Peggy Llewellyn/Rush Racing
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team report
Event: Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals
Dates: November 1-4, 2007
Location: The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, California.
Llewellyn Wraps Up
Fantastic Rookie Season
Peggy Llewellyn finished her championship contending, first full year on the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle circuit with a second round loss to new series champion Matt Smith at the season finale at Pomona, California. "It's been a learning season," said Llewellyn. "I learned what it is to run a full year on the POWERade tour and run for a championship. I experienced that all in one year.
"My weekend in Pomona started off pretty good," Peggy continued, hesitantly. "But I need to make more good, consistent passes. On my first qualifying pass, George (crew chief George Bryce) noticed that I rolled at the line a lot."
qualifying round 1
7th Peggy Llewellyn left lane 7.061 at 186.20 mph
qualifying round 2
6th Peggy Llewellyn right lane 7.003 at 188.10 mph
"On the second pass, I went towards the middle of the track. Finally, on the two passes on Saturday, I made good laps."
qualifying round 3
5th Peggy Llewellyn left lane 6.969 at 188.73 mph
qualifying round 4
5th Peggy Llewellyn right lane 7.085 at 184.04 mph
"But my reaction times bit me a little in eliminations. Next season I hope to make fewer mistakes and improve."
eliminations round 1
(W) Peggy Llewellyn .052 7.075 at 187.57 mph
Hector Arana -.107 7.099 at 187.99 mph
eliminations round 2
(W) Matt Smith .017 6.969 at 188.73 mph
Peggy Llewellyn .070 7.005 at 189.28 mph
"I think Peggy exceeded everybody's wildest expectations," said Bryce. "To finish in the top four in her first full year with a brand new team, she even surprised herself."
"I was proud of myself," agreed Llewllyn. "I was able to do more than anyone thought I would. Who would have thought? I remember when I started out all over the track in testing at Valdosta."
"Everybody on my team did a fantastic job," said team owner Karl Klement. "We went as far as we could and that's the best you can do. I'm very proud of everybody on the team."
"A big 'Thank you' to George Bryce for being a phenomenal coach all season," added Llewellyn. "And to Garret Whaley and Curtis Jackson for really getting things done these last few weeks. And thanks to Karl and Kim Klement and all the sponsors for the opportunity."
"Terry Daniels, and Lou and Jeremy Pringle from Rush Racing were here this weekend, and we were very proud and happy to have them here," said Klement. "And it was great having Bob LaGuardia from Diamond Bar Choppers with us again this weekend."
"I was a pleasure to get to hang with the Rush Racing team all weekend," agreed Bryce. "All those guys were here and it was all cool."
"There were lots of spectators there and everything was great," added Klement. "We just didn't win it."
"The NHRA did a good job of pushing this Countdown to the Championship and making it as exciting as it was," said Llewellyn, who like all of the championship contenders received an added boost of publicity in the Countdown races. The San Antonio Express-News featured an article on Llewellyn (read that at http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA102507.01C.Llewellyn.drag.racer.en.3489140.html) that also interviewed her young niece Dayzha. "She was a celebrity at her school," laughed Peggy, who's become quite a celebrity herself. "The main thing is, I learned a lot this year. Now I just can't wait for next year to start."
Peggy and the Rush Racing team race next at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, March 13-16, 2008_at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.
Peggy and the team would like to thank Rush Racing Products http://www.epiflex.com, DynoJet Research http://www.dynojet.com, PJ1 http://www.pj1.com, Motion Pro http://www.motionpro.com, Royal Purple http://www.royalpurple.com, Wiseco Pistons http://www.wiseco.com, Precision Motorcycle Products http://www.pmpsprockets.com, Bates Leathers http://www.batesleathers.com, Diamond Bar Choppers http://www.diamondbarchoppers.com, and Tucker Rocky Distributing http://www.tuckerrocky.com for their support.
Peggy Llewellyn can be seen on the web at http://www.peggyllewellyn.com
Countdown to the Championship point standings
4th Peggy Llewellyn 3108
Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew Championship point standings
7th Peggy Llewellyn/George Bryce 401
Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle
4th Peggy Llewellyn 560