Joliet: G2 Motorsports Saturday notes

RIVAS TAKES FIRST CAREER POL FOR JOLIET PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RACE JOLIET, Ill., June 7, 2008 - Chris Rivas on the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle V-Twin posted low elapsed time in today's two qualifying runs, thus securing his first ...

RIVAS TAKES FIRST CAREER POL FOR JOLIET PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RACE

JOLIET, Ill., June 7, 2008 - Chris Rivas on the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle V-Twin posted low elapsed time in today's two qualifying runs, thus securing his first career pole here for tomorrow's Torco

Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the fifth round in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle season. Rivas followed yesterday's pole-capturing second-round quarter-mile run of 7.027 seconds at 187.29 miles per hour with rounds today of 7.059 seconds at 188.46 mph and 7.031 seconds at 187.91 mph. His initial run Friday,

7.182-seconds at 186.48-mph, had been good enough for fifth spot after one round of qualifying. According to the 41-year-old Fresno, Calif., native the windy weather both days was a challenge, "but we have a really good team led by (crew chief) George Smith which can tune the chassis to make the motorcycle go straight with minimal corrections from me.

"That first pass Friday in the wind was ugly, but they learned from it and we got better." The three consistently sound runs means Rivas and the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle team enters Sunday's race, against number-16-qualifier Wesley Wells (7.209 seconds at 184.93 mph) with confidence.

"We will look at the computer information knowing we can make some improvements," he said. "But we don't have to do much to the motorcycle. I just have to keep riding it the way I've been riding it and Big George and Ken Johnson have to keep tuning it the way they've been tuning it. "Everything is just coming together this weekend."

Winning the pole and running strong here has even more meaning for Rivas and the team because it is the closest race, geographically, to two of the team's primary sponsors. "It's the 'home race' for both S&S Cycle of LaCrosse (Wisc.) and Drag Specialties, which is just up the road

in Janesville (Wisc.)," Rivas said. "I just want to keep it going tomorrow on race day for our team and all of the folk from S&S and Drag Specialties."

-credit: g2m

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Smith , Chris Rivas , Wesley Wells