Chip Ellis exits in opening round MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- After qualifying the G Squared/S&S Buell in the No. 4 position for the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals, Chip Ellis' foul gave the opening round...
Chip Ellis exits in opening round
MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- After qualifying the G Squared/S&S Buell in the No. 4 position for the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals, Chip Ellis' foul gave the opening round elimination win to Michael Phillips.
By 25 thousandths of a second, Ellis, who tried to gain an advantage at the green light, turned the Christmas tree red indicating that he left the starting line to soon. In the process he recorded a run of 7.206 seconds to 7.278 seconds for Phillips, but the red-light foul start gave the win to his opponent.
"We're very disappointed," said George Smith, who along with George Bryce owns G Squared Motorsports. "This team worked hard and as result we had a good tune up for eliminations after struggling some throughout the weekend, but you have to have green lights to win.
"As we continue to evaluate and develop the S&S powerplant for the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class, it's obvious that our longevity testing is proving that the motors are holding together real well. The engine we are currently using, serial number 14, now has 53 runs on it with the same crankshaft, cylinders and pistons."
On behalf of G Squared, Bryce thanked Doc's Harley Davidson for their support this weekend. "While we continue to search for a primary marketing partner for the G Squared/S&S Buell, we want to thank Doc's Harley Davidson for their support here in St. Louis. Hopefully, the exposure they received throughout the weekend will bring new customers to their facilities in Kirkwood, Mo."
After seven of 15 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle, Ellis is now No. 6 in the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings with 402 points.
NEXT RACE: After five races in seven weeks the Pro Stock Motorcycles and the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series take some time off. Next up on the schedule for all four professional classes (TF, FC, PS and PSM) is the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 15-17, at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver
TELEVISION: ESPN2 will air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning at 9 p.m. this evening (Sunday, June 26). The elimination show encores on the "Deuce" early Tuesday morning, June 28, from 3 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.