Baytown: Ryan Schnitz final summary

Race day at Houston started out promising for Ryan Schnitz and the Trim Tex/Rob Muzzy Racing Buell with a round 1 win over Joe DeSantis. The first 60 feet of round 2 looked pretty good too, with Schnitz nailing an .008 bulb on former teammate...

Race day at Houston started out promising for Ryan Schnitz and the Trim Tex/Rob Muzzy Racing Buell with a round 1 win over Joe DeSantis.

The first 60 feet of round 2 looked pretty good too, with Schnitz nailing an .008 bulb on former teammate Chip Ellis. But as soon as Schnitz punched second gear, his race was done.

"We had a cam failure," reported Schnitz. "It happened just about the top of first gear. I shifted into second and the bike started running on one cylinder.

"I think we broke three cams last year, so it's something we really need to address. It can be catastrophic, but luckily it didn't do much damage this time.

"Because of the complexity of it, it's something that S&S will have to do. We'll work with them to try and make it stronger. The cam is driven from the crankshaft, and this one particular camshaft drives all the others. The gear is welded on to the camshaft, and that's where it's breaking. So we'll either have to make that weld stronger or use more material or something.

"We weren't fully prepared for this event as we were in Gainesville," added Schnitz, who qualified no. 1 at the Florida race. The Buell he rides for Rob Muzzy was on it's way back to Muzzy's shop in Bend, Oregon following the Gators. With no sponsorship, the bike was being parked. But then Trim-Tex Drywall Products stepped in with sponsorship, and Muzzy's truck turned around and headed to Houston. "We came to this race on short notice for points, but that won't be the same for Atlanta. At Atlanta, we'll do better."

Ryan Schnitz and the Trim Tex/Rob Muzzy Racing Buell race next at Atlanta Dragway May 4-7.

-www.schnitzracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rob Muzzy , Ryan Schnitz , Chip Ellis , Joe DeSantis