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Third Time Finally a Charm for Perez in Race 7

by Steve Wells

Qualifiers - Cartek Performance Engineering
Pro 10.50 Index presented by J&M Motorsports
PosNameETMPH
1  Shawn Cavanagh 10.511 126.21
2  Edgar Perez 10.543 125.39
3  Russ DeLibero 10.562 117.01
4  Tom Sabolevsky 10.589 132.11
5  Marshall Brown 10.704 125.15
6  Rob Zona 10.750 130.37
7  Stephen Wells 11.488 121.62
8  Tommy Michalkowski 10.351 116.02
08/14/10 - Englishtown, NJ - Finally, a break from the brutal weather. It was so much cooler than the last few races that it almost felt like fall (but not quite, lol) The DA was around 2000 feet or so, according to many personal weather stations. This was our seventh race of the season and the sixth point's race of the season in the Cartek Pro 10.50 Index.

Qualifying

This week the number of Cartek Performance Engineering sponsored 10.50 racers, presented by J & M Motorsports was 8, the most this season so far. If one more car had shown up, qualifying would have been a bigger story. The qualifying went smoothly and by the end, only one person was on the wrong side of the Index which relegated him to the #8 position.

The winner from the last race and current point's leader, Stephen Wells had engine problems the day before the race and was fortunate to borrow the Velocity Yellow 2006 11.50 Index Corvette owned by Marc Hinkes and tuned by Cartek Performance & Engineering. Wells only took the first qualifier and ran an 11.488 just to get on the ladder. Tommy Michalkowski, in his APS twin turbocharged, silver, automatic, C5, built by Anger Management Racing, would run under the Index with a 10.171 @ 116.02 mph. Russ DeLibero showed up in his black, C5 ZO6, converted to an automatic, with a rear mount turbo. Russ would run a 10.425 @ 130.42 mph. Marshal Brown, a newcomer and welcomed addition to the 10.50 Index ran a respectable 10.704 @ 125.15 in his N2O sniffing, 04 Black 383 stroker powered C5. Edgar Perez and the Red Sled, with his NA 427 built by the Vette Doctors would get close with a 10.543 @ 125.39 mph. Finally, Shawn Cavanagh and his Paxton supercharged, automatic, spiral grey C5 built by East Coast Supercharging ran a 10.511 @ 126.21. This run would ultimately hold up as #1 Qualifier. .

In the second round of qualifying, Michalkowski would improve to a 10.351 @ 116.07 but still ran under, placing him at #8. Wells would not run the second qualifier and occupy the #7 position. Zona who did not run the first qualifier, had his NA beast back out on the track. Zone would short shift his way to a 10.750 @ 130.37 and put him in the #6 slot. Brown would improve running 10.666 @ 126.18 placing him at #5. Thomas Sabolevsky also showed up for the second round of qualifying and out of the box ran an impressive 10.589 @ 132.11 (Didn't the Rumor Mill say Tom was stepping it up a couple of races ago?) DeLibero improved substantially tagging a 10.562 @ 117.01 coming in at #3. Perez would not improve and maintain the #2 position. Cavanagh also would not improve, but didn't need to, as he maintained the #1 qualifying position.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Russ DeLibero DeLibero and Perez Winner Edgar Perez
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Round 1

The first pair would be Perez (2) vs. Zona (6). Zona had the advantage at the light .037 to .142, but just couldn't run the number with a 10.917 @ 129.80, the winner, Perez, ran 10.690 @ 115.71. The second pairing would be Michalkowski (8) vs. Sabolevsky (4). Michalkowski had a nice .025 light, Sabolevsky had a nice red -.026. This gave Michalkowski a free pass to run it out the back door, going 10.292 @ 136.79 (high mph of the day). Sabolevsky ran it through the gears to a 10.877 @ 130.10. The third pair would be Cavanagh (1) vs. Brown (5). Brown went red by the slightest of margins -.007 and ran a 10.759 @ 126.03, while Cavanagh got a free pass to run it out the back door, to the tune of 10.370 @ 135.22. The fourth pair would be DeLibero (3) vs. Wells (7). Wells was not in his ZO6 and could not run the number and DeLibero knew it. As a result DeLibero took his time at the tree, ran down Wells and took the stripe with an easy 11.234 @ 90.28 to Wells' 12.308 @ 121.19. DeLibero, who is not in the points chase, wanted to chalk up the win as another victory over points front runner Wells. Wells stated that it didn't count because he was not in his own car and that the car he was driving could not even run the Index. So is it a Victory! or just a win, similar to a competition single? We'll have to see what happens the next time these two racers line up. Seems like everyone has it out for this Wells character? LOL


2010 Race 7 Ladder

Round 2 - Semi-Final

The first pair in round two would be Perez vs. Michalkowski, NA vs. Turbo, both cars being C5 automatics. Michalkowski went red with a -.065 to Perez's .102 light. Michalkowski spun hard at the launch and ran a 10.971 @ 136.10. Perez also spun pretty good, but automatically won at the tree and ran 10.766 @ 129.26. The second pair would be DeLibero vs. Cavanagh. Both cars C5's, both cars automatics, both cars capable of running the number for sure. DeLibero would cut a .071 light to Cavanagh's .116. DeLibero, on the brakes, nailed a 10.504 at 125.69, just edging Cavanagh's braking 10.520 @ 118.73. This was probably the best race of the day.

Round 3 - Final

It was veteran index racer Edgar Perez and the Red Sled vs. Russ DeLibero and the MPH Machine. These two racers have raced before and it was the Red Sled that was put on the trailer. But as is the case many times, redemption took place. Perez, still attempting to claw his way to the top of the point's standings, was drooling for a win. Up to this point Perez had been unable to close the deal in the final. The race was literally over before it began as DeLibero inadvertently pushed through the beams, before the tree was even activated. DeLibero's pass was a "No Time" and Perez took the win with a relaxed .494 light running 10.615 @ 129.21. The monkey is officially off his back.

This Pro 10.5 racing is tight. The top four drivers in points are separated by less than two rounds of competition. With Wells' car being down and Perez being in every final round (three) since he got the Red Sled back and winning this race, things are really heating up. See you all on August 21st.

Rumor Mill: Rumor has it, that at the next race 08/21/10, two more new racers will be participating in the Pro 10.5 Index . There is a strong possibility that one or more cars will get bumped and not make the 8 car field! A first for the Pro 10.5 class. Qualifying will now be as important as eliminations.

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APB: As Edgar Perez climbs up the ladder ever so steadily… All should be aware of a Giant Killer, better known as Russ "The Spoiler" DeLibero! Characteristics: - Unsuspecting Demeanor - Out for Blood - Utilizes The Farley Slide. All points racers should be aware of this and be grateful that DeLibero didn't sign up for points.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Edgar Perez earned a payout of $150 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Russ DeLibero earned a payout of $100 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier Shawn Cavanagh received a plaque for his 10.511 @ 126.21 qualifying run
  • Tommy Michalkowski received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .025

2010 Points Standings

With point leader Stephen Wells not driving his own Corvette, he escaped the race with the lead which is now less than one round of competition. He qualified and staged in the borrowed Corvette and increased his point total to 381 while losing ground to his competitors. He now leads Tommy Michalkowski by only 14 points. Shawn Cavanagh remains in the third position in the standings right behind Tommy with 359 points. Edgar Perez remains in fourth but his race win, in his third straight final, has helped him close the gap to first to 30 points and just 8 points from the third position with a total of 351 points. Our top four drivers in the standings are separated by less than two rounds or competition. Rob Zona holds onto the 5th position in the points standings with 268 points after getting his car back on the track with no time to test. Today's race was the first with a full 8-car field.

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. Michael Calicchia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
9. Alan Eckert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Next Two Races

Before we look at the next two races, our Top points drivers will be invited to the PC Richard & Son All American Jet Car Nationals on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Congratulations to the following qualifying drivers, Corvette Challenge; Ralph Savarese, Vincent Cupolo, Ellis Gray and Rob Farley, Pro 11.50; Eric Fischer and Ellis Gray, Pro 10.50; Stephen Wells and Tommy Michalkowski, Pro 8 Shootout; David Harris and David Shen. Our next full race is Saturday August 21, 2010. We then skip the month of September due to other events on Raceway Park's schedule and resume our season on October 16, 2010. These will be our 8th and 9th races of the season open to all Corvette racers. For more information about the schedule visit www.corvettechallenge.info. You can discuss the series on , the Drag Racing section of The Corvette Forum where you can find news, updates and polls.

Visit the Drag Schedule at www.racewaypark.com to view Raceway Park's schedule for other events and days for test and tuning.

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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