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2002 SLP Customer Appreciation Day 2002

Third Annual SLP Day at Raceway Park
Saturday April 20, 2002 was SLP Customer Appreciation Day at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. In appreciation of their customers, SLP, in Lakewood, NJ puts on a Show & Go event. This is the third annual event. This is also the first year that the event was held for a full day. The previous two years it was a half day session but the event has been received so well by SLP customers that a whole day is needed to ensure completion of all the activities. Activities include a judged car show, SLP Performance Parts cars, the opportunity to speak with SLP representatives, a vintage racing Camaro USA-1, a burnout contest and of course Drag Racing.

SLP Performance parts pays the entry fees for all Racers, Show'rs and spectators who attend the activities. SLP hands out a goodie bag to all participants who pre-registered on the SLP web site at www.slponline.com before the event. In addition, they also have giveaways that this year included gift certificates of $600, $300 and $150 in addition to two sets of wheels and tires and 1 set of chrome 10 spoke wheels. SLP makes performance parts for Corvette, Camaro, Firebird, Impala, Grand Prix and other GM brands.

Corvette Challenge Racers Win!!!
The Drag Racing portion of the day is broken into classes by car model. There is one Corvette Class and a Slick Class that also contained Corvettes. The majority of the participating Corvettes are regular Corvette Challenge Racers. The Corvette class started over 20 Corvettes. When it came down to the semi-finals the familiar faces included Pat Miller, Eric Fischer, Bob Trieschmann and Challenge Rookie Rob Farly (Rob is NO bracket racing rookie!). Miller and Fischer won their semi final rounds to face each other in the finals. Pat in his second career final took the win over Eric in his first Corvette final when Eric left a little early and went red with a .388 light. It would have been a great race as the cars were dialed in at 12.74 and 12.78 respectively. The slick class started Challenge drivers Edgar Perez, Bob Sebrowski, John Panuzzo and John Mackey. In the end it was Mackey and Panuzzo squaring off for the second time in a final together (Mackey took the first time winning the coveted Corvette clock that Panuzzo still is upset about). A prediction of a Torch Red C4 with big 15" rear tires and skinnies and a driver named John would not have been enough. However, the cars can be told apart by the roof of their cars and the full second difference in the dial (Mackey is quicker). Both drivers raced hard to the finish but it was John Mackey who prevailed. Congratulations to class winners Pat Miller and John Mackey.

King of the Track
SLP invited the winner and runner-up of each of the 5 classes to participate against each other in the "King of Track" Eliminator. This meant the 4 Challenge drivers would get another opportunity to rise to the top. And rise to the top they did! Miller and Fischer drew each other in the first round with same result except this time Fischer loses to Miller by breaking out. Mackey lost in the second round with a tough red light at .487. It was all in Panuzzo's hands. Panuzzo did not disappoint. Our own John Panuzzo came into the final, would you believe it, as the underdog. The track announcers played up the other finalist, Lawrence King, Jr., as the guy to beat. Panuzzo took King to the school and beat him with a tight package. At the end of the night, Panuzzo was asked if he was concerned having to face King and his reply was "I was just trying to find the shift lever."

Congratulations to all the participants and a special thank you to Ed Hamburger, Kevin Woodruff and SLP for putting together a great day. We look forward to doing it again in 2003. For more information on SLP Customer Appreciation Day go to www.slponline.com Customer Appreciation Day is a nationwide event. See the schedule here.

Sponsorship
SLP has been a supporter and sponsor of the Corvette Challenge since 2001. We are looking forward to a lasting relationship with SLP.


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