Sonoma: Chip Ellis Saturday summary

Qualifying ends with Chip Ellis aboard the G2 S&S Buell ninth SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- Under a clear sky and with a slight wind at Infineon Raceway, qualifying for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals came to an end today with...

Qualifying ends with Chip Ellis aboard the G2 S&S Buell ninth

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- Under a clear sky and with a slight wind at Infineon Raceway, qualifying for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals came to an end today with Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared S&S Buell, qualified in the No. 9 position.

The quickest run of four qualifying sessions for Ellis was a 7.131-second pass in the opening session on Friday

Tomorrow Ellis will face Craig Treble in the opening round of eliminations. Treble qualified in the eighth position with an elapsed time of 7.123 seconds.

"G Squared and S&S Cycle are really happy our customers are doing as well as they are," said George Smith, partner and co-owner, along with George Bryce, of G Squared Motorsports. "Frankly though, the competitive side of me would like to see us, meaning G Squared, improve our performance.

"We need to be able to put more time into our own projects. We've need to bring out our new chassis so that we can return to the consistency and performance level we enjoyed at the end of last season. Also, so that all S&S engines perform to the high standard that has come to be associated with S&S, our longevity and breakage program, sometimes, has not allowed us to perform the way we would have liked.

"For tomorrow we are checking all our data, making chassis adjustments and tuning adjustments to enhance our performance during eliminations."

S&S ENGINE REVIEW: As noted above Chip Ellis qualified No. 9. Both Ryan Schnitz and Chris Rivas qualified in the top half of the field, Schnitz finishing No. 2 and Rivas No. 3. Matt Guidera qualified No. 14.

ELIMINATIONS: Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes getting underway at 11 a.m. All times are local Sonoma time -- Pacific Time (PT): 3 hours behind the Eastern Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

TELEVISION: Two hours of qualifying highlights for the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals got underway on ESPN2 HD this evening (July 30) at 8 p.m. The qualifying show repeats on ESPN2 HD early Sunday morning (July 31) from 3-5 a.m. ESPN2 HD will also air three hours of same-day television coverage of eliminations beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening (July 31). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 HD early Monday morning, August 1, from 2 until 4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2 HD, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday evening, July 31 at 8:30 p.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Craig Treble , George Bryce , George Smith , Chris Rivas , Chip Ellis , Matt Guidera