Treble back in Championship form. Craig Treble's statement from the 34th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys was, "We are back " On ESPN2, and on the fast Englishtown racetrack, the Matco Tools rider let everyone know that ...
Treble back in Championship form.
Craig Treble's statement from the 34th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys was, "We are back " On ESPN2, and on the fast Englishtown racetrack, the Matco Tools rider let everyone know that he is still in the hunt for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship.
The Matco Tools Team turned in impressive numbers Sunday in route to their second final of the season, recovering from a qualifying effort that produced runs the team considered unrepresentative of their potential. "We had such great weather conditions that our regular tune up wasn't responding the way we wanted it to during qualifying. Saturday night my crew guys Calvin Aswege and Mike Stevens went through the whole bike from wheelie bars to front wheel and got the bike set up to rip for eliminations Sunday morning."
The Matco Tools team faced the defending champion Angelle Savoie in round one, and with her two event wins this season, was someone they could not take lightly. Treble noted "She is ahead of us in the points and we needed to take her out for that reason alone, but also to get a shot at points leader Geno Scali in round two." Trebles' 7.071 round one win was a career best ET, and gave him lane choice for the round two match-up against Scali.
A red light by Scali, then a best of round 7.094 against Reggie Showers in the semis, put the Matco Tools Bike in the final round for the second time in 2003.
The final round was all Treble until half track, then problems slowed the Matco Tools bike, giving the win to Shawn Gann who had also qualified No. 1. "I was out on him and on a real good run, then I had trouble with the 2-3 shift. The bike went second to fourth gear and when that happens it won't then go into fifth, so I was done. I will take the blame on that one, it was driver error. It's too bad because Calvin and Mike had the bike tuned up to run strong. We are still for real, and definitely in the hunt for the NHRA Pro Stock Bike POWERade Championship."
Visit the Craig Treble Matco Tools Pro Stock Bike web site to find results, pictures, and information before and after every NHRA POWERade national event. www.craigtreble.com