Baytown: Chip Ellis Friday summary

G Squared in field after first day of qualifying Look to tomorrow to improve BAYTOWN, Texas (April 8, 2005) -- The first day of qualifying wrapped up for Pro Stock Motorcycles at the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals with Chip Ellis ...

G Squared in field after first day of qualifying Look to tomorrow to improve

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 8, 2005) -- The first day of qualifying wrapped up for Pro Stock Motorcycles at the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals with Chip Ellis occupying the No. 15 spot on the qualifying grid.

Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S-powered Buell, covered the Houston Raceway Park quarter-mile in 7.217 seconds at 182.43 mph in Friday's evening session.

"We ran a lot better in the last session today," said Ellis, "but we still didn't get the number we wanted. It's a given and a must that we run better tomorrow."

G Squared Motorsports owners and partners George Bryce and George Smith were optimistic about their progress.

""We expected to do more with our run tonight," said Smith, "but feel there is still a lot more left in this G2/S&S Buell. It will be up to us to find the right combination for tomorrow's two passes so that we can move further into contention and qualify in the top half of the field.

"We're really pleased with the runs of the other Buells. Chris Rivas, aboard the Mohegan Sun motorcycle, had an outstanding run in this last qualifying session and Ryan Schnitz put together two good passes today. Also, our hats are off to Matt Guidera on the Rockland HD Buell as he made his first full lap in competition and there will be continued improve for this team both at this event and in the future."

At the end of Friday's qualifying, Chris Rivas was No. 3 with a run of 7.111 seconds at 186.72 seconds. Ryan Schnitz clicked off two stout passes -- the first was an elapsed time of 7.152 seconds at 188.89 mph, followed by an even better 7.120 seconds at 188.78 mph. Schnitz is now No. 4. In his best pass to date, Matt Guidera stopped the finish line clocks in 7.641 seconds.

"I thought we did better than a 21 (7.21 seconds)," said Bryce immediately following the run. "It left good and I heard Chip go through all the gears, so I was surprised by the number. We'll check our data. I fully expect better number tomorrow. We need to throw our best at the track in the final two qualifying sessions."

SCHEDULE: With Smith, Bryce and Ken Johnson calling the tuning shots, qualifying for Ellis and the G Squared S&S Buell concludes with two additional sessions tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Houston time (CT) and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chris Rivas , Ryan Schnitz , Chip Ellis , Matt Guidera