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April 7th, 2009
a win on the road is always a tough feat. Getting
two win’s on the road, in two separate classes, is near impossible.
At the 2009 AMA Drag Bike MTC Elmer Trett Nationals in Commerce, GA,
Chabaud defied the
odds by taking home wins in both Pro ET and Street ET classes.
left Louisiana on Friday morning at 6am. The
nine-hour drive, combined with a few pit stops and a time zone change, had us
arriving at the track around 5pm. We
unloaded the bikes and got them teched in.
I was eager to try out the all-new Michelin Power One, so I found Richie
from Richie’s Tires in the pit area and bought a scuff, had it mounted at the
PR Factory Store trailer, and prepared for Saturday’s race.
started out chilly, but soon warmed up. My
2006 ZX-14’s first two qualifying runs seemed slower than expected.
I knew my clutches had over 500 passes on them, so I decided to go ahead
and change them out before my next two qualifying passes later in the day.
The decision to replace my clutches turned out to be a good one.
The bike was getting more and more consistent as the day went on.
entered Saturday evening’s Street ET race and the Pro ET race.
Since Pro ET is run right before Street ET, I usually enter it as a test
run to see what my bike will run for Street ET.
The first round of Pro ET ended in victory, and I adjusted my dial-in
accordingly for the first round of Street ET.
As luck would have it, my worst reaction time of the weekend would come
in the first round of Street ET, and I found myself unable to catch my opponent,
thus taking the loss. That left me
concentrating on the Pro ET class, which was being run round robin for the first
three rounds to save time. As the
night progressed, I found my reaction times getting better and better.
I managed to run in the left lane every round, so I became accustomed to
it. The win in the quarterfinals
left me with a bye to the final round. I
ran my bike all-out for the bye run, to make sure my ET hadn’t changed.
However, it was now midnight, and had turned quite cold.
The bye run had me running under my dial, so I knew I needed to lower my
dial-in for the finals. Since I had
broke-out during my bye-run, lane choice was given to my opponent, one of AMA
Drag Bike’s most recognized racers and multi-time champion Mike Konopacki.
knew I liked the left lane, and although for him the right lane seemed to hook
better, he decided to throw me in the right lane, thinking it would distract me.
But on this night, I was in my zone, and there was no way I was going to
let anything distract me. I dialed
9.07, which allowed me to leave first over Mike’s 9.02 dial. I drilled the tree, cutting a .002 light, and never allowed
Mike to come around me. I crossed
first, running 9.071 on my 9.07 dial. The
end result was a .003 package that was untouchable. I stopped at the return road to shake Mike’s hand for a
well-fought race. He looked at my
bike and asked where my ‘box’ was. I
then pointed to my clutch hand…and told him “no box here”. It’s rare to see a no-bar, no-box street bike go so far in
Pro ET. But I am proof that it
isn’t impossible. Anyone can win
on any given day.
Sunday, it was just the opposite. I
lost a hard fought battle in Pro ET in round two, but everything kept going my
way in Street ET. My ZX-14 was
running near dead-on all day, and I had a few .00 reaction times in the mix.
Quarterfinal round of Street ET had me racing my hometown friend James
Harris. I would cut a .004 light,
and take the win, leaving me with yet another bye to the finals.
In the final round of Street ET on Sunday, I was up against Connecticut
racer Bob Carlson on yet another ZX-14. Bob
was the winner of Saturday night’s Street ET race, and was eager for another
win, just as I was. I scored yet
another great reaction time (.018), and took the win in Street ET.
2009 AMA Drag Bike MTC Elmer Trett Nationals will go down as my greatest and
most memorable weekend of racing ever. Next
stop on the AMA Drag Bike tour takes us to Memphis, TN May 2-3.
Check back for what will hopefully be another exciting and victorious
weekend of racing”.
Chabaud thanks his sponsors, Schnitz Racing, Naarden Inc, Richie’s Tires, and
April 7th, 2009
This past weekend
April 3-6 Stephens Motorsports travled south to Commerce Ga. for stop number two
on the AMA Dragbike Championship Series ,the "MTC Elmer Trett
Nationals" at Atlanta Dragway. Saturday started out on a good note as I
qualified the Zx10 in the number 30 spot in "Street Fighter" with a
best to date 9.66 E.T. Although this wasn't a great qualifying spot it got me
solidly in the field and was one step closer to the class index of 9.50. In
Saturdays Pro E.T race I was eliminated first round by breakout when the bike
picked up 5 hundreds of a second over what it had ran earlier in the day in
qualifying. After the first round loss in Pro E.T I dialed the bike down for
first round of Street E.T and earned a first round win with a great reaction
time, however I was eliminated in round two as the bike decided to slow up once
more giving the win to my opponent due to failure to run my dial-in. Although my
night ended early on Saturday I came into the track on Sunday determined to do
well and win some rounds. Round one of Street Fighter I came up against the
number 20 qualifier who had made it into the field with a 9.59 E.T ,nearly a
tenth faster than my qualifying time so I knew I had to have a better reaction
time to make up for his better performing bike.As the tree came down I did my
job well and left on him with an .085 to his .163 light which gave me about a
length lead off the starting line.All was well until my bike failed to shift to
third at the 1/8 mile mark giving him the win by less than a foot at the finish.
After replacing the defective shift box that eliminated me from Street Fighter
it was on to Street E.T, race 2. I managed to go three round and made it to the
final 17 bikes in Street E.T before I was eliminated by Saturday's Street E.t
winner. I had a great .031 light and ran one above my dial but it was
no match for my opponents nearly perfect run! I was pleased with my over
all performance for the weekend but we need to work on the tune in both bikes as
well as work the bugs out of the ZX10. After race two I sit in 11th in Street
E.T points and 23rd in Street Fighter points .We will be running our
first IHRA points race this Saturday at Mt.Park Dragway and we hope to start out
the IHRA season with a win! Thanks for the support!!
Comes Up Short For Hurricane Alley Season Finale'
up on the morning of the Hurricane Alley Season Finale' would leave many
racers with the doubt that there would not be any racing later in the day at
all. Scheduled for Sunday, February 15th at State Capitol Raceway in
Erwinville, Louisiana, the race surely seemed doomed with scattered
showers all over the radar. However, this was a day that the weather
forecasters would be right-on, predicting that the rain would be gone by
10am. The rain dissipated and the sun would break through the clouds
right after noon. Track personnel were hard at work since 4am trying to
get the track surface dried and prepped for what would turn out as an exciting
day of racing.
into the final race of the season, Schnitz Racing sponsored rider
himself two rounds out of the Pro ET Points Championship, and about four
rounds out of the Street ET Points Championship. Racing three classes in
the finale' (Street ET/Pro ET/Pro IDX) all on the same bike, Patrick would
find himself hot-lapping his 2006 Kawasaki ZX-14 to make the call for each
class. "This wasn't the first time I've run multiple classes on my
ZX-14. This bike, unlike many other brands, has proven that it can take
the abuse of hot-lapping, and still stay consistent and have no issues with
the clutch at all", says Patrick.
the Pro IDX exhibition class, which is a heads-up 9.00 index class for street
bikes, Patrick would find himself against local NHRA Pro Stock rider Michael
Phillips. "Mike was on an 8.20 capable built Hayabusa, so I knew
what his strategy would be. I figured if I could run dead-on with a
better light than Mike, then he would break out trying to keep a front tire
ahead of me. As luck would have it, my 60' dropped on this pass, which
left me running 9.09 compared to Mike's 9.02. Mike would later go on the win
the Pro IDX class.
Pro ET, Patrick found himself racing local former track champion Peter Pollet
on his V-Rod Destroyer. Peter's ET was off, and Patrick would take the
win. Peter bought back into the race, and once again, as luck would have
it, Patrick found himself lined up against the V-Rod Destroyer once again.
Patrick would go -.002 red, giving Peter the win, and ending Patrick's hopes
for a Pro ET Points Championship.
Street ET, Patrick's hopes ended as points leader Charles King made enough
round wins to secure the points lead. "I made it to the 4th round,
but my bike shockingly missed 3rd gear, and although I recovered fairly
quickly, it wasn't enough to get pass my opponent Buddy Pravata on his
the season, Patrick finished within the Top 10 in Street ET, Pro ET, and was
leading the Quick 16 class before the class was combined with Pro ET
after three races. Chabaud also accumulated a race win in
each Street ET, Pro ET, and Quick 16 throughout the race season.
2009, Chabaud will be focusing on local races, a few AMA Dragbike races,
Redline Extreme, and the Hurricane Alley Series.
thanks Schnitz Racing, Naarden Inc., Lightspeed Motorsports, and Richie's
Schnitz Racing - Street Fighter
Schnitz Racing is excited to announce title sponsorship of the AMA Dragbike
Street Fighter Series for 2009. This class is tailored for street bikes running
D.O.T. street tires without the aid of a wheelie bar. All complete with a
heads-up, pro tree start on a 9.50 index.
"This class is exactly what our customers are looking for, something a little
cheaper to compete in." says Dave Schnitz. "With the entire class on the same
index you get the starting line rush of both bikes leaving the line together and
the thrill of trying to edge out your competitor at the finish line without
"breaking out". Add to that the ability to ride your bike to the track or on the
street when you get back home. It's a great way to transition from the Street ET
class to other street bike classes."
"Dave and his crew at Schnitz Racing have supported the series and racers for
many years in countless ways. We are thrilled to have Schnitz Racing back with
the series as a class sponsor" commented Scott Valetti of AMA Dragbike. "Dave
came to us at the beginning of the 2008 season with an offer to send welcome
packages to all new members on behalf of AMA Dragbike. This was a kind addition
in supporting AMA Dragbike racers" Valetti continued.
Dave added "We have all the necessary components needed to make any rider with
any sport bike competitive in the class. Exhaust systems, fuel controllers,
piston kits and nitrous components to swingarms, shocks and bodywork from all
major suppliers and manufacturers."
MIROCK Series – True Street Race Report
Event: MIROCK Lee’s Performance Finals
Dates: November 15 - 16, 2008
Location: Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
Race #8 of the 2008 MIROCK Series was cold and wet! We had to complete race #5
in addition to the race #8, it rained Friday for our test session, and it rained
most of the day Saturday.
my arrival Friday it poured down raining, I had hoped to test the motorcycle
since my crew chief and mechanic Marcus Queen of NIVEK Motorsports had just
finished repairing the bike two days earlier on Wednesday.
The head had been sent to CARPENTER RACE ENGINES for freshening up, and I
had my swingarm replaced by ADAMS PERFORMANCE, to make room for my 2.5lb NOS
woke up to rain Saturday morning, the staff at Rockingham Dragway dried the
track, and just before 5pm as the true street class was about to head to the
water box, it poured again! Needless
to say it was a late night. With it being so late and very cold, some racers
could not get much traction, myself included.
We did not get a shakedown run, so my first run was a qualifying pass for
the August race. I spun. In the
first round eliminations, I spun again. Saturday
evenings August race eliminations were called shortly thereafter due to the time
and the cold.
was a clear, sunny, but cold day. We
were only allowed one qualifying pass which I made only to find out that the
Nitrous solenoid was inoperable. 9.53et would not be good enough to qualify in a
field of 17 bikes. Three racers did not show up for pairing.
I replaced the #8 qualifier and had to run the #9 qualifier.
First round, my opponent red lighted and I moved on to round #2 to run
Keith Thompson. In round two, I
“treed” Keith but the bike would not shift into second gear.
Keith would go on to win the race and lock in the Championship.
finish this 2008 season #7 out of a total 34 racers in points, and hopeful that
2009 will be as much fun and even more successful.
would like to thank the following sponsors for their support for the 2008 racing
World Wide Bearings
Motofino USA, Inc.
The FBR Shop
Team Killa Minx Racing
Tee’s Photo Shop
team report was prepared by Traci Lewis.
Due to lack of funding we didn't make it to the AMA finals at Valdosta, but
still had a good final race of the season! We traveled to MT. Park Dragway for
the "Ky.Horsepower.Com Fall Shootout". The weather was awful with
temps in the lower 40's which made for a very cold and long day. We fought hard
through a large field of bikes to capture our 5th win of the 2008 season! The
final round was one that I won't soon forget, I left the starting line with a
large lead but when I shifted to fourth at the 1000ft mark my bike died, I had
ran out of gas! To my surprise my opponent was having problems of his own and I
was able to coast thru and get the win by only inches! What a day! Thanks for
all your support over the season.
Alley’s ‘Hard Core Drags’
4th race of the Hurricane Alley 6-race series took place once again
. The weekend consisted of two
separate races, the regularly scheduled race on Saturday, and the rain-out,
first race of the series was made up on Sunday.
weekend would start off slow for Schnitz Racing sponsored rider
Chabaud, but after
Saturday, Chabaud would redeem himself for a win in Pro ET and a runner-up
finish in Pro IDX 9.00 on Sunday.
can of VP’s MR9 race fuel from local dealer Steven Miller.
I was unsure on how the
weather conditions were going to be, and I wanted to assure I could run 9.00 for
the Pro IDX class. I found myself
breaking out, running low 8.90’s all weekend long.
On Saturday in the Pro IDX class, I ran 8.999 at
. That would break me out by a
thousandth of a second, even though I scrubbed off
from my normal
. I also broke out in Street ET on
Saturday as well”.
Sunday, I entered three classes, Street ET, Pro ET, and Pro IDX 9.00.
I red-lit first round of Pro ET against local bracket master Michael
Mathews, and I wasn’t going to buy-back since I was still in two other
classes. But when I lost out of
Street ET in Rd. 2, I quickly bought back into Pro ET before their round 2
began. Round 2 of Pro ET put me up
against local racer Lee Paterson. I
took the stripe for the win. Round
3 faced me against another local racer Ricky Kay.
Ricky would break out by .001, giving me another round win.
In the semi-finals, I would get the coveted ‘bye to the finals’.
I ran my bike all out, and amazing would set my quickest pass ever of
8.860. In the final round, I raced
native Tony Davis. Tony and I
would have near identical reaction times, and I would be able to pass him and
take the stripe for the win in Pro ET”. See Video Below
Pro IDX 9.00 class would have me facing Jr. Pellichino in Rd. 1, local AMA
Dragbike Supersport racer Farly Hall in Rd. 2, and then in the finals I would
race against best-friend and traveling partner Eric ‘Smooth’ Joseph.
Eric and I would split the pot, run heads up with no index, and Eric
would take the win, running 8.90 to my 8.94.
The Pro IDX class would have 8 entrants, with 5 of them being Kawasaki
Chabaud thanks Schnitz Racing, Naarden Speedlinks, Richie’s Tires, and
Lightspeed Motorsports of
Drag Racing Series Cajun Rendezvous
Race #3 of 6 on
the Hurricane Alley Drag Racing Series schedule, dubbed ‘Cajun Rendezvous’,
would take place in the heart of Cajun Country at No Problem Raceway Park in
Belle Rose, LA.
Local racer and Schnitz
Racing sponsored rider
would once again end the day in victory, this time with a win in Street ET and a
runner-up finish in Pro ET.
“I thought I was
doomed after the first round. I
entered Street ET and Quick 16, and lost the first round in both of the classes.
Street ET offers a first round buy-back for $20, and Quick 16 offers a
buy back also, but you buy back into Pro ET.
So I took advantage of the buy back’s, got my head back into the race,
and managed to make 2 final round appearances, in Street ET and Pro ET”, says
The Pro ET final
round came first against local Pro ET racer James ‘Outlaw’ Enloe.
James had told me his bike was not running right.
He was not lying, he was a tenth off his dial-in, but got the quicker
reaction time, which made it closer at the stripe.
I crossed first, but didn’t have enough track
to avoid the break-out pass.
“Seeing that the
air was getting cooler, and knowing my bike was getting quicker, I lowered my
dial-in to a 9.00 for the Street ET finals.
Racing against another local racer, Brandon Pellichino,
this would be another race to remember.
dialed a 9.27 and ran 9.236, while I would crack the 8’s, running 8.968 on a
9.00 dial. I crossed first, it was
a double-breakout situation, I broke out less than
, and the end margin of victory was only
“This would be
another day of hot-lapping my ZX-14, and once again it performed flawlessly and
only got faster throughout the day. I
would like to thank Schnitz Racing, Naarden
Inc., Hurricane Alley Drag Racing Series, Lightspeed
Motorsports of Gonzales, LA, Richie’s
Tires, and PCP Racing”.
This past weekend
Stephens Motorsports and the Schnitz Racing Yamaha traveled north to Norwalk
Ohio for the AMA Dragbike "Fall Nationals". First off in Saturday's
Pro E.T. race we didn't make it very far getting put out in round one due to a
horrible reaction time, but Sunday morning we arrived at the track determined to
make it a good day. I went two rounds in Pro E.T. before getting nudged out by
Debbie Kneble. In the Street E.T. race I had a really great day getting down to
the quarter finals were I went -.016 red to Street Fighter points leader Wayne
Robertson who also went red by -.005 but I left first which made me the
automatic looser. The bike was great all weekend and ran on the numbers almost
every round. And speaking of numbers, the great northern air made the little 600
scream! I posted my best ever 10.50 E.T. as well as my quickest MPH ever at
131.9! Well gotta go! Thanks Schnitz for making this all possible for me!!
Hurricane's Gustav and Ike
may have wreaked havoc on both Texas and Louisiana in August and September, but
they couldn't stop the dedicated racers in the area from doing what they love
For Schnitz Racing sponsored rider
Patrick Chabaud, the day would end in
victory. Chabaud, who is also sponsored by the Hurricane Alley Drag Racing
Series, made the drive from Gonzales, LA to Baytown, TX, expecting to only enter
into the Street ET class. Upon seeing that the Quick 16 class would not make a
full field, Chabaud quickly entered the class, only to find himself surrounded
by bikes equipped with electronics, such as 2-steps and delay boxes. "I race
these types of bikes often, but rarely do I race a full field of them", says
Chabaud, who races a 2006 Kawasaki ZX-14. "I launch with a hand-clutch, with no
2-step, delay box, or wheelie bars", says Patrick. Chabaud raced in both Street
ET and Quick 16, but lost in the 2nd round of Street ET when he red-lit. After
the loss in Street ET, Patrick concentrated on his remaining class, Quick 16,
which takes the fastest 16 bracket bikes and qualifies them on a ladder. "I was
the #3 qualifier, and I faced some of the toughest racers in the area, with
names such as Eddie Glaze, Paul Hollman, Michael Mathews, and Brenda Kay. The
race against Mathews will be remembered for a long time, since I've never beaten
Michael on his electronics bike. He got me on the tree, but I ran 9.185 on a
9.18 dial, which was able to get me close enough to Michael so that he couldn't
lift in time. Michael broke out only by a few thousandths". In the finals,
Brenda Kay, who was cutting near perfect lights all day long, shockingly went
red, which automatically sent Chabaud to the Winner's Circle.
"I would like to thank my sponsors, Schnitz Racing, Hurricane Alley Drag Racing
Series, Naarden Inc., PCP Racing, Richie's Tires, Lightspeed Motorsports, and
Amsoil Synthetics. I would also like to thank my wife Lacie, daughter's
Gabrielle, Chloe, and Cambrie, and my Dad, who made the trip with me despite
having severe back pain. My Dad gave me encouragement throughout the day, which
helped me out more than he will ever know. There's nothing like having
your Dad at the race, especially when you win".
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