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Rob Farley Wins His Fourth Consecutive Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 in Race #5

by Rob Farley

Qualifiers - The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 Index presented by Russ DeLibero-Emerald Financial Resources
1  Bill Fischer 7.412 94.46
2  Eric Fischer 7.412 92.59
3  Shawn Cavanagh 7.424 91.19
4  Gene Paterno 7.435 85.96
5  Rob Farley 7.482 91.47
6  Paul Bogdan 7.484 76.66
7  John Panuzzo 7.517 96.54
8  Vic Gandhi 7.576 70.58
9  David Tortolani 7.652 95.15
10  Robert Cook 7.986 95.24
11  Ron Higgins 8.883 86.22
11/22/08 - Englishtown, NJ - The Vette Doctors Pro 11.5 Index presented by Russ DeLibero-Emerald Financial Resources The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 finale was raced on a cold and windy day. The wind was a strong steady cross wind and the temperature was in the high thirties making it feel like it was ten degrees. All classes ran to the 1/8th mile due to the weather conditions. The new index for today's event was 7.40. With most racers, including myself, that have never raced to the 1/8th mile, this was a new experience. The one comment that was heard by many during the event in the lanes was "You're lifting just after you take off". Today's event had eleven drivers come out and race, ten of the eleven drivers were looking for Rob Farley. Rob Farley was the target; Rob had a target not just on his back but also on the front of his jacket. At the end of today's event, Rob was called out by Shawn Cavanagh. Not only do the racers want to take Rob out during the event, but also after the event. Coming into today's event John Panuzzo was in second place with Paul Bogdan and Shawn Cavanagh looking to change that.

This was the first season for the Vette Doctors Pro 11.50. I am proud to say that this season was a huge success. I only heard positive feedback throughout the season from the racers and spectators. I am so honored to be part of a successful growing series. I can see that this class will only grow in time. It was great to see everyone having fun.

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With today's change from quarter mile to eighth mile, this was a huge curve for all racers. You would think that the drivers would have a difficult time adjusting from 11.50 to 7.40. All the driver's adjusted very well to the change. We had two racers run identical times to the thousandth for the number one position in qualifying. Eric Fischer and his father Bill Fischer Sr. qualified side by side with a 7.412. The position was determined by the MPH. Bill Fischer Sr. received the position with his 94.46 MPH to Eric's 92.59 MPH. Shawn Cavanagh secured the number three position with a 7.424 and Gene Paterno qualifying with a 7.435. The fifth and six qualifying positions were separated by .012. Qualifying in 5th was Rob Farley with a 7.482 and Paul Bogdan close behind in 6th with a 7.494.

Round 1

The first pair to the line was John Panuzzo (7) racing Ralph Savarese's 1985 Black Beauty (AKA SATIN) going up against Eric Fischer (2) in his green C5. The reaction times where separated by .001. John left first with a .066 to Eric's .067 light. Eric was able to cross first with a 7.510 @ 76.94 MPH to John's loosing 8.421 @ 84.13 MPH. The next driver to the line is the number one supporter of the Pro 11.50. Gene Paterno (4) cannot thank me enough for developing this class. Gene Paterno (4) in his 2002 silver (Bullet) racing Dave Tortolani (9) in his Vette Doctors prepped 1999 Corvette. Gene left the line first with a .097 to Dave's .218. Dave knew he left late and poured it on to catch Gene. Dave crossed first with a 7.381 @ 73.84 MPH to Gene's 7.349 @ 81.53 MPH. Both driver's went under the index and were disqualified and penalized 20 points. The next driver to the line was Shawn Cavanagh (3) who arrived at the track today on a mission. That mission was to finish the season in 2nd place. Shawn was racing Vic Gandhi (8) in his 1989 Blue C4. Shawn left the line first with a .073 to Vic's .225. Vic knew he had to try to push Shawn out to get the win. The win went to Shawn with a 7.459 @ 85.39 MPH to Vic's breakout 7.389 @ 85.74 and the penalty points.

The next pair of Vettes was Rob Farley (5) in his 1998 Indy Pace Car racing Bob Cook (10) in his 2001 427 yellow Road Racing Corvette. Both drivers are representing East Coast Supercharging. Bob was not able to hold his six speed at the line and rolled through before the tree flashed. This gave Rob a free pass to round two as long as he did not breakout. Rob crossed the finish line with an 8.111 @ 54.72 MPH. The next pair was Paul Bogdan (6) in his 1997 Silver coupe racing Ron Higgins (11) in his silver C5. Ron left the line first with a .115 to Paul's .141. Ron crossed first with a 7.294 @ 93.60 MPH to Paul's winning 7.760 @ 77.50 MPH. Our number one qualifier was the last Corvette to complete round one. This was Bill Fischer Sr. (1). Bill left the line with a .133 and running it out without lifting to a 7.418 @93.15 MPH.

Round 2

The first pair to start round two was Rob Farley (5) racing Eric Fischer (2). Rob knew that Eric was going to give it everything he had. Eric is a quiet person in the lanes, but when Eric is on the track it is all business. Rob left first with a .039 to Eric's .081. Rob crossed the stripe first with 7.618 @ 75.06 MPH to Eric's 7.704 @ 91.76 MPH. The next pair of racer's were both looking to finish the season in 2nd place. This would be the race to watch. At this point, Paul Bogdan had passed John Panuzzo for 2nd after winning round one while Panuzzo was ousted round one. The only thing that could cost Bogdan that runner-up jacket earning spot was a breakout loss and a penalty. In his East Coast Supercharging tuned 2003 Vette was Shawn Cavanagh (3) racing Paul Bogdan (6) in his silver 1997 self built and tuned Corvette. Both drivers left with superior reaction times. Shawn had the starting line advantage with a .007 to Paul's .027. Shawn would receive the win with his 7.402 @ 94.12 MPH to Paul's 7.312 @ 76.47 MPH. The ill fated penalty that comes along with that breakout loss, dropped Bogdan back to 3rd moving Panuzzo back to 2nd in the standings. The next pair was the last two racer's to complete round two. Bill Fischer Sr. (1) would get a single this round because both potential opponents prior round were disqualified for going under the index. Bill ran an 8.029 @ 67.81 MPH.

Round 3

Round three had three drivers in the lanes thinking about who was going to be the Race 5 winner. Shawn Cavanagh (3) in his 2003 East Coast Supercharging prepped Corvette going up against Bill Fischer Sr. (1) in his white 2001 Corvette. Shawn left first with a .117 to Bill's .623. With Shawn way out ahead of Bill, Shawn took his foot off the gas and coasted to a 7.396 @ 84.37 MPH. Bill is a short distance behind and did not notice on the score board that Shawn broke out. This would be an easy win if Bill dropped the anchor. Bill was so distracted with Shawn crossing first, Bill crossed with a 7.312 @ 76.47 MPH. Rob Farley (5) decided to sit it out to prepare to race the winner. Neither driver advanced to the finals due to a double breakout. Both drivers were penalized and that ended Shawn's bid to climb in the standings to 2nd place.

Final Round

Rob Farley had another competition single run in the final. This was the second uncontested final Rob has won in the four final appearances. Rob rolled up to the beams and was trying to beat his last final reaction time of .004. Rob's reaction time was -.003 red and ran a 7.722 @ 64.97 MPH. Rob made it to the final in four out of five races this season and won all of them. Moments before Rob went out for the final round, Shawn Cavanagh challenged Rob to a race. The rules would be a 7.40 Index on a .500 Pro Tree. Rob accepted the offer and also added that he would return to the lanes after making the final pass and drive directly to the starting line without cooling down. Rob returned to the staging lanes after racing the final. Shawn and Rob drove around the wall and did a quick burnout and staged. The tree flashed and both drivers were gone. It was obvious that both drivers had great reaction times. Rob left first with a .015 to Shawn's .021. Shawn lifted to prevent himself from breaking out, but it did not help. Shawn crossed .0387 in front of Rob. Rob crossed with a 7.402. Rob had a seventeen thousand package. What a way to end a season.

Rob Farley would like to thank East Coast Supercharging, New York Speed & Machine, NO WET, American Racing Headers, Linda, Robbie and Katelyn, Raceway Park Staff and all the racer's that participated in the Vette Doctors Pro 11.50. I hope all of the racer's will return next year for this fun and exciting class. Have a happy and safe Holiday.

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Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Rob Farley earned a payout of $160 in addition to the winner trophy
  • There was no Runner-up today
  • Semi-Finalists Shawn Cavanagh and Bill Fischer Sr. each received $40
  • Number 1 Qualifier Bill Fischer Sr. received a plaque for his 7.412 qualifying run
  • Eric Fischer received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .067

2008 Points Standings

2008 11.50 Champion Rob Farley was able to pad his points today with an event win. Having clinched the title at the last 11.50 race all he could do was build on the lead. He finishes the season with 495 points, 4 event wins and 17 round wins. The heated battle for the runner-up title switched hands twice today but when it was all over it was John Panuzzo who held on the runner-up position despite owning two different Corvettes this season and never entering one of them in the class. Instead Panuzzo accumulated his points using Corvettes owned by Dennis Kazimir and Ralph Savarese. Panuzzo took the runner up spot by only 2 points earning 284 points, 1 event win and 6 round wins. Paul Bogdan held the second spot at the end of first round but let it get away when he went under the index in round two. He finishes third for the season with 282 points and 8 round wins. Shawn Cavanagh finishes in fourth overall 231 points and 7 round wins. David Tortolani rounds out the top five with 211 points and 4 round wins.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Rob Farley 35 149 263 381 495 4 17 11.567
2. John Panuzzo 112 187 220 251 284 1 6 11.687
3. Paul Bogdan 10 103 154 248 282 0 8 11.777
4. Shawn Cavanagh 76 113 165 175 231 0 7 11.691
5. David Tortolani 13 51 127 159 211 0 4 11.597
6. Gene Paterno 53 85 117 174 189 0 2 11.649
7. Eric Fischer 11 62 72 127 184 0 3 11.776
8. Bill Fischer 31 41 51 82 140 0 2 11.894
9. Ellis Gray 72 106 116 126 126 0 4 11.841
10. Mike Calicchia 11 42 76 110 110 0 0 11.700
11. Ron Leader 37 69 100 100 100 0 0 11.677
12. Anthony Cupolo 0 10 20 96 96 0 2 11.794
13. Joseph Latona 34 44 62 93 93 0 2 11.790
14. Joseph Donnelly 0 33 84 84 84 0 2 11.678
15. Nicholas Pluta 31 41 51 82 82 0 0 11.945
16. Gary Hurta 30 40 50 60 60 0 0 12.636
17. Jerry Muniz 0 10 41 53 53 0 0 11.667
18. Frank Eckert 38 48 48 48 48 0 0 11.879
19. Thomas Sabolevsky 0 36 46 46 46 0 1 11.620
20. Rich Shuleski 10 20 20 20 20 0 0 12.362
21. Robert Zona 0 10 20 20 20 0 0 14.890
22. Ron Higgins 0 0 0 0 12 0 0

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