Friday, December 17, 2004 - 08:21:33 AM EDT

Craig Treble

Treble has both good and bad race in Denver

Denver, CO - Sunday Post Race: With a qualifying position of 14th, and a first round loss the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, one would think that Craig Treble and the Matco Tools Suzuki Team would leave the mountain and the event, with disappointment and frustration. But the season long question of what is holding back the Pro Stock Bike from its championship form may have finally been uncovered. "I think we got it," claimed Treble.

With much less air to work with in making power at Bandimere Speedway, all of the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bikes suffered slower elapsed times and speeds while racing on the mountain. "This place is beautiful, but racing here is tricky"

It was just that lost of power that finally gave the Matco Tools Team the clue they had been looking for since early in this 2003 season. " I claimed all along that the problem was probably staring us right in the face, and in Denver we finally looked back."

Treble continued, "We have changed everything on this bike twice, tested on Mondays after national events, and kept Calvin and Mike up late working every night since Gainesville. Our standing in the NHRA POWERade points battle is lower than we want, but I assure you it has not been from lack of effort. All I can say now is that with our mystery hopefully solved, we are excited to get to our next race."
The Matco Tools Suzuki will compete in the next NHRA POWERade event, August, 1-3 in Sonoma, California.

Visit the Craig Treble Matco Tools Pro Stock Bike web site to find results, pictures, and information before and after every NHRA POWERade national event.

Treble in the hunt for a win on the mountain.

Denver, CO - Saturday Pit Note: Before arriving in Denver this year, most of the NHRA Pro Stock Bike riders had conceded the top qualifying spots to the new Vance & Hines V-Rod Harleys at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, and to prove them right, GT Tonglet & Andrew Hines placed the Harleys in the top two spots in qualifying.

The job of Craig Treble and his Matco Tools Suzuki will be to prepare for any opportunity in Sundays eliminations, and then capitalize on it. "The Suzukis struggle up here on the mountain, but we knew that before we came here. We just need to have everything ready for eliminations, and if we get the chance to race one of the V-Rods and one of the kids make a mistake, preparation will win the round, not speed." Said Treble

In round one action Sunday, Treble will face Fred Collis on the Suzuki that Angelle Savoie rode to her third consecutive NHRA POWERade championship in 2002.

Treble slowed by technical problems.

Denver, CO - Friday Pit Note: The Mopar Mile-High Nationals, at Bandimere Speedway can be counted on to throw the drivers on the NHRA POWERade tour a curve as they prepare to race in the high atmosphere setting. Craig Treble arrived in Denver ready to fight that fight, but two separate mechanical glitches slowed the Matco Tools Suzuki on the two Friday qualifying sessions.

"We had two small separate problems and it affected both our runs today" said Treble. "It is unbelievable because we have gone over this bike and checked everything twice before coming to the track. On the bright side we have two qualifying sessions on Saturday and we definitely have more in this bike to qualify better than out current No. 16 spot"

Treble ready for the challenge of the mountain.

Denver, CO - Pre Race: Craig Treble is ready for the mountain, and the challenge of racing at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, at Bandimere Speedway this coming weekend, July 18-20. "Denver throws everyone a curve because the racing is at high altitude, but as far as the racetracks go, this place is one of the best in the country." Said Treble.

The Matco Tools Pro Stock Bike rider raced at Bandimire Speedway before turning pro, visiting the track in the early 1990's while racing in the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle class. "As a Sportsman racer competing at the divisional level, we still needed to travel to try and win championships. Funny thing is that I was fighting Karen Stoffer and Sean Conner for a Division title, so really, some things don't change."
But then, some things do.

The Matco Tools Bike has been changed back to the popular Iron Eagle look that Treble fans are familiar with. "The 2 Fast 2 Furious promotion is complete, so it's back to Iron Eagle black on the bike in Denver." Said Craig. With the Iron Eagle look returning, so hopefully will the performance that Craig Treble has been known for in the past. "We were disgusted with our showing in St. Louis so we went out and tested right after the event. I think we learned a thing or two, and whether we can apply it to racing at high altitude remains to be seen."
Last season, Craig Treble put the Matco Tools bike in the No. 3 spot with a 7.594 @176.84 at the Mile High Nationals. A semi-final finish to race winner Matt Hines positioned Treble to eventually finish second for the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bike World Championship in 2002.
So what is in store for the Matco Tools rider at this years trip to the mountain? Treble takes a shot at what may happen this coming weekend. "The Harleys torque compared to what the Suzuki's and Kawasaki's are capable of may be the story of the weekend. Some are saying the Harley's will finish first and second, and maybe reset the track record, but who knows. Count on one thing, we will have the Matco Tools Suzuki ready to rip in qualifying, and hopefully go one more round than we did in '02"

Visit the Craig Treble Matco Tools Pro Stock Bike web site to find results, pictures, and information before and after every NHRA POWERade national event.

2002 Highlights:
Collected $15,000 for winning the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash,
Established a career-best for wins, final round appearances and elapsed time
Finished a career-best second in the POWERade standings

Craig Treble:
Best Elapsed Time: 7.071
Best MPH: 193.18
NHRA Pro final rounds: 12
NHRA Pro wins: 5

Craig Treble Team Scream 2003 Sponsors:

  • Matco Tools
  • Vance & Hines
  • Mickey Thompson Tires
  • Vanson Leathers
  • Skinner Interior Systems
  • Speed Graphics
  • American Fire Equipment
  • VP Race Fuels
  • Anoka Ramsey Sport Center

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