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Team HTP Performance in the Winners Circle!

11-18-2012

The Haltech 2012 World Cup Finals in Valdosta, Georgia was a huge event with a record turnout of over 800 motorcycles competing for their share of $67,000 over the three-day event from November 9th-11th.

Team HTP Riders Danny Cox, Lavar ‘Lil Charlie’ Delee, Willie Nichols and Ryan Schnitz were well-rested after an 8 week vacation from the track. All bikes were prepped and ready for action thanks to the tuning and expertise of Crew Chief and HTP Performance Owner, Cecil Towner III.

“We’re really looking forward to collecting more data and improving our performance with the help of Motec and their track support this weekend” says Cecil. “We’re using Motec ECU’s on all of these bikes, and most bike builds we do, and we’re always looking for improvements. Drake DeVore (Motec Systems East Chief Engineer) is here along with James, Jacob and Hannah to provide full support to us and our customers.” Ryan adds “When Motec is here, the others will fear! It’s always great to have their full support and experience at the track.”

Friday Night Pro Comp qualifying put Ryan in the #1 Spot with a 4.095 @ 172.30mph, the quickest pass for a Fuel Injected Hayabusa Powered Pro Mod in the world. Towner claims much of the improvement to a brand new prototype throttle body from Lectron. “Kevin Gilham from Lectron Fuel Systems contacted us about testing a new throttle body. We’re always looking for something new to try so here it is. So far, we like what we see!”

“Lectron is famous for their carburetors in not only motorcycle drag racing, but snowmobiles, side by sides, quads and dirt bikes,” says Kevin Gilham, owner of Lectron Fuel Systems. “We’ve been working on throttle body designs for some time and wanted to get a baseline on some of these features with a reputable team to gather some data and help to refine the end product.”

After two more rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Schnitz could not improve on his 4.095 pass and finished qualifying with the #3 Spot behind veteran racer Paul Gast’s 4.089 and the Turbo Charged Kawasaki of Mark Paquette’s 4.080.

HTP came loaded with three Pro Street motorcycles. Danny and Ryan both came to compete on their familiar nitrous combinations. Lil’ Charlie brought out an only 7-passes old Turbo Hayabusa that had recently added 75 pounds of ballast to meet the minimum weight for the class. “Silly me for building a Pro Street turbo bike like I do a grudge bike,” snickered Towner. “I mean, everyone says how heavy their turbo bikes are and I just built one like I always do for my customers and I’m nearly 100 pounds lighter than most of the competition.”

With no testing on the new “Heavy Weight”, Charlie and HTP wasn’t able to make it in the top 16 of the 34 entries that arrived to compete with their 7.81 @ 181.42mph. A staggering bump spot of 7.455 was required to make the field. Both Ryan and Danny had better luck with a 7.068 for the #3 spot and 7.171 for the #8 spot respectively.

Saturday night was where the fun really began for the team’s Sportsman Racer, Willie Nichols. His 2008 Hayabusa Pro ET Bike with a Plug and Play Motec M84 ECU was on fire! “It’s like I’m cheating with this bike and the Motec on here,” says Willie jokingly. “I’ve got this Hays Clutch so I can just drop the clutch and the Motec does the rest for me. All I have to do is cut a light on the bottom bulb like a real racer because I don’t need a sissy delay box.”

His soft-leaving, nitrous-huffing Hayabusa was running dead on his 8.31 dial in throughout the night as he cut his way through nearly 100 other racers to make it to the finals. After a very late night and early Sunday morning, an out of routine mistake caused Willie to red light giving the win to Kevin Adams. “I was busy between rounds helping guys load their bikes up in trailers and I made a mistake. I’ll take home the trophy next time,” states Willie. “I really wanted that win”

Winning was definitely what HTP wanted on Sunday as Pro Comp and Pro Street were heading to the lanes. Chief Mechanic/Sous Chef ‘Big Cec’ Towner, along with Mechanic/Motor home Chauffeur Al ‘Bud’ Newberry, had the bikes prepped and riders’ bellies full and ready for battle.

E1 of Pro Comp was a less than spectacular 4.193 @ 170mph after a tire change from Saturday’s tire chunking qualifying sessions, but was enough for a win. Danny Cox in Pro Street had a great and consistent pass of 7.183 but his soft .113 reaction time caused his exit from eliminations. “I had a great bike and was looking forward to going rounds today,” commented Danny. “I just had a bad light. That’s racing.” Ryan was able to hold off Mike Bayes’s killer .003 light with his 7.111 @ 201.85 and .026 reaction time. “I saw Mike get a jump on me but we were able to get by him in 2nd gear and hold him off,” says Schnitz. “We’re getting there, round by round.”

E2 was also good for Ryan and HTP beating his former Dash for Cash Junior Dragbike co-racer Brunson Grothus. “We use to race each other at Muncie Dragway back in 1994 when we both were kids,” remembers Schnitz. “He’s a great bracket racer and deadly on the tree, just like he was nearly 20 years ago. Now I have to deal with him again in Pro Comp.”

A solid 7.070 beat George Gooch’s 7.612, but didn’t give him lane choice over Frankie Stotz for the semi-finals. After a 5 minute track clean up, Ryan and Frankie were at the line ready to battle. Both nailed the tree with a .016 and .017 light and by third gear Ryan had pulled 2 bikes on the Honda and crossed the line with a 7.027 @ 202.45mph and the win. “Wow, I knew that was going to be a rough one and it was. Frankie was on the tree but Ryan did his job too. I’m just happy we could hold them off,” said Cecil.

The semi-final for Pro Comp was an even closer race against Paul Gast. Ryan’s quicker but losing 4.123 to a 4.136 was the result of a bad .060 light against Paul’s .034. “The ol’ guy still has it,” quips Schnitz. “I thought I was on the tree but the numbers don’t lie. Time to practice.”

With the temperature dropping, many fans began to wonder if the first side by side 6-second pass was going to happen in the final. Rodney Williford had just ran a 6.968 and Schnitz was getting quicker throughout the day. As fate would have it, a 30-second delay at the starting line due to some dripping of oil and confusion on the starter’s part allowed the tires to cool and lose grip for both bikes. Schnitz was able to recover slightly better and crossed the finish line first with an 8.049. “I’ll take it!” says Towner. “A win is a win is a win and that’s fine with me. Ryan rode his ass off this weekend running two pro classes back to back and staying focused.”

HTP was happy to wrap up the season with a win and now set their sights on their 2013 program.

They would like to send special thanks for the continued support from their 2012 Sponsors:

Motec Systems www.motec.com 
CP Pistons/Carrillo Rods www.cp-carrillo.com 
Wizard of Nitrous www.noswizard.com 
 Marine Crankshaft www.marinecrankshaftinc.com 
Vance & Hines www.vanceandhines.com 
Worldwide Bearings www.worldwidebearings.com 
APE www.aperaceparts.com 
Hays www.haysmachineworks.com 
Brocks Performance www.brocksperformance.com 
Calico Coatings www.calicocoatings.com 
Catalyst Racing Composites www.catalystracingcomposites.com 
JRI Shocks www.jrishocks.com 
Montgomery Motorsports www.montgomerymotorsports.net 
DME www.dmeracing.com 
Motul Lubricants www.motul.com 
Lectron Fuel Systems www.lectronfuelsystems.com 
Victory 1 Performance www.titaniumvalve.com 
Arai Helmets www.araiamericas.com 
Bates Leathers www.batesleathers.com
NoMar Tire www.nomartirechanger.com 
Schnitz Racing www.schnitzracing.com

 

Schnitz Makes Historical 6 second pass on HTP’s Pro Street Hayabusa!

The HTP Performance Nitrous Hayabusa claims the first EVER Pro Street Motorcycle to run in the 6-second zone. The team has rocked the series since their arrival in 2010, breaking records and winning races, but their most recent achievement is one for the history books.

The team headed to Budds Creek, Maryland early the week of the MIROCK Fall Nationals, eager to test after a number of alterations to their clutch and chassis setup. The weeks before had presented many hurdles for the team as inclement weather and natural disasters repeatedly caused them to reschedule their test dates. Thankfully, the Thursday before the race, weather was great and track conditions were perfect.

One major change made was to the Hays Convertible Clutch. Tim Hays of Hays Machine Works offered track support and a small adjustment that made a major difference in their setup. Rider Ryan Schnitz stated, “We could see and feel the difference. I was excited because we made a change and could see the change.

MIROCK Budds Creek

Many times when you make changes to things and don’t see a result, you’re stuck not knowing what direction to take.”

After a successful test session, putting down back-to-back 7.0 passes, they parked the bike with a sneaking suspicion that if the weather and track were as good as they were during testing, a 6-second pass was very possible.

Weekend weather threatened racers with wind, rain, and a 20-degree temperature drop. A drastic change in conditions with an unknown effect on the weekend’s racing. “Everything was stacked against us every pass. Between the drizzles that kept coming and going, and Pro Mods breaking and leaking gas and not making it down the track in the lane we were in, it was making me nervous,” said Towner.

Racing continued, and the track seemed to be holding. Schnitz spoke of the increasing stress. “The pressure was intense. I knew I had to make a clean pass and be on my game. Cecil and the entire crew didn’t put any pressure on me at all, but I did on myself.”

It was during Sunday’s first-round eliminations that Schnitz rode the World’s Quickest, with a 6.907s pass at 203.06mph. “As soon as the bike launched and I shifted into second I started to feel it tote the front wheel just enough to stay planted.  Shifted to 3rd and 4th and the bike made a move towards the center.  I kept my focus on the finish line and started to bring the bike back to the groove.  Shifted to 5th, then 6th and just tucked in and tried to keep it straight.”

“It’s just starting to set in.” No stranger to winning and records, Schnitz commented, “I think your latest accomplishment is the best.  They just get better and better.  Whether it’s a world record, championship, race win, or just a win light, they just get better and better.”

It was in 2009 that Keith Thompson, on HTP’s Real Street GSXR1000, accomplished a somewhat similar feat. “It was awesome when we built the first Real Street bike to go in the7-second zone, and it’s always been a goal from day one to be the first Pro Street bike in the 6’s.”

Ryan Schnitz Winner Circle 2011

In addition to the title of the “First Streetbike in the 6’s”, Hays Machine Works offered a $10,000 bounty to the first bike to claim this title using their Pro Street Convertible Clutch. “It’s great to see companies who give back to the race community,” says Towner.

So what's next for the HTP Crew? “After seeing what we were able to accomplish with the Pro Street bike, it’s really inspired me to focus on finishing our Pro Mod. I want to prove the technology and engine building that we do at HTP is competitive with the top teams out there.”

Will Schnitz be on-board for this new venture? The Schnitz-Towner relationship appears to be one that’s long and lasting. “Cecil has been phenomenal to work with and ride for.  Always doing whatever it takes to make the bike as safe as possible for the rider and being honest and open. I know every time I get on the bike that it is 100% ready to go.  He has always made a smart and thought-out decision on every tune up or setup change.  His equipment is state of the art.  At every event or test session there has been a major upgrade or change to improve performance.  He is truly dedicated. I am extremely grateful to be a small part of this extraordinary achievement and look forward to a long business and personal relationship with Cecil, Leah, Kylie and their entire family.”

And that’s exactly what Cecil Towner considers his crew and sponsors – Family. Thanking the many who have supported his program over the years.

MOTEC Systems
Brock's Performance
Schnitz Racing
DME
Carpenter Race Engines
MPS
CP-Carrillo
Hays Machine works
Marine Crankshaft
R&D motorsports
World Wide Bearings
Catalyst Composites
Microblue
Wizard of NOS
APE
Penske
Michelin
Richie’s Tires
Full Spectrum
K&L
SUZUKI
Motul
Color Blind Custom Paint
Rob Muzzy
Adams Performance
Bates Leathers
Chip Ellis

Ryan Schnitz would also like to thank his wife Katie Schnitz, father Dave Schnitz, mother Shelia Schnitz, sister Shana Schnitz and everyone at Schnitz Racing.

 

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