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Louis Calicchia Dead-On Wins Event 8

By Edgar Perez

August 30, 2008 - Englishtown, NJ - The eighth East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters of the 2008 season was the "who's corvette is it anyway final” Both finalists, Louis Calicchia and Jeanne Linke, were driving Corvettes owned by others. Louis was driving his son's C5 while his was being tweaked. That is okay because Louis gave Mike (his son) his Convertible C5 that Mike would have to hold to 13.5 second quarter mile runs. Jeanne Linke was again behind the while of the Don Schumacher owned...oh wait, John Panuzzo owned C4 Corvette. Linke has been doing it all year long in the C4 but in this race, Louis Calicchia would save his best pass for the last dance and came out victorious in his second career Corvette Challenge win. The rain again played into our outcome with only 45 Corvettes making first round of the Challenge. Another 8 made it out to race in the Pro 10.0 that had and exciting, potentially season ending final you do not want to miss reading about. Of course in the race within the season however, Linke comes out on top in the points and will now be invited to represent the Corvette Challenge and the Raceway Park in the 2008 NHRA Division 1 Finals to be held at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA, September 25-27, 2008. Congratulations to Jeanne Linke and best of luck to you. She joins Bob Trieschmann, John Panuzzo, Ralph Savarese, Rob Farley and John Trescott as drivers who have had this privilege. Congratulations Jeanne Linke and good luck.

For today's Cartek Racing Pro 10.0 Index presented by J&M Motorsports coverage click here.

Round one: We get started with the familiar Radar Blue decorated 1998 Pace Car driven by Rob Farley. He was up against Bob Rosenberg in his 1999 Corvette. Rosenberg left first with a 12.20 dial and .195 reaction time. Farley followed with a .043 RT advantage and 11.41 dial. Farley took the win going 11.429 on the dial. New racer Alan Kovac hit a .006 tree in his 2002 Z06 but could not run his number and Alfred Salanitro took the win in their match with a .078 light and 14.98 on the brakes on his 12.00 dial as Kovac went 14.364 on his 11.90 dial, well off. For the best light of the first round, we had three drivers do it, two on the winning side for the second race in a row. The light was .004. Ralph Blauvelt did it against Jack George from Mahopac who had a .342 reaction time leaving room for Blauvelt to hit the brakes needing to only run 14.269 on 14.05 dial for the win. The other winning driver was eventual event winner Louis Calicchia, also from Mahopac, NY. Louis coupled his .004 with an 11.618 on 11.60 dial @ 117.84 mph. He took the win against Chris Young in his Blue C4 that was dialed 10.00. Unfortunately for Young, he cut a .148 light and went 10.067 on the dial. Calicchia got the prize with the tighter run on the dial as over Blauvelt who hit the brakes on his run. Blauvelt got the better deal as his was first and led to a number 1 seed and a bye later in the day. Frank Fiori also cut a .004 light but his did not get him a win. He lost his match with Ellis Gray however when he broke out going 12.795 on 12.82 dial. Ellis went 10.848 on 10.82 dial. Eric Fischer did his thing with a .028 light and 11.834 run on 11.78 dial. He did it against points contender Ralph Savarese who was going home in the first round for his second race in a row after winning two in a row. The loss and the Linke and Bob Trieschmann performances today dropped Savarese to third in points. Ralph was late with a .113 and broke out chasing Fischer with a 11.230 @ 116.10 on 11.27 dial. I put myself in the mix of cutting a good light too with a .016 reaction time to Dave Tortolani’s .186 leaving me room to slow to 10.810 on 10.69 dial while Dave ran 11.321 on 11.25 dial. On the other side of the tree Gary Hurta took a win with a .235 light when Kimberly Turchyn went .234 giving him hope. He managed to get the win 12.312 on 12.21 dial to Kim's 14.124 on 13.95 dial. Kim was back in her turquoise C4 today. Title sponsor co-owner Chris Coriell brought out his Torch Red corvette and entered the bracket race tuning for the next 11.50 race. He dialed the car at 11.48 and watched Ken Gallassio go -.054 red on him and then leaves with .170 light. Coriell runs out the free pass going 11.410 @ 130.22 and moves on to the round 2. Tony Buonassisi also went red, -.029 despite a close 12.941 run on 12.95 dial. The red gave the win to Bruce Kopcko in the '77 Vette with a .044 light and 11.624 on the free pass and 11.70 dial. Rich Shuleski his and wife Jaymie's newest Corvette, a black 2008 Coupe was at the track a week after being brought home. With some tuning by ECS on the spot, the first round pass was a 12.479 on 12.45 on the stocker but it went for naught as Rich went red -.173. Shawn Cavanagh was the benefactor of the red and ran 11.197 on 11.30 dial @ 123.79 in his supercharged entry. Tom Smith would leave with his 13.55 dialed C3 and a .173 light He got the win mid track though as Jerry Muniz left red in the Black C6 with a -.018. Smith caught a big break as his 13.099 on 13.5 dial breakout did not hurt him this time.

We talked about Calicchia’s first opponent already so on to our other finalist. Jeanne Linke would face James Peins in the first round. The two C4 Corvettes lined up with Peins leaving first with a 14.30 dial and Linke to follow with a 12.99. Peins left with a decent .081 light and Linke's was slightly better at .066. Peins completed his pass with a 13.324, enough to win just about any race. Not this one as Linke was dead-on 12.99 with a 4 to take the win. After having Savarese exit this round, Bob Trieschmann would continue his charge to the top when he took the win over Artie Chin from Massapequa, NY. Trieschmann used a 13.187 on 13.12 dial to defeat Chin who drove his 2008 Corvette to a 12.662 break out on 12.7 dial.

Additional drivers who were not able to advance to round 2 were Joe Latona, Randy Lane, Joe Signore, Mike Calicchia, Dave Buddendorff, Ron Higgins, Ken Rammer and Pete Lopresti.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Jeanne Linke Winner Louis Calicchia
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Round 2: Round 2 rolls along and we are on a ladder. As mentioned, Blauvelt took the bye with the number 1 seed as we had 23 cars left. Blauvelt used the single to hit the tree to a .038 and ran 14.196 on a 14.08 dial in the Black C4 Corvette. Chris Coriell got another red light win in his red Corvette. This time Bruce Kopcko goes -.004 red to him and he is off with a win going 11.300 on 11.48 dial @ 129.97. Trieschmann took on Shay LaScalla in the round and he ran a 13.13 on 13.12 dial with a .115 light to defeat Shay with a .161 and 1197 @ 11.62 dial. I cut a .034 against William Tad Archambault. Tad was .155 on the tree so again I took the room to slow this time 10.782 @ 108.41 on 10.64 dial. Don Peppler Jr. used a .084 light to send Gary Hurta, with a .214 light, on a break out run. Peppler took the win with 13.338 on 13.128 dial. Erich Fischer, one of our secretly hottest racer right now did it again. He left .034 green after Tony Abbruzze had left with a red light, 0.025. Fischer ran his Green C5 to an 11.837 @ 114.02 on 11.79 dial. In the top 5 all year is sophomore racer Paul Bogdan. He does it with consistency. 11.10 dial and 11.095 breakout run that did not matter because his opponent, Tom Smith, went red -.079. Bogdan also went red but still gets the win because Tom did it first. Rob Farley was seeing yellow and leaving to a .004 light defeating his weekday boss, Ellis Gray when Gray was Red. With those great lights, Doug Bereczki was not to be left behind on the tree parade. He clocked the tree with a .001 light and then runs 14.373 on 14.33 dial. Ken Tyler took the loss when he went -.013 red to Doug. Now to some more human lights. Shawn Cavanagh gets a .058 to .075 tree advantage on Al Salanitro. Shawn was off his dial and Al took the stripe, Cavanagh got the win as "Nitro" went too quick wit a 13.901 on 14.00 dial. Our finalist did not get any freebies here. Linke raced Mike Bogdan. She goes .025 to his .046, which is in the game. Top end though Jeanne takes the stripe and runs the Panuzzo car to a 13.068 on 12.98 dial. Bogdan was 13.318 on 13.20 dial in the 2003 Corvette. Our other finalist, Calicchia was a little off on the tree leaving .113 trailing to Michael Archibald with a .106. The better dial for Calicchia gets him the win though as he goes 11.639 @ 116.38 in son Mike's Corvette on 11.60 dial. Archibald barely broke out 12.274 on 12.29 dial.

2008 Event 8 Ladder

Round 3: An even dozen is left. Wouldn't you know it, a third red light win for Red Racer Chris Coriell. He is getting all the dialing time he wanted here and goes 11.417 on 11.38 dial. Ralph Blauvelt gave him the win when red lights with a -.016 light. Trieschmann is next v. Peppler. Don goes first with a 13.31 dial and lights the red himself. He runs it out too and goes 13.304 on 13.31 dial. Trieschmann was away .052 green and holding the fire in his eye again looking for third win this year going 13.132 on 13.12 dial. Fischer chalks himself up another tree with a .078 and another win with an 11.861 on 11.83 dial. It was not close as Shawn Cavanagh left .252 green, greener than Fischer's "British Racing Green" Corvette. The revenge is sweet for Fischer as since their last meeting Cavanagh has been "sticking it" to Fischer, teasing him about his losing .211 light. The final two pair contains our finalist. Calicchia faces Paul Bogdan. Bogdan again was tight on the dial but a late light bit him. Louis hits a .033 to a .244 and it was over. However, Calicchia is having so much fun the car he goes 11.626, dead-on the 11.62 dial with a six. Linke and me for the first time this year. I write these articles and can never figure what the mystique is. People go way red or way late and give the rook' a lot of room. I am glad I am going to see what the magic is about. What did I learn? Nothing! Nada! Zilch! I go late to her too with a .109 to her .085. Still in the game however. She is gone for a while on 13.08 dial so I am planning on catching her pretty late and figure she treed me and I have to stay in it. I catch her with little room to spare but refuse to give up the stripe. She gets the win light! I thought I was dialing tight with a 10.68 having just run a 10.70 and making pass after pass in two classes but I was wrong. 10.638 break out while she goes 08 on the .05. The lady is good! What ever the magic is, I fell for it too I guess.

Round 4: Six left. Bob Trieschmann would be the one to end the Red Racer luck for Coriell. Bob went .088 green and 13.184 on 13.12 dial while Coriell breaks out chasing. Calicchia v. Fischer. That is one good race about to happen. Both drivers were tight on the dial. Calicchia 11.645 on 11.62 dial and Fischer 11.850 on 11.83. In the end it was the beginning that did Fischer in. A .123 to Calicchia's .097 was the difference with Calicchia taking the win and the stripe by .021. Linke goes up against Bereczki in a double red car run. Or did I mean double .047 green light run? Or did I mean double breakout run? I meant them all. it's like Jason Kidd with a triple-double here. It was Linke breaking out by less with a 13.044 on 13.08 dial and Doug was 14.312 on 14.36 dial. Great race for two racers.

Round 5 - Semi-final: Louis Calicchia would get the bye into the final. He chose to sit it out and give himself some time to rest as well as the car. Linke would face Trieschmann, who had now moved into second place in points looking for another final birth. This was one that would put Bob in line to take the points lead. If he can get through this one and win the next he would leave the points leader. The cars were near even with Bob dialing 13.12 going first and Jeanne 13.06 to follow. This one got way from him. He was out and red with -.168 light. He lost focus and left too early. Linke was on her way to the her third Corvette Challenge final with a 2-0 final record. She faces Calicchia in his 2nd final with a 1-0 final record.

Round 6 - Final: In an interesting start to the day, Calicchia could not use his Navy Blue C5 as it was getting transmission work. He owns a C5 convertible he drives when not racing. He could have used that but it would have to be kept over 13.5 in the quarter as it has no bar. It goes high 12's. So he and his son Mike decide that dad should use Mike's car that goes mid 11's but is equipped with the proper equipment. So they swap. Linke, well from last year we knew she would be raising brows in the Panuzzo C4 in 2008. We would see Link leave first with the 13.09 dial on the car. Calicchia would follow with an 11.62 dial. Linke gets off clean with a .050 light. About a second and half later, the Silver Calicchia car leaves with a .026. They race to the finish and Linke would go under her dial 13.079. She had to. Not only was she treed but Lou was true dead-on 11.620 @ 116.51 on 11.62 dial. A very excited Calicchia returned to the staging lanes with the wining ticket and a huge smile as he had taken the win in front of several relatives and friends who happened to be there for the event and in front of the points leader too boot. Linke came over the give Lou a big pat on the back and a congratulations. Calicchia had taken the stripe by .013. This was an awesome race. Congratulations to both drivers and car owners. Did I mention Calicchia is from Mahopac, NY? Yes that is right, the same town as three time champion Ralph "Mahopac Express" Savarese. There has to be something in the gasoline there!

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Runner Up
Ohh So Close Winner Ken Tyler
Linke holds the points for the second week in a row and increased her lead by one. She now has 33 points and leads Bob Trieschmann by three with 30. Ralph Savarese fell to third with 26 as a result of his second first round exit in a row. Paul Bogdan holds fourth with a 24 points. Eric Fischer remains in fifth moving to 22 points. Louis Calicchia's win moves him to 6th in the points with 20 total points. The win is the tiebreaker that moved him over Shawn Cavanagh who also has 20 but holds the seventh position. Rob Farley (19), Edgar Perez (18 and a win) and Steve Pistilli, (18), who did not make the event today, round out the top 10 in the series. There are an amazing 80 racers signed up for the points championship this year. Please not only do our top 16 earn a chance to get in the Top 16 $1,000 gamblers race but also each will earn a Raceway Park Jacket some will earn cash prizes. See rules link above for more.
2008 Corvette Challenge Standings
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Rookie of the Year Update

As the overall points leader, Rookie sensation Jeanne Linke also holds the rookie of the year lead. Her 33 points breaks the record for rookie points of 32 held by Rob Farley in 2002. This is a simply amazing start. Shay LaScalla remains in second place and puts Mike Calicchia another point back. She holds a 12 to 9 point lead over him. Hopefully dad gives him his car back for the next race.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update

Steve Pistilli, missing this race, opened the door for Don Peppler Jr. to close the gap in points and he did. Pistilli now holds a one-point lead over Peppler 18 to 17. Hopefully Steve can make it back for the next race. Frank Fiori and Tom Smith each have 15 points and are closing as well. Three drivers are tied with 14. Much respect goes out to the gear jammers who have to endure an additional task at the line and down track. 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 Blauvelt’s 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

  • Ralph Blauvelt and Louis Calic won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ralph Blauvelt and Louis Calic was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .004.
  • Jerry Muniz won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Jerry Muniz's light was -0.018 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.
  • Jeanne Linke won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .006 off his dial. Jeanne Linke was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • James Peins won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0393. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, James Peins earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 53 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

September 20, 2008 - The eighth points race (ninth overall) 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 9:30 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.

October 30, 2008 - The ninth points (tenth overall) race of the season for our Corvette Challenge racers. We will also host The American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout returning for its fourth race and The Vette Doctors Pro 11.50 goes at it for their fifth and final race of the year. Gates to open around 9:30 AM.

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