TREBLE EARNS NO. 11 IN ATLANTA QUALIFYNG Changed motors after second session on Friday. COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2010) - Craig Treble and the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki team continue to endure teething pains with the additional 100cc's...
TREBLE EARNS NO. 11 IN ATLANTA QUALIFYNG
Changed motors after second session on Friday.
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 15, 2010) - Craig Treble and the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki team continue to endure teething pains with the additional 100cc's allowed the Suzukis this year in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Despite that, Treble qualified No. 11 for this weekend's 30th annual NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On a track baking under the Georgia sun to 128 degrees today, Treble pulled out a 7.017-second elapsed time at 190.35 mph, improving his position from 13th to 11th.
His other passes were a 7.105/185.84 (No. 12) in his only pass on Friday, which was followed by a breakdown in the water box in the second session. Today's earlier lap produced a 7.058/189.52.
"Steve (Tartaglia, crew chief) got our bad motor all fixed up and ready to go, put in a new crankshaft and new everything that it needed and the crankshaft we put in there was not good,” said Treble.
"Fortunately, we found out in the water box in the second pass on Friday. In the first pass it was pretty soft and he was scratching his head trying to figure out why it didn't go faster than it did. We found out in the second round in the water box. It just shut off after the burnout. We tried to start it back up, but it was making a bunch of noise and Steve shut if off and we found it had a bad crankshaft in it. So, we got behind the 8-ball.
"We changed the engine last night and we went 7.05 this morning and we were still standing there scratching our heads because we thought it should have been better than that.
"We're just kind of sneaking up on it right now. We picked up four hundredths (of a second) in the worst conditions of the weekend in the last run, so I think that will play on race day. We'll do what we have to do tomorrow."
Treble faces Eddie Krawiec in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.