing he is missing the next race, hoping to make up every point now. Well Savarese was 11.125 on 11.07 dial and Latona was close with an 11.043 on 10.98 dial but the outcome has become all too common, win light, Savarese. He we bust on you a lot Ralph but you make us proud when you represent us. Joe, as stated, was doing what we all wish we can do, go round after round, winning. He did not win a final today but as Savarese said, he sure was the happiest person at the track today. Joe thanked the Raceway Park staff for giving him some leeway in allowing him a few minutes to cool the hot rod and stay consistent. Congrats to you two and all who participated today.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

57 of our 101 registered points drivers made it out to the 6th event. Ralph Savarese unseeded Dave Tortolani from the number one spot and holds a point lead 23 to 22 over Tortolani and Peppler Jr. John Trescott moved up to 4th place after today with 20 points bumping John Hadyniak to 5th. Hadyniak did not make today's race. Rob Farley fell two spots to 16th with 13 points and you can bet he is going to be looking to make some ground up at the next race.
2007 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

We have a new Rookie leader with Alfred Salanitro taking a one-point lead over incoming leader Mike Archibald as he did not make today's event. Alfred takes a 14 to 13 point lead in the chase. Barbara Grippo and Pete Lopresti are trailing with 11 points each.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Don Peppler Jr. is running with the grind. The grind of gear shifting that is. Today's performance increased his lead in the Gear Jammer's chase to 6 points with 22 over Ken Tyler with 16. Frank Fiori follows with 15 and Michael Archibald, who missed today's race holds on to 4th with 13 points. 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

  • Bob Sebrowski won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Bob Sebrowski was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .004.
  • Bill Wilson won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Bill Wilson's light was -0.007 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.
  • Ed Monari won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .002 off his dial. Ed Monari was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsRob Farley won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0032. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Rob Farley earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy . With 73 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

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

July 14, 2007 will be our seventh points race of the season and will be the return of the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class for their fourth race of the year. Gates open at 11 AM

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

As always, we couldn't enjoy our passion for racing without the tireless efforts of our coordinators - Edgar Perez, Bob Trieschmann, Dennis Kazimir, Joe Amodea and Paul Ziajski. We'd be reduced to time shots only without our sponsors - many thanks for the continued support of Corvette Challenge - East Coast Supercharging | Yank Racing Converters | Gear Star Transmission | Team Panuzzo | Corvette Club of Delaware Valley - CCDV | Spectrum Equipment Service | Simple Man | QTP - Quick Time Performance | Carroll's Rod & Racecraft | Kooks Custom Headers | CFM Racing | Tortolani Racing | Anger Management Racing | East Coast Corvettes | WheelHQ.com | Zaino Bros | Pro Torque | Perez Web Design

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