Madison: Fred Collis Friday summary

Weight issue under control on the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell G Squared now concentrates on performance MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2004) -- The NHRA mandated rule change adding 40-pounds to the Harley Davidson V-Rods and NHRA-accepted American push...

Weight issue under control on the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell G Squared now concentrates on performance

MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2004) -- The NHRA mandated rule change adding 40-pounds to the Harley Davidson V-Rods and NHRA-accepted American push rod V-Twins up to 160 cid (such as the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell) went into effect at this weekend's NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals.

After two of four qualifying sessions with the additional weight in place, Fred Collis drove the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, powered by an S&S Cycle V-Twin, to a No. 23 qualifying position as the first day of qualifying ended.

After using the first qualifying session on Friday as a test session to ensure that the additional weight was distributed properly, Collis recorded a pass of 7.317 seconds at 177.09 mph in his first full run down the Gateway International Raceway quarter-mile during today's evening session.

I love riding the Buell," said Collis. "It's coming around. The bike's going real straight and it's fun to ride. It's a good piece of equipment."

Comparing the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell that he is currently riding to the Suzuki that he drove for Star Racing previously, Collis added, "I want to be on the bike that gives me the best elapsed time, but it looks like with all the testing we've done and competing in national events the Buell is coming around. It has so much potential and is definitely the bike for the future,"

Today's results in the second session were not what G Squared Motorsports partners George Bryce and George Smith expected in the performance department.

"We used the first lap to ensure that we had the weight distributed correctly and that the bike was safe to ride. Fred did exactly what we planned and ran to half-track then shut off. Then in the second session we stepped it up and ran our first full pass with the addition weight that NHRA put on the bike for this weekend. The numbers were not what we expected. That has us thinking we're going to change engines in the morning and be ready for the third lap tomorrow," said Bryce.

Smith added, "Ken Johnson and Brian Perkins did a great job of adding the weight to make us legal. In tonight's run the 60-foot times were our lowest ever but it's obvious that this motor is a little tired. It's the same one that we've had in since Columbus. We need to figure out why it is so lazy on the track. So we've got to take a close look at the motor and maybe put in our spare for tomorrow.

"It's interesting that if you compare our best times against the best times of the V-Rods we were about a tenth of a second behind the V-Rods in the previous two races After that second run tonight we're still that tenth behind them. Whether or not it's the result of the new weight remains to be seen. But the gap between the two remains the same."

Two additional qualifying sessions remain for the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell tomorrow, one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. All times are subject to change and reflect Central Daylight Time (CDT).

-sr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Fred Collis