Schnitz a Solid Seventh at Englishtown

Ryan Schnitz, who won last weekend's NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle race in Chicago on the Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell, sits a solid seventh after day 1 of qualifying at the K&N Filters Supernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey.

The Buell broke a tooth off the crank sprocket in round 1, causing the S&S motor to miss all the way down the track. The miss slowed the bike to a 7.111 and left little bits of metal inside the primary case. "Never had that happen before," said Ryan, as the team attacked the case and cover with can after can of brake cleaner.

The team made some mapping changes, a slight clutch change, and "crowned the tooth" for round 2

"It felt good," Schnitz said about the pass. "Our 60 foot was good (1.074-best of the round), but it shook the tire when we shifted into second so it scrubbed a little off our ET. The chain (a 630) was really worn when we got back from that pass, so that may have hindered our MPH."

The team was busy putting in a new motor for Saturday. "We took out 'Joey' and put in 'Milton,'" said Schnitz. "Milton is motor #10 (S&S serial number), and (former Muzzy rider) Doug Chandler's number was 10 and his nickname was Milton, so Rob calls that motor Milton." Now 'Joey' is #27, and we bought it after we got sponsored by Trim-Tex, so we named it after Joe Koenig. It's kind of our thing that if one motor has run fairly well on Friday and has a race or two on it, we'll put another motor in. Milton's fresher, but it's got a number of laps on it." The team's other motor is #13, named 'Friday.'