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Ralph Blauvelt Completes the "Threepeat" in Race 11

By Edgar Perez

November 06, 2010 - Englishtown, NJ - Never in the history of the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters have we had a racer pull off the "Threepeat". The "Threepeat" is a mix of three-in-a-row and repeat, which represents two-in-a-row. That is exactly what Ralph Blauvelt pulled off in the final points race of the 2010 season. Blauvelt won his third race in a row! He defeated three-time Champion Rob Farley in the final to make it real. The difficulty of winning one of these races is proven time and time again as Blauvelt only won once in his prior years of participation in the series and then he pulls of the never accomplished feat of three-in-a-row. Looking at event winners for the season, the name Ralph was pretty lucky as Blauvelt won three times and Ralph Savarese won four times (3 for points and the warm-up). That makes 7 of 11 for a "Ralph".

For the last race of the season we had 37 Corvettes make the first round of competition. In addition, we had 14 entries in the 11.50 Index, 7 in the 10.50 Index and 3 entered the Pro 8 Shootout for a total of 61 entries for the day. The Index races are covered in separate articles as usual.

Round 1

Our final points day of 2010 was started off with Coordinator Dennis Kazimir facing Greg Colella. Kazimir would leave first dialed 12.61 and Colella would follow with an 11.45 dial on the window. Both were off clean and green but the advantage went to Kazimir with a .110 to Colella's .201. He carried the tree advantage to a win with a 12.691 @ 108.66 to Colella's 11.470. John "Sometimes Snoozo" Panuzzo was up next vs. Artie Chin. This time he was not "Snoozo" as he clocked a .010 reaction time to Chin's less than desirable .265. The seasoned racer, Panuzzo, took the win with a 12.474 at 99.63 mph on 12.31 dial. The next pair was closer on the tree as Frank Schear (.033) and Wayne Fisher (.041) were near deadlocked at the start. Fisher had trouble on the track however and was well off his dial and Schear was able to take the easy win running 13.66 on his 12.86 dial as Fisher was off by 5 seconds. Shawn Cavanagh, our newly crowned 10.50 index Champion, was in next with a 10.49 dial chasing Rich Shuleski's 11.46 dial. Shuleski went red at the hit of the throttle going -.007 giving the win to Cavanagh. Shawn ran out the free pass going 10.339 @ 135.85 in the supercharged entry. Doug Bereczki faced off with new racer David Rokicki in a 2006 Corvette. Bereczki was able to take the win cutting a .131 light and running 14.075 on 14.04 dial. Bob Gay would face our 2010 Rookie of the Year, Vincent Cupolo, next. Vinnie also lit the red light sending Gay to the next round. Rob Farley would face the other Cupolo brother, Tony, in the next pair. They were dialed close as both are 11.50 index racers. Farley would leave first with an 11.38 and Tony would follow with an 11.11. Farley won it at the tree with .036 to .054 reaction time advantage. Both drivers stayed above their dials with Farley running 11.421 @ 113.06 taking a .0118 margin of victory. On his way to three-in-a-row, Ralph Blauveltís first victim was Tom Smith. Despite Smith holding a .010 to .067 reaction time advantage, he could not take the win. The win light went to Blauvelt when Smith ran under his 11.96 dial running 11.873 @ 110.51. Blauveltís 13.698 on 13.67 dial was a winner. The other Ralph, Savarese, advanced to the next round when Bill Fischer Sr. lit the red light with a -.084. They were followed by Dave Buddendorff and Paul Bogdan. Buddendorff took the win being closer on his dial despite giving up a .140 to .130 advantage on the tree to Bogdan. Louis Calicchia would advance via the red-light when Bruce Kopcko went -.054 to him. Our first dead-on pass of the day went to 2001 Champion, Bob Trieschmann. Bob went .034 green with it and sent Ellis Gray off to focus on his 11.50 Championship chase not having to think any more about the bracket class. Trieschmann went 12.401 @ 106.87 on the 12.40 dial. The next pair also had a dead-on driver but this time it was on the losing side. Ken Baranski dialed 14.60 and ran 14.601 @ 94.09 but it was after he had gone red with a -.072 making a winner of Louis Laferrara. Mark Fields advanced in his Corvette after defeating Ron Higgins with a 14.874 on 14.79 dial. Ray Sztabnik cut a .031 light and was in trouble when his opponent Wayne Keegan cut a .002. He came out on the win side because Keegan ran under his 10.52 dial running 10.458. Sztabnik ran 13.067 on 13.01 dial for the win. The quickest dial of the field went to Marshall Brown who dialed 10.00 against Peter LoPresti dialed 12.34. Brown went red however and LoPresti was moving on to round 2 with a 12.244 on the free pass. Jason Anderson was up next against tour 2010 Gear Jammer of the Year, Ken Tyler. Anderson knocked the tree down with a .004 light then ran 11.663 on his 11.50 after Tyler was .110 on the tree and a tenth off his dial. You could say Anderson cut it pretty close or Tyler just missed it but this was the tightest race of the round with Anderson wining by .0007. The final pair was Gary Hillen and Jerry Muniz. Hillen in at 11.50 and Muniz at 11.38. Hillen took the tree advantage with a .066 to .131 and carried it to the win with an 11.591 to Muniz's 11.416. Luck of the draw gave Eric Fischer the bye run for the round. He put an 11.50 on the window and ran 11.545 @ 117.07. Fischer is locked in a Championship chase with Gray in the 11.50 Index.

Round 2

We now go on a ladder with 19 Corvette racers left. Jason Anderson's .004 light in the prior round would make him the number one seed and earn him a bye run this round. Rob Farley and Pete LoPresti lead us off in round 2. LoPresti would leave first with 11.90 dial and Farley would followed with an 11.40. Farley is out of the hole slightly quicker, .061 to .067 and the race is on. LoPresti was off his dial however as he likely missed a shift and Farley was on the way to round 3. Frank Schear laid a .025 green light on Eric Fischer who left .118 green. Despite running dead-on 11.508 on the 11.50 dial, Fischer was done for the day as Schear ran 12.887 to take the win with his 12.86 dial and great light. We had a coordinator faceoff with Trieschmann facing Kazimir. Kazimir went red giving Trieschmann a test pass in which he ran 12.353 on 12.38 dial. Snoozo Panuzzo was back to his ways with a .237 light. As luck would have it, Gary Hillen, who he raced, was worse at .250.Panuzzo then ran 12.347 on 12.32 dial to take the win. Lucky break for Jpee. Ralph Savarese was on a mission, to topple the season total points record of 48. He chopped the tree down with a .008 and took the win when Dave Buddendorff broke out running 12.705 on 12.78 dial. A good light will make a man do that ya know. Shawn Cavanagh was up next and cut the best light of the round with a .002. That light and a 10.32 @ 117.93 on 10.25 dial made him a winner over Doug Bereczki. The next pair was decided by red light when Bob Gay went -.039 red giving the win to Mark Fields. Louis Calicchia raced Ray Sztabnik next and was able to overcome a .020 to .048 reaction time advantage by running closer to his dial. Louis ran 11.447 on 11.42 dial for the win. Ralph Blauvelt would then cut a .022 light which he did not need as his opponent, Louis Laferrara, went -.141 red. As stated, Jason Anderson would get a bye run as the number one seed. He dialed in at 11.50 and ran 12.367 on the free pass.

2010 Event 11 Ladder

Round 3

Down to 10 now. Out in the first pair, Panuzzo would shake the bad tree from the prior round and tree Rob Farley .072 to .108. However, it takes a little more to beat the former Champ and Farley simply ran dead-on 11.364 on 11.36 dial to take the win as Panuzzo broke out running 12.314 on 12.34 dial. The next pair had Schear ending Fields day with a .098 light and 13.082 run on 12.86 dial. Fields was only able to run 15.166 on his 14.66 dial. Bob Trieschmann would advance next when Jason Anderson lit the red light going -.187 early. Trieschmann recorded his second dead-on run of the day. After having done it in round 1, he did it again with 12.366 on 12.36 dial. Savarese and Calicchia would square off next. Calicchia's great .065 light trailed Savarese's .032. In the end, Calicchia broke out running quicker than his 11.40 dial going 11.398 @ 120.26 moving Savarese along to the next round. Blauvelt was to race Shawn Cavanagh this round. Cavanagh had to leave the track and Blauvelt would get a competition single. He dialed 13.60 and ran 13.553 on the single.

Round 4 - Quarter-Final

There are now 5 cars left in the eliminator and we would have Blauvelt and Schear start us off. Blauvelt, dialed 13.57 leaves first with the better light of .055. Schear follows with 12.86 dial and .103 light. The light made the different for the drivers as Blauvelt took the win by a margin of .0529. Trieschmann would then face Savarese in the other matchup of the round. He took the tree advantage with a .043 reaction time to Savarese's .068. Both drivers refused to lift and both broke out making it a finish line race. Trieschmann was closer to his dial with a 12.318 on 12.36 dial. Savarese ran 10.846 on his 10.90 dial. Trieschmann was the winner by .0125. Rob Farley was the fifth remaining racer and had the bye run on the ladder. He took a test pass running 11.343 on 11.36 dial @ 118.26.

Round 5 - Semi-Final

We are now down to the final three Corvettes. Farley and Trieschmann would come under the tower for the semi-final match. Trieschmann was out first with a 12.30 and was .051 green on the tree. Farley dialed 11.33 was out with a better light with a .016. He then ran down Trieschmann and ran dead-on, 11.332 @ 116.57. Bob T broke out trying to stay ahead running 12.271 on the 12.30 dial. Farley was headed to final where he would meet the third racer of the round, Ralph Blauvelt. Ralph got the bye on the ladder and dialed 13.51 and was dead-on as well running 13.519. And if that was not "holy just like Farley", Blauvelt also cut a .016 light. Can these two repeat this in the final?

Round 6 - Final

Farley took the right lane and dialed his Pace Car Corvette down to 11.30. Blauvelt in the opposite lane kept the 13.51 dial. Blauvelt was off green with a .089 light. Farley was better with a .057. Seems both thought last round's lights were too close and went a little softer. Both drivers laid off the throttle and Blauvelt took the stripe by .0086 for the win. This win completed his third win in a row in the Corvette Challenge series, a feat accomplished by no one before. Congratulations are definitely due to Ralph Blauvelt on finishing the season so strong.

Corvette Challenge Points Update

Ralph Savarese, already having clinched the Corvette Challenge title coming into today, had one more goal to cross off his 2010 list. The goal was to accumulate the most points in one season by any Corvette Challenge driver. The record was 48. With his second round win today he broke the record. He then tacked on one more for good measure winning round 3 before going out in round 4. The total of 50 eclipsesís the record of 48 by 2. Congratulations to our 2010 Champion, Ralph Savarese. Ralph Blauvelt's three-in-a-row catapulted him to a finish in second place for the season. He finishes with 33 points and three event wins. Rob Farley moved himself to a third place finish with his runner up today. His 32 was enough to get around fourth place finished Ellis Gray. Gray finishes the season with 30 total points, and more importantly, an 11.50 Championship in E'town Friday night 11.50 and our 11.50 which he won in "Cinderella" fashion needed to win the event and capture the 5 bonus points for qualifying number 1, which he did. Bob Trieschmann finished the season in fifth place with 27 total points. Congratulations to all of our points drivers for participating in a great, fun and competitive series; The Corvette Challenge.
2010 Corvette Challenge Standings
Corvette drivers page with more driver information

Rookie of the Year Update

No drama today for the Rookie class as Vincent Cupolo clinched this at the last race. Good thing he did as he went out in round one today. Still Vinnie put together a stellar first season with 26 total points and an event win. There was no change in the remainder of the rookie class standings as the rest of the class was absent today. Russ DeLibero finished second with 12 points, Peter Huff third with 10 points. Andrew Volponi was fourth with 9 points while Rob Petyo and Marc Marsico finished tied for the fifth spot with 5 points each and -234 in the tiebreaker points.
Rookie of the Year Standings

Gear Jammer Award Update

Ken Tyler finished the season in the 12th overall position but more importantly wins the 2010 Gear Jammers Award. His 22 total gear jammer points topped Gary Hillen who finished with 20 points on the season. Congratulations to Ken on a huge improvement in 2010 nearly doubling his 12 points from 2009. Frank Fiori finished in third in the category 14 gear jammer points in his '79 Corvette. Our fourth place finisher was Peter LoPresti with 13 points. He was followed in fifth by Michael Archibald with 12 gear jammer points and a -145 tiebreaker points edging out three-time category winner Don Peppler Jr. who also had 12 but his tiebreaker points were -149. Congratulations to our points drivers who dare to do with a manually shifted transmission in a series dominated by automatic transmission racers. A special thanks to Tom Sabolevsky and his company Spectrum Mechanical for bring the category to the series a few short years ago. While they could not continue sponsoring the category, it is because of them we have this special recognition.
Gear Jammer Standings.

Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Jason Anderson won the 'Best Winning Reaction Time - 1st Round plaque presented by Raceway Park for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Jason Anderson was quickest on the tree with the win light in the 1st round when with a .004 reaction time.
  • Rich Shuleski won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Rich Shuleski's light was -0.007 and was awarded a plaque from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Bob Trieschmann won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .001 off his dial. Bob Trieschmann was awarded a plaque and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ken Tyler won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Raceway Park when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0007. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Ken Tyler earned a plaque from Raceway Park.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 62 cars making this event (combined Corvette Challenge and Pro class(es)), we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next Two Races

The 2010 racing season has come to a close. For the first time in three years, we completed our season with time remaining to hold our Top 16 Gambler's Invitational race for our bracket class in the same season. That race will be Saturday November 13, 2010. Drivers entering the race will pay in an additional $75 for the gambler's portion and the winner will receive $1,000 and the runner-up $200. Our Index classes are done for the year but we still have one little grudge match between two 10.50 Index racers, Champion Shawn Cavanagh and points runner-up Stephen Wells. This will take place in the Quick Time 8 class on the same date. The race should be interesting to say the least. Raceway Park's season is not over yet. You can participate in Corvettes vs. GTO bracket race on November 13 as well as the GM EFI series which has brackets, 11.50 Index and heads up Quick Time 8. Or you can race in the Trophy Marathon. Visit for more. 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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