By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denso/Elite Performance Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith became the third PSM rider to hit 200 mph. He joined Hector Arana Jr., who became the first to do it in March.
Eddie Krawiec also has reached 200 mph. However, that was during a test session in 2012, but that South Georgia Motorsports Park pass does not count, because it did not happen in an NHRA sanctioning competition event.
Smith set a track record speed as he went 6.774 at 200.65 mph. The points leader extended his lead by being the quickest driver of both qualifying sessions.
“All in all, it was a good day for us,” Smith said. “We made two passes and were No. 1 for both runs. I got eight bonus points. We just have to go and win the race now and win the championship; no matter what anybody else tell us.”
Arana Jr., the rider of the Lucas Oil TV Pro Stock Motorcycle, was the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The East Northport, New York native went 6.824 at 198.96 mph.
Nitro Fish/White Alligator Racing rider LE Tonglet was the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Metairie, Louisiana native went 6.828 at 196.39 mph.
White Alligator Racing rider Jerry Savoie was the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Cut Off, Louisiana native — who is likely racing in his final full-time race in his career for the soon-to-be 60-year-old — went 6.846 at 194.74 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec was the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.864 at 197.77 mph.
Here’s how the rest of the field panned out:
6. Joey Gladstone, Buell, 6.880, 196.30 mph
7. Chip Ellis, Harley-Davidson, 6.880, 194.80 mph
8. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.885, 197.57 mph
9. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.885, 194.49 mph
10. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.886, 194.60 mph
11. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.893, 196.64 mph
12. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.895, 193.40 mph
13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.898, 191.29 mph
14. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.952, 191.40 mph
15. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 6.953, 194.86 mph
16. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.978, 193.99 mph
Presently, there are five Pro Stock Motorcycles, who are not qualified for the show. The No. 17 qualifier is Kelly Clontz, who went 7.013 at 191.57 mph.
The No. 18 qualifier was Anthony Vanetti, who went 7.074 at 188.94 mph. The No. 19 qualifier was Angie Smith, who went 7.081 at 163.63 mph.
The No. 20 qualifier was Maurice Allen, who went 7.114 at 186.64 mph. The No. 21 qualifier was Melissa Surber, who was broke.
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