Questions and story by Dwight Drum. HTML by Gary Larsen
Birth Town: Valpariso, Indiana
Home Town: Chandler, Arizona
I have often observed Craig Treble in the NHRA staging lanes and I've snapped many photos of his game face, his racing face. Craig's face is strikingly human of course, but it has a chiseled look, one that fits his rigid posture, one that adds much to his lean presence. It all points to strength, Craig Treble isn't tall, but he can jump up and win at any moment of any race. You might want to straighten your posture (I did), you're about to see elevation in a compact, human, racing package. When we entered his trailer, Craig also showed us humor.
"Come on in fellas, I can work and lie at the same time."
CRAIG TREBLE CHATS WITH DWIGHT:
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your heroes?
Byron Hines, Dave Schultz, Jim Bernard
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"Every first round."
Do you work out?
"I work out and run. I can't work out too much or I would gain weight. The anxiety of my divorce, my divorce diet had me down to 135 pounds. My riding weight is 145 pounds. "
Do you have a special diet?
"I try to eat right…stay off the carbs…not too much beer or cookies. Lately it's been too much of both."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"Typically, I put my leathers on and then my helmet. Once the helmet is on, I envision the pass. Too much thinking will hurt you. No body…no body…has beaten me in a drag race more times than me. You are you worst enemy."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Bracket racing a nine second Kawasaki."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"I work on my house, but I don't have much time for that."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired most for?
"Being a nice guy."
What’s most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning 5.Other
"Winning. Money is just a byproduct of winning."
Are you happy?
"I don't have time to decide. The Matco Tools deal has me hectic."
What could make you happier?
"Less mayhem, more time. It awesome to get the things we need to do to get done."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
- Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
"Just about the time I'm pulling the clutch right before the finish line. When I'm still on the gas reaching to pull the clutch."
"I also want to say a few about Calvin Aswege, my crew chief. He's worth his weight in gold. Calvin is a motivator, not verbally, by his actions. We are a great team. We hope to be an extreme pain in the Pro Stock butt."
Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?
Do you ever dream you are riding a motorcycle?
You’re a skilled racer…What skills separate you from the fast traffic on public highways?
"Me driving in the slow lane watching the idiots drive by."
What quality do you admire most in other people?
What vehicle do you drive on the street?
"Chevy pickup V-6 or I steal my brother's Blazer."
Can you describe your best run?
" Englishtown, New Jersey. My fastest, smoothest run 7.17 at 191 mph. I nailed the shifting points. Everything went smooth. I didn't realize how fast it was."
What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?
"Bracket racing in Indiana."
How would you describe yourself in a few words?
"Nothing fancy. Straight Shooter. I'm motivated by myself and friends. I like to make people laugh."
What do you worry about the most?
"Recently. Engine troubles."
When frustrated what do you do first?
1.Erupt. 2. Withdraw 3. Try to be cool
"I erupt, get over it quick, then try to resolve the issue. I've had some frustrating moments
this year. The race gods have challenged us, but we are still here."
Can you describe the G's at the tree…the launch?
"At first it was intimidating. Now it's a steady hard pull. I don't pay much attention to it, or it would take your vision away. Now it's no big deal. Seat time will do that."
"I have to thank Calvin and his wife Vicky for keeping my deal rolling. 'Ice man' Calvin has kept it going. I also thank the guys at Freedom Motor Sports. Byron Hines has cut me a lot of slack."
Craig Treble gives up straight quick answers. He also races with the same precision. He does all this while maintaining an excellent sense of humor. This complex guy gave me a challenge to find one word to fit all those attributes. I searched deep and came up with a word that Gary Larsen and I agreed gets close to this dedicated racer. Craig Treble is witty and a man of grit. I had to find a word that was strong enough to match his chiseled looks as well as his hard efforts. In the racing arena, Craig Treble is a…