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Savarese over Floridian Bob Korreck in ECS Corvette Challenge Event 5

By Rob Farley

Englishtown, NJ, 07/09/05 - Today was a day that most will remember. There were many new faces at the track today competing in the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Romar Fabrication. One racer having no knowledge brought an unsuspecting pet to the track. Paul Ziajski ran his Twin Turbo Z06 in the Corvette Challenge and also the EFI heads-up class. Paul was dialing 9.1s for the Challenge.

During time shots, Frank Schear had a perfect .000. Chris Young, the points leader coming into this event, saw the .000 light and challenged Frank to do the same thing again. Frank showed the points leader that he was on the MONEY with a .001. Chris Young also lost another challenge against Rob Farley during time shots. Chris thought he was on the MONEY with his reaction times until Rob Farley knocked him off his mountain. Another person that was having a great day on the tree was Jerry Muniz. Jerry was heard in the staging lanes "Who is my next victim?"

Cigar winner Danny Rotondo Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up Bob Korreck, Winner Ralph Savarese Winner Ralph Savarese
Cigar winner Danny Rotondo Bob Trieschmann, Runner-up Bob Korreck, Winner Ralph Savarese Winner Ralph Savarese

Sheila Murchan unknowingly brought a pet to the track. Sheila noticed a mouse jumping off the car while under the tower. It is still unknown as to why the mouse was in the engine compartment for the two hour drive. Congrats to Bob Sebrowski and Frank Fiori for guessing the correct time for Sheila's arrival to the track. The winning time was 11:35am. We would like to welcome a new points racer and runner-up of Event 5, Bob Korreck. Bob will be racing here for the remainder of the season. Bob came up from Florida with his wife a short time ago. Bob is a stranger to our track but not a stranger to racing.

Today Ellis Gray was racing a borrowed car in two events. Ellis entered the EFI bracket class and also the Corvette Challenge. With some practice Ellis was hitting the tree real hard with .012 to .020 lights. Ellis tried to hit the tree hard to improve on his awesome lights and he went red with a -.002 in round one of the EFI Series. Ellis had a repeat in round one of the Corvette Challenge with a -.004 light. Rob Farley was practicing the moves on the top end against John Panuzzo with a double breakout.

The CCDV club picked up 14 points to bring the total to 77. County Corvette Club is trailing with 18 points. Event 5 had nine CCDV racers participating. The CCDV club would like to give a big thanks to Rose for all her work in transporting the tires, tools and food for the CCDV racers. Rose even rolls up her sleeves to help the guys swap their tires. If anyone is not sure who Rose is, she is the woman in the stands cheering and supporting all the CCDV racers.

Round one was tough round for most. The points leader Chris Young squeaked by round one against Glenn Murphy with very close reaction times. The number three points racer John Hadyniak had Ralph Blauvelt in round one. Ralph left .006 too early to allow John to advance to round two. Our quickest Corvette was Paul Ziajski dialing 9.00 against Dave Romancheck in round one. Paul had a .002 light to Dave's stout .066. Paul forced Dave to break out giving the win to Paul. Tony Abbruzze had a .004 light against Bob Sebrowski. Bob went red with a -.018.

Round two was another great round for reaction times. Vic Gandhi was not going to allow Eric Fischer to advance to round three so easy. Vic had a .009 light and almost ran dead-on. This forced Eric to break out giving the win to Vic. Another driver almost running his number was Robert Hollingshead. Robert dialed 12.99 to Tony Buonassisi's 13.25. Tony ran a 13.263 to Roberts 13.064. The race was won at the tree since Robert had a .024 to Tony's .165.

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Round three had Al Betz against Vic Gandhi. Vic pushed the tree a little too hard and went red with a -.013. Dan Swadis Jr went up against Frank Schear. Dan dialed his car tight and hit the tree hard. Dan dialed 13.95 and ran 13.974 to Frank's 13.278 on a 13.14 dial. Round four had eight drivers left. It took about an hour for the fourth round to be run due to the heavy rain fall. After the track was dried, we started with Al Betz going up against Dan Swadis Jr. Even though Dan had a better reaction time and ran closer to his number, Al was able to get to the stripe first. Bob Korreck went up against Paul Ziajski. Paul having some wheel spin off the line gave it his best to try to run down Bob. Paul was not able to run his number allowing Bob to move onto the finals.

Round five now has four drivers left. Rob Farley dialed a 13.51 to Bob Korreck's 13.25. Both drivers had almost identical reaction times. Rob left the line with a .068 to Bob's .064. At the stripe it was Bob crossing first by .0007 and the Margin of Victory was also .0007. Rob ran 13.584 just tapping the brakes and Bob ran 13.328 using the brakes and gas. Al Betz gave it his best but went red against Ralph Savarese. Al had a -.023 light to Ralph's .026. Ralph was only off his dial by .023.

The final round was delayed again because of rain. The track was cleaned and sprayed for the final. The 2002 Champion Ralph Savarese was in the final round against our newest member of the series. Ralph dialed an 11.43 to Bob's 13.25. Ralph did what he has been doing all day and that was hit the tree. Ralph had a .039 to Bob's .097. Bob crossed the stripe at 13.338 to Ralph's winning 11.480. Congratulations to Ralph Savarese for a long and successful day of racing.

From the driver's seat: Ralph's day started with wheel spin during time trials. Ralph made some adjustments to the rear shocks which helped him later in the day. Ralph had the more red lights against him than any other event that he's ever raced in. Ralph had four drivers go red against him out of the first five rounds to before the final. Most of his lights were in the .02's up to the final where he had a .039 light. The final round was not completed until 7:30 pm due to two rain delays. Ralph said, "I dialed what I thought it would run and watched him very closely at the top end. Sure enough as I was closing the gap, I saw the front of his car drop and I threw out the anchor just as I got around him. I took the stripe and think I was .04 over."

The runner up of Event 5 was Bob Korreck. Bob was impressed to how the track conditions where for this event and also how the track conditions where after the two rain delays. Bob said "This has been an experience I'll never forget. Way above what I would consider to be first class. There was a wide variety of Corvettes, C3's to C6's and also a wide variety of drivers. Some were just interested in running down the strip while others are a lot more competitive. If there was one thing we all had in common, it was to have fun."

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Other Awards Handed Out at this Event

  • Event winner Ralph Savarese went home with $300 cash, a $100 gift certificate from Pro Torque, a tee shirt from Speed Dawg Apparel and winner trophy.
  • Runner-up Bob Korreck went home with $150 cash, a $50 gift certificate from Pro Torque and runner-up trophy.
  • Semi-finalists included Al Betz and Rob Farley who won $75 cash.
  • Paul Ziajski won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy and $50 cash was presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the 1st round. Paul Ziajski was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was .002.
  • Ellis Gray won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Ellis Gray's light was -0.004 and was rewarded a trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park recognizing the effort put forth to try and capture a perfect light but just slightly red.
  • Neil Fine won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .034 off his dial. Neil Fine was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
  • Ohh so Close Award of Zaino productsJohn Panuzzo won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st round by the smallest margin of victory of .0011. That number is the MOV number on your time slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, John Panuzzo earned a Zaino starter package that includes Z1, Z2, Z6, Z7 and a polish pad.
  • All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy sponsored by United Racing. With 63 cars making this event, United Racing gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.

Next race

The next race will be on July 23, 2005 at 3 PM. Visit the Drag Schedule at to view the schedule.

East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge helps Toys for Teens & Tots

The 50/50 raffle was held at the track and the racers and spectators hopeful of winning the money while helping out a worthy organization put together $356. One lucky winner won the 50/50 and received $178. The Corvette Challenge donated the other half to St. Peters church in Jersey City to Sister Grace for the Toys for Teens & Tots fund from the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge. To date we have donated $115, $216, $109 and $178 for a total of $610 to the organization for 2005. Thank you for your continued support.

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