Chip Ellis captures No. 3 as first day of qualifying ends
Ken Johnson update
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 19, 2005) -- Heat was the topic of the day among fans and racers as the temperatures soared and the humidity was unbearable. Nevertheless, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared S&S-powered Buell, was No. 3 as the first day of qualifying ended for the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals
With the Memphis Motorsports Park track temperature around132-degrees, Ellis unleashed a pass of 7.183 seconds at 183.97 mph, good for No. 2 at the end of the opening qualifying session.
By the time of the second sessions, around 7:10 p.m., the temperature had dropped into the low 90s and track temperature fell to 116-degrees as the sun dipped lower in the western sky. A timing system outage delayed Pro Stock Motorcycle action part way through the session, further reducing temperatures for the later pairings, which included Ellis.
Just prior to resuming racing Ellis indicated the delay was longer than he would have liked and he was ready to get back to racing but indicated the cooler track may help those bikes who hadn't run earlier.
Ellis recorded a run of 10.848 seconds which placed him third as qualifying ended on day one. Antron Brown edged Ellis for second by .001 of a second. GT Tonglet was No. 1 with an elapsed time of 7.148 seconds.
Heat and track permitting the G Squared team will be after the top spot when qualifying resumes tomorrow. Air temperature is predicted near the three-digit mark.
KEN JOHNSON UPDATE (8-19-05):
Ken spent the past three weeks in Dayton, Ohio undergoing therapy and rehabilitation. Kassi (his wife) has been with Ken the entire time while he received education and training about his prosthesis from Tracy Slemker at Prosthetic Design Inc.
Tracy has been keeping G Squared Motorsports updated and said that Ken was up to the challenge and did a great job. He was a quick learner and excelled at everything they taught him to do. Ken had to go from having only one leg to learning how to kneel down, stand up and walk with his new prosthetic leg.
"Everyone at Prosthetic Design has worked really hard with Ken and we at G2 and Star Racing especially want to thank Luci Busch for taking care of Ken and Kassi during the past three weeks," said Jackie Bryce.
Ken will be returning to work next week on a limited basis as he continues his rehabilitation.
Jackie Bryce also indicates a benefit race and show, for both motorcycles and cars, is in the works for early October at US 19 Dragway in Albany, Georgia to help pay Ken's medical expenses. In addition, raffle tickets are being sold for a 113" polished V-Twin engine generously donated by S&S Cycle, Inc. (More details later)