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David Shen Returns With a Win in Race 8

by Douglas Bereczki

Qualifiers - American Racing Headers
Pro 8 Shootout presented by Cartek Performance Engineering
1  Dave Harris 9.548 143.37
2  David Shen 9.570 137.79
8/21/2010 - Englishtown, NJ - Fresh after racing last week, everybody is back at Raceway Park to go at it again. Well…….almost everybody. The only 9.50 racers to make it to the track are Dave Harris and David Shen. Both Dave’s are the only racers who have made it to every American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout 9.50 Index presented by Cartek Performance Engineering event this year.

This week the weather is a little bit better than last week. The temperature was about 15* cooler and the DA was hovering around 2400'. As the 9.50 class is announced for the first qualifying run, Dave and David's personal grudge match is about to get started.


Dave Harris eases his sleek black 03 supercharged Vette into the water box on the left side of the track. In the right lane David Shen is preparing his 65 classic nitrous fed red Vette for the first pass. After the burnouts both Vettes are staged and ready to go. David Shen gets off the line first and crosses the stripe first with a 9.481 @ 138.88 MPH. Meanwhile Dave Harris rockets down the track in a qualifying time of 9.548 @ 143.37 MPH. David Shen has got a little adjusting to do before the next round.

In the next qualifying session, the Dave's switch lanes for this pass. This time Dave Harris is first off at the green light and first across the finish line with a 9.558 @ 139.00. David Shen gets his qualifying time with a 9.570 @ 137.79 in the left lane. So going into the first AND final round it is Dave Harris in the top spot with his best time of 9.548 and David Shen rounding out the field with his time of 9.570.

Pro 8 Shootout Runner-up Pro 8 Group Pro 8 Shootout Winner
Runner-up David Harris (Okay wife and Crew Chief Vivian stepped in for a change of pace for the photo) Coordinator Edgar Perez, Vivian Harris, David Harris, Dave's mom, Chris Young, David Shen and David Shen Sr. Winner David Shen

Photos by Vivian Harris

2010 Race 8 Ladder

Round 1: Final

After the first two rounds both David Shen (2) and Dave Harris (1) have a "win". And both "wins" were in the right lane. Dave (1) has lane choice and picks the left lane which is were he had his best hook and time.

The Final round is called and Dave (1) with his purple shirted crew assists him to get staged in the left lane. His wife Vivian gets him up to the line while his Mother, who was celebrating her birthday, observes and makes sure everybody doing their job correctly. And two other friends were handling the photography duties. David (2) gets his help to the line in the right from his Father. Burnouts completed, nitrous purged, and both racers are staged and ready to go.

The yellows flash and Dave (1) is first off the line with a slight .012 advantage over David (2). After 60' David (2) takes a slim lead as he hooks well. Dave (1) has a slight tire spin which wiped out his RT advantage. As both Vettes scream down the track Dave (1) is starting to real David (2) in. Blasting past the finish line it is David (2) at 9.590 & 135.44 MPH with the win by .0083!!!! Dave (1) just ran out of track with a time of 9.610 & 145.20 MPH.

These two guys always put on a good show when they are paired up. Hopefully before the season ends they will get some competition. Sonny Pongonis looked good in the last race. Jay McCardle always brings his A game. Hopefully he can get his car back together for the balance of the season. We have 6 weeks till we race again. With all that time more 9.50 racers should be able to show up.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner David Shen earned a payout of $150 cash and a trophy
  • Runner-up David Harris earned a payout of $100 cash and a trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier David Harris received a plaque for his 9.548 @ 143.37 qualifying run
  • David Shen received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at 0.145

2010 Points Standings

After 8 events Dave Harris retains the top spot with 431 points. With the win David Shen ends up #2 with 389 points and gets 19 points closer to the top spot. Dave Harris gets the #1 qualifier award (9.548) courtesy of Raceway Park. David Shen picks up the best winning reaction time in the first round award (.145) courtesy of Raceway Park.

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

The series takes a rather large break after today's race and returns to action on October 16,2010. After the that race, we return to the track two weeks later on October 30th. These will be our 8th and 9th points races of the season 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.

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

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