|Friday, December 17, 2004
BEYOND THE FINISHLINE - ISSUE #67
|A FUTURE FUNNYBIKE
STAR IS BORN
Congratulations to M.R.E. owner Jay Regan and his wife Michelle. On April
24th, their first baby, a boy named Travis James. He came into the world at 8 lbs. 7
ounces, 21" long.
Jay was in Columbus
looking like a very proud dad... with a photo of his son hanging around his neck by a
Look out Tom Perry... it looks like Jay's breeding his own
stock of riders for the future!
|RESULTS FROM THE NHRA
Division 5: Topeka, Kansas (5/7/00)
Win: Chris Oravecz, Arlington, Texas, '81 Suzuki, 10.224, 113.35
R/U: Donnie Durenberger, Dayton, Minn., 9.898, 131.06
- Division 6: Mission, B.C. (5/7/00)
Win: Wayne Stebing, Marysville, Wash., '78 Kawasaki, 9.147, 133.82
R/U: Dan Temple, Chilliwack, B.C., '84 Suzuki, 9.090, 141.53
|REPORT FROM THE TRACK: NOS Team 2000
STAR RACING NATIONALS (rained out, finished in Columbus)
Tommy Miceli Pro Mod Win
Ryan Schnitz Top Eliminator Win
FAST BY GAST NATIONALS - COLUMBUS, OHIO
Bill Vose Pro Mod Win
Ryan Schnitz Tope Eliminatore Win
Bill Vose Pro Mod
Rickey Gadson 600 Supersport
Keith Dennis Streetbike Shootout
Ryan Schnitz Top Eliminator
NEXT RACE: Schnitz Summer Nationals, MAY 20-21 - ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY
|TEAM REPORT: Ryan
Schnitz, Team Kawasaki
Top Eliminator & 600 SuperSport
Star Nationals - Rain-Out Make-Up Race
- Top Eliminator Win
Defeating Matt Smith in the finals.
The numbers for Ryan Schnitz were: 7.59 sec. @ 180.75 mph. Not so favorable for Matt
Smith: 12.11 sec. @ 91.09 mph.
AMA/PROSTAR FAST BY GAST NATIONALS Columbus, Ohio
- Top Eliminator Win
Ryan Schnitz #1 Qualifier, won the
event defeating Brian Owens from German Town, MD. In the finals. Schnitz ran a 7.68 sec. @
183.69 mph., Owens, 7.96 sec. @ 166.86 mph.
Qualified #9 in Streetbike Shootout. Defeated
in third round by Super Dave Steward, 8.12 sec. to a 8.37 sec.
Qualified #11, in the 600 Supersport. Defeated
in the second round by fellow team green mate, Marty Ladwig, 10.27 sec. to a
Street Et: Went out in first round, traction
problem HAD NONE!
|McCLURE WINS CAROLINA
Jim McClure, Williamsburg, Va. qualified #2 with a 6.807 at 203.98 mph at
the Carolina Nationals at Darlington International Dragway, Darlington, SC.
McClure made it to the final round defeating Joe Coursey in round one and
Canandian, Warren Hill in the semi final round.
For the final pass, McClure faced Mark Revels, riding the
Arkansas based MoFasta, owned by Denny Tune. Both riders did excellent burnouts and
launched, but Revels' belt broke, and McClure went on to run 6.887 ET at 209.54.
|NEWMAN ON THE MEND
J-D and Son Racing based out of Kyburz, Calif., sent us a note wishing their
long time friend and crew member Bob Newman a speedy recovery.
Bob Newman had a double Spinal Fusion on May the 5th. He
currently is the current Crew Chief for Scott Lewis. Scott and Bob won the Pro Star West
Pro Stock championship for 1999.
So get well Bob, "leave the nurses alone" and get
ready for NMRA-Prostar VEGAS!!!
-J-D, Bev, Funny Bike Mike, Scott and all
of your friends
|LAST JULY, ROBERT WAS
WRITTEN UP IN THE NATIONAL DRAG RACING MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TOP RACERS. TODAY, WE ASK
EVERYONE FOR HELP.
Robert was involved
in a motorcycle accident on April 14th in which he sustained severe head injuries just a
few blocks from his work in Chicago. Robert lives in Poplar Grove and has made this two
hour commute for nearly a year and a half. As he was heading home after work he was hit on
his motorcycle by an uninsured 19 year old. Robert has received the most severe injury
known possible, a direct hit to the middle of the brain.
The helmet which was made by a manufacturer no longer in
business, cracked upon impact. The doctors at Illinois Masonic Medical Center gave us
little hope as they were unable to operate. A clot the size of a golf ball developed in
the left side of the brain.
Thanks to all the prayers and support he came through the 72
hour crisis. Robert continues to recover but will no longer be the man we all once knew
and loved. With your prayers and support we hope he can continue to become a new and
As of today, May 1st, Robert has no memory of his accident.
His left eye was blown upon impact. He is fighting brain and intestinal infections,
incontinence and pneumonia. He is learning to eat and walk by himself with the aid of a
Robert had purchased a modest home in Poplar Grove about a
year a half ago. His wife, Ina, is now five months pregnant and needs to see a high risk
OB gynecologist for high blood pressure. The full extent of Robert's injuries will not be
known for 18 months.
Robert shows slight improvement each day and harbors the hope
of returning to work and supporting his wife and his new son to be. This sense of
responsibility fuels his will to live and propels his rehabilitation efforts at Marianjoy
It is with deep sorrow that I write this letter. I want to
thank you for all your help and support and to ask at this time for any donations that you
can make. Thank you again for remembering us in your prayers.
God Bless Us All!
Christine Mc Elroy in Trust of Robert L. Mc
Old Kent Bank
1 N 111 County Farm Road
Winfield, Illinois 60190
Account # 7512640330
|GT JR ON A ROLL
On G.T.'s birthday he not only won the IDBA Nationals in ProStock, but he
took the IDBA speed record away from Paul Gast. He now holds the record at 189MPH.
According to his mother, Pam Tonglet, "That was the first race
that I attended since he started racing Pro Stock. I was
real proud of him and really glad that I was there for that win. I missed that same race
17yrs ago when G.T. was born."
The record was made with a Freedom Motorsports 2 valve motor.
That was the same motor Gary ran all last year at NHRA and finished 10th in Winston series
points. Freedom simply freshened it up for this season, and GT threw a leg over it.
"We went on to Ohio with the same motor and broke it in
round one of the atlanta race Friday." continued Tonglet, "Troy Baxter had lent
us a motor at the begining of the season which he had Freedom Motorsports freshin up. And
since we helped his NHRA rider get his lic. He said we would be able to use one of his
motors as a back up. Matt Hines and the Freedom Motorsports crew brought it to us on their
way to the NHRA Atlanta race."
Later in the weekend, in the FBG Nationals finals, Tonglet
finished in second place against reigning champion Fred Collis. Both riders ran nearly
identical elapsed times (Collis, 7.216; Tonglet, 7.212), however Collis' quicker reaction
time gave his slower overall time the win light.
TO THE EDITOR
|DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
As I was perusing (Yes, I've been reading the dictionary again!) the latest
Beyond the Finishline I did not a minor discrepancy in the reporting of the Best
Engineered award from the Bakersfield divisional.
I believe that Richard Nagata won this award with his very
clean KZ900 at the 1992 Division finals at Firebird and I was awarded this trophy at the
93' Division race at Sacramento with my Pro Gas Katana (remember that one?).
I am not trying to take anything away from Mr. Liskey but I
did think you would like to be accurate.
- A west coast racer
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