Memphis: Chip Ellis Saturday summary

Chip Ellis struggles in heat at Memphis Ends qualifying No. 6 MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 20, 2005) -- Racing continued today and so did the heat, with the air and track temperature pushing triple digits. Many have stated that this 18th annual...

Chip Ellis struggles in heat at Memphis
Ends qualifying No. 6

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 20, 2005) -- Racing continued today and so did the heat, with the air and track temperature pushing triple digits. Many have stated that this 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals is the hottest in recent memory and certainly the hottest of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

At the end of four qualifying attempts -- two on Friday and two today -- Chip Ellis placed the G Squared S&S-powered Buell in the No. 6 position for tomorrow's eliminations

A recap of Friday saw Ellis unleashed a pass of 7.183 seconds at 183.97 mph, good for No. 2 at the end of the opening qualifying session. In Friday's second and final session the Americus, Ga., rider recorded a disappointing run of 10.848 seconds due to mechanical problems from the transmission which placed him third as qualifying ended on day one.

With air temp reaching 100-degree and track temperature pushing 137-degrees, Saturday's first qualifying session looked like a repeat of Friday night with Ellis coasting across the finish line in 10.749 seconds.

Things didn't improve in the final round as the transmission problems that plagued Ellis in the preceding two qualifying sessions continued. His last pass came with an elapsed time of 13.707 seconds.

"In the past we've had some transmission shifting problems and we pretty much got those solved," said G Squared co-owner George Smith. "In an effort to make the gear box even better the G Squared team has been experimenting with some improvements. Sometimes when you attempt to make things better you must take a step or two backwards before you go forward."

"We expect to have this buttoned up in time for eliminations tomorrow and we're learning from this so we can make better and stronger parts."

For the second race in a row, Ellis will face Shawn Gann in the opening round of eliminations. Gann qualified No. 11 with a 7.210-second elapsed time. Last weekend at Brainerd, Ellis defeated Gann who red-lighted

ELIMINATIONS: It will be a later than usual start for professional eliminations tomorrow. Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title with eliminations for all professional classes getting underway at 3 p.m. Time is local Memphis time -- Central Time (CT): 1 hour behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , George Smith , Chip Ellis