Craig Treble 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer
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Treble Trys for Two in a Row...

Houston, pre-race: 

Craig Treble returns to Houston Raceway Park for this weekend's 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals as the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. This season he's with Don Schumacher Racing riding the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki and is aiming to make it two in a row.

In the first two national events of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Treble and crew chief Steve Tartaglia have endured some teething pains getting the season started. They were right on target at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals last week in Concord, N.C., until an air line fell off in eliminations, resulting in an early exit for Treble.

"We corrected the issues that cost us the race in North Carolina," he said. "We over-corrected them, I guess, so I doubt that will ever happen again.

"Steve's been thrashing on motors, getting everything fresh, ready to rock and roll, so we should be in good shape. We've been plugging away, just trying to take care of little details that make us go fast.

"We are not far off by any means," said Treble, who reached the semifinals in Gainesville, Fla., at the PSM season-opener. "And I believe in the first round in North Carolina we were getting ready to bust off a killer pass. It was our best 60-footer of the weekend. Steve's been zeroing in on the tune-up and I believe we were probably going to be in the low 6.90s (elapsed time in seconds). We probably would have been close to low ET of the round.

"It's there, it's just a matter of putting it on the track. We have 10-11 passes on this bike and it just keeps getting faster and faster. I'm very optimistic.

"Houston has been historically nice to me," added Treble, who also won there in 2002 and was runner-up in 2003 and 2007. "The conditions should be good, and it's got a killer barometer down there, so those are all conducive things for a Suzuki."

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