Treble places ninth
Las Vegas, Saturday: Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Craig Treble qualified ninth for the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the penultimate race of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Treble, coming off his win at the last event in Memphis, recorded a 7.101/184.88 pass.
The engine on the Schumacher Electric Suzuki failed on Treble's first run Friday, slowing him to 7.552/140.80 (No. 18). He went on to make runs of 7.114/178.87 (No. 11), a 7.280/185.00 (No. 11) and finally the 7.101/184.88 (No. 9).
“Let me tell you, it’s been a rough qualifying session,” said Treble, who is No. 8 in the Countdown to 1 playoffs standings. “The engine blew up on the first hit on Friday and then this morning I backed out of the starting line beams, which was a total rookie error, and slowed up my elapsed time on that run (7.280). The 7.10 on the last run was pretty fair and I was happy with that run, but I know that there is more in this bike.
“Steve Tartaglia will get it figured out and hopefully I can do my job tomorrow on the tree and we can get a couple of round wins for Albrecht’s Fast Track and Don Schumacher Racing. It’s been a rough qualifying session and hopefully we’ll get that monkey off our back. This track has been good to me in the past, so we’ll just keep on trying to earn round wins and try and make it two wins in a row.”
Treble will square off against Andrew Hines in round one of eliminations on Sunday.
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