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Tonglet, Smith PSM final controversy

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round at the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, LE Tonglet faced Matt Smith. Tonglet, the White Alligator Racing/Nitro Fish Suzuki rider was considered the winner at the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

However, there may be some controversy with the win. A picture began circulating online after the race that showed Smith winning.

PSM Final contributed photo

PSM Final contributed photo

Smith’s bike is further and his tire crossed the line first; however, Tonglet was created with the win. We reached out to the NHRA and have not heard a reply yet.

According to, Smith had a narrow 0.007 second lead at the Christmas tree.

He stayed out front until the 100 foot mark. Smith had to keep it in the groove as he got a little loose down the track.

Getting loose cost Smith, as Tonglet nipped him at the finish line.

Tonglet won by 0.0002 seconds, or approx. 1 inch. But with this photographic evidence, Tonglet may not be the official winner.

We’ll let you know if the NHRA actually decides to give the Wally for this race to Smith instead of Tonglet. They may just let it go.

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