Denver: Chip Ellis Saturday summary

Chip Ellis rides the G Squared S&S Buell to the No. 2 position MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- After four rounds of qualifying at the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals , Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S Buell, enters tomorrow's...

Chip Ellis rides the G Squared S&S Buell to the No. 2 position

MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) -- After four rounds of qualifying at the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals , Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S Buell, enters tomorrow's eliminations No. 2 on the final qualifying ladder.

Ellis covered the Bandimere Speedway quarter mile in 7.441 seconds at 183.99 mph. He briefly held the No. 1 spot in the final qualifying session but Andrew Hines' run in the final pair took top honors.

Since they haven't run the G Squared/S&S Buell at Denver before and thus had no data from which to work, G Squared owners George Bryce and George Smith were more than pleased with the qualifying results.

"This is the first time that we have run the S&S NHRA Pro Stock 160 engine at Denver and couldn't be more pleased with the results of not only our motorcycle but the others that are running S&S power plants," said Smith.

"For the fans there is going to be very competitive drag racing tomorrow between the Screamin' Eagles, the fast Suzukis and the S&S Buells. It's going to be a very good show and the G Squared S&S Buell is proud to be part of it."

NOTE: If times look high to you, remember that the engines lose power in the altitude of the mile-high city of Denver.

S&S ENGINE REVIEW: Chip Ellis, Ryan Schnitz, Chris Rivas and Matt Guidera continue to pace the S&S-powered Buells, finishing No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7 respectively. The S&S-powered Harley of David Feazell ended qualifying in the No. 21 position.

ELIMINATIONS: Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title tomorrow with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 12 noon. Time is local Denver time -- Mountain Time (MT): 2 hours behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

TELEVISION: Qualifying highlights for the 26th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on this evening (July 16) from 8-10 p.m. The qualifying show repeats on early Sunday morning (July 17) from 3-5 a.m. ESPN2 will also air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening (July 17). The elimination show repeats on the "Deuce" early Monday morning, July 18, from 2:30 until 4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

G SQUARED MOTORSPORTS: When Harley Davidson accelerated their effort in NHRA, S&S Cycle decided in 2002 to join the battle. Because of his vast R&D experience, coupled with his racing background, S&S asked George Smith to head their project to field a competitive S&S V-Twin bike on the NHRA circuit. Smith immediately asked George Bryce, who had been working with S&S Cycle on a similar project, to join the new endeavor and G Squared Motorsports was formed in 2003. Both Smith and Bryce knew if they collaborated on the project, joining the resources, knowledge and talents of S&S and Star Racing, they could produce a competitive bike to race in Pro Stock Motorcycle competition on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The G Squared/S&S-powered V-Twin Buell debuted in 2004.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Feazell , George Bryce , George Smith , Chris Rivas , Ryan Schnitz , Andrew Hines , Chip Ellis