Reading D. Schultz interview (Pro Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 SCHULTZ READY TO EXPERIMENT IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE AT READING MOHNTON, Pa. -- Two changes probably will allow Dave Schultz to let it rip at Maple Grove Raceway in the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 SCHULTZ READY TO EXPERIMENT IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE AT READING MOHNTON, Pa. -- Two changes probably will allow Dave Schultz to let it rip at Maple Grove Raceway in the quest for more Pro Stock Motorcycle performance. The first change hopefully will be the cool, crisp air of mid-September, which creates more horsepower. The second change is Schultz's growing realization that his chances of winning a second consecutive NHRA Winston championship are slipping away. He is third in the standings, 254 points behind leader Matt Hines, with just four races remaining in 1997. "We could come to Reading and take potshots," Schultz said. "If Matt still has the lead and the momentum, then it's time for us not to race as we have been. It's time to make some big changes and figure out where we're going to go." That time may come for Schultz at the 13th annual, $1,562,150 Pioneer Electronics Keystone Nationals, Sept. 11-14 at Maple Grove Raceway. The race is the 11th of 14 events for Pro Stock Motorcycles this season in the $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Schultz, from Fort Myers, Fla., and crew chief Greg Cope have spent this whole season refining and tinkering with their engines, trying to develop more horsepower for the Sunoco Suzuki GSXR. But an untimely rash of mechanical gremlins has delayed the debut of a powerful, new engine until this race. The new powerplant could put Schultz in the winner's circle for the first time since the season-opening Mac Tools Gatornationals in March at Gainesville, Fla. His track record at Reading won't hurt, either. He won this race in 1993 and 1994, setting elapsed-time national records at both. "Yeah, it's a laboratory," Schultz said of this event. "But it's not like we're falling back into a true test mode. We're going to try to win all the races. But we will be more risky to win."

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