Quick Qualifying at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading

August 17, 2008 by  
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Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying was quick at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 24th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA. The top ten qualifiers all ran under seven second elapsed times. Matt Smith is the top qualifier after his NitroFish / Torco Buell ran a scorching 6.909 second elapsed time. at 192.38 MPH during the second round of qualifying on Friday.

The Suzuki riders have cut into the V-twin’s dominance of qualifying during prior races. Chip Ellis took the second qualifying spot on his Schumacher Electric Suzuki with a 6.916 second E.T. at 193.88 MPH. Steve Johnson and his Snap-On Tools Suzuki took the fifth spot with a 6.955 second E.T. at 193.88 MPH. The final two of seven qualified Suzuki entries to make the field were Shawn Gann and Paul Gast. Gann’s Race Girl / Pure Power Suzuki took the fifteenth spot with a 7.065 second E.T. at 191.89MPH while Gast’s Fast By Gast Suzuki rounded out the field in sixteenth with a 7.066 E.T. at 187.08 MPH. The competition is really quick when it takes a 7.066 second run to make the field.

ESPN2 will broadcast Eliminations on August 17 from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM ET and will rebroadcast the race on August 22 from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM ET.

Qualifying results and first round match-ups for Sunday’s Elimantions:

1. Matt Smith NitroFish/Torco Buell 6.909 192.38
16. Paul Gast Fast By Gast Suzuki 7.066 187.08

2. Chip Ellis Schumacher Electric Suzuki 6.916 193.88
15. Shawn Gann Race Girl/Pure Power Suzuki 7.065 191.89

3. Chris Rivas Drag Specialties/S&S/G2 Buell 6.941 191.59
14. Angie McBride Indicom Electric Buell 7.062 185.08

4. Eddie Krawiec Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.943 192.63
13. Matt Guidera Rocklin Motorsports Buell 7.052 188.04

5. Steve Johnson Snap-On Tools Suzuki 6.955 193.88
12. Junior Pippin Stone Mountain & Granite 7.044 189.98
Mountain HD Buell

6. Angelle Sampey Rush Racing Products Buell 6.964 190.65
11. Wes Wells Ray Skillman Performance 7.033 190.67
Parts Suzuki

7. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 6.972 192.77
10. Karen Stoffer Geico Suzuki 6.996 191.54

8. Craig Treble Team Tigue Suzuki 6.980 191.46
9. Hector Arana Lucas Oil Buell 6.991 192.85

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