Indy twice as special for the Matco Tools Team Indianapolis, IN -- Pre Race: There are two things that nearly every racer on the NHRA POWERade tour wants to accomplish during their professional racing career, win a NHRA POWERade World ...
Indy twice as special for the Matco Tools Team
Indianapolis, IN -- Pre Race: There are two things that nearly every racer on the NHRA POWERade tour wants to accomplish during their professional racing career, win a NHRA POWERade World Championship, and win Indy. And for the Pro Stock Bike riders, there is a third, a win in the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash.
This weekend at the 49th annual U.S. Nationals, two of these coveted championships will be up for grabs, the 2003 K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash, and the 2003 Indy Pro Stock Bike title.
Last season, Matco Tools rider Craig Treble checked off a Klash Championship on his "Things To Do" list, but make no mistake, Treble is not content with just the single win, he wants both Indy titles this weekend. "Indy is the oldest, richest and most prestigious event on our schedule, and I want to win it. Add in the opportunity that K&N Filters has given us with the Pro Bike Klash and it is absolutely the weekend to score big in Pro Stock Bike. If someone can win both the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash and U.S. Nationals, they will earn an additional $10,000 double-up bonus from NHRA, and that sounds really good to me." Said Craig.
The Matco Tools rider will face Reggie Showers in round one of the Klash. A tough draw as these two have each held the No. 1 qualifying position at the last two events on the NHRA POWERade tour. With all of the money and prestige for the champion up for grabs, there is just a little more at stake when these two race in competition. "We bet a dollar every time we race" claimed Treble. "Me and Reggie have a standing bet for every race we have against each other, so as far as each one of us in concerned, we want that dollar as much as anything."
Treble was again set to Debut his new Kosman chassis, Vance & Hines powered Matco Tools Suzuki, but great results lately from the current bike will keep the new motorcycle on the sidelines for yet another race or two. As the defending Klash Champion, the smart money is to stick with what will work best for this high profile and high paying weekend. "We tested in Indianapolis last week and our current bike worked so well that changing to our new bike at this point doesn't make sense. I am very excited about the events at Indy this weekend. We just need to keep our mistakes to a minimum and make some good, clean runs. Like I said earlier, I want Indy."
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