Ellis No. 2 and Smith No. 3 for G Squared Motorsports at Reading
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 17, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, from Americus, Ga., and Matt Smith, from King, N.C., placed their G Squared Motorsports-prepared, S&S-powered Buells in the top half of the field for the 21st running of the NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals. Ellis qualified No. 2 and Smith No. 3.
Ellis and Smith ended the first day of qualifying in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions respectively. With two sessions remaining today, the teammates picked up where they left off.
Ellis, driving the G Squared S&S Buell, recorded the second quickest elapsed time of Saturday's first qualifying session, a 7.136-second pass. Smith, on his G2 Red Line Oil/Skull Gear/Torco Racing Fuels Buell, was third best when he covered the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile in 7.145 seconds.
In the final qualifying sessions of the weekend, Ellis ran 7.101 seconds, only to be nudged out of the top spot by Andrew Hines who ran a 7.098. Ellis will start eliminations from the No. 2 position. Smith had problems but remained in third.
"We had our best outing in some time," said George Bryce, who is co-owner of G Squared Motorsports along with George Smith. "Working together and sharing information between the two has really paid off. I'm pleased with number two and three."
George Smith added, "We're making history. This is a great year for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing. The field for tomorrow's eliminations is one-half V-Twins and six of those are Buells powered by S&S engines.
"The guys at S&S Cycle have picked up some additional power for us and it shows on the two bikes that we are running this weekend. We are learning from the data on the two bikes that Matt and Chip ride and the extra S&S power is paying off. We're looking to have a lot of fun tomorrow."
Chip Ellis will square off against No. 15 qualifier Michael Phillips and Matt Smith will take on No. 14 qualifier Karen Stoffer. Both Phillips and Stoffer are on Suzukis.
ELIMINATIONS: Ellis and Smith begin their quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes starting at 11 a.m. Time is local Reading time -- Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.