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Point Leader Harris Wins Race 9 From #1

by Edgar Perez

Qualifiers - American Racing Headers
Pro 8 Shootout presented by Cartek Performance Engineering
PosNameETMPH
1  Dave Harris 9.527 147.39
2  David Shen 10.068 136.72
3  Jay McCardle 9.369 145.13
10/16/2010 - Englishtown, NJ - The American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout 9.50 Index presented by Cartek Performance Engineering might be short of participants but it is not short on excitement. With three racers in attendance today and two other potential racers on site testing their rides, it was fun to watch. Alan Eckert and ECS brought out the "The Green Monster" that has been in build phase through several iterations of the class but is finally getting shakedown passes. Also on track was points driver Sonnie Pongonis with Cartek on hand as they continue to squeeze every last hundredth in ET on the blue Convertible. They raced and won the EFI Quick Time 8 class today but did not enter Pro 8 Shootout as the current goal is quicker and that they did getting the car in the eight's for a new best for Sonnie. Jay McCardle was back at the track after missing two races with car issues. He joined top 2 point racers Dave Harris and David Shen.

Qualifying

With three Corvettes in the class today the number 1 qualifying spot would be very important. McCardle entered both the Pro 8 Shootout and the same Quick Time 8 class Pongonis entered but it would ultimately spell doom for him. His ECS supercharged entry made two passes in qualifying the Pro 8 and neither was above the 9.50 index. He held the third position in qualifying with a 9.369 @ 148.15. Doom came in the second qualifier for the EFI heads up class. He hurt the car and would not make first round for either class. It was his fourth pass of the day. David Shen, with the nitrous assisted '67 Corvette, went too quick in the first qualifying session running 9.478 @ 138.27. In the second session he slowed it to a positive number to take the second position in qualifying. The pass was 10.060 @ 136.72. The number one qualifying position went to Dave Harris in his ECS supercharged entry who also ran under the index in his first qualifying but came in near perfect in the second with a 9.527 @ 147.39. This is the fifth time this point season Harris has taken the top qualifying spot.

Pro 8 Shootout Runner-up Pro 8 Group Pro 8 Shootout Winner
Runner-up David Shen Winner David Harris

Photos by Vivian Harris


2010 Race 9 Ladder

Round 1: Semi-Final

As expected with three cars the number 1 qualifier would get a bye run in round 1. Because of Jay McCardle's breakage, David Shen would get a competition single. Harris was first on the track for his bye run. He was on his game as he cut a .133 light on the .400 pro tree and then went on to run dead-on the index with a 9.509 @ 147.39. Shen followed him in the same left lane. His light was off a bit at .250 but his pass was better than either of his qualifiers as he ran 9.599 on the 9.50 index at 136.90 mph. The final was set for Harris and Shen.

Round 2: Final

They lined up in the final with Harris' black C5 Corvette in the left lane and Shen's red '67 Corvette in the right. The tree flashed and the drivers launched. Shen was out of the hole first with a .112 light and Harris followed with a .148. By mid track, Harris got around Shen and never looked back! Harris took the win with a 9.515 @ 140.81 mph to Shen's slowing 9.912 @ 137.25 mph. After the race we found the nitrous was not engaged on Shen's car and by the time he realized it, Harris was around and uncatchable. This was Harris' fourth win out of 8 points racers this year, three of them from the number 1 qualifying, bonus earning, position.

Awards and Payouts Today

  • Winner David Harris earned a payout of $150 cash and a trophy
  • Runner-up David Shen earned a payout of $100 cash and a trophy
  • Number 1 Qualifier David Harris received a plaque for his 9.527 @ 147.39 qualifying run
  • David Harris received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at 0.133

2010 Points Standings

Today's win from the number spot, scoring a bonus, further expands Dave Harris' point lead over David Shen. Harris now has 514-446 point lead over Shen. The gap sits at 68 total points with two races remaining. With so few cars participating in the class, the title could already be clinched for Harris. We cannot make it official because one additional entry in this class can force an extra round and make a huge point difference. Shen needs at least three entries in the two remaining races to have a shot. If the count is two or less for each of the races, there will not be enough rounds for Shen to catch Harris. It would make it even more wide open if we get to five cars in the class as that makes it a three round race. If you read the opening paragraph, you can see this can easily happen. We look for multi-time Champion David Shen to not give up and make a hard charge in the next two races.

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. Alan Eckert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
9. Christopher Young 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Next Two Races

Our next two races come almost on top of each other. We are back in action on Saturday, October 30, 2010 and then the following weekend on Saturday, November 6, 2010. These will be our last two points races of the season and with the Bracket Championship owned by King Ralph, we will be looking at the battles for the Championships in our three index classes. That is not to say our bracket racers have nothing to race for as they will be jockeying for position in the Top 16 spots that will be invited to participate in our season ending Top 16 Gamblers Invitational race to be held on November 13, 2010. 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.

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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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