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Eric Fischer Wins Another AMR Pro 11.50 & Makes History

by Rob Farley

Qualifiers - Anger Management Racing Pro 11.50 Index
PosNameETMPH
1  Eric Fischer 11.538 116.26
2  Richard Shuleski 11.545 119.71
3  Gary Hillen 11.548 128.86
4  Rob Farley 11.555 125.46
5  Paul Bogdan 11.561 110.06
6  Marc Hinkes 11.590 118.76
7  Ellis Gray 11.598 118.9
8  Tommy Michalkowski 11.634 114.25
9  Jerry Muniz 11.840 116.6
10  Anthony S. Cupolo 11.905 114.29
11  Andrew Volponi 12.096 118.61
12  Ron Higgins 12.237 109.69
13  Peter Huff 12.381 114.3
06/05/10 - Englishtown, NJ - Today was a day that went into the history books for the Anger Management Racing Pro 11.50 Index. For the first time in 2010 we had our number one qualifier win the event. Some may say that is not history. The rules have been changed for 2010 in regards to the number one qualifier winning that event. That driver will receive additional five points. This is a huge advantage when you have a class that has driver's running the number and superior reaction times. Today's event had a low car count. We only had thirteen Corvette's battle it out in qualifying. I hope that the low car count was due to the beautiful weather and people went away for the weekend. After the second qualifier, we had seven driver's qualify in the 11.5x's, one driver in the 11.6x's, one driver in the 11.8x's, one driver in the 11.9x's and the remain three driver's qualified in the 12's.

Round 1

The first two driver's to start Event #5 were Rich Shuleski (2) driving his 1996 Grand Sport. Rich was paired with Tommy Michalkowski (8). Tommy was racing his daily driven twin turbo. Both driver's are staged, the tree flashes - there is a pause, then Rich leaves the line first with a .114 to Tommy's .172. First to the stripe was Tommy at 11.390 @ 120.17 MPH to Rich's winning 11.503 @ 118.69 MPH. The next pair to go down the 1320 were Anthony Cupolo (10) driving his 1975 Corvette. Anthony is racing Rob Farley (4) racing his 1998 Indy Pace Car. Anthony tried to hit the tree on Rob but went red. Anthony was -.026 to Rob's sluggish .110. Rob made it a time shot and went 11.539 @ 119.39 MPH. The next two driver's have similar Corvette's. From the Da Bronx it was Jerry Muniz (9) driving his black 2005 racing against Gary Hillen (3) in his 2008 Black ZO6. The tree flashed and Gary was left, Gary left the line just a little too early. Gary was -.012 red. Jerry had a .111 reaction time and went 11.852 @ 116.77 MPH.

The next pair to the line were Marc Hinkes (6) racing Ron Higgins (12). Ron is classic that has a four speed manual transmission. Marc was off the line first with a .168 to Ron's .260. Marc was able to cross the finish line first with a 11.864 @ 113.03 MPH. Ron crossed the traps at 12.281 @ 108.16 MPH. The next pair to the line has one veteran of the 11.50 and the other driver is a rookie. Ellis Gray (7) the veteran of the 11.50 Index was paired with the Rookie Peter Huff (13). This is another round of automatic verse a manual transmission. Ellis left first with a .060 in his automatic too Peter's .110. Ellis was able to cross first with a 11.764 @99.85 MPH to Peter's 13.206 @ 84.82 MPH. The last pair was Paul Bogdan (5) and Andrew Volponi (11). Paul was out first with a .155 to Andrew's .282. On the top end it was Paul crossing first with a 11.754 @ 102.86 MPH to Andrew's 12.090 @ 118.02 MPH. The last driver to complete round one is Eric Fischer (1). Eric has a bye run since there was an odd number of vehicle's in round one. Eric staged deep, the tree flashed and was .091 on the tree and ran 11.592 @ 117.25 MPH.

Runner Up Group Winner
Runner-up Rob Farley AMR's Tommy Michalkowski, Runner-up Rob Farley, Winner Eric Fischer and organizer Edgar Perez Winner Eric Fischer
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Round 2

We have seven driver's returning to battle it to move onto the semi-finals. The first pair to the line were Jerry Muniz (9) and Marc Hinkes (6). Jerry left .080 before Marc. Jerry was .346 to Marc's .426. It appeared no one wanted to leave the starting line when the tree flashed. Jerry was able to cross the finish line just ahead of Marc. Jerry crossed with a 11.863 @ 115.96 MPH to Marc's 11.795 @118.67 MPH. The next pair of driver's seem to always race each other at every event. That would be Ellis Gray (7) and Rob Farley (4). Both driver's are staged deep and sitting on the edge of there seat waiting for a yellow flash. Ellis saw the flash and responded to quick. Ellis went red with a .175 to Rob's .055. Rob crossed the finish line with a 11.589 @ 119.55 MPH with Ellis following behind with a 11.682 @ 119.82 MPH.

The next pair looking to move onto the next round were Eric Fischer (1) and Paul Bogdan (5). Eric was out first with a .029 to Paul's .149. Eric was able to cross the finish line first. Eric went 11.595 @ 112.97 MPH to Paul's 11.474 @ 120.14 MPH. The last driver to complete round two was Rich Shuleski (2). Rich pushed the tree to a -.006 red and went 11.559 @ 120.57 MPH.

Round 3:

Here we go. We are now in the semi-finals with four driver's remaining. The first pair to the line was Rob Farley (4) and Rich Shuleski (2). This round looked like two rookies staging. First Rich rolled through the beams while staging. When Rich was backing up Rob rolled through the beams. Both driver's are trying to restage before they are eliminated. Both driver's were able to stage without being disqualified. With all the starting line drama, both driver's left a little late when the tree flashed. Rob left first with a .113 to Rich's .173. At the top end it was both drivers playing the top end game against each other. Rob was able to cross first a 11.594 @ 110.82 MPH to Rich's 11.567 @ 116.83 MPH. The last two driver's to the line to complete round three were Eric Fischer (1) and Jerry Muniz (9). Jerry was off the line first with an outstanding reaction time, the best of the day probably in all classes. Jerry had a .004 to Eric's .128. Jerry's Vette did not have the power to push Eric out on the top end. Eric crossed first with a 11.624 @111.91 MPH to Jerry's 11.775 @ 117.53 MPH.

Round 4: Final Round

The final round had Eric Fischer (1) looking to take down Rob Farley (4). I think Eric is still upset and holding a grudge from 2009. Both driversí are staged and ready to send the other one home. The tree flashed and Eric left first with a .023 to Rob's sleepy .093. Eric crossed first with an 11.510 @113.03 MPH to Rob's 11.530 @ 119.94 MPH. In case you have not noticed, in Fischer's breakout season, he has been to every 11.50 Index final in 2010. That is correct, the fifth time in a row this season Eric has been to the final. Simply amazing.

We are testing a new format of our ladder that includes driver's reaction times and 1/4 mile times. Be sure and click on the link for the ladder to check it out.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner Eric Fischer earned a payout of $130 in addition to the winner trophy
  • Runner-up Rob Farley earned a payout of $65 in addition to the runner-up trophy
  • Semi-Finalists Rich Shuleski and Jerry Muniz received $30
  • Number 1 Qualifier Eric Fischer received a plaque for his 11.538 @ 116.13 qualifying run
  • Ellis Gray received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .060

2010 Points Standings

Five races thus far this year and there is one thing in common in all. Eric Fischer has been to every Pro 11.50 Index final this year. Today he became the first racer in the series to claim the 5-point bonus for qualifying number 1 and going on to win the event. This was the third time he held the number 1 spot this season. All the final round appearances are adding up to one spectacular lead in the point standings. His 433 points for the season open up a 170 point lead over our next driver, Ellis Gray, with 263. At 20 points per round win, Fischer can sit out a race and not lose the points lead. Rob Farley made a move forward into the third position in the standings with his runner-up finish. He has a total of 240. Jerry Muniz moved up to fourth position with 240 for the season. Marc Hinkes held his fifth place position with his first round win and is the fifth driver to amass 200 with 203 points for the season. Racers are hoping Fischerís hot start to 2010 falters at some point as they jockey for position to be right there when he does, if he does.

Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. Ellis Gray 0 117 154 210 263 339 394 471 548 646 769 2 20 11.529 
2. Eric Fischer 0 98 212 310 433 470 561 616 616 670 765 2 22 11.539 
3. Rob Farley 0 51 145 145 240 315 369 445 503 557 634 0 16 11.544 
4. Paul Bogdan 0 51 83 120 174 174 250 288 404 519 553 2 12 11.583 
5. Tommy Michalkowski 0 31 83 156 189 247 279 311 363 435 487 0 8 21.479 
6. Richard Shuleski 0 10 41 73 150 202 315 368 400 433 465 1 8 11.660 
7. Gary Hillen 0 0 0 112 148 201 273 327 359 412 445 1 9 13.779 
8. Marc Hinkes 0 36 94 149 203 235 273 305 359 396 432 0 4 11.570 
9. Anthony S. Cupolo 0 32 63 117 149 263 317 429 429 429 429 2 10 11.677 
10. Jerry Muniz 0 74 110 142 214 246 279 311 346 378 429 0 5 11.706 
11. Ron Higgins 0 52 83 134 166 217 249 280 313 345 377 0 3 12.284 
12. Shay LaScalla 0 54 126 160 160 173 210 210 210 210 284 0 5 11.600 
13. Peter Huff 0 73 73 105 136 167 167 201 235 235 235 0 2 11.884 
14. Andrew Volponi 0 33 33 33 65 97 129 160 193 204 204 0 0 14.199 
15. John Hadyniak 0 35 110 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 0 2 11.561 
16. Dr. Ron Leader 0 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 0 0  
17. Vic Gandhi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
18. Tom Sabolevsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
19. Gene Paterno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

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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, www.corvettechallenge.info and the , the Drag Racing section of The Corvette Forum and your email for news, updates and polls.

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