Gainesville: Craig Treble Saturday report

TREBLE RIDES TO NO. 6 IN GAINESVILLE PSM QUALIFYING GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2010) - In his debut showing for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Craig Treble rode the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki to...

TREBLE RIDES TO NO. 6 IN GAINESVILLE PSM QUALIFYING

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2010) - In his debut showing for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Craig Treble rode the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki to No. 6 in qualifying for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals.

He set his quickest lap of 6.888 seconds at 193.27 mph today in the final of only three rounds of qualifying. Rain cancelled one of Friday's sessions. His other laps were a 7.093/1889.10 (No. 10), and a 6.889/194.41 (No. 3).

"The weekend is going pretty darned good considering we never put the motor on the dyno and we never ran down the track until we got here," said Treble of the team that was put together quickly in order to make it to this weekend's Pro Stock Motorcycle season-opener.

"The first pass was a crapshoot at best. We had no idea where to put this Valvoline Suzuki with the new motor with 100cc's. Steve (Tartaglia, crew chief) has been working his butt of all weekend, last weekend and through the last week getting motors ready. We didn't get any parts until Friday and Tuesday we had to fly a motor down here just so we could have a backup. It's all come together in three weeks and it's been a big mushroom cloud.

"My career best lap is a 6.885 (Houston 2009), and we ran that twice today, so I'm tickled to death. It's an awesome machine that Don Schumacher has here and we've got an awesome crew chief and crew and it's really thrilling. I couldn't ask for much more.

"I know there's more in it though. It's still a learning curve. We've got three passes with this big motor setup and I've got three passes on this motorcycle personally, ever. So, I'm really happy to qualify fifth with this Valvoline Suzuki in my first race back with Don Schumacher.

"Race day is race day. I've won races from lower qualifying positions. I did red light on that last hit, so that will be on my mind a little bit, but hopefully I'll do what I normally do and get by it and go a few rounds tomorrow, preferably four.

"I'm just really thankful that Valvoline stepped up and Don Schumacher gave me a chance to ride this thing. I'm excited for race day."

Treble faces Michael Phillips in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Craig Treble , Michael Phillips , Don Schumacher