Schnitz Tenth in Englishtown
Chicago NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Ryan Schnitz dropped a little to tenth in the second day of qualifying for the K&N Filters Supernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey. An overnight engine swap failed to give the Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell the lift the team was looking for, and the bike ran the third round with a noticeable miss. "Started right at the top of first gear," reported Ryan's dad Dave Schnitz. "We're not really sure what it is."
qualifying round 3
"When we changed motors last night, we had a hard time getting the timing right, and it should have been the same as the other motors," said Ryan. "It could be the trigger pick-up or the cam sync pick-up. We'll see. The other possibility is that when we changed motors we could have pinched a wire or shorted a wire in the process."
The miss seemed to go away in round 4, but the bike failed to run a better number.
qualifying round 4
"Joey's going back in," Dave said about the motor named after Trim-Tex president Joe Koenig. "Milton (the motor that went in Friday night, named after former Muzzy rider Doug Chandler) has issues." The Muzzy team rebuilds their own S&S motors. "The first one we won with back in Columbus last year, Rob and I rebuilt in the trailer," added Dave.
"I don't know why we went slower," said Ryan. "It may be the motor, but it shook the tire in first and second and stretched the chain a lot, so that might have something to do with it. But to be safe, we're gonna change the motor."
Ryan faces a tall order in champion Andrew Hines in round 1 of eliminations, but Hines redlit against Schnitz in the semis last week in Chicago.