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Bob Trieschmann Jumps into Points Lead With Event 2 Win

By Doug Bereczki

March 15, 2008 - Englishtown, NJ - The first points race of The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters and Gear Star Transmission got off to a beautiful start. Sunny, cool, and good air made for great racing. For the second event in a row we got 3 time shots. When the first round arrived we more than doubled the turn-out from our last race with 66 drivers making the call to the first round. It was great seeing a lot of faces that we have not seen since last November.

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Round one: Round 1 of the first points race of '08 starts off with Chris Young and Ron Lynch? Wait a minute, where is First in Line Farley??? He's always first in line. This can't be good. Well back to the first race, seems Ron couldn't wait to get the season started. He lights the red bulb and sends Chris to round 2. The next three pairings were decided by the red bulb's as well. John Trescott, John Policastro, and Tom Smith benefited and moved on to round 2. George Chambers' break out run sends Jerry Muniz to the next round. Unable to run his number, Ken Baranski wastes a .007 light and allows Eric Fisher, who had a better package, to take the win. Corvette Challenge rookie Jeanne Linke runs a 12.675 on a 12.66 dial and sends Ken Tyler back to NY. Chris Haase uses a .031 light to put Joe Donnelly on the trailer. Joe runs an 11.015 on an 11.01 that had to hurt! Ralph Blauvelt gets an extra time shot thanks to Alan Eckert's red light. Mike Campbell moves on by way of Dan Swadis' break out run. By the way, let's welcome back Dan. Dan missed racing last year because of car trouble. Alfred Salanitro breaks out by .018 and moves Rich Shuleski on to round two. In the closest race up to this point, Frank Fiori's 12.509 on a 12.50 with a .138 RT was better than James Peins' 13.951 on a 13.80 with a .041 RT. In a double break out race Paul Bogdan takes out Russ Linke. In running down Don Peppler, car # 7029 breaks out pushing Don to round 2. Rick Nelson, in his new 08 LS3, which has less than 1000 miles on it, screams by yours truly who was caught snoozing at the tree to take the win. An .037 light for Louis Calicchia was the deciding factor in the win against Joe Latona who was closer to his dial. Randolph Lane put together a .023 RT and a 12.663 on a 12.65 to take out Mike Calicchia who cut a .028 light but ran an 11.270 on an 11.20. Tony Buonassisi drilled the tree with a .001 light to take the win over Bill Fisher's leisurely light. With identical reaction times, .043 to .042, Dennis Kazimir's 11.478 on an 11.47 dial edged out Ken Rammer's run of 12.805 on a 12.77 dial. Ralph Savarese beat Ellis Gray out of the hole to steal a win. Ellis was .035 over his dial while Ralph was .042 over his dial. Frank Schear took out David Tortolani who was learning how to row through the gears again in his red 96. David's 99 Vette wasn't finished with the engine rebuild yet. In a close match up between Dave Buddendorff and James Kovitch it came down to Dave's better RT of .078 to James's .113. Anthony Cupolo runs dead on his dial, 12.401 on a 12.40 to take out Vic Gandhi cutting a .032 light but runs an 11.590 on his 11.50 dial. Last up for round 1 is Rob Farley, yes that's what I said, last up, and Bob Trieschmann. Aren't these guys usually first off in round 1? Well today they are bringing up the rear. With similar reaction times Bob takes an easy win over Rob who was unable to run his number. Shawn Cavanagh, Ron Leader, Ray Sztabnik, Gary O'Connell, Kim Rudolph, Steve Pistilli, John Hadyniak, Gary Hurta, and Ron Higgins all moved on to round two by way of their opponents red lights. With all the red lights and break outs in round 1 it seems a lot of us are rusty from the Winter lay off.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up John Trescott Winner Bob Trieschmann
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Round two: John Policastro takes a hole shot win over Chris Young with a .060 light to a .093 light respectively. Chris was in a borrowed car again as his 93 Blueberry is still in the rebuild process. If I remember correctly, the last time Chris borrowed a car he won the event. Not to be this time, had to give the car back to Uncle Ralph. Next pair is Tom Smith and Ralph Blauvelt. Ralph kills the tree with a .016 light and at the top end on the brakes he hands the win to Tom, by breaking out by .057. Jerry Muniz and John Trescott in a near heads up race are next with Jerry dialed in 11.69 and John dialed in 11.56. Jerry gets the advantage out of the hole with a respectable .037 light to John's .103 light. But as they race down the track Jerry gets crossed up and lifts before the stripe. When Jerry checked his mirror he saw a red Vette on the start line and missed seeing John who must have been in his blind spot. Thinking there was a problem he lifts only then to see John shoot by him to take the stripe! That red Vette at the line was the Team Panuzzo's car with the hot shot rookie driver, Jeanne Linke who moved on to round three by way of Chris Haase's .006 early start. Mike Campbell and Shawn Cavanagh had identical RT's and at the top end it was Shawn taking the strip with a .008 on his dial! The red lights continue for the next three pairings. Moving on are Don Peppler, Gary O'Connell, and Paul Bogdan. Ray Sztabnik uses a nice hole shot advantage to move onto round 3 and put Dennis Kazimir on the trailer. Anthony Cupolo is very impatient at the line, and allows Rick Nelson to advance to round 3. Steve Pistilli gives the start line advantage to Dave Buddendorff but takes back his gift to Dave and nips him at the line by .006! Randolph Lane kills the tree with a .009 RT and takes an easy win over John Hadyniak. Kimberly Rudolf and Eric Fisher both benefit from their opponents red lights to move on to the next round. Next up are Bob Trieschmann and Ron Higgins. Bob leaves first and then Ron attempts to leave, but his car had another idea. Ron breaks in what looked like a catastrophic rear suspension failure. Hopefully it is just a half shaft failure and nothing more. The last pair to run in round 2 is Jerry Muniz and Ralph Savarese. Hold it a second, didn't Jerry already get knocked out earlier in this round? Yes he did! What gives? Turns out Gary Hurta damaged his Z06 during the time runs and Jerry let Gary run his 05 C-6. Isn't this a great bunch of guy we got in this Challenge? Hats off to Jerry for his generosity. Gary didn't get far with Ralph though, he was caught napping at the tree. Ralph sails into the next round. Buonassisi, with his stellar .001 RT in the previous round, gets the bye into round three.

2008 Event 2 Ladder

Round 3: To start round 3 Ray Sztabnik rips off a 13.131 on a 13.13 dial. Rick Nelson tried to run him down, but broke out in the process. John Trescott uses round three as an extra time shot and breaks out by .005 and takes the added info into round 4 because John Policastro fouls out by lighting the red bulb. Steve Pistilli advances to the next round as Randy Lane takes a very leisurely start at the tree. Another break out race by Shawn Cavanagh pushes Don Peppler into round 4. In the 4th pairing, Jeanne Linke gets a very generous gift from Gary O'Connell. Jeanne takes off first with a .174 light and Gary follows with a .384 light and proceeds to break out by over a 10th trying to catch her. Kim Rudolf gets paired up with Ralph Savarese and gives Ralph a free dial in check as she fouls out at the line. I'm sure Ralph thanked her for the free pass because he runs a 10.848 on a 10.86 dial. In the next race we have a heads up start with Tony Buonassisi and Tom Smith both dialing in at 12.48! Tony beats Tom out of the hole and runs his dial with a 2! The last pair of round 3 brings up Bob Trieschmann and Paul Bogdan. Bob leaves first and trees Paul by .026, and that was all Bob needed to send Paul packing back to NY. In this round Eric Fisher gets the bye and finds out that he is dead on his dial running an 11.864 on an 11.86 dial.

Round 4: The racing is getting tighter now. Reaction times are getting closer and dials are getting tighter. Once again Bob T. gets a hole shot advantage. He takes a .013 advantage over Ray and carries it to the stripe and taps the brakes to take the win as Ray is.065 off of his dial. Buonassisi and Peppler are paired up next. Tony has been making saw dust of the tree up until now. This race would be no different for Tony as he pulverizes the tree with a .014 light. That's all Tony needed over Don as he was able to catch Don and keep his nose just ahead of that beautiful '67 Vette. Eric is another driver who has been chopping down the tree all day. In his race against "the money man" John Trescott, Eric HAMMERS the tree with a .002 RT! That should win any race right? As Eric approaches the stripe he's watching Trescott bear down on him and decides to run it out the back door. Eric's 11.667 on an 11.68 sends Trescott to the ¼ final round. That did not bother Fischer too much as he took the opportunity to enter his Corvette in the EFI Radial Tire 1 class and won that! Next up Is Team Panuzzo and three-time CC Champion Little Ralph. This generated quite a bit interest, a hired gun and a rookie against the reigning Champ. Well it was over at the start when Ralph left .002 early. Steve Pistilli picked up the bye.

Round 5: Trescott and Buonassisi are first up in the ¼ final round. This should be a good race as both guys have been running their numbers and cutting good lights. Tony actually has the advantage by way of his average reaction time (.036) through out the eliminations. Well Tony's tree chopping ended as he was caught napping at the tree. John's light was nothing to write home about, but it was good enough for the win. "The money man" John is going to the semi's. Steve and Jeanne are up next. As the lights come down Steve gets a .12 head start, and cuts a .034 light. Jeanne is next off of the line by a whole lot more than .12 and doesn't catch Steve. Steve is headed to the semi final round and Team Panuzzo is no doubt making adjustments for the next Challenge. Bob picks up the bye in this round. Runner-ups in this round picked up a little cash for their effort. ECS CC pays the "Elite 8" for the first time in 2008

Round 6: Three drivers left so only one elimination race. Trescott will take the bye into the final. That leaves Trieschmann and Pistilli to fight for the chance to run against Trescott. Some prize, win the semi final and get to race one of the most consistent guys in the Challenge! Somehow I think both Bob and Steve want that prize. As they both leave the line there is only .013 separating the two of them with Bob getting the slight advantage. So now it is going to be who runs their number better. Bob runs a 12.720 with a slight tap on the brakes on a 12.70 dial and takes the stripe. Bob gets the prize! Pistilli whoever also entered the EFI Radial Tire 1 class and was the runner-up to Fischer.

Round 7: The Final round pits a past Corvette Challenge Champion against a consistent Corvette Challenge runner up. This is Trescott's sixth time in a Corvette Challenge points final and runner-up in all (however he is 1 out of 2 in Top 16 which is why we call him "the money man". John has got to be thinking it's finally his turn to win one of these events. Bob is dialed in at 12.70 while John dials in at 11.58. Bob leaves first with a .079 light and John follows with a .092 light. Only .013 is separating these guys. This should be interesting at the end. Neither Bob nor John plays the top end! Both of them run it out the back door, Bob with a 12.639 and John with an 11.496. Bob wins the double break out race and the first points race of 2008. The win makes Bob 2 out of 5 in Corvette Challenge finals. This final is particularly interesting as both of these guys are on the same team! So not only do they each get off to a great start to the '08 season they have successfully put their team, The Eliminators, on top of the Team Challenge! Did we mention both worked at the GM Plant in Linden when before it shut down a few years ago too? Congratulations guys. You have set the bar high.

One a final note. As mentioned in the last Challenge article, Randolph Lane was mentioned that he is in need of having a surgical procedure. That surgery is scheduled for April 10th. So by our next race Randy should be recovering from his procedure. Good luck Randy hope everything goes well for you.

Editor Note: Big congrats to our author Doug Bereczki as he was today's winner in the EFI Radial Tire 2 class. Also big congrats to Vic Gandhi was the runner-up in the EFI Slick tire class. Corvettes once again dominate the EFI class at E-town.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Points are underway and our 2001 Champion, Bob Trieschmann, Simple Man Racing, has let it be known he is hungry again. With big congrats at the finish from his wife Marianna, Bob has that look in his eye again. Trescott's runner up in this event is par for the points runner-up in 2007 (edged by Savarese on the tiebreaker). Look to John to at the top of the pack for the year. Look out for Team Panuzzo rookie Jeanne Linke who is a triple threat. The tree, the top end and the looks to keep you distracted. Team boss Panuzzo is none now after losing is reaction time race with Paul Ziajski.
2008 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

This year's Rookie class is the lightest it has been in years. With only a handful of rookies registered thus far and Linke taking the early lead, the remaining drivers have their work cut out for them. Shay LaScalla, Lonnie Mann and Mike Calicchia each made the event but could not exit round 1. Joseph Surowiec did not make the event. Jay McCardle was there but opted to focus on Pro 10.0 and did not make first round.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Steve Pistilli by virtue of his semi final appearance takes the early lead in the Gear Jammers chase. Pistilli leads with 7 points. Two time winner Don Peppler Jr., follows in second place with 5 points and John Policastro and Tom Smith are tied with three points each. Tom Sabolevsky and Spectrum Equipment Service have agreed to come back for the 2008 season for the third time. The Gear Jammers award gives recognition to the drivers who compete and a class loaded with automatic transmissions. They have to do this while preserving a fragile component, the clutch. 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.

Corvette Challenge Team Challenge Cup

The second year of the Team Challenge Cup got underway today with the defending Championship team, Ridin' Dirty, lead by Ralph Savarese and this year co-captain, nephew, Chris Young, got off to a fair start with 13 points after this race with the captain leading the way with 5 points. However, our two finalists, John Trescott, team captain of "The Eliminators" and co-captain, Bob Trieschmann propelled them to the top with a 21 point total as Randy Lane contributed 4 points to the cause. Chris Haase returned the favor selecting Kimberly Rudolf as his co-captain (he was her co-captain last year. The start the season in second place with a total of 15 points. Steve Pistilli was their key contributor with 7 points and Rudolf and Paul Bogdan contributed 4 each. Ridin' Dirty sits in the third place. Ralph Blauvelt’s, Bracket Masters, is tied with Doug Bereczki's CCDV team with 12 points each. Blauvelt's key contributor was rookie, Jeanne Linke with 6. Doug's lead contributor was Tony Buonassisi.

With a small reduction in points sign ups this year so far, we are down to 8 teams this year. This is good is it means each team has a minimum of 9 possible drivers to contribute team points. The top 3 scores at each event are counted toward the Team Cup Challenge so any of the team members can contribute. Team roster make is a little complex. First the top 8 drivers of 2007 are named captains. These captain name their co-captains from drivers signed up for 2008. Then 2008 drivers who race in 2007 are assigned teams based on last year's points. Finally, rookies race day sign ups are assigned randomly to the teams. Best of luck to all and be sure and hook up with your team each day and discuss potential strategies.

Current Team Standings

TeamTeam NameTeam CaptainPoints
T01 Ridin' Dirty Ralph Savarese 96
T08 Bracket Masters Ralph Blauvelt 93
T02 The Eliminators John Trescott 91
T07 Mistress and the Mayhem Christopher Haase 87
T04 Vapors David Tortolani 86
T06 SKAM ARTISTS John Hadyniak 81
T05 CCDV Douglas Bereczki 67
T03 Sgt Peppler's Donald Peppler, Jr. 64
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Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Tony Buonassisi won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Tony Buonassisi was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .001.
  • Richy Josephs won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Richy Josephs's light was -0.003 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.
  • Anthony Cupolo won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .001 off his dial. Anthony Cupolo was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ken Baranski won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0026. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Ken Baranski earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy . With 80 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

April 12, 2008 - The second points race of the season for Corvette Challenge bracket races. Also, we will have the return of the American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout and the first official points race for The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50. Gates to open around 9:30 AM.

April 26, 2008 - Our 2008 points hosts its third points race and the Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 returns for its second race of the season. Gates to open around 9:30 AM.

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