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DeLibero Becomes Fourth Different 2010 Winner in Race 5

by Steve Wells

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering
Pro 10.50 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
1  Stephen Wells 10.512 129.92
2  Shawn Cavanagh 10.638 130.24
3  Russ DeLibero 10.639 121.4
4  Edgar Perez 10.647 121.65
5  Tommy Michalkowski 10.717 135.05
6  Tom Sabolevsky 11.056 126.62
7  Rob Zona 11.400 130.64
06/05/10 - Englishtown, NJ - In the last article I was bragging about how good the weather had been. Well you see where that got me! The weather was brutal for this race. It was about 90 degrees all day with a decent head wind at times. The DA was between 3500 & 4000' throughout the event according to many personal weather stations. The Raceway Park data read a DA of 2000' to 2275', so who knows, but everyone's performance was way off for our fifth race of the season. This was the fourth points race of the season in the Cartek Pro 10.50 Index.


This week the number of Cartek Performance Engineering Pro 10.50 Index presented by J & M Motorsports racers was 7, one more than the last race. The qualifying went smoothly. Everyone was on the correct side of the index by the end of the second round of qualifying.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Edgar Perez Perez and DeLibero Winner Russ DeLibero
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Rob Zona showed up in Gary Hillen's black C6 ZO6, as his NA C5 ZO6 was being upgraded. Rob would run an 11.400 at 130.64 mph rowing the gearbox. Edgar Perez and the Red Sled, with his new NA 427 built by Vette Doctors Performance would run under the index at 10.350 @ 129.12 mph. Perez was out running the NMCA Late Model EFI class yesterday at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, would head back there after competing in our Corvette Challenge. Shawn Cavanagh had his Paxton supercharged, automatic, spiral grey C5 built by East Coast Supercharging ran a 10.638 @ 130.24. Tommy Michalkowski, in his APS twin turbocharged, silver, automatic, C5, built by Anger Management Racing, would run a 10.840 @ 134.18 mph. Newcomer, and non-points racer Russ DeLibero would show up in his black, C5 ZO6, converted to an automatic by AMR, with a rear mount turbo. Russ would run a 15.546 @ 60.73 mph with some sort of issue. He was actually out last night testing was successful in finding a way to slow the 140+ mph hour ride under 135. Tom Sabolevsky would actually make the first round of qualifying this week in his Procharged, manual, silver C5, built by Cartek Performance Engineering. He came around the wall right as we were pulling under the tower. Tom ran an 11.801 @ 122.40. Stephen Wells, driving his electron blue ZO6, with a NA 427, built by Cartek Performance Engineering, would run a 10.553 @ 129.69, to take the # 1 qualifying position, a position he would not relinquish.

In the second round of qualifying, Zona would sit out and stick with his 11.400 @ 130.64 effort and come in at #7. Sabolevsky would improve to an 11.056 @ 126.62 coming in at # 6. Michalkowski would improve to a 10.717 @ 135.05 coming in at # 5. Perez ran a 10.647 @ 121.65 coming in #4. DeLibero would improve to a 10.639 @ 121.40 coming in at #3. Cavanagh would come up just short and qualify #2 with a 10.638 @ 130.24 mph. Wells would improve & maintain #1 qualifier with a 10.512 @ 129.92.

Round 1

The first pair would be DeLibero (3) vs. Sabolevsky (6). Sabolevsky's huge holeshot advantage .064 RT, 11.424 @ 124.52, would not be enough to hold off DeLibero's .320 RT, 10.799 @ 111.14 mph. The second pairing would be Cavanagh (2) hitting the tree with a .018 RT and running 10.458 @ 134.22 defeating Michalkowski (5) who red lighted with a -.047 running 10.437 @ 134.55. The third pair would be Perez (4) vs. Zona (7). Rob would get the jump on Perez with a .057 reaction time and follow up with a 11.382 @ 128.91, but Perez would be the victor with a .233 RT running 10.838 @ 120.35, his first round win of the 2010 season. Wells (1), the number one qualifier, had the bye run due to an uneven ladder and his number qualifying performance and ran an easy 10.608 @ 129.63.

2010 Race 5 Ladder

Round 2 - Semi-Final

The first pair in round two would be Perez vs. Cavanagh, NA vs. FI, both cars being C5 automatics. Cavanagh would go so red, that the tree did not even activate. Perez would have a .096 RT and run a 10.450 @ 115.94.

The second pair would be DeLibero vs. Wells. Both cars 2002 C5 ZO6's, both cars converted to automatics, both cars capable of running the number. DeLibero would have his best reaction time of eliminations during this run with a .136, then, he took the stripe from Wells with a 10.598 @ 133.90 on the brakes. Wells had severe wheel spin out of the gate and could only manage a 10.600 @ 130.44 with a .139 RT. The margin of victory was only .005.

Round 3 - Final

In the final round, there were two C5s. It was newcomer Russ DeLibero against the Red Sled with veteran driver Edgar Perez at the wheel. DeLibero came out with his typical soft launch 2.003 60 ft. Edgar came blasting out of the gate, but succumbed to severe wheel spin, handing the win to DeLibero. The final numbers: .257 RT, 10.527 @ 135.50 for DeLibero, .071 RT, 10.713 @ 130.35 for Perez. Margin of victory .0008, that's right eight ten thousandths of a second!

Congratulations to Russ DeLibero for the Win!
Congratulations to Shawn Cavanagh for taking the Points Lead.

It was nice to see Russ out for the first time this season, we hope to see more of him.

This Pro 10.5 racing is so tight, that the top three drivers in points are separated by less than one round of competition. See you all on July 10th.

Rumor Mill: Tom Sabolevsky said he is going to be stepping up the performance of his supercharged C5 after his car had trouble running the number in the heat, especially with that good reaction time. Apparently, plans are already in the works. It's nice to see guys stepping it up so they can be more competitive in the Pro 10.5, this will only make the class better. Tom, all I can say is: Bring It!

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Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Russ DeLibero earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Edgar Perez earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Steve Wells received a plaque for his 10.512 @ 129.92 qualifying run
  • Shawn Cavanagh received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at 0.018

2010 Points Standings

This class continues to have the tightest points chase in the series. The point lead once again changed hands for the third race in a row. Shawn Cavanagh moves to the top of the standings for the first time this year with his semi-final performance leading the way with 265 points. He takes the lead from Tommy Michalkowski who is now second with 260 points. The only racer to hold the lead from more than one race, Stephen Wells, sits in the third position with 251 points. Our pro tree index class receive 20 points per round win so these three drivers are separated by less than 1 round of competition; competition that has just become tougher with two new cars entering and now competing in the class. These two new entries are very capable of running within and under the index. These would be our two finalists today, Russ DeLibero and Edgar Perez. Rob Zona found himself without his ride and did the borrowing shuffle and was able to hold on to the fourth position in points with 201. Edgar Perez, who entered his own car for the first time this season, took it straight to the final and moved up to fifth place in the standings with 176 points.

Look for this class to continue to bring us an exciting battle for the championship in our new 10-race points format. Six points races left in the season and we could see the lead change at every one of them. The top three drivers changing the lead every race could leave the door open for other drivers to creep up on them and this could easily be a six car battle soon.
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

Five weeks until our sixth race (5th for points) of the season so please be patient. That race will take place on Saturday July 10, 2010. After that however we only have a three week wait till the next race on July 24, 2010. As usual, all of our races have a 10 AM official gates opening time but we know that the gate will usually open around 9:30 so be sure and take advantage of the early opening time. 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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