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Two in Row from the Point for Dave Harris

by Edgar Perez

Qualifiers - American Racing Headers
Pro 8 Shootout presented by Cartek Performance Engineering
1  Dave Harris 9.561 148.71
2  Mike Wright 12.097 117.79
3  Alfred Pongonis 14.323 81.28
08/14/10 - Englishtown, NJ - There were three entries today for the American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout 9.50 Index presented by Cartek Performance Engineering. For the second race in a row, Dave Harris qualified his supercharged Corvette in the number one position and went on to take the win collecting the additional points award for getting the race win from the number 1 spot. Could it be the season is taking its toll on our racers? No, not really. The Shen team did not make it out today as they had a prior commitment they could not break. Jay McCardle's Corvette, which was hurt in the last race, was not back yet. Sadly for us or even better for you, news came out this week that Mark Shaw is selling his two-time class Champion Corvette. He is offering car and trailer for a reasonable price to our racers so please take a look and give it some consideration if this class is something you may have in your future plans. To see Mark's post, click here. Best of luck to you Mark. Additionally, George Smith, another player in the class, has also sold his car.


The three entries today were David Harris, Mike Wright and Alfred "Sonnie" Pongonis. Sonnie missed the first qualifier as he also entered the EFI Quick Time 8 heads up LS class which he went on to win. He did make it out for the second qualifier. Harris led the class with a number 1 qualifying pass of 9.561 @ 148.61. He was followed in qualifying by Mike Wright, a first time entry in the class who also entered the Corvette Challenge bracket class. Wright was in at 12.097 @ 117.79. Pongonis was in the third position having trouble hooking up his supercharged entry, with a 14.323 @ 81.28.

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Runner-up Alfred "Sonnie" Pongonis Coordinator Edgar Perez, runner-up Sonnie Pongonis, Cartek's Julio Hormilla, ECS's Chris Coriell, winner Dave Harris and his wife, Vivian. Winner David Harris

Photos by Vivian Harris

2010 Race 7 Ladder

Round 1: Semi-Final

With an uneven number of cars for the class, the number 1 qualifier, Dave Harris, would get a bye run into the final. He was first on the track and would lay down an impressive 9.518 @ 137.15 with a .129 reaction time. He was set to try and go back-to-back in the class having won the prior race. Mike Wright (2) and Sonnie Pongonis (3) would square off next. This is Wright's first entry into the class. When the tree lit up, Sonnie was gone with a .215 light while Wright trailed with a .723. Sonnie laid off a little and took the win with an 11.881 @ 81.03. Wright crossed the finish line with a 12.863 @ 96.20 mph.

Round 2: Final

We go into the final with the same two drivers as the last race with Dave Harris (1) facing Sonnie Pongonis (3). They would line up with Harris in the left lane and Pongonis in the right. Pongonis got off the line first with a .104 light to Harris' .132. He held that lead through the race and got to the finish line first. He did not get the win however as both drivers ran under their 9.50 index. Harris ran under by the least running 9.471 @ 142.43. Pongonis ran 9.229 @ 125.46. The win is Harris' third of the points season and second in a row. Thanks to all who came out today including Harris' family and fan club as you will see in the pictures, their is a huge sea of purple shirts (Harris Team shirts) in them.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner David Harris earned a payout of $150 cash and a trophy
  • Runner-up Alfred Pongonis earned a payout of $100 cash and a trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier David Harris received a plaque for his 9.561 @ 148.71 qualifying run
  • David Harris received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at 0.129

2010 Points Standings

With the win today, David Harris moves into first place in the point standings. He earned 83 points with the number qualifying position and event win getting him an extra 5 point bonus for the feat. He now leads with 393 total points. David Shen, who did not make the race today trails by 61 points, or just over three rounds. Jay McCardle and Angelo Valla remain in the third and fourth respectively after not making it out today. Sonnie remains in fifth place with his runner-up finish which moves him closer to the fourth spot and is within three rounds of catching Valla.
Rank Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Wins Rounds Avg Qual
1. David Shen 0 76 154 212 295 332 332 389 446 549 612 4 13 9.660 
2. Dave Harris 0 58 155 190 227 310 393 431 514 551 568 4 10 9.557 
3. Jay McCardle 0 34 90 127 183 198 198 198 214 214 214 0 2 10.585 
4. Angelo Valla 0 97 97 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 2 5 9.636 
5. Alfred Pongonis 0 0 0 0 0 56 112 112 112 148 148 0 2 11.299 
6. Mark Shaw 0 35 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 0 0 9.940 
7. Doug Ring 0 0 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 0 0 13.431 
8. Christopher Young 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 You can discuss the series on , the Drag Racing section of The Corvette Forum where you can find 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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