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Wayne Keegan Makes It Three in a Row to Remain Perfect

by Edgar Perez

Qualifiers - Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
PosNameETMPH
1  Jay McCardle 10.172 136.22
2  Marc Scharago 10.221 133.47
3  Chris Young 10.244 135.74
4  Alan Eckert 10.341 133.96
5  Mark Shaw 10.520 129.94
6  Joe Latona 10.643 128.69
7  Edgar Perez 10.738 126.07
8  Rob Zona 10.929 123.05
9  Wayne Keegan 9.940 135.12
06/28/08 - Englishtown, NJ - Three Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 Index presented by J&M Motorsports races, only one winner! Wayne Keegan is putting together a dream season. He has a perfect 12-0 round record and three event wins and is on track for a perfect season. Not even two rain delays cutting us to one qualifier was enough to stop him. Once again, Keegan was saved by our inability to fill the field as his one and only qualifier was under 10.0 and had him in the 9th and final qualifying position for the race. The win leaves him one event win shy of the record for consecutive wins, 4, by defending champion David Shen, who incidentally did not make today's race.

For today's Corvette Challenge bracket results click here.

Qualifying

After a rain delay the 10 racers were called to the lanes for their first qualifying pass. There were nine racers in the class at the time and they came under the tower to make their passes. All of today's entries were points racers though it is never mandatory to be a points racer to enter one of these races. Jay McCardle took the number 1 position with a 10.172 @ 136.22 in his East Coast Supercharging supercharged Corvette. He was followed by a second ECS supercharged entry, the Black convertible owned by Marc Scharago with a 10.221 @ 133.47. In the third position was the naturally aspirated C4 Corvette piloted by Chris Young. Young recently completed the NHRA licensing process for 9.99 and quicker cars so he was good to go all out without worry about going under which he is capable of, unless it is in elimination. He was across the finish line with a 10.244 @ 135.74. The third ECS supercharged Corvette, Alan Eckert, was in the fourth position with a 10.341 @ 133.96. That makes three ECS supercharged entries and all in the top 4. Mark Shaw was working with a new tune and on it's first pass, went 10.520 @ 129.94 which was good for the fifth qualifying position for the C3 entry. Joe Latona's nitrous C5 was in the sixth position with a 10.643 @ 128.69 on 100 shot. He would up the shot to 150 for the next pass with the help of with of Anger Management's Tommy Michalkowski. In the 7th spot, your's truly, Edgar Perez. The Vette Doctors prepped 402 C5 Corvette was in with a 10.738 @ 126.07. The 8th position was held by Rob Zona with the 346 cid naturally aspirated C5 tuned by Anger Management. His qualifying numbers, 10.929 @ 123.05. As mentioned, Wayne Keegan's first pass was below the mark. Even in today's weather he was going to have to work harder to slow down the C3 Corvette as he went through the traps at 9.940 @ 135.12 mph. As commonly done in heads up index racing, if you go under the index in qualifying you go to the bottom of the ladder. As the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 is a 16 car field, he was safely in the ninth position.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Joe Latona Group Winner Wayne Keegan
Photos by Edgar Perez. For over 5000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round 1

After a second rain delay and losing our second qualifying pass, we were ready to start round 1 of race 3. The first pair out was Chris Young (2) and Edgar Perez (7). Being outgunned I figured I would need to take a shot at the tree; more than a shot, a guess. I staged the car and counted off the seconds in my head then let it rip. Well it was early and had left before the tree was activated and Young received the automatic win. Young didn't guess and waited for the tree and he made a 10.181 pass at 107.66 mph. Out next were Wayne Keegan (9) and Mark Shaw (5). Keegan launched his wheelie making C3 to the tune of a .025 light and was able to handle Mark Shaw's 511 cid C3 with a 10.040 @ a 121.17. Shaw was away with a .062 RT and a better than qualifying ET but 10.258 @ 133.66 was not enough. Next pair was Joe Latona (6) v. Marc Scharago (2). Latona, staged deep, killed the tree with a .028 reaction time and went on to go quicker than his qualifying time with the extra 50 nitrous ponies and went 10.434 @ 132.31. That was good enough for a hole shot win against the number 2 qualifier Scharago. Marc was dead late with a .471 and lost the round with a quicker but losing 10.126 @ 135.12. The next pair was Alan Eckert (4) v. Rob Zona (8). As Eckert waited for the light to flash, he saw Zona do exactly what I did, leave before the tree was activated. Zona's Z06 had started to creep on the line before he unleashed it and received no time. Eckert left with a .241 and ran 10.415 @ 113.99. The last car on the track this round was Jay McCardle (1) on the single due to an uneven field. McCardle went .111 on the .500 pro tree and ran 10.113 @ 126.15.

Round 2

In round 2 of competition, Alan Eckert (4) would be paired with Jay McCardle (1), his ECS teammate. Eckert took the starting line advantage in the Z06 with a .124 to McCardle's .172. At the top end it would be a close one decided by .015 and it would be Eckert with the hole shot win. Eckert went 10.263 @ 126.33 for the win and McCardle would go quicker with a 10.230 @ 136.37. The tree was the decider here. Wayne Keegan (9) would face Chris Young (3) in this round. The two would give us our first side-by-side, dead-on pass. In a very close race, both drivers would pull the dead on with Keegan going 10.00 with a 2 and Young doing it with a 7. The big difference is Young went 132.28 mph, all oiut, and Keegan was on the brakes at 126.10. Keegan was just three thou' from going under. He was afforded the luxury of hitting the brakes as he took a .043 to .092 reaction time advantage. The boards were a site to see and I am sorry I personally missed it as I was still in the bracket class when it happened. Joe Latona (6) would get the single this session and took a very easy pass to save the car for the next round.

Round 3

Joe Latona (6) v. Alan Eckert (4) this round with Keegan getting the single. Latona killed the tree again with .027 and Eckert was in trouble with the .187 leave. Same result for the "Holeshot Kid" as he came away with the win on the reaction time. His 10.473 @ 132.49 was not as quick as Eckert's run but his reaction time put him in a position to the take the win and he did. Eckert ran a quicker and faster 10.314 @ 135.71 but it was not enough with a .172 reaction time. Latona was headed to his first final in the Pro 10.0. Wayne Keegan, not known for taking it too easy on singles, launched the C3 into the sky again with a .088 and ran the pass to a 10.029 @ 117.29 mph and was headed to his third final in a row.

Final Round

Wayne Keegan (9) v. Joe Latona (6). The "Holeshot Kid", Latona would have to do it against the hottest Pro 10.0 driver of the year.....and he did. He was able to get the leave on Keegan when he left .043 on the tree to Keegan's .066. It was not enough however as Keegan has his Corvette running the number at will and you just cannot make up 4 tenths on the tree. Latona was only able to run 10.456, respectable in its own right, but not enough to stop Keegan. Wayne ran 10.274 @ 118.06 for his third win in a row. This was a job well done for Keegan who is perfect for the season.

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Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Wayne Keegan earned a payout of $160 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Joe Latona earned a payout of $80 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Semi-finalist Alan Eckert earned a payout of $40.
  • Number 1 Qualifier Jay McCardle received a plaque for his 10.172 qualifying run
  • Wayne Keegan received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .025

2008 Points Standings

Wayne Keegan has opened up his points lead to 107 over Jay McCardle. In his very impressive season, it is amazing to see a driver walk that 10.00 line, having gone dead-on at least once in each race and not go under in completion which would cost him 20 points. McCardle and Latona (3rd) are going to have to work real hard to make a move and look to get Keegan early in the race to put destiny back in their own hands for the championship. Of course all the drivers are also competing for a chance to appear in the 28th ANNUAL P.C. RICHARD & SON ALL AMERICAN JET CAR NATIONALS at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ as our top 2 racers in the class will be invited to participate in this event. The event will be held on Wednesday night, August 6, 2008.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Wayne Keegan 112 228 340 396 431 3 14 10.071 
2. Jay McCardle 78 175 233 328 342 1 9 10.164 
3. Chris Young 33 87 143 180 277 1 5 10.356 
4. Joe Latona 56 90 184 222 222 0 4 10.302 
5. Marc Scharago 57 115 152 186 186 0 4 10.141 
6. Edgar Perez 35 67 100 133 167 0 0 10.668 
7. Alan Eckert 34 67 142 142 142 0 2 10.411 
8. Mark Shaw 92 105 139 139 139 0 3 10.376 
9. David Shen 52 84 84 84 84 0 2  
10. Rob Zona 0 32 65 65 65 0 0 11.458 
11. Tommy Michalkowski 0 0 0 34 34 0 1 10.167 
12. Michael Conway 34 34 34 34 34 0 0 10.951 
13. Edward Monari 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 11.424 

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