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* 2008 Standings
Chris Young (INSANITY) wins Event 10, Jeanne Linke Captures both the Championship and the Rookie of the Year!
November 22, 2008 - Englishtown, NJ -
The final points race of The East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge presented by Yank Racing Converters season was the race that almost never was. Mother Nature has not been on our side this year, and rainout after rainout pushed our season that was originally supposed to end in September to the final Saturday race of the year. Some blame the rainouts on a certain "charismatic" individual from Somers, NY. In fact, recent news reports from NY indicated that that a local senior citizen was seen dressed in ceremonial American Indian garb complete with feathered headdress and painted face, chanting and dancing in a local field near there, performing a rain dance. It was later unofficially confirmed that that rainmaker was John Panuzzo aka JPee although he vehemently denies any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, Edgar jokingly docked him 6 points for his unsportsmanlike behavior in causing these rain dates. All joking aside, with the end of the season near, the rainouts forced us to drop a race. This hurt those in the points hunt, as the points leader Linke could not attend one of the rained out events and that would have opened the door to her opponents to close the gap on her 4 point lead.
Mother Nature wasn't done with us just yet. For today's event she turned on the A/C and brought in wind and the track officials decided it would be best to limit racing to the 1/8 mile only. Those who were brave enough to endure the 29*F temps also had to quickly adapt to running the 1/8 mile which is a whole different ballgame than running the ¼ mile. Suddenly we all had to relate to dial-in numbers in the single digits, and there was mass confusion in the lanes when I overheard drivers saying things like "I just ran a seventy-three…." "Do you mean you ran a 7.73?... or a 7.30?" "Umm, yea a 7.30"….. In the end, running double duty in the Corvette Challenge and the Pro 10.0, it was Chris Young who persevered through the cold weather to double up and take the event wins in both the ECS Corvette Challenge and the Cartek Pro 10.0. He managed to do this on very little sleep, as he was up to 1:00am the night before the race replacing a failed starter. You can congratulate Chris here.
But Jeanne Linke was the star of the day. Her solid performance in the first 8 events brought her into the final points race with a 4 point lead, and Championship hopefuls Trieschmann, Savarese and Fischer would need to pull off a perfect day to steal the championship (not to mention that Savarese and Fischer would also need Linke to lose in the first round). Tough odds for sure and Linke would have no part of that scoring an .016 reaction time in the first round to take the round win and lock-in the points championship. To further solidify her championship, she scored a .000 perfect light in the 2nd round and then called it quits for the rest of the day when we all cried mercy. It was a day of firsts for the Corvette Challenge: first female Champion, first Rookie Champion, and certainly the first Champion to win using a borrowed car (two, actually). It was also our first event winner at the 1/8th mile. And finally it was the first Championship to be decided by a rain dance. I am just kiddin' John. Seriously congratulations to Team Panuzzo for putting together a championship team that did what was necessary to win and readily adapted to a car change in mid season. That kid can cut some killer lights! Congrats Jeanne!
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Turnout was lower than expected yet we still had 42 Corvettes make first round of the frozen tundra bracket race. This time it was Trieschmann who was first in the lanes, and sitting in 2nd place he would need to go four rounds farther than Linke to take the championship. Unfortunately for Trieschmann his day and Championship hunt ends early when Pete Lopresti had the better light .098 vs .130 and Trieschmann broke out trying to catch him running an 8.092 on an 8.12. Rich Shuleski in his '08 C6, is set to go some rounds today, and faces off against Sheila Murchan who gets the better reaction time. But Rich gets the win when Sheila takes a bit too much win stripe running a 7.949 on a 7.98. Bill Martinson who we haven't seen in a while was a bit anxious at the tree and goes -.022 red, but it may not have mattered as his opponent Mike Campbell put together a very nice 0.043 package (.017 light and 8.173 on a 8.13). Doug Bereczki lays down an awesome light .007 light vs. Alfred Salanitro's .103 but 'Nitro gets the win when Doug takes too much stripe and breaks out by .009. On a double breakout race, Ralph Blauvelt gets a HUGE holeshot advantage over David Rokicki .006 vs .548 and both drivers breakout but Blauvelt breaks out less running a 8.783 on a 8.8 to Rokicki's 8.552 on a 8.99. Linke hammers Ken Tyler at the tree .016 to .275 and on the brakes Jeanne seals the deal coasting to a 7.961 on a 7.83 @ 78.99 MPH to wrap up the championship. Dave Buddendorff leaves first against Shawn Cavanagh with a leisurely .320 reaction time but Shawn throws it away when he goes -.015 red. I am sure Shawn was a bit upset when he picked up his time slip. Paul Bogdan currently sitting 5th in the points would love to go some rounds to move up in the points and indeed he wins first round by virtue of his better light of .092 vs the unknown drivers .248 light. Ken Rammer lets 2-time champ Rob Farley know that he means business when he fires off a .001 light and then runs a 8.229 on a 8.19 to better Farley's package of a .047 RT and 7.255 on a 7.24. Ralph Savarese, now out of contention for the championship can only hope for 2nd place and on is on his way when Ron Higgins goes red by -.015. Savarese ran it all out to check his dial and was right on with a 6.924 on a 6.91. On a double breakout race, Chris Young breaks out less running a 6.159 on a 6.20 to David Harris' 6.444 on a 6.49. In a rematch of the Event 6 finals, Edgar Perez and I square off and my leisurely light of .190 allows Edgar to take the win even though he spun and I break out running a 7.301 on a 7.31 to Edgar's .112 and 6.573 on a 6.48. After the race, Edgar said to me, "What did I scare ya or sumtin'???". I'll get you next time Pappi. To close out first round, my Pops Bill Fischer, Mr. .003 package last week in Street Wars 3, almost gives it away to the last event's runner up Raymond Sztabnik. Ray had a .138 RT advantage at the tree but both drivers break out. Ray broke out more running an 8.285 on an 8.31 to Fischer's 7.306 on a 7.31.
Drivers were paired on the ladder this round based on their first round reaction time as we always do when we are at 32 cars or less. We were uneven and Randolph Lane held the top spot and would get a bye thanks to his stellar first round best .001 reaction time. He used the freebie to test his dial capability in his '86 Corvette but something must have went wrong when he went .515 RT and a 12.919 on a 7.77. In what should have been a near heads up race, Lou Calicchia gets a huge holeshot advantage of .429 over James Allan and Calicchia coasts it on out to take the win running a 7.412 on a 7.21. Young scores a .050 RT and doesn't run the number 6.371 on a 6.14 but gets a gift when Buddendorff breaks out by .055. Linke's opponent 'Nitro leaves first and goes -.026 red, Jeanne goes for the gold and scores with a perfect .000 light. Ken Rammer uses his .036 reaction time advantage to take the win over Paul Bogdan. Unfortunately for Bogdan, his loss prevents him from moving up in the points, but that's good news for this author as I am narrowly holding on to 4th place. Tony Abbruzze gets the reaction time advantage over Joe Signore by .015 but Tony runs .131 over his dial, Joe takes the win running a 7.763 on a 7.73. Bill Fischer Sr, gives up the starting line advantage to Tony Buonassisi, both drivers breakout, but Fischer gets the nod breaking out by .008 to Tony's breakout by .036. Edgar hammers Mike Campbell and the tree .082 to a .246 and gets the win but almost gives it away by taking the win stripe by .162 and running a 6.482 on a 6.46. That goes to show you that it is much harder to judge the stripe at the 1/8 mile, things just happen much faster vs. the ¼ mile. It's over at the tree as Savarese's .044 light vs Kovitch's .187 scores him the win, vaulting him to 2nd place in the points past Trieschmann.
Into the third round and it's getting colder, I don't think the thermometer on my car ever went higher than 29 *F. Shuleski and Lopresti are first out. Shuleski uses his .148 reaction time advantage to take the win over Lopresti. Joe Signore gets hammered at the tree .165 to Lane's .028 but Signore gets the win when Lane runs into problems and slows to an 8.347 on a 7.77. Rammer gets the competition bye and has some work to do when he cuts a -.110 reaction time and runs an 8.348 on an 8.19. Young and Perez leave with near equal reaction times, but Perez spins and runs a 6.566 on a 6.46 to Young's 6.213 on a 6.14 and Young takes the win. In a very tight race, Calicchia gets a .019 reaction time over Savarese forcing Savarese to break out running a 6.863 on a 6.88 to Calicchia's 7.221 on a 7.21. That ends Savarese's season with a very fine 2nd place finish. Fischer Sr. is up next and announcer Walter picks Fischer as the driver to beat today. Boy would I love for that to be the case. Not that I am biased or anything… Fischer gets a competition single when Linke decides that she has punished us enough and sits this one out. Fischer checks his dial cutting a .041 light and running a 7.278 on a 7.30 @ 95.04 MPH.
Into the fourth round Rammer gets a holeshot advantage by .051 over Young, but Rammer breaks out by -.021. Young runs one over his dial running a 6.121 on a 6.11 @ 111.86 MPH to take the win. The air must be getting better as both Shuleski and Calicchia breakout Shuleski by .013 and Calicchia by .050 and Shuleski advances. Bill Fischer, still alive in the 11.50 and is hot lapping averaging a run every 10 minutes. Which is good because it allows him to stay warm in the car. He does his job at the tree and cuts an .010 light to Joe Signore's .048 light. Fischer gets to the line first by .040 but breaks out by a measly .001 running a 7.269 on a 7.27 to Signore's 7.731 on a 7.73 @ 93.71 MPH. Tough break for Fischer Sr, but this is the best showing he has had in a long time. He also qualified #1 in the 11.50 and made it to the semi's where he had another heartbreaking loss. Nice job, Dad!
Round 5 - Semi-final:
Into the semi's now, Signore gets caught napping at the tree and Chris Young takes advantage of his .121 to take the win running a 6.261 on a 6.14. Young is also doing double duty today and makes it to the finals in the Pro 10.0. Shuleski gets the bye run and checks his dial running a 7.726 on a 7.76.
Round 6 - Final:
Both excellent racers, it's been a long time since either driver has been in the winner's circle. Young's last win was in 2005 and additionally he has 2 runner-up and 5 semi-final finishes under his belt. Shuleski comes into this final with 1 event win, 1 runner up and 2 semi-final finishes. Young has shifted his efforts on running the Pro 10 and Pro 8.5 classes so the Challenge is not his main focus. Shuleski normally runs his 1996 Grand Sport that with a 396 stroker loves to tear the drivetrain to shreds. Today he is running his 2008 C6 which is essentially stock and proving to be a great bracket car. Shuleski dials in at a 7.72 to Young's 6.14, giving up a full 1.58 seconds, which in the 1/8 mile is quite formidable to judge at the stripe. Shuleski leaves first but unfortunately goes red by -.022 and runs it out to a 7.740 on a 7.72 handing the win to Chris Young who runs a 6.204 on a 6.14. Congratulations to both drivers and to Chris Young for winning his 2nd career event. And to top it off Young Doubles up and wins both the ECS CC And Cartek Pro 10.0!
Corvette Challenge Points Update
Jeanne Linke becomes our first Rookie racer to capture the Corvette Challenge Championship. Congratulations go out Jeanne on accomplishing the amazing feat in her first season or Corvette Challenge competition. She accomplishes the feat using two different cars as team owner John Panuzzo traded in his C4 Corvette for a C6 Corvette and Linke did not miss a stride. Linke won the title with 38 points and one event win. Three-time Champion, Ralph Savarese put in a valiant effort to capture a fourth but two consecutive first round losses late in the season hurt him dearly and he could only amass a respectable runner-up for the season with 32 points and two event wins. Bob Trieschmann made a great attempt at getting his second championship but fell short with a first round exit in the final event. He finishes the season in third place with 32 points and two event wins. Eric Fischer came in fourth for the season after accumulating 30 points and one event win. Paul Bogdan held on to fifth position with a very consistent performance closing with 29 points. His fifth place finish is even more impressive when you take into account he did not have the benefit of an event win and he competed in the Pro 11.50 which uses a different tree, Pro instead of Sportsman.
2008 Corvette Challenge Standings
Corvette drivers page with more driver information
Rookie of the Year Update
First time Corvette Challenge points racer Jeanne Linke completed the season with the Rookie of the Year award along with her overall points Championship. While rookies in our series usually have competed in other classes, our series still presents significant challenge as the sweep of Rookie and Champion had yet to be accomplished until now. Linke wins the Rookie of the Year title with 38 points and one event win. If you were a rookie this year, you picked a tough year. Still Shay LaScalla finished second in the points chase and should improvement throughout the season and finished with 12-points in her freshman year. Mike Calicchia finished third overall in his rookie season and will be looking to compete in the Pro 10 index next year as well. Calicchia finishes with 10 points for the season.
Rookie of the Year Standings
Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer Award Update
For the third year in a row, Donald Peppler Jr. has driven his 1967 Corvette to the Spectrum Equipment Service Gear Jammer title. As the top points earner (21) with a manually shifted Corvette, Peppler has proven that you don't have to an automatic transmission to be competitive in this series. His 21 points was good for a 14th place finish in the series overall.
Spectrum Equipment Service once again sponsors the "Gear Jammer of the Year" award, presented at year-end banquet to the racer with most points in his/her manual transmission
Gear Jammer Standings.
Corvette Challenge Team Challenge Cup
Ralph Savarese's Ridin' Dirty opened the season in third place in the Team Cup Challenge and dropped to sixth after the second race. They then began the climb to the number one position and the a repeat in the Team Cup Challenge having won in 2007 as well. A strong surge by team Captain Savarese and Co-Captain Chris Young led to the matching the feat accomplished last year. Chris Young winning this event was the title clincher for the team. Their 96 point title bumped down Chris Haase’s "Mistress and the Mayhem" who finished with 93 points and had held first place for six consecutive weeks. John Trescott's "The Eliminators finishes third this year with 91 points. The team never stood lower than third and held the first and second positions at various points in the season. The team point leaders were Bob Trieschmann (32), Tony Abbruzze (22) and Ellis Gray (17). The highest scoring team for the week was John Hadyniak’s "SKAM ARTISTS" They scored 13 total points this week on the strength of Rich Shuleski's runner-up finish (6), Ken Rammer (4) and Peter Lopresti (3) performances.
Current Team Standings
click to see drivers on each team
|Team||Team Name||Team Captain||Points|
||Mistress and the Mayhem
||Donald Peppler, Jr.
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Awards Handed Out at this Event
- Randolph Lane won the 'John Panuzzo Jr. Memorial' trophy presented by Team Panuzzo Racing for the best winning reaction time in the
1st round. Randolph Lane was quickest on the tree in the 1st round when his RT was
- Shawn Cavanagh won the 'Almost Perfect Award' with a loss
in the 1st round with the red light closest to .000 (Almost Perfect). Shawn Cavanagh's light was
-0.015 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.
- Jim Kovitch won the CCDV 'Closest to Dial Award' by running only .004 off his dial. Jim Kovitch was awarded a trophy and free tech card for a future race from Corvette Club of Delaware Valley.
Ron Higgins won the 'Ohh so Close Award' presented by Zaino when being edged out in the 1st
round by the smallest margin of victory of .0101. That number is the MOV number on your time
slip. Although suffering a loss in the 1st round by the smallest Margin of Victory, Ron Higgins earned a Zaino starter package that includes various Zaino products.
- All winners of the first round were awarded a trophy. With 73 cars making this event, we sure gave out quite a few trophies or 1st Round Trophy Upgrade Program credits.
Next Two Races
The 2009 schedule has currently not been released. We can look forward to 10 points dates in 2009, the annual warm-up race and the 2008 and 2009 Top 16 races. Check the www.corvettechallenge.info or www.racewaypark.com for schedule announcements.
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