G Squared plays winning Chip at Vegas LAS VEGAS (October 23, 2005) -- Chip Ellis aboard the G Squared-prepared and owned, S&S-powered Pro Stock Buell won the fifth annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las...
G Squared plays winning Chip at Vegas
LAS VEGAS (October 23, 2005) -- Chip Ellis aboard the G Squared-prepared and owned, S&S-powered Pro Stock Buell won the fifth annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Angelle Sampey fouled her chance at victory.
It was the second consecutive win for Ellis at this event, second of the season and his third win in three final rounds since joining G Squared Motorsports at the 2004 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. This win also came on the fourth birthday of his daughter McKenzie.
En route to the final round, Ellis defeated Matt Guidera (7.217 seconds to red light), teammate Matt Smith (7.290 seconds to 7.335 seconds) and Tom Bradford (7.304 seconds to 7.327 seconds).
In the final, Ellis covered the quarter-mile in 7.243 seconds at 187.63 mph. Sampey, although she red lighted, ran an elapsed time 7.253 seconds.
"I'm just having fun," said Ellis. "The bike ran good all day. Chip didn't win the race the bike and S&S power won the race. The guys worked real hard all day long and it paid off. We got two lucky breaks -- one in the first round and one in the final. Lucky is better than good any day."
"It was awesome," said George Bryce, who co-owns G Squared Motorsports along with partner George Smith. "Chip has made it to the finals every time he's been to this track, no matter the sanctioning body.
"Green lights win races and we've been working hard on getting green light. Today it worked in our favor. It was very rewarding to win here today.
"I would like to thank the guys at S&S for building such a reliable, super, powerful motor.
"This is really exciting and satisfying," said George Smith. "I saw the red light but before celebrating our win I wanted to see was an elapsed time that was capable of winning without the red light and Chip did that and then I celebrated.
"I got to thank the S&S guys and the entire G Squared crew. It's really great to have Ken Johnson back with us. He means a lot to this team and it puts a solidarity and continuity back in our program. We're very pleased with that."
Ellis moved up two positions to No. 4 in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings. He leaves this event with 867 points.
Ellis, along with three other drivers, Jack Beckman (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Robert Hight (Funny Car), representative of all four pro categories, have been selected as the nominees for the 2005 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. The winner of the prestigious award receives a $20,000 monetary prize and sleek ceremonial trophy and will be announced during the NHRA's annual championship awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Matt Smith loses to Chip Ellis in round two
G Squared teammates Matt Smith and Chip Ellis met in round two of the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, with Ellis coming away with the win.
After Smith, from King, N.C., dispatched GT Tonglet in the opening round of eliminations and Ellis, from Americus, Ga., turned back Matt Guidera the pair went head-to-head in the second round
Smith, aboard the G2 Red line Oil/Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Buell, got a jump at the green, but Ellis, on the G Squared S&S Buell, powered by him taking the win light at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 7.250 seconds. Smith crossed slightly behind in 7.335 seconds.
Regarding the loss to teammate Ellis, Smith said, "No matter who's in the other lane you don't want to lose. So it makes no difference if it's your teammate or not. It's still a loss. That said, I'm glad that G Squared has a bike in the semifinals and I'm pulling for Chip to win it all.
"We had a good bike this weekend, but had trouble getting down the back half of the track. We haven't found the problem yet but need to get it corrected before the next race in Pomona."
Smith remains in the No. 12 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings, with 567 points.