Columbus: Ryan Schnitz Saturday summary

Schnitz Loses Round 3, Stuck in 15th A glitch in the National Trail right lane timing system left Ryan Schnitz with no time for his round 3 pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals near Columbus, Ohio.

Schnitz Loses Round 3, Stuck in 15th

A glitch in the National Trail right lane timing system left Ryan Schnitz with no time for his round 3 pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals near Columbus, Ohio. Antron Brown suffered the same problem in the same lane just before Ryan. "There was a problem with the lights and the track tried to blame it on the riders, but it wasn't their fault," said Rob Muzzy, the legendary builder/tuner who owns Ryan's Trim-Tex Buell. "They had all kind of problems after that and had to shut the track down for a while."

"Antron was pretty animated about the whole situation," reported Schnitz. "I knew they weren't gonna do anything about it, so you just have to look at your data and move on. It's a never-ending battle with computer systems."

When Schnitz ran again in round 4, he didn't improve on Friday's time and dropped back one position.

"We're hoping we finally figured out something, anyway" said Muzzy. "Clutch setup has been a problem for us, and we weren't getting data so we've been running blind since Atlanta. We have some ideas on what to change, but until we run it Sunday we won't find out if it's right or not. We changed some parts that we hadn't had to change before and now the clutch is completely different. We have to adjust to that."

"I think we've eliminated a lot of things and we'll make a pass tomorrow," said Schnitz. "After first round we'll have an idea about whether we're moving in the right direction or off in left field." Schnitz faces two-time champ Andrew Hines in round 1.

-www.schnitzracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rob Muzzy , Antron Brown , Ryan Schnitz , Andrew Hines