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Treble Takes Provisional Poll...

Madison, Friday:

Craig Treble, a two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle runner-up at Gateway International Raceway, placed the Valvoline Motorcycle Oils Suzuki on the provisional pole on Friday at the 14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals at the track just outside of St.  Louis.

Treble, who rejoined Don Schumacher Racing this year after a short stint with the team in 2008, posted a 6.907-second elapsed time at 193.05 mph in the second session, which bettered his No. 1 run of 6.920/194.63 in his first attempt.

He felt confident with the Suzuki after a successful test session in Houston earlier this month under the guidance of tuner Steve Tartaglia. While overcast skies indicated a threat of rain, some fine-tuning from Tartaglia helped Treble power the Suzuki four-hundredths (of a second) ahead of No. 2 qualifier Matt Smith, at 6.946 ET at 193.54 mph.

“The conditions are lacking out there,” said Treble. “It’s real wet, but we did have a pretty stout tailwind out there, so that helped. The barometer is not that good, the conditions aren’t that good, but I can’t say enough about Steve.

“I knew from the time I threw a leg over that bike that it was going to be strong, but it was just a matter of getting the chassis right, getting the clutch right, getting the tune-up right and Steve has slowly but surely snuck up on it. I believe there is more in that bike. That thing is solid.

“Our test session down in Houston was really good and we came out swinging today. It’s been a long time overdue, but I think there’s more in this bike even yet. I’m just tickled to be here. Each weekend I’m on this Valvoline Motor Oils Suzuki I learn how to ride it a little better every pass and we’re going to do some damage, hopefully.”

If Treble holds on to No. 1 through two more rounds of qualifying on Saturday, it will mark his first of the season, and the fourth of his career.

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