Angie defeats her husband Matt for the 2014 Epping PSM win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Angie Smith and Matt Smith were in a difficult situation heading into the final round.

See, Matt had to tune his Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, while also tuning his wife’s motorcycle, as well. Typically, Angie’s motorcycle has been out eliminated early, allowing her husband time to focus on his bike.

Kandy Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith racing on Sunday at the Auto Plus NHRA New England Nationals
Angie Smith racing on Sunday at the Auto Plus NHRA New England Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Matt had a huge lead off the Christmas tree, while Angie was behind. Then, mid-way down the track, Matt’s bike slowed, as Angie drove past him.

“I knew he was out front,” Angie said. “I’m mad at myself for being slow off the line, then something happened to his bike. I don’t know what happened.”

Related: Angie and Matt Smith to face off in the 2014 Epping PSM final round

His crew said on ESPN that he wouldn’t give Angie the win, but something happened to his bike to cause it to shut off. This was Angie’s first career Wally in her long career.

She is also the 102nd female to win in the NHRA after Courtney Force picked up the 100th win at Heartland Park Topeka. It is also Angie’s first career win in her first final round.

She is also the 15th different female to win a race in the NHRA’s history in the professional classes.

“A lot of years I’ve spent just wanting one of these,” Angie said as she began to break down. “Now, I finally got it.”

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