Charlotte: Crain Treble final report

MECHANICAL GLITCH NIXES TREBLE'S FOUR-WIDE RUN CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2010) - Craig Treble made an early exit in today's Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals after a mechanical problem slowed him to a 16.805-second pass at 30.32 mph in his ...

MECHANICAL GLITCH NIXES TREBLE'S FOUR-WIDE RUN

CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2010) - Craig Treble made an early exit in today's Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals after a mechanical problem slowed him to a 16.805-second pass at 30.32 mph in his first-round four-wide match-up against Matt Smith, Douglas Horne and Junior Pippin.

"We've been working our butts off on this Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki all weekend," said Treble, "and Steve (Tartaglia, crew chief) really put a nice little tune-up in this thing, and it left hard, set a 1.07 60-footer. I was .039 on the tree (.000 is perfect) and I went to shift into second gear and nothing. Hit the rev limiter, pulled the clutch in.

"Came back to the pits and found an air line had fallen off of the shift valve and that's a crazy thing. It's been one crazy little incident after another this weekend. I guess it just wasn't mean to be. We'll just have to go back to Brownsburg (home of Don Schumacher Racing in Indiana) and put our noses to the grindstone again and try to make up for it in Houston.

"Yes, I am glad the four-wide is over. My head is still spinning over watching all the lights coming on and off, but I was starting to get used to it. I was OK on the tree the last three hits. I was a little soft on the last run in qualifying yesterday, had an .060 light, but I wasn't really focused on the tree. I was trying to make sure the bike was going to go straight. We were having a bit of a handling issue so the bike wasn't really straight.

"We're slowly but surely sneaking up on this bike. This is the same bike that Angelle Sampey has ridden (in 2007), so I'm the fourth person on this bike. We're taking baby steps and we're heading in the right direction."

Next up is the 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, April 9-11.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Craig Treble , Don Schumacher , Angelle Sampey , Matt Smith