Commerce: Ryan Schnitz final summary

Sunday Ends Early for Schnitz Though Ryan Schnitz cut the better light (.027), and his Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell ran its best pass of the weekend (7.126), the advance of eventual winner Antron Brown couldn't be stopped and Schnitz lost in round 1...

Sunday Ends Early for Schnitz

Though Ryan Schnitz cut the better light (.027), and his Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell ran its best pass of the weekend (7.126), the advance of eventual winner Antron Brown couldn't be stopped and Schnitz lost in round 1 of Pro Stock Motorcycle competition in Atlanta.

"Yeah, I got him on the tree," said Schnitz. "But he back-halfed us. Antron ran really good on the top end and we didn't. It was our quickest pass of the weekend. We were there, we were close, but we were a pass behind everybody else (after a Q3 breakdown) and ultimately I believe that's what cost us this weekend. When you qualify 16th and run number 1, you have to really be on your game."

The weather in Commerce (where the Atlanta Dragway is located) changed from warm and sunny to rainy, cool and clammy. "All the teams had to go back and look at their notes to jet and map for today's conditions," said Schnitz. "Army (Brown's U.S. Army sponsored team) did a very good job on that and, obviously, we didn't. We'll just have to take it on the chin and move on."

The truck, trailer and bike headed to Schnitz Racing's Decatur, Indiana headquarters for the two week break before the next round in Columbus, Ohio. "This is the first time I've had the chance to do that since we got the bike," said Schnitz. The Buell is usually maintained at either Muzzy's shop in Oregon or at a satellite shop in North Carolina. "I'll be able to go over the bike and change some settings around more to my liking: the seating position, handlebar position . . . maybe change a few things on the bike to help maintenance at the track. The motor's going back to Oregon to look for more power."

-www.schnitzracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Ryan Schnitz