Collis puts G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell in top half of field MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2004) -- Fred Collis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, powered by an S&S Cycle V-Twin, gave G Squared Motorsports partners George Bryce, owner of Star Racing,...
Collis puts G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell in top half of field
MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2004) -- Fred Collis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, powered by an S&S Cycle V-Twin, gave G Squared Motorsports partners George Bryce, owner of Star Racing, and George Smith, part owner of S&S Cycle, Incorporated the run they were looking for at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals.
In Saturday's first session, Collis cruised the Gateway International Raceway quarter-mile in 7.177 seconds at 181.54 mph. The run was good for the No. 8 qualifying position. Even though he had problems in the final qualifying session, Collis is getting more comfortable on the bike each pass.
"The bike itself is coming around good. It goes nice and straight. The G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell is a pleasure to drive. The chassis is tuned up real well. In that last run we got crooked and out of shape and I over compensated but we'll be fine for tomorrow," said Collis as qualifying ended.
After using Friday to become accustomed to the 40-pounds of addition weight that NHRA added to the Harley Davidson V-Rods and NHRA-accepted American push rod V-Twins up to 160 cid (such as the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell) this week, the G Squared team stepped up the pace on Saturday.
"The good news is that the bike is very rideable with the extra weight that NHRA added this week," said Smith. "The 60-foot and short times are good but we have to make more power on the back half to compensate for the additional weight. I'm optimistic that we'll do well tomorrow and in upcoming races."
Bryce, who has qualified for every race as a team owner since 1988, added, "We needed that one perfect lap to get into the top half of the field. Thank goodness we pulled it off today. The qualifying streak continues. We messed up some stuff on the last lap but we'll regroup and try to go a 15 or 16 (7.15 or 7.16 seconds) tomorrow."
Collis will be matched against the No. 9 qualifier, reigning POWERade Pro Stock Bike champ Geno Scali, in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations. Scali qualified with a pass of 7.180 seconds at 185.03 mph.
Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).