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First Time Winner Again, Tony Cupolo Wins Event 8

By Edgar Perez

July 14, 2007 - Englishtown, NJ - I never get tired of hearing it. Another first time winner in The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission. It is a common theme but proof positive that both seasoned veterans and beginners can be successful in this series. Tony Cupolo is racing in his second season with us and went to semi final round last week and was in the final this week and took the win. The win came of perennial bridesmaid John Trescott. Although he has won the Top 16 race in 2006, he is 0-5 in the final in a regular series event. Turnout was high again with 74 racers making it out today. This was the second week in a row we raced before we take another long break for the next race. The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 was also back in action today for their fourth event of the season.

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Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up John Trescott Winner Winner Tony Cupolo
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Round one - 60 competitors made it out to the first round of action. The surprising race of the day was to see last week's winner, Gary Hurta go out first round. That is right, Hurta was packin' after round one when Sheila Murchan took her '79 Corvette to the win with a .050 reaction time and 15.550 on 15.25 dial defeating Hurta's .123 and 12.372 on 12.11 dial. Ralph Savarese was welcomed back from his little vacation last week with an early trip to the showers. John Trescott took him on the tree with a perfect .000 reaction time to Savarese's .079. This tree forced Savarese to breakout trying to catch him running 11.263 @ 119.18 on the 11.28 dial while Trescott was 12.020 on 11.98 dial. Mike Calicchia was enjoying the day with his new C5 and cut a .020 light to Bob Rosenberg’s .139 leaving him to only need to go 12.033 on 11.90 dial. Cupolo was ready to race from the start that is after he had to take his hood off because a hinge broke and it was hanging. He got the okay from Raceway Park to go ahead without the hood as it did not present a safety issue. He started eliminations with a stellar .004 reaction time to Gary O'Connell's .147 and he was able to ride that to a win with an 11.832 on 11.70 dial. Neil Vernarelli had a good week last week but left a little too early today going -.023 giving Paul Bogdan the win in the first round so the '57 Corvette was out. Word has it the Vernarelli's will be bringing along a friend with another C1 to race in the future and we look forward to having another C1 in the staging lanes. Several drivers did not help themselves to try and get a win by leaving late on the tree. The reaction time is probability the most important part of bracket racing and you need to get that number in the sub .100 range to have a shot. Joel Fellman, Barbara Grippo, Richy Josephs, Charles Fay, Raymond Sztabnik, Scott Scrivner and John Hadyniak were all much worse off than that and could not recover for a for a first round win. On the contrary though, Michael Archibald, Dave Tortolani and Ken Tyler each were fortunate to get away with a bad one thanks to other driver errors. I always say it is better to be lucky than good in this sport.

2007 Event 8 Ladder

Round two - Since only 60 made it to first round, we were going on a ladder as we always do when there are 32 cars or less. Trescott's perfect light got him the number one seed but we were even so he had to race it. It did not matter as he took the win when Jerry Muniz lit the red going -.039 giving Trescott a free pass he used to run 11.994 @ 114.64 on the 12.00 dial for the check-up. Louis Calicchia would get to advance when John Panuzzo would leave before the tree was activated so he was out for the day and Calicchia was running 11.897 on 11.86 dial and a .025 light to boot. Cupolo took defending Champion Rob Farley to school as Farley could not get the stripe having a bad 60' and running 13.147 on 13.05 dial and .054 light while Cupolo was 11.748 on 11.70 dial with a better .040 light. Rookie Michael Archibald rolled along with a win over Jim Bole as both drivers left late but Arch was about to run closer to his dial of 12.55 with a 12.620 @ 101.72. Eric Fischer ended John Policastro's day when Policastro struggled with the tree on his second week back. Bob Trieschmann would cut a .029 light which he did not need as Ken Tyler went red, -.018 against him. Shawn Cavanagh was sharp today and this round he cuts a .014 reaction time to put Anthony Abbruzze in a hole he could not get out of. Cavanagh finished the pass going 11.003 on 10.97 dial.

Round three - Now we were uneven and Trescott’s number one seed would earn him a bye. He lowered his dial to 11.99 and ran dead-on with an 8 going 11.998 with a .052 light. Cupolo would cut a .070 light and run 12.426 when he realized that Wayne Hagopian had gone red and he was already a winner. Mike Calicchia kept rolling when he went .100 on the tree but he too was a winner by red as Steve Pistilli went -.024 red. His dad, Louis Calicchia did not fair as well. Despite the .053 reaction time he was up against Ellis Gray who was .061 but both drivers refused to give up the stripe and both broke out. Calicchia's was worse going 11.810 on 11.86 dial to Gray's 11.367 on 11.38 dial so he would advance. This round it was Randolph Lanes turn to go perfect on the tree. He was .000 against Archibald and advance when Archibald could not catch him with his .053 light because he could not run his number going 12.857 on 12.55 dial while Randy was 13.080 on 12.90 dial. Trieschmann was not too shabby on the tree either. He went .017 to Ralph Blauvelt's .054. Despite Blauvelt going dead on with a ZERO, 14.200 on 14.20 dial, Trieschmann’s light got him the win as he went 13.574 on 13.54 dial.

Round four - No singles this round, they gotta earn them. Cupolo led us off with a round against Trieschmann. Trieschmann got the tree .016 to .090. Cupolo was close to dead on with an 11.710 on 11.70 dial and it appears Trieschmann was on the brakes too hard and ran 13.654 on 13.54 dial giving up the stripe. That was a .03 margin of victory for Tony. Trescott would be up next against Mike Calicchia. Being the tough opponent Trescott is, the young Calicchia pushed the tree and lit the red. He was only -.025 close enough does not count and Trescott was riding his 12.125 on 11.99 dial to the next round. The next pair to the line was Don Peppler in the '67 against Dennis Kazimir. Dennis was having a good day until he pushed the tree a little to hard and went red -.006 giving Peppler the win and the pass to the semi-final. Peppler was .034 on the tree and ran 13.456 on 13.43 dial. Ellis Gray would go .008 and run 11.489 on 11.40 dial while Randy Lane was caught by surprise and was dead-late on tree basically taking himself on out of the race.

Round five - Only four cars left for this race and the two C2's would have to race each other sadly. Cupolo with the '63 would have to face Peppler with the '67. They left the tree with nearly identical reaction times, .064 for Tony and .065 for Don. Both drivers ran it all out and both broke out. Cupolo was 11.621 on 11.70 dial and Peppler was 13.335 on 13.44 dial. Peppler broke out by more so Cupolo was on the way to the final. It was another .03 win for Cupolo. Trescott and Gray were tight on the tree as well. Trescott .018 and Gray .021. One would think with the package Gray put down going 11.402 on 11.37 dial, you would win 90% of the time and you'd be right but not this time. Trescott was dead-on again, this time with a 9. He went 12.009 on 12.00 dial. Yet another .03 win, this one for Trescott.

Round six - Cupolo is in his first Corvette Challenge final while Trescott in his fifth. The C5 of Trescott would get the head star with a 12.00 dial He also got off the tree better with a .087 light. Cupolo would follow with a .110, his worst of the day, and the same 11.70 dial. This would be another close one for both drivers. Cupolo runs just .02 over his dial and Trescott was .014 off his dial but on the wrong side. Trescott had broken out. Trescott got the stripe the breakout put the win light on Cupolo's side and he was going to celebrate his first Corvette Challenge win in his first final appearance. Trescott is great racer and certainly have other chances but he has to be wondering when it will be his turn. The Cupolo family is another one for those racing families. If I remember right, Anthony is the youngest of the brothers, his dad was with him at the track as was his son Anthony. Three generations at the track at the same time. This is very impressive. Not nearly as impressive as the Cupolo family being a Corvette family as each of the brothers has at least one Corvette. Awesome. Congratulations to Tony and the Cupolo Team and family.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Don Peppler Jr holds the top spot for the second race in a row with today's performance. Trescott moves himself to the second spot with the finals appearance today. Dave Tortolani, who was driving his other Corvette, the Torch Red C4, moved into the fourth spot. Ralph Savarese falls to the fourth spot with the first round exit. However, these four drivers will get invited to appear in the 27th ANNUAL P.C. RICHARD & SON ALL AMERICAN JET CAR NATIONALS at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ. The event will be held on Wednesday night August 8, 2007. Hopefully the can make as will you to support the Corvette challenge series. Cupolo's event win moves him to the fifth spot in the standings this week.
2007 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

Alfred Salanitro holds on to the rookie points but Michael Archibald gained some points on him. Salanitro exited in the first round and now has 20 points to Archibald's 19 and Gary Hurta is also on his tail with 19 points of his own and only tiebreaker points separate them. Chris Haase picks up a point and holds fourth spot with 17 and Steve Pistilli, with three points today is only one behind him with 16.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Corvette Challenge Team Challenge Cup

The new Team Challenge Cup showed little movement after race #8. Ridin' Dirty stole the pole position forcing The Vapors into spot #2. Spots 3-9 remain The Eliminators, Going Rounds, Tree Trimmers, More Meds, CFYA, Mistress & the Mayhem, and The Trap Shooters. Position 10 was taken over by Sgt Peppler’s Lonely Racers after pounding Devon’s Demons and the Mad Daugs back into 11th & 12th. On a side note, only 5 drivers have earned points for their team in every race thus far; Don Peppler, Ken Gallassio, Eric Fischer Jr, Joe Signore, and Doug Bereczki.

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

Of course the overall points leader being a gear jammer himself will find him in the lead in this category as well. Don Peppler Jr. holds a 30 to 23 point lead over Tony Cupolo now by who moved into the second spot with today's win. Ken Tyler remains in third with 21 points. Archibald leads Hurta just like in the rookie chase. 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 Trescott won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. John Trescott was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .000.
  • Al Salanitro won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Al Salanitro'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.
  • Ken Rammer won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .008 off his dial. Ken Rammer was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsWilliam Archambault won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0186. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, William Archambault earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy . With 72 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

September 1, 2007 - This will be our eight points race of the year leaving only two more to qualify for the Top 16 race. The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout will return at this event for its fourth race of the season. Gates open at 8:30 AM

October 20, 2007 will be our ninth points race of the season and will be the return of the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 index class for their fifth and final race of the year. Gates open at 11 AM

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