Joliet: Ryan Schnitz final summary

Schnitz/Muzzy/Trim-Tex Take Chicago! After struggling with performance limiting issues since the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season opener in Gainesville, Ryan Schnitz put the Trim-Tex/Muzzy Buell in the winners circle at sponsor Trim-Tex's ...

Schnitz/Muzzy/Trim-Tex Take Chicago!

After struggling with performance limiting issues since the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season opener in Gainesville, Ryan Schnitz put the Trim-Tex/Muzzy Buell in the winners circle at sponsor Trim-Tex's hometown race in Chicago. "Joe Koenig (Trim-Tex president and fine motorcycle drag racer in his own right) is ecstatic,"said Schnitz. "He's very happy to win this event. He used to sponsor the AMA/Prostar event that was here and he sponsors the local bike event here, so he's really excited about this win."

Qualified tenth, Schnitz faced number seven qualifier Craig Treble in round 1. "We all knew that we were gonna have a tough first round. I knew I had to cut a good light, 'cause Craig always cuts great lights. Fortunately, we got a great light and got the win."

After that round, the Trim-Tex/Muzzy team faced a serious thrash to prepare for the semis. "We noticed that we'd chunked the tire and had to put on an older tire," said Schnitz, but the tire was only the tip of the iceberg. The Buell was also missing a tooth off the front sprocket. The team was running an 18 tooth sprocket for a 530 chain, and didn't have a spare. "We had to switch to a 630 chain 'cause we didn't have a front sprocket that size," reported Schnitz, whose bike has suffered from a chain problem. "So we had to use an older chain. And we've had some serious chain issues, stretching them and wearing them out. So in the semis we had to go back to the 630 that we knew wasn't working as well, and we had to run Andrew Hines, the champion. Fortunately for us, Andrew had a -.002 redlight."

That round put Ryan into the final against fellow Buell campaigner Matt Guidera. "Every race, Matt rides better and better and they're getting a better handle on the bike," said Schnitz. "He's always been good on the tree, so we went up there ready to cut a solid green light."

Guidera cut the tree too close this time and went four thousandths red. "We were able to pull off the win and get the monkey from the last few races off our back," said Schnitz. "But Matt's gonna be there in a number of finals this year."

For his winning efforts, Ryan earned a ride in Koenig's Ferrari to a high priced steak dinner. "I want to thank Kurt Matte," finished Schnitz. "He was head mechanic again this weekend and we're gonna see if he can go to Englishtown and St. Louis with us."

-rsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Craig Treble , Ryan Schnitz , Andrew Hines , Kurt Matte , Joe Koenig