Gainesville: Ryan Schnitz final summary

No Win for Schnitz, but Lots of TV Time Ryan Schnitz came up short on the race track at the Gatornationals, but the exposure he got on TV by qualifying ...

No Win for Schnitz, but Lots of TV Time

Ryan Schnitz came up short on the race track at the Gatornationals, but the exposure he got on TV by qualifying #1 and making a stunning top end save has extended his season aboard the Team Muzzy's Buell for at least one more race. "Rob Muzzy told the driver to turn the truck around and head towards Houston," said Schnitz. "So we're one step closer to getting a sponsor."

But on Sunday, Schnitz was disappointed that he wasn't two steps further along in the race program. "In the first round, we had a nice, clean pass with no problems at all," said Ryan.

"In the next round, we thought we had a good tune-up to repeat what we had, but the bike just didn't run as fast. Either something softened up in the motor, or the weather changed and we were just off on the tune-up."

"All the V-Twins slowed up that round, including Chip Ellis and Andrew Hines. It might be that the carburetor guys had a better handle on the weather changes. But it bothers us. We want to find out what made us slow down and use it to our advantage next time."

Schnitz listed some of the things that can cause a motor to soften: "Piston rings wearing out, or the piston scuffing the cylinder wall. Maybe the valve springs weakening up, or a transmission bearing or main bearing starting to seize a little bit. Basically, anything that could create drag and result in lower pressure in the combustion chamber."

Ryan's arrest of the Buell's lurid, side-to-side, top end slide (following a debeaded rear tire) in qualifying received a lot of airplay and reminded railbirds of his teenage days aboard the small-tire, nitrous-fed Top Eliminator bike that initially established his reputation. "The difference is that with the Top Eliminator, it was in the first 60 feet that the bike fishtailed. This time I was slowing down and the rear end came around and tried to pass me. Andrew (Hines, in the other lane) didn't realize how close I'd come to him 'til I went past him, then he tried to move over as best he could.

"But this past weekend we got a lot of exposure. A lot of potential sponsors saw that we could run fast and get a lot of TV time. We also got a lot of support from fans who came to the trailer."

Ryan and the Team Muzzy's Buell will hit the track next at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, March 31-April 2.

-www.schnitzracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rob Muzzy , Ryan Schnitz , Chip Ellis