SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLES QUALIFY SIXTH AND NINTH FOR INAUGURAL NHRA CAROLINAS NATIONALS CONCORD N.C. (Sept. 13, 2008): Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Chip Ellis and Craig Treble qualified sixth and ...
SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLES QUALIFY SIXTH AND NINTH FOR INAUGURAL NHRA CAROLINAS NATIONALS
CONCORD N.C. (Sept. 13, 2008): Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Chip Ellis and Craig Treble qualified sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals at the all-new zMax Dragway @ Concord (N.C.).
Ellis qualified No. 6 on the Schumacher Electric/XXX Racing Fuels Suzuki, by virtue of his first-session elapsed time of 7.036 seconds at 191.19 mph. It also marked the 13th time he has qualified in the top half of the 16-bike field this season in his 63rd consecutive start.
Treble rode the Schumacher Electric/Albrecht's Fast Track Suzuki to a 7.044/191.02 pass (No. 7 at the time) on his opening run, which was his quickest of the four passes, ending up No. 9 in his 147th career start in the class.
Both DSR Suzukis experienced electronic problems prior to the first round of qualifying, but the DSR team quickly solved the issues and made repairs on both bikes before their first run.
CHIP ELLIS, Schumacher Electric/XXX Racing Fuels Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle (No. 6): In addition to his opening 7.036/191.19 pass, Ellis also recorded a 7.090/186.41 (No. 6) Friday evening and a 7.062/185.89 (No. 6) and 7.102/186.12 (No. 6) Saturday.
"It seemed like everything was working well when we left the DSR shop in Indiana," said Ellis of the electronic problems. "When we got here to Concord we had a couple issues. Nothing major; just some stuff having to do with the air fuel sensors and the Racepak computers. Both bikes were ready to go by the time qualifying began Friday afternoon.
"I think the Schumacher Electric/XXX Racing Fuels Suzuki is running pretty good," said Ellis, who entered the Countdown to 1 playoffs No. 3 in points. "The track here in Concord is awesome. We're going to download that last qualifying run on the computer and get ready to go into race day tomorrow. That's when it counts. Qualifying just gets you into the field and race day is when you need to go rounds."
Ellis has a crucial first round match-up with Matt Guidera, who is No. 6 in the points. "I don't care who I have to race, I just need them to turn on two bulbs so I can take off," said Ellis. "That's the only thing I'm worried about."
CRAIG TREBLE, Schumacher Electric/Albrecht's Fast Track Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle (No. 9): In his second race riding for Don Schumacher Racing, Treble posted his quickest pass in the first session, a 7.044/191.02 (No. 7). He also recorded runs of 7.083/185.72 on Friday (No. 8), and a 7.070/185.89 (No. 8) and 7.097/187.16 (No. 9) on Saturday.
"The Schumacher Electric/Albrecht's Fast Track Suzuki was very consistent during qualifying. Unfortunately, it's not quite fast enough," said Treble, who is No. 9 in points. "(Crew chief) Steve Tartaglia has been messing around with the setup. We'd run well on the bottom end on one run and then run fast on the top end on the next run. If we can put those together, that Suzuki is going to be a rocket ship. Steve's working on it and he's going to get it; I'm not worried about it at all.
"I'm more concerned about my reaction times," he added. "I went -.001 red (.000 of a second is perfect) on my first pass this morning and a -.010 red this afternoon. I'm not really squeezing the clutch lever trying to slow my reaction times down and that's what I will do for the first round tomorrow. There's a lot left in our bike and if we get our short times down around where they need to be we'll be all right tomorrow."
Treble will face No. 8 qualifier Hector Arana in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.