October 10, 2009 - Englishtown, NJ -
Two-time Champion, Rob Farley is making a charge to the top of the points in the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters by wining his second event in a row. Despite the dismal weather in the morning, we got to racing after a three-hour delay. The call to the lanes brought the engines to life and the 47 competitors were on their way to make the best of the track. It was not just the Corvette Challenge competitors, but also seven Pro 10 Double Index competitors we on had as well. The Pro 10 coverage will be in its own article.
Round 4: We pick up today's coverage from the quarter final round with 6 Corvettes remaining. The first pair would be Ellis Gray and Bob Trieschmann. Trieschmann was dialed 12.66 and would leave first to Gray's 11.26 dial. Bob was away with a .103 and Ellis would have the race in his hands with a better light at .052. At the top end, Trieschmann broke out trying to stay ahead of Gray who went 11.319 @ 120.80 for the win. Bob was not too far under as he went 12.645 on the brakes at 109.85. Rob Farley would face Eric Fischer in a battle of top contenders next. Fischer would leave first with an 11.58 dial while Farley would follow with an 11.32 on the window. Fischer was away clean with a .083 light and Farley trailed with a .119 light. The drivers met at the end of the track and Farley was dead-on 11.328 @ 117.86 and took the win as Fischer went too quick by .003 going 11.577 @ 116.43. The final pair was Louis Calicchia and Frank Fiori. Interestingly, of the final 6, Fiori's 1979 Corvette was the only one that was not a C5. Dialed 12.87, Fiori would make the first move. Calicchia was dialed 11.49. Fiori was late, going .143 green and Calicchia was better with .055 light. The reaction time disadvantage was tough to make up and Fiori lit the win light for Calicchia when he broke out going 12.859 @ 111.84. Calicchia was a clean 11.553@ @ 111.41.
Round 5 - Semi-final: In the semi-final Gray would face off with Calicchia. Calicchia was out first on the 11.49 dial and crushed the tree with a .019. That did not bother Ellis at all as he was away with .041 light on his 11.27 dial. This time it would be Calicchia who breaks out going 11.475 on the brakes at 115.46. Ellis was a winner and headed to the final with an 11.291 @ 120.83. This was Gray's fourth round win of the day by breakout. The last car in the round was Rob Farley who received the bye run. He made a nice easy pass to get the run in the books and was headed to his second final in a row.
Round 6 - Final: Rob Farley is in his 15th Corvette Challenge final and comes in with a 9-5 record. Ellis Gray is in his 5th career final and comes in 2-2. The dial-ins are close for both drivers with Gray, 11.27 giving up the slight handicap to Farley dialed 11.32. Before the tree finished coming down it was over. Gray was red with a -.081 light. Farley was red as well but Gray did it first so it did not matter. Farley had gotten his 10th career Corvette Challenge victory. The very long day came to a close with two great drivers in the final and both making moves upward in the points for 2009.
Corvette Challenge Points Update
Eric Fischer recaptures the points lead with his quarter final appearance. He sits atop the standings with 28 points and two event wins being the tiebreaker that gets him over Ralph Savarese, who was back wheeling his own familiar C4 Corvette. He also has 28 points but loses the tiebreaker with one event win. Rob Farley's win was enough to move him up to third place from fourth and now sits there with 26 points and two event wins. Louis Calicchia swapped positions in the standings with Farley and now is fourth with 25 points and 1 event win. Gray's runner up vaults him from 9th to 5th in the standings with 22 points and one event win. The rest of the top ten is rounded with Bob Trieschmann, David Hollingshead, Michael Archibald, Doug Bereczki and David Tortolani.
2009 Corvette Challenge Standings Corvette drivers page with more driver information
Rookie of the Year Update
No change in positions for this year’s rookie class with three in the house today, Gary Hillen, Bruce Kopcko and Artie Chin were here. All three exited first round and escape with an additional point each. Gary Hillen holds first place with 14 points followed by Kopcko with 13 and Chin with 10. Still a very close battle with three races remaining this year it could be anybody. The rest of the rookie class did not attend today and Mike Bogdan holds fourth with 6 and Bob Bearn fifth with 4 total.
Rookie of the Year Standings
Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update
Michael Archibald scored two points today to build on his lead over Don Peppler Jr. who did not make today’s event. Archibald now holds a five point lead, 20-15 over Peppler. They are followed by Tom Smith who matched Peppler with 15 points but has a lower power ranking point so he is in third. Rookie Gary Hillen follows in fourth with 14 points and Peter LoPresti is next with 13. The biggest mover today was Frank Fiori who picked up 4 points to move up to 12 total for the season and the sixth spot overall.
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 their manual transmission
Gear Jammer Standings.
Awards Handed Out at this Event
Ray Sztabnik won the 'Best Winning Reaction Time - 1st Round plaque presented by Raceway Park for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Ray Sztabnik was quickest on the tree with the win light in the 1st round when with a .023 reaction time.
Vic Gandhi won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Vic Gandhi's light was -0.002 and was awarded a plaque from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
Dave Buddendorff won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .002 off his dial. Dave Buddendorff was awarded a plaque and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
Glenn Murphy won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0083. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Glenn Murphy earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 54 cars making this event (combined Corvette Challenge and Pro class(es)), we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.
Next Two Races
Corvette Challenge returns October 24, 2009 after at 9:30 AM. This will be our eighth of ten points races of the year. Race day will also feature the fourth race of the year for the Pro 8 Shootout and our Pro 11.50 classes. Come be a part of the excitement with three classes running on the same day.
Corvette Challenge returns October 31, 2009 after at 9:30 AM. This will be our ninth of ten points races of the year. Race day will also feature fifth and final points race for our Pro 10 Double Index class and will determine our first Champion of the 2009 season. You won't want to miss this action.
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