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Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Clermont, IN
(August 31-September 5)

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Chip Ellis
Kuryakyn/Lartigue Racing Buell
Pro-Stock Bike

Ellis in fourth after three of five qualifying runs

Indianapolis, Saturday: As the second day of qualifying for the 51st annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals came to an end, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared S&S-powered Buell, moved into the No. 4 qualifying position.

The Americus, Ga., driver also advance to the final round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle before finishing runner-up to GT Tonglet.  

Ellis’ first round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle also counted as today’s first session of qualifying and as a result of a 7.11-second elapsed time the G Squared S&S-powered Buell moved to No. 4 on the Pro Stock Bike qualifying ladder.

The semifinal round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle again counted toward qualifying runs.  This time as today’s second session of qualifying. Therefore Ellis’ 7.231-second pass counted as a qualifying run but did not help him move to a higher position.  Ellis’ Buell remained in the fourth spot after three of five qualifying sessions.

Ellis laid a holeshot on Angelle Sampey and took the opening round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle.  Ellis gained 33 hundredth at the green light – reaction times were .014 for Ellis and ,047 for Sampey.

On the IRP quarter-mile it was a pass of 7.112 seconds for Ellis, while Sampey crossed the finish line stripe in 7.102 seconds.  The margin of victory was .021 of a second in favor of Ellis.

In the semifinals Ellis squared off against Andrew Hines.  Although Hines ran quicker, Hines gave Ellis an early Christmas gift when he red-lighted.  Ellis ran an E.T. of 7.231 seconds.  Hines recorded a 7.110-second pass.  The foul start by Hines moved Ellis to the final round against GT Tonglet.

In a good old fashion drag race, it was Tonglet from start to finish.  Tonglet cruised the IRP strip in 7.288 seconds to take the $15,000 winner’s share of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle purse.  Ellis, who ran a 7.345-second pass, collected $5,000 for finishing in the runner-up position.   

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