By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Elite Performance/Denso Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith won the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Sunday. Smith picked up his second win of the season.
He went 6.877 at 198.44 mph to get the Wally near St. Louis, Missouri. White Alligator Racing’s LE Tonglet, who is sponsored by Nitro Fish, was the runner-up after going 6.867 at 196.10 mph.
“We hurt our motor on Friday night,” Smith stated. “Angie (Smith, wife) and I stayed up all night last night rebuilding it. The Harley’s got three bikes out here trying to whoop up on us but we’re going to try and do our best to stay focused and do our job. As long as we don’t have any part failures, we will be fine.”
This was Smith’s second straight Countdown to the Championship final round. He lost to Hector Arana Jr. last Sunday at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa.
Tonglet had a 14-11 advantage over Smith in prior rounds. He also held a 3-2 advantage over Smith in previous final rounds.
Smith is now the points leader after getting the win. He won by 0.0006 seconds, or approx. two inches.
The King, North Carolina native got the holeshot off of the starting line. Tonglet, the Louisiana native, who is also a firefighter when he’s not racing, attempted to catch up to Smith at the 60-foot mark.
Tonglet; however, did not have enough to get around Smith as the two went down the track.
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