Madison: Chip Ellis Friday summary

Chip Ellis completes first day of qualifying fourth in hot and humid St. Louis MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, from Americus, Ga., covered the quarter-mile at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river...

Chip Ellis completes first day of qualifying fourth in hot and humid St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, from Americus, Ga., covered the quarter-mile at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, in 7.158 seconds at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals. This placed Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S Buell, in the No. 4 position on the qualifying ladder after the first day.

The weather lived up to its billing. The air temperature stayed in the high 90s, with a number of team thermometers showing temperatures over 100-degrees. The track temperature at the start of the first qualifying session for Pro Stock Motorcycles hovered around the 130-degree mark.

Team owner George Bryce, who along with his partner George Smith owns G Squared Motorsports, indicated that the S&S-powered Buell ran well in the opening session but broke a small part.

"In the trashing between sessions we did not have the bike fully ready or the set up as we would have liked for that second session. We've now examined all the data from both runs and will have the G Squared/S&S Buell ready to make a run at moving up tomorrow," said Bryce.

Smith was pleased with the big picture when it came to the S&S-powered Buells. "We have four S&S-powered Buells in the field, which shows how far this S&S engine program has developed and expanded," said Smith.

In addition to Ellis in fourth, Ryan Schnitz had two consistent runs yesterday and is third. Chris Rivas, aboard the Mohegan Sun-backed Buell is fifth and Matt Guidera, who continues to make forward progress each race, is No. 15.

Qualifying for Ellis and the G Squared/S&S Buell concludes with two additional sessions on tomorrow evening at 5 and 8 p.m.

After six of 15 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle, Ellis is currently No. 4 in the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings with 367 points, 8 behind third, 23 behind second and 70 out of the top spot.

Eliminations: Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday afternoon with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 4:30 p.m. and continuing into the evening hours. Time is local St. Louis time -- Central Time (CT) -- and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chris Rivas , Ryan Schnitz , Chip Ellis , Matt Guidera