O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
Straus ends first day in 21st position
Houston, Friday: Lloyd Straus, rider of the InfiNet/Gotham City Racing Suzuki, had his best run during the first session of Pro Stock Bike qualifying at the 17th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals. Unfortunately for the veteran outlaw bike rider from Brooklyn, N.Y., he failed to improve in the final session leaving him in the 21st position headed into tomorrow's qualifications.
Straus' initial shot produced a 7.304, 168.56 which landed him in the 20th spot. As weather conditions improved, Straus fell short of improvement with a 7.322, 182.01. Straus sees the silver lining in Friday's dark cloud.
"We had some things go wrong on our first shot and that hampered us somewhat," Straus said. "We refined our combination and I'm convinced we'll fare much better tomorrow."
Straus remains only .048 off of the 7.256 bubble.
Strauss ready for momentum continuance
Houston, pre-race: When it comes to building momentum, NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bike rider Lloyd Straus had never experienced an adrenaline rush on the series like he did during the NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals. Headed into the final day of qualifying, Straus was living on Cloud Nine with a spot in the ultra-competitive 16-bike field. Qualifying ended with Straus just two clicks on the outside, but the message is clear. The InfiNet/Gotham City team is one that will be in contention in the events to come.
Straus and his tuner G.T. Tonglet has certainly caught the attention of some of the best riders the class has to offer. He'll have an opportunity to exhibit that prowess during this weekend's 17th annual NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas.
"This is such a tough class to qualify in, that anytime you can come close, you have accomplished something to be extremely proud of," explained Straus. "I think our performance sends a strong message that we are more than ready for the challenge. All we need is a break here and there and we'll be more than up to the challenge. We are certainly using the Gainesville event as a motivational experience to show what hard work and dedication will provide."
Make no bones about, the Brooklyn, NY-based rider is more than ready to exhibit a measure of that same success that made him an outlaw bike racing icon in his hometown. Winning this weekend's second stop on the 15-race Pro Stock Bike schedule would forever seal his legend. It wouldn't be a bad thing for his confidence level, either.
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