Columbus: Fred Collins Firday summary

Collis' G Squared/S&S Cycle Buell in No. 8 spot at Columbus HEBRON, Ohio, (June 11, 2004) -- The debut pass of the G Squared/S&S Cycle Buell, powered by an S&S Cycle V-Twin, was an eye-opener for fans at the NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals ...

Collis' G Squared/S&S Cycle Buell in No. 8 spot at Columbus

HEBRON, Ohio, (June 11, 2004) -- The debut pass of the G Squared/S&S Cycle Buell, powered by an S&S Cycle V-Twin, was an eye-opener for fans at the NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing.

Fred Collis, who up until this race had been aboard the Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, went straight down the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile in 7.253 seconds at 181.11 mph.

"I was surprised," said George Bryce, who along with George Smith, part owner of S&S Cycle, Incorporated, is partners in G Squared Motorsports. "I wasn't surprised that we ran a 7.25 because of our recent test session at Atlanta. What I was surprised at was how we ran against the remainder of the field, with the exception of Andrew Hines. We were right there with them. I not only think, but I know, that we can improve on that number."

In the second qualifying session, Collis experienced some mechanical problems in the valve train and shut down and coasted to a 9-second plus run. As the first day of qualifying session ended, Collis placed No. 8.

Bryce added the following after Friday's final qualifying session, "We're examing the engine and will find the cause of the problem. If necessary and the current engine can't be repaired, we'll replace it."

George Smith was excited with the initial performance today saying, "It took a lot of research and hard work to get this program to where it is today and the unselfish devotion of many people. People like my son Brett, who is president of S&S Cycle, Incorporated. He's on a sales trip to Europe, but is so involved with what's happening that he took the time to call right after our first run and find out the results.

"Other people that we couldn't have done without includes Brian Perkins, an S&S fuel injection and R&D specialist, and Ken Johnson, a jack-of-all-trades from the Star Racing program. As this program goes forward, George Bryce and I will always be grateful to these individuals."

The Pontiac Excitement Nationals concludes with two final professional qualifying sessions for the Pro Stock Bikes on Saturday (June 12) at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All times is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Subject to change, same-day television coverage can be seen on ESPN with qualifying highlights on Saturday (June 12) from 7-8 p.m. Eliminations will air on ESPN2 on Sunday (June 13) from 3-6 p.m. All times is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Fred Collis