Joliet: Peggy Llewellyn final summary

Llewellyn Runs a 6 on Her Way to the Semis NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Peggy Llewellyn and the Karl Klement Racing team made a dramatic leap in performance and results at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals, running their first 6 second...

Llewellyn Runs a 6 on Her Way to the Semis

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Peggy Llewellyn and the Karl Klement Racing team made a dramatic leap in performance and results at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals, running their first 6 second pass on Peggy's way to the team's first semifinal appearance. "That's the first time we ever did that," said team owner Karl Klement. "So we're all real excited."

Peggy's S&S powered Buell sat in the bottom half of the field until round 3 of qualifying on Saturday. That's when the 6 second pass pushed her up to sixth in the highly competitive field.

"Guess what chick went in the 6s?" said an elated Lllewellyn. "No, not Angelle (Sampey). No, not Karen (Stoffer). Well, yeah, they did go into the 6s, but I DID TOO!"

"That is awesome for Peggy, Karl, Shane Maloney, Garrett Whaley and myself," said George Bryce, co-crew chief on the Klement Buell along with Maloney.

Peggy and the team carried their qualifying success into eliminations, beating Stoffer and Steve Johnson before falling to red hot Matt Smith in the semis.

"I'm really proud of Peggy," said Maloney. "She did great. She cut good lights, drove straight and hit her shift points."

"Peggy did awesome," agreed Bryce. "It was the best she's done yet, and we won a couple of rounds and went further than we've ever gone. It's very exciting for us and was a lot of fun."

"I know I keep saying I'm getting more comfortable on the bike, but this time I really mean it," said Llewellyn. "The seat that Chip Ellis made for my bike is great. I stay in it and don't have to worry about going too far back on the bike."

"We probably made a little error not changing valvesprings before the semifinals, but we kinda went with what we thought we knew, and we just didn't have enough motorcycle," said Maloney.

"We tuned good and bad, went fast and slow, and learned a lot about how to go fast and how to win some rounds," added Bryce. "I'm pretty sure that that was a great move for us in the points."

"We got back in the top 8, which is great and gets us in the run for the Countdown to the Championship," said Maloney. "That's where we need to be. Now we're gonna go back to the shop, fix the motors, try to find more power, and head to Englishtown."

"This gives me more confidence going into these next couple of races and the summer swing that we have," said Llewellyn.

"Everything held up, everybody's confidence is high, and we're looking forward to going to the next race," finished Klement. "I want to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support, and we look forward to putting on a good show for them at Englishtown."

Peggy and the team race next at the ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals June 21-24 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

-credit: kr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Peggy Llewellyn , George Bryce , Steve Johnson , Chip Ellis , Matt Smith