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Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Chicago, Ill.
(June 5-8)

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Chris Rivas
G2 Drag Specialties S&S Buell V-Twin

Rivas on provisional pole after first day

Chicago, Friday:  Chris Rivas rode the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle V-Twin Pro Stock Motorcycle through a steady wind of some 25 miles-per-hour to the provisional pole during the first day of qualifying for Sunday's Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals here. A second-round quarter-mile run of 7.027 seconds at 187.29 miles per hour earned the 41-year-old Fresno, Calif., native the top spot after two qualifying sessions.  He moved up from the fifth position - on a 7.182-second, 186.48-mph run - achieved during the day's first round to the number one spot going into tomorrow's second, and final, day of qualifying.

"Conditions were terrible; the wind was really deceiving," said Rivas.  "I had to do a lot more driving in this round because when I took off from the starting line, the motorcycle tried to go right, so I had to bring it back to the center; then when I got to the grandstands it tried to push me left, so I had to bring it back right.

"Honestly, when I got to the end of the track I didn't think it was that good of a lap because I did so much driving."

According to Rivas, attention to detail by the team made the difference.

"The guys on the G2/Drag Specialties/S&S team were able to make the adjustments to compensate for the weather (after the first round) and we were able to get this done," he said. "This motorcycle and team has a lot of potential and we applied a little of it today and, hopefully, we'll apply a little more tomorrow and stay on the pole."

Rivas entered this week's event seventh in the point standings for the 2008 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle championship chase with 191 points.

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