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Cavanagh Makes It Count Winning Race 4

by Steve Wells

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering
Pro 10.50 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
1  Stephen Wells 10.513 0
2  Tom Sabolevsky 10.709 0
3  Rob Zona 11.062 0
4  Tommy Michalkowski 11.219 0
5  Edgar Perez 11.408 0
6  Shawn Cavanagh 10.491 0
04/24/10 - Englishtown, NJ - I don't know how Edgar does it, but the weather we have been having for these Corvette Challenge races is off the hook! A person couldn't ask for better weather. It rained Friday night and it rained Saturday night and Sunday and Monday and….But…The weather during the race was gorgeous, not too hot or too cold. It was in the mid to high 60's all day with a slight crosswind. The DA was typically +750' throughout the day according to Raceway Park. However, I know many personal weather stations were reading higher in the staging lanes. This was our fourth race of the season. This was our third points race of the season in the new Cartek Pro 10.50 Index.


This week the number of Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports, was the same as race 1 with 6 racers. The qualifying was not quite drama free. Everyone but Shawn Cavanagh was on the correct side of the index by the end of the second round of qualifying. At the last race we had that unfortunate happening with Mike Calicchia when he failed tech inspection and could not race. This week was another story. Edgar Perez showed up with the new and improved Red Sled for the 2010 season. Unfortunately, during his first qualifier Edgar broke his rear. Fortunately, Tommy Michalkowski, Mr. Generosity, saved the day for Edgar by loaning him his spare Twin Turbo Vette.

Tom Sabolevsky would miss the first round of qualifying in his Procharged 346ci, stock short block, manual, silver C5, built by Cartek Performance & Engineering, but would make up for it later. Rob Zona in his naturally aspirated 388 ci, 03, C5 ZO6, built by Anger Management Racing, would return this week and run an 11.062 at a brisk 135.02 mph rowing the gearbox. Edgar Perez would break in the first round of qualifying. Later, Tommy Michalkowski would loan Edgar his "spare" black C5, with an STS twin turbo kit. Shawn Cavanagh had his Paxton Novi supercharged, automatic, spiral grey C5 built by East Coast Supercharging run a too quick 10.450 @ 136.66. Tommy Michalkowski, in his APS twin turbocharged, stock bottom end, automatic, silver, 99 C5, also built by Anger Management Racing, would run a too quick 10.287 @ 119.73 mph. Finally, points leader Stephen Wells, driving his 02 electron blue ZO6, with a naturally aspirated 427, built by Cartek Performance & Engineering, would run a 10.513 @ 116.78, to take the # 1 qualifying position for the second race in a row, a spot he would not relinquish, nor benefit from.

In the second round of qualifying Cavanagh would come up short again and qualify #6 with another too quick 10.491 @ 122.14 mph. Perez who was just seeking to pick up basic points, ran an 11.408 @ 125.17 #5. Michalkowski would improve to an 11.219 @ 99.08 coming in at # 4. Zona would stick with his 11.062 @ 135.02 effort and come in at #3. Sabolevsky would make up for missing the first round of qualifying by running 10.709 @ 130.99 coming in at # 2. Wells would maintain #1 qualifier with his 10.513 @ 116.78.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Tommy Michalkowski Cavanagh Christina, Hailey, and Sean, Winner Shawn and Runnerup Tommy Michalkowski Winner Shawn Cavanagh
Photos by Edgar Perez. For over 7,000 Corvette Photos, click here.

Round 1

The first pair would be Wells (1) vs. Michalkowski (4). This is where the # 1 qualifier would not continue on. Michalkowski's better reaction time of .099 and ET of 10.575 @ 116.91 mph would better Wells' weak .152 light, running a lifting 10.61 @ 116.94. The second pairing would be Cavanagh (6) running 10.482 @ 134.91 defeating Zona (3) who red lighted with a -.023 running a conservative 11.994 @ 88.47. The third pair would be Sabolevsky (2) vs. Perez (5). Sabolevsky would slap Perez with a .008 reaction time and follow up with a 11.260 @ 128.08 to a losing Perez who could only muster a 11.536 @ 119.97.

2010 Race 4 Ladder

Round 2 - Semi-Final

The first pair in round two would be Cavanagh vs. Sabolevsky, Paxton vs. Procharger with both cars being equipped with centrifugal superchargers. Cavanagh would have the edge right from the start with a .113 light to Sabolevsky's .136. From there Cavanagh and his automatic would slowly pull away running a 10.612 @ 120.75 mph to Sabolevsky's manually shifted 10.739 @ 131.75 mph.

The second race of the round would be a bye run for Michalkowski, who would cut a .123 light running 11.320 @ 120.50 mph.

Round 3 - Final

In the final round, there were again, the same two C5s as the last race. Cavanagh was seeking a true opportunity to win his first point's race. This was essentially a rematch of the last final round on 4/3/10. For Cavanagh's previous final round non-appearance, Cavanagh broke his blower belt in the semi-final round and was unable to make the call for the final. This time he was ready to do battle. Cavanagh left first with a .061 reaction time to Michalkowski's .142. Both cars were running strong as these forced induction beasts picked up, as the air got better. In a double breakout final Cavanagh took the win with a 10.315 @ 120.96 mph while Michalkowski ran a close 10.304, at a turbo humming 137.64 (high mph of the event).

Congratulations to Shawn Cavanagh for the Win!
Congratulations to Tommy Michalkowski for taking the Points Lead. Congratulations to Thomas Sabolevsky for earning the Best Winning Reaction Time award. Congratulations to Stephen Wells for his #1 Qualifier award.

It was nice that Shawn was able to win with his wife and children there to witness it. I am sure Dad was a hero that day.

See you all on June 5th.

Rumor Mill: That's right, there was a $30 bounty put on points leader Wells' head by Cavanagh before the race. Well, Michalkowski earned it and Cavanagh paid up, keeping true to his word after making a public post on the CF. Wells is no Farley. (Not yet at least). The top three points leaders are: Michalkowski 1st, Cavanagh 2nd and Wells 3rd. That's the best money Cavanagh ever spent. You read it here first!

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Shawn Cavanagh earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Tommy Michalkowski earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Steve Wells received a plaque for his 10.513 @ 116.78 qualifying run
  • Tom Sabolevsky received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .008

2010 Points Standings

With his runner-up performance, Tommy Michalkowski takes over the points lead moving up one spot to the top with 226 total points. Shawn Cavanagh moves up two spots to the number 2 spot with his race win and is now less than one round back from the points lead with 208. Stephen Wells dropped two positions to third place with his first round exit. He now has a total of 193 points. Rob Zona falls to fourth place 168 total. Tom Sabolevsky holds the fifth position with a total of 125 points thus far this season.
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  

Next Two Races

We now go into a 42 day hiatus before our fifth race (4th for points) of season. We get the entire month of May off and return to the track on June 5, 2010. The subsequent race will also have a month long break as we then race on July 10, 2010. Please keep an eye out on our home page, and the , the Drag Racing section of The Corvette Forum and your email for news, updates and polls.

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As always, we couldn't enjoy our passion for racing without the tireless efforts of our coordinators - Edgar Perez, Bob Trieschmann and Dennis Kazimir. We'd be reduced to time shots only without our sponsors - many thanks for the continued support of our sponsors;

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