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Steve Wells Jumps Out to 10.50 Index Points Lead Winning Race 2

by Steve Wells

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering
Pro 10.50 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
1  Shawn Cavanagh 10.556 123.62
2  Stephen Wells 10.590 116.42
3  Tommy Michalkowski 10.599 121.39
4  Rob Zona 10.625 140.42
5  Tom Sabolevsky 10.811 131.93
6  Edgar Perez 16.211 94.57
03/27/10 - Englishtown, NJ - Last Saturday's warm up race (3/20/10) was technically the first day of spring and it was beautiful. For this week's race, well….it was back to Winter! The day before (Friday 3/26/10) Raceway Park didn't even open due to the cold weather and track conditions. When this writer woke up and went outside to load things into the truck on Saturday morning, it was cold! When I asked my wife to check the TV and see what the temperature was, she said 49*. I said wow it feels much colder than that! When I finally got into my truck and started it up, it said 30*. So I called my wife and said what temperatures did you say it was? She said 29*. I guess her first quote was wishful thinking on my part. As a result I was a little unprepared for the cold conditions, but I was not the only one. The race day started in the high 30's and only reached the low-to-mid 40's. The barometer was good and Walter the announcer said that the DA was @ -2075 at one point, some of the best air he has ever seen at Raceway Park. In this weather I believe that every 10.50 racer but one, could have run in the single digits. Nevertheless, the avid racers braved the cold and marched down the 1320, seeking their first points of the season in the new Pro 10.50 Index.


This week the number of racers in the Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports , doubled over last week's warm-up which was expected. The qualifying was also much tighter in the end, with everyone being on the correct side of the index. First up in the first round was Tom Sabolevsky in his Procharged 346ci, stock bottom end, manually shifted, silver C5, built by Cartek Performance Engineering. Cleaning off the cobwebs he ran an 11.090 @ 121.80. Next to him was Rob Zona in his naturally aspirated 388 ci 03 C5 ZO6, built by Anger Management Racing, also a manual and running a clean 10.625 at a blistering 140.42 which would stand as the high mph of the event. The next pair included none other than our fearless leader Edgar Perez who needed to borrow a C4 Corvette for this event. Edgar who was just seeking to pick up basic points, ran a 16.211 @ 94.57. Next to him was last week's warm up winner Shawn Cavanagh. Shawn had his Paxton supercharged, automatic, spiral grey C5 built by East Coast Supercharging humming with a too quick 10.358 @ 133.01. The final pair of cars included Tommy Michalkowski in his APS twin turbocharged, stock bottom end, automatic, silver, 99 C5 also built by Anger Management Racing. Tommy would run a number two qualifying effort of 10.599 @ 121.39. Next to him was Stephen Wells in his 02 electron blue ZO6, powered by a naturally aspirated 427, built by Cartek Performance & Engineering. Steve would pull out a 10.590 @ 116.42 with his Turbo 400 shifted Corvette, to take the # 1 qualifying position.

In the second round of qualifying Perez would sit out and accept being # 6 on the ladder. Sabolevsky would improve to a 10.811 @ 131.93 coming in at # 5. Zona would not improve on his second try and stick with his 10.625 coming in at # 4. Michalkowski would not improve either and stick with his 10.599 coming in at # 3. Wells would not improve and stick with his 10.590 coming in at # 2. Cavanagh however would go from # 6 to # 1 with a 10.556 @ 123.62, this kid is something else.

Round 1

The first pair would be Wells (2) vs. Sabolevsky (5). Wells' reaction time of .134 and ET of 10.882 @ 99.26 mph would better Sabolevsky's .265 light running a 10.954 @ 118.54. Shaking off the rust, this would be Sabolevsky's first race in quite a while. The second pairing would be Zona (4) defeating # 1 qualifier Cavanagh (1) with a .069 light, running a 10.601 @ 128.33 vs. Cavanagh's losing .124 reaction, running a 10.577 @ 127.49. The last pair would be an easy victory for Michalkowski (3) as he cut a conservative .361 light, running a 13.843 @ 69.36 against Perez (6). Michalkowski knew Perez couldn't run the number and he was right, as Perez had a .473 light and ran a 15.144 @ 89.77 mph. Hopefully, Perez will have the Red Sled back soon and return to his winning ways.

2010 Race 2 Ladder

Round 2 - Semi-Final

The first pair in round two would be the same two racers that ran side by side in the first round of qualifying where only .009 separated them. Michalkowski was first out of the gate with an amazing .005 reaction time, however Wells was close behind with a .016 of his own. Wells had a better 60' which put him out front, then Michalkowski's turbos kicked in and he drove around Wells at around the 1000' mark. Both racers, fearing they might break out, lifted. As the finish line duel ensued Wells took the stripe with a 10.795 @ 124.81 and the win. Michalkowski ran a 10.862 @114.96. The second round for the other side of the ladder would be a single since Zona defeated the #1 qualifier in round one. Zona's bye run netted him a 24.961 @ 59.45 mph.

Round 3 - Final

In the final round there were two C5s, it was ZO6 vs. ZO6, Blue vs. Black, NA vs. NA, Auto vs. Manual and Friend vs. Friend. This would be the second consecutive weekend Zona would get into the final on a bye run. Unfortunately, for Zona it would have the same outcome. Wells left first with a .044 reaction time, swerving down the track, as the slippery right lane threw a curve ball at him. "My car was moving around so much that if it wasn't the final, I would have aborted the pass". Zona left the line with a .087 light and ran it out to a 10.517 @ 120.23, but it wasn't enough to hold off Wells' 10.525 @ 131.45 mph charge.

All in all, it was a great race with no carnage. It was cold, but it was fun. Wells would like to thank Jesus Christ, wife Stacy, his daughters Stephanie, Sabrina & Samantha, Edgar Perez & Raceway Park for running the series, Cartek Performance Engineering for being the 10.50 title sponsor & building the winning car and also J & M Motorsports for their supporting sponsorship.

See you next week.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Steve Wells earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Rob Zona earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Shawn Cavanagh received a plaque for his 10.556 @ 123.62 qualifying run
  • Rob Zona received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .069

2010 Points Standings

With the event win in Race 2, the first points race, Steve Wells leaves with the points lead. His 97 total points leads second place Rob Zona who has 75 points. Tommy Michalkowski is third with heals with 56. Shawn Cavanagh sits in fourth with 38 points and Tom Sabolevsky is in fifth with 34 points each. Though Perez has the same number of points, Sabolevsky has the tie-breaker.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Shawn Cavanagh 0 38 114 208 265 301 359 462 539 634 668 3 15 10.600 
2. Stephen Wells 0 97 155 193 251 348 381 437 475 513 616 3 12 10.636 
3. Tommy Michalkowski 0 56 151 226 260 314 367 422 515 548 602 2 13 10.889 
4. Edgar Perez 0 34 67 101 176 254 351 428 464 538 538 1 11 11.394 
5. Rob Zona 0 75 132 168 201 234 268 268 321 321 321 0 4 10.986 
6. Tom Sabolevsky 0 34 68 125 159 159 194 228 228 282 282 0 2 10.781 
7. Marc Scharago 0 0 34 34 34 68 68 68 103 113 113 0 0 10.920 
8. Alan Eckert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
9. Michael Calicchia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

As always, we couldn't enjoy our passion for racing without the support of our sponsors:

Pro 10.50 Index - Cartek Performance Engineering | J&M Motorsports | Spectrum Equipment Service | Best Western, East Brunswick, NJ | Thrust Performance .

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