Ellis advances to second round Gains two spots in point battle BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- By advancing to the quarterfinal round of eliminations at the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S ...
Ellis advances to second round Gains two spots in point battle
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- By advancing to the quarterfinal round of eliminations at the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared/S&S Buell, picked up two spots in the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.
In the opening round of eliminations, a bizarre round that saw the top three qualifiers lose, Ellis turned back Scott Valetti with an elapsed time of 7.241.
In the second round, Kurt Matte, who had defeated Chris Rivas in the opening round, was away first at the green then pulled away from Ellis to take the win light. Ellis recorded a pass of 7.236 seconds at 180.21 to 7.201 seconds at 182.55 for Matte.
"I think we had the bike to beat. This G Squared/S&S Buell really came around yesterday. I got my timing messed up at the start and it caused additional problems all the way down the track. The only thing I can say is that we'll shake it off and go after them again in Atlanta," said Ellis.
"It's always disappointing when you don't turn on the win light," said George Smith, who along with George Bryce are partners and co-owners of G Squared Motorsports. "We have a good package, we have a good rider. All we can do is go back, regroup and try to improve our report card. We'll once again shoot for straight A's in Atlanta."
"We made the wrong tune up calls for first round but Chip drove it really well and got the win light," said Bryce. "In the second round, miscues at the starting line got us behind and we never recovered.
"We'll review our data and learn everything right and everything wrong that happened to this G Squared/S&S-powered Buell. We'll then correct what we did wrong and do better in Atlanta."
After two of 15 events, Ellis has 88 points and is tied for eighth in the battle for the Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.
TV: ESPN2 will air same-day television coverage of eliminations from the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals tonight (Apr. 10) from 7 until 10 p.m. The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 on Wed., Apr. 13 from 3-5 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.
Next Race: Pro Stock Motorcycles take a break before heading to Atlanta Dragway, in Commerce, Ga., for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, May 12-15.