Joliet: Ryan Schnitz Friday summary

Schnitz Seventh in Chicago "Well, we did good today," said Ryan Schnitz, sitting in seventh place on his Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell after the first day of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the NHRA event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, ...

Schnitz Seventh in Chicago

"Well, we did good today," said Ryan Schnitz, sitting in seventh place on his Trim-Tex/Muzzy's Buell after the first day of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the NHRA event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.

qualifying round 1
"Our first round wasn't so great. We were just drying the new Trim-Tex paint, making sure we didn't peel the decals off it going down the track," laughed Schnitz, referring to his sponsor.

qualifying round 2
"We're seventh in a really, really tight field. It's looking like Pro Stock Car out there today. We've got really good air here and everybody has a chance to run their best numbers this weekend.

"The data's showing things that our bike wants and we're getting there. We put our Gainesville 7.01 tune-up back in and went a 7.08, so we're getting there. We've changed valve springs, and the gearing may have been off a little bit for the change in weather and crosswind speed. We'll change the clutch a little bit and with those few changes, we're looking to run a 7.05 or even better."

It's notable that Schnitz isn't taking aim at former teammate (from AMA/Prostar days) Chip Ellis's pace setting 7.01. "Chip's was an outstanding first round qualifying pass," said Ryan. "They're working as hard as anybody and they have a really good set-up right now.

"But Joe (Trim-Tex president Joe Koenig) is excited, we're excited, and we're looking forward to a great weekend."

-www.schnitzracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ryan Schnitz , Chip Ellis , Joe Koenig