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NOTEBOOK The 2010 rules revision that granted additional cubic inches to the Suzuki teams has provided a huge boost to veteran Steve Johnson, who made the quickest run of his career in the raindelayed final. Team owner Don Schumacher shut down his Pro Stock Motorcycle operation following the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, leaving Craig Treble out of a job.

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									PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
                 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals, June 10-13, Englishtown
                                                                                                                                                                                                     After qualifying in the top
                                                                                                                                                                                                     spot for the first time in his
                                                                                                                                                                                                     career, Michael Phillips, far
                                                                                                                                                                                                     lane, ran the table following
                                                                                                                                                                                                     a 6.91 to 6.88 holeshot
                                                                                                                                                                                                     victory over Steve Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the final round.




                                                                            (Above) Jim Underdahl posted a solid 6.98 during qualifying aboard his Suzuki Extended
                                                                            Protection entry, but that was good for only the 11th spot in the fast field. (Right) After
                                                                            making back-to-back final-round appearances in Chicago and Englishtown, Steve Johnson has
                                                                            climbed to fifth place in the standings.

                                                                              NOTEBOOK                                           some people have to wait 24 years for it. I
                                                                                                                                 waited 24 years for a fast bike; I can wait
                                                                                                                                                                                  we made it here,” Treble said. “I’m not
                                                                                                                                                                                  sure how long I’ll be able to stay, but I’m
                                                                                                                                 for another race to win. I just feel bad for     going to give it my best shot.”
                                                                             The 2010 rules revision that granted                the guys. They needed it. We needed it
                                                                             additional cubic inches to the Suzuki               financially, but I can’t sit and dwell on it.”   Doug Horne, who was injured recently
                                                                             teams has provided a huge boost to                                                                   when he came off his Top Fuel Harley-
                                                                             veteran Steve Johnson, who made the                 Team owner Don Schumacher shut down              Davidson following a 220-mph run, made
                                                                             quickest run of his career in the rain-             his Pro Stock Motorcycle operation               an appearance in Englishtown. Wearing a
                                                                             delayed final. Unfortunately for Johnson,           following the United Association Route 66        cast on his right thumb and a brace for
                                                                             his 6.88 wasn’t enough to get the win               NHRA Nationals, leaving Craig Treble             his surgically repaired left shoulder,
                                                                             against Michael Phillips, who left first and        out of a job. Treble quickly got back into       Horne is continuing his rehabilitation and
                                                                             rode to a 6.91 for the victory. “I just have        action, bringing his Suzuki to Englishtown       hopes to return by Indy or Charlotte.
                                                                             to do a better job on the Tree,” said               with an engine leased from Greg
                                                                             Johnson, who has now appeared in back-              Underdahl. After some initial troubles,          Tom Micelli made his return to NHRA
                                                                             to-back finals. “I’ve never had a bike like         Treble qualified well but lost in round one      competition after a four-year layoff riding a
                                                                             this. Some people get it right away, and            to LE Tonglet. “It’s been a busy week, but       Suzuki that was leased from the Gann
                                                                                                                  Matt Smith was on pace to join Al-Anabi teammates
                                                                                                                  Larry Dixon, Del Worsham, Frank Manzo, Von Smith, and
                                                                                                                  Mike Castellana in the finals in Englishtown until his bike
                                                                                                                  slowed in the semi’s against Michael Phillips.




                                                     (Left) LE Tonglet continues to be one of the most pleasant
                                                     surprises of the 2010 season. A week after winning the
                                                     United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the 20-year-
                                                      old rookie recorded a semifinal finish at this event.




        
								
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