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Bob Trieschmann Wins Event 7 For Dad

By Edgar Perez

August 9, 2008 - Englishtown, NJ - The seventh East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters of the 2008 season had drivers asking what was wrong with weather forecast because it was not forecasted to rain today. Lucky for us, it was right and there was none of the nasty wet stuff except for the burnout box where it belongs. 62 racers took the first round lights in the Challenge and another bunch did in the 11.50 index and Pro 8 Shootout classes today. Some even stayed to race in the Quick Time Performance EFI classes in the evening and did well there as well. Former Champion, Bob Trieschmann came in to the race with one event win this season, Event 2, under his belt and left with two. He also came in with determination to win one for his father who passed away earlier in the week. Bob was able to get the win in a race that he dedicated to his father. He took the win over second-time finalist, Shawn Cavanagh (2006 Event 11 runner-up).

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Round one: 31 pair of Corvettes lined up for round 1 action starting with the 1979 Corvette driven by Tony Abbruzze and Jim Kovitch in his '88 leading the way. The pair left the line with like reaction times, .125 for Tony and .129 for Jim. Abbruzze took the win when he went 12.974 on 12.90 dial and Kovitch broke out going 12.245 on 12.25 dial. A couple of Corvettes later, Doug Bereczki cuts a .005 reaction time to Louis Calicchia's .127 and he might have been thinking he had the best light of the round or did he? He went on to get the win though he broke out but Calicchia broke out by more. Louis went 11.324 @ 107.61 on the brakes but Doug was only .011 under on his 14.19 dial for the win. Ken Rammer took that best light award later in the round going .003 coupled with a 13.220 on 13.15 dial. Ken Can was on the way to round 2 with the number 1 seed. He got the stripe as his opponent, Joe Donnelly, broke out trying to catch him with an 11.393 on 11.41 dial. Ellis Gray also cut a .003 light getting a win over Edgar Perez with an unfocused .167 tree. Pete Lopresti showed up with his new 2008 Z06 Corvette, fourth in his stable I am told. Congrats and see you later is what Shay LaScalla had to say when she took the win with a .125 to .277 reaction time advantage. Lopresti broke out trying to catch her while Shay went 11.859 on 11.80 dial. Index drivers of the 11.50 variety were all over the field and Tommy Michalkowski was one who ran a dead on 11.551 on 11.55 dial to take the win over Vic Gandhi in a close race. Kimberly Rudoplph-Turchyn also went dead-on in her new '08 manually shifted Corvette, 13.803 on 13.80 but was unable to overcome the .034 to .118 advantage Eric Fischer took on her so her day was done. Anthony Bruno let a dead-on run get away when he went 11.503 on 11.50 dial after going red, -.103. Jeanne Linke took advantage of the red and checked her 13.01 dial running flat out going .001 under. Linke and car owner John Panuzzo have that Red Hot Torch Red Corvette Hot Rod dialed in beautifully this season and are poised for a championship battle with Ralph Savarese and Bob Trieschmann and any other comers that want to get in on the battle. Our quickest dialer of the race was Chris Young with a 9.95 dial and 9.999 pass @ 137.46 to take the win over Jerry Muniz who went red, -.042. We saw some other great lights too. Gary Hillen cut a .010 light against Russ DeLibero, our 11.50 presenting sponsor who cut a .026 light but was off his dial enough for Hillen to get the win 11.859 @ 117.59 on 11.80 dial. Bruce Kopcko in his '77 Vette, was on his game as well with a .014 light and 13.07 @ 101.23 on 12.02 dial. The package was good for the win over Mr. Rob Farley who was late with a .103 and 11.364 on 11.36 dial. While it is rare for Farley to go out first round it is even more rare to have both he and Ralph Savarese go out first round (5 championships between them). Savarese was headed for vacation after the race and must have been in a rush as when he paired with W Tad Archambault this round, Savarese went red, -.008 derailing the Mahopac Express for an early Jersey Shore vacation. Archambault ran his '00 Corvette out the back door on the free pass going 13.389 on 13.45 dial. Big win for Tad.

Event runner-up, Shawn Cavanaghís first opponent was Samson Sweeting. Both drivers are also 11.50 competitors and the dials were almost the same. Cavanagh was 11.51 to Sweeting's 11.50 dial. Heads-up bracket racing is always nice to watch. Cavanagh jumped to a .101 to .161 reaction time advantage and never looked back. Samson had trouble with the shifts and ran 12.124 leaving room for Cavanagh to tighten up the race with an 11.886 @ 104.94. Trieschmann's opponent was another 11.50 racer, Troy Nikola who dialed 11.50. Trieschmann would leave first with 13.05 dial. Bob left with a .140 light and Nikola was better at .046. He could not run Bob down however as he was a half-second off his dial and Bob was 13.084 on his dial.

Additional drivers who were not able to advance to round 2 were Tony Buonassisi, Ron Leader, Wayne Hagopian, Kenneth Gallassio, Randolph Lane, Gino Spina, Ralph Blauvelt, Edward Mowton Sr, Ken Baranski, Tome Smith, Andrew Sabatello, John Hadyniak, Joseph Surowiec, Raymond Sztabnik, Rob Zona and Ken Tyler (who picked up the Oh So Close award by missing the win by the smallest margin of victory).

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Shawn Cavanagh Cavanagh, Trieschmann, his wife Marianna and Dennis Kazimir Winner Bob Trieschmann
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Round two: First pair out round 2 was James Tucker who was ready for battle with a .018 reaction time and 12.505 on 12.38 dial and Shay LaScalla. The package was better then his opponentís. Shay was trailing from the start with a .246 light and ran under her 11.83 dial-in with an 11.811 trying to catch Tucker who advances to the next round. W Tad Archambault would face Jeanne Linke this round. Having already knocked incoming points leader Savarese, it would be a super day if he can set her back as well (the new points leader) our 1-2 points lead punch. He took the tree advantage gong .049 green to her .061. When Linke does not get you by tree, she does by dial and Archambault 's 13.511 on 13.39 was not enough to get the win as Linke went 13.068 on 13.01 dial. It was still a good day for Tad taking out one of the leaders. Tony Abbruzze was next against Frank Fiori (whose wife was also out to race in the EFI event later today). Tony was on the number going dead-on 12.956 on 12.95 dial with a .049 light to boot. Fiori left well with .073 but could not catch Abbruzze and broke out trying going 12.787 on 12.82 dial. Breakouts were abundant this round and in a double-breakout, Ellis Gray took the win to advance over Mike Calicchia. Gray was only under .011 while Calicchia was under .016 for a .005 margin of victory. Another double breakout involved Gary Hurta and Ron Higgins. Hurta was the least offender going under 12.155 on 12.20 dial while Higgins went 12.039 on 12.09 dial. Of course we had some red light losses too. Paul Bogdan left -.007 red against Chris Young who ran his Blueberry C4 out the back door going 9.944 @ 137.60 mph on 9.98 dial. In a double red, Doug Bereczki (14.19 dial) left -.007 red and then Michael Archibald went -.016 but got the win since Doug went red first. Bill Fischer Sr lost to Tommy Michalkowski when he went -.088 red. Tommy went .269 green and ran the free pass under with an 11.535 on 11.55 dial but gets the win on the red. Bob Trieschmann, eventual winner, had a tough match with David Tortolani. Bob would leave with a .008 tree and Dave would follow with a .030. The tree made the difference as both were .02 over on their dials and Trieschmann advanced. Cavanagh would face Eric Fischer in this round. He was away with a .046 light while Fischer's light made me take a double take; .211 ?!?!? Not a good light for one of our more consistent racers and Cavanagh capitalized. He went 11.624 @ 113.53 on 11.50 dial for the win. Ken Rammer got a bye run by virtue of his stellar first round light and number 1 seed on the ladder. He took a shot at the tree and came up red but was not hurt by it at all. Other drivers that did not advance were Gary Hillen, Alfred Salanitro, Bruce Kopcko and Anthony Cupolo.


2008 Event 7 Ladder

Round 3: An even 16 left so no free rides here on out. Ken Rammer clocked Tony Abbruzze with his second .003 in eliminations. He coupled that with a 13.208 on 13.19 dial. Tony matched him on the ET going 12.978 on 12.95 dial but his .153 light cost him the round. Michael Archibald and James Tucker were fairly evenly matched in ET and RT. Archibald took a .073 to .077 tree lead. He also bettered him on the big end going 12.337 on 12.29 dial while Tucker was done for the day with a 12.461 on 12.38 dial. Don Peppler Jr. forced Gary Hurta into a break out when his .120 to .197 RT advantage pushed him out. Hurta's breakout was 11.987 on 12.05 dial. Peppler was clean with a 13.320 on 13.25 dial. Joe Signore would face single-digit Young and would take the close win with a .092 and 12.491 on 12.46 dial. Young trailed, if we can call it that, with a .197 and 10.029 on 9.98 dial and was headed for the trailer. Ellis Gray would be next against the rookie sensation, Jeanne Linke. She would leave the starting line and light the red light, -.091 as Gray was on his way to the next round. He did not let the current points leader bother him, he went .071 green and 10.966 on 10.95 dial looking unstoppable today. Newlywed Frank Schear was enjoying his best day in some time and would collect a win when Michalkowski went red, -.041. Schear caught a break as he had left first with 13.28 dial and was late on the tree with .201. Eventual runner-up Cavanagh would face Steve Pistilli. It was over when Pistilli moved and lit the red with a -.032. Cavanagh checked his dial going g11.512 on 11.52. He was right there though a little too quick but not unworkable. Trieschmann on the other had been improving with a .012 light and 13.070 on 13.05 dial. As all great racers do, each pass was tighter than the prior.

Round 4: Trieschmann was first on the track with Frank "Mr Mojo" Schear. He clocked him with a .038 light to .146. The tenth-of-a-second advantage allowed Trieschmann to check up at the top end running 13.174 on 13.05 dial. Ken Rammer would be next with Peppler. After hitting two .003 lights today, Rammer was off with a .103. However, Peppler was .151 on the tree so Rammer had the lead. As Peppler was trying to make up the light difference, Rammer was running 12.200 on 13.19 dial for the win. Peppler broke out. Cavanagh was next against Michael Archibald. Archibald would leave first and suffered the ugly red light, -.003 close. Cavanagh's win light would come on right away and he went .107 and 11.402 @ 120.40 on 11.39 dial showing he would have been tough to beat were it not for the red light win. Joe Signore would face Gray in this round. Ellis seems to have the worst of luck sometimes. As he is bumping in to stage, the red light is thrown on him. Seems Gray had taken too long to stage and was timed out. Tough break as Gray felt he had not timed out and attempted to get a rerun but was denied. Signore would advance with a 12.504 on 12.47 dial.

Round 5 - Semi-final: And then there were four. We can call this a red round as both pairs were decided before the end of he quarter mile. Trieschmann and Signore would face off. Bob would leave first with a 13.05 dial and Signore would wait a second with a 12.49 dial. Joe left with a -.027 light and Trieschmann would get the free pass. Bob went 13.036 @ 104.99 on 13.05 dial after a .041 leave. Cavanagh and Rammer would decide who would face Bob T. in the final. Rammer, dialed 13.20 should have seen green first, but he did not. He saw red! He went -.049 red sending Cavanagh to the final. Cavanagh saw the red and dropped focus on the tree and went .470 but ran the pass to check his dial. He went 11.531 on 11.43 dial.

Round 6 - Final: Trieschmann, no stranger to finals and pressure races, came in with one goal in mind. "This one if for dad". If it is meant to be it is meant to be. Bob was away clean with a .057 light and 13.05 dial. Cavanagh was off clean too with a .121 and 11.47 dial. This is Shawn's second career Corvette Challenge final and was chasing a former Champion. He had just run an 11.53 in the semi-final and upped his dial to 11.47 from 11.43. He ran almost what he ran last round so the dial adjustment could have been a little better. His run was 11.529, on the positive side but not enough for the win. Trieschmann used his light advantage and a 13.098 on 13.05 dial @ 102.15 for the win. The win is Bob's second of the season, (Event 2), and third in his Corvette Challenge career out of 6 total finals. As mentioned this is Shawn's second final without a win. I guess if you have to pick a winner for today you had to be pulling for Bob. You can imagine the mixed emotionís he might have been going through and can respect his decision to dedicate today's race to his father. Congratulations gentlemen on a great day of racing.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Runner Up
Ohh So Close Winner Ken Tyler
The seesaw battle continues and now it is Jeanne Linke's turn to lead the points. Ralph Savarese came in the leader but his first round exit left the door open to Linke to regain the lead and build it to 2 points, 27-25. While those two battle it out, Bob Trieschmann had closed the gap on them both with today's win. He now is in third place with 25 points as well and is poised to be the next at the top. Steady Paul Bogdan holds fourth place with 2 points today to put him at 21 for the season. Steve Pistilli picked up three to move back into fifth place in the standings while Eric Fischer falls to sixth. Cavanagh's runner up performance moves him up seventh from 14th. Farley, Perez and Salanitro round out the top 10.
2008 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

It is easy to forget Jeanne Linke is a Corvette Challenge rookie since she sits atop the overall points lead but she is a rookie and thus holds the lead in the rookie of year chase as well. Shay LaScalla continues to improve however and holds the second position over Mike Calicchia. While LaScalla trails Linke by 17 points, she holds a 2-point edge over Calicchia for the second spot. Unlike years past, we don't have a tight race for the top but Shay and Mike will have to battle it out for that runner-up spot.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Steve Pistilli is not only the top 5 in overall points but he is doing it with a manual transmission. Too many times our gear jammers are written off in the points but Steve has been top 5 for most of the season. He has also been top gear jammer most of his season. He now holds a 4-point lead over Don Peppler Jr and Frank Fiori (18-14). And if that is not tight enough, Ken Gallassio and Tom Smith have 13 each while Ken Tyler and Gary Hurta are just behind them with 12 each. This is a very exciting chase watch these racers go through he gears while trying to be dead-on with their dials. 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

Ralph Blauveltís Bracket Masters hold the number one position in the Team Challenge Cup for the fourth week in a row. This week's points for the team came from Jeanne Linke (3), Joe Latona (3) and Anthony Cupolo (2). The team has the lead by only 1 point with a total of 68. John Trescott's Eliminators moves to the second spot from number three with a total of 67 points. Event winner Bob Trieschmann was the big contributor with 7 points. for the Eliminators. Ralph Savarese's Ridin' Dirty team moves from fourth to third with 66 points. Shawn Cavanagh's 6-point runner-up finish was the big contributor there. The big move downward is Chris Haase's Mistress and the Mayhem dropping 2 from second to fourth. They now have a total of 61 points.

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

  • Ken Rammer and Ellis Gray won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ken Rammer and Ellis Gray was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .003.
  • Ralph Savarese won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ralph Savarese's light was -0.008 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.
  • Don Peppler won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .001 off his dial. Don Peppler was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ken Tyler won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0087. 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 Tyler earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 92 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

August 30, 2008 - The eighth points race of the season for our Corvette Challenge racers. We will also host the third points race for The Cartek Racing Pro 10.0. Gates to open around 8:30 AM.

September 20, 2008 - The ninth points race of the season for Corvette Challenge bracket races. It will be a full day with two additional classes. The American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout returns its third race and The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 goes at it for their fourth race of the year. Gates to open around 8:30 AM. After our racing is done some of our index racers might want to stay and give the Raceway Park heads-up index classes a try. There are three classes. The 10.0 class is an exact match for our Pro 10.0 racers. Racers of our 11.50 can choose to speed up to the 11.0 class or slow down to the 12.0 class. Hope to see you there.

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

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