Starting line gives Treble trouble Brainerd, MN ----Post Race: The Matco Tools Suzuki team had a much shorter weekend than expected at the 22nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. A Friday afternoon qualifying run...
Starting line gives Treble trouble
Brainerd, MN ----Post Race: The Matco Tools Suzuki team had a much shorter weekend than expected at the 22nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. A Friday afternoon qualifying run of 7.267 was good enough for the No. 2 spot at the time, and gave the team every reason to believe that a return to the final round at Brainerd was a real possibility.
After the Saturday qualifying sessions were complete, Craig Treble sat in the No. 6 position, pairing him against John Smith on the Pete Briggs Kawasaki in round one of Sunday morning eliminations.
In a race that featured major upsets in the first round, Treble fouled out due to a starting line mishap. "All we can figure at this point is that the bike jumped up out of the starting line beams. Whatever happened, we got beat and we are pressing on to Indy from here. We are going to test the new bike for a few days in Indy and see what results we can get from the new chassis, I want to get our new bike racing soon." Said Treble.
"I still think there is a need to address the tree as far as the new LED bulbs are concerned. A fast bike potentially can make great runs and qualify well, but when eliminations roll around, nearly everyone is either fighting the tree, or trying to slow the bike down on the initial hit to keep from red-lighting. I would like to see that change." Added Treble.
Collected $15,000 for winning the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash, Established a career-best for wins, final round appearances and elapsed time Finished a career-best second in the POWERade standings
Best Elapsed Time: 7.062 Best MPH: 193.18 NHRA Pro final rounds: 12 NHRA Pro wins: 5