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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 necklace chain.

Look out Tom Perry... it looks like Jay's breeding his own stock of riders for the future!

RESULTS FROM THE NHRA DIVISIONAL SERIES
  • 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
logo_teamnos2000.gif (17007 bytes)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

#1 QUALIFIERS:
• 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

AMA/PROSTAR 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.

Other Events…

  • 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 10.39 sec.

  • Street Et: Went out in first round, traction problem — HAD NONE!

McCLURE WINS CAROLINA NATIONALS
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 improved Robert.

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 walker.

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 in Wheaton.

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 Elroy
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 bfl_67_2.jpg (33179 bytes)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.

LETTERS 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

Notes to the editor should be emailed to editor@dragbike.com

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