Ellis to semifinals; Smith out early S&S power shows throughout weekend MOHNTON, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- Reaction time proved to be the difference for teammates Chip Ellis and Matt Smith during eliminations at today's NHRA Toyo Tires ...
Ellis to semifinals; Smith out early
S&S power shows throughout weekend
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- Reaction time proved to be the difference for teammates Chip Ellis and Matt Smith during eliminations at today's NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Ellis, aboard his G Squared S&S Buell, advanced to the semifinals before dropping a close race to Ryan Schnitz. Smith, on his G2 Red line Oil/Torco Racing Fuels/Skull Gear Buell, exited in the opening round.
Smith, who ran an elapsed time of 7.143 seconds, lost on a holeshot to Karen Stoffer, who stopped the finish line clocks in 7.188 seconds. The difference was reaction time.
In the opening round, Ellis showed the power of his S&S engine running the low elapsed time of the weekend -- a 7.071 -- defeating Michael Phillips.
Ellis then proceeded to run the quickest elapsed time of the quarterfinals when he ran a 7.103 to turn back Chris Rivas, also aboard a Buell.
The semifinals matched Ellis against Ryan Schnitz in another battle of Buells. Schnitz was out first at the green and carried his advantage to the finish line. Schnitz's 7.178 elapsed time bested Ellis, who ran a 7.144-second pass.
"It's disappointing," said George Bryce, who along with George Smith are partners at G Squared Motorsports. "The guys at S&S Cycle have been working really hard. Todd and the boys in the dyno room in the engine shop have been finding to make new power and it showed this weekend. It was great to step up our performance and run near the front.
"It's unfortunate that both drivers lost on holeshots. It really frustrates the drivers and is disappointing to all those that put in so much effort to make this team a success. But please believe me that both Chip and Matt are trying to cut good clean lights. It not lack of effort on their parts.
"Now, we just need to go back and analyze what going on and see if we can help them do a better job."
NEXT RACE: The next race for Pro Stock Motorcycle is the fifth annual NHRA AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 20-23.