By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denso/Elite Performance Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith was the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. This No. 1 qualifier also allowed the rider to increase his points lead in the championship picture.
Smith went 6.754 at 201.10 mph. This is his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, it is his 31st No. 1 qualifier of the season.
This is the King, North Carolina native No. 1 qualifier since September when he was the No. 1 qualifier at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa.
“Our Q3 run was a phenomenal pass,” M. Smith said. “We did 60-foot well like we did in Q1 and Q2 but as everybody sees we have a real good tune-up, we have a lot of power, and the 201.10 is pretty hateful out here. We ran big speed at eighth mile, changed some gear ratios and made a nice pass.”
Smith will face his wife, Angie Smith, on Sunday. The wife, who also lives in King, North Carolina, went 6.969 at 192.60 mph.
Lucas Oil TV Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. was the No. 2 qualifier. The East Northport, New York native went 6.781 at 197.57 mph.
Arana Jr. will face Freddie Camarena on Sunday. The Placentia, California native went 6.953 at 194.86 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec was the No. 3 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.789 at 198.38 mph.
Krawiec will face Karen Stoffer on Sunday. The Minden, Nevada native went 6.952 at 191.40 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines was the No. 4 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.826 at 196.16 mph.
Hines will face Steve Johnson on Sunday. The Birmingham, Alabama native went 6.898 at 191.29 mph.
Nitro Fish Racing/White Alligator Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet was the No. 5 qualifier. The Metairie, Louisiana native went 6.828 at 196.39 mph.
Tonglet will face Ryan Oehler on Sunday. The Bloomington, Illinois native went 6.893 at 196.64.
Pro Stock Motorcycle Elimination Pairings:
1. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.754, 201.10 vs. 16. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.969, 192.60;
2. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.781, 197.57 vs. 15. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 6.953, 194.86;
3. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.789, 198.38 vs. 14. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.952, 191.40;
4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.826, 196.16 vs. 13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.898, 191.29;
5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.828, 196.39 vs. 12. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.893, 196.64;
6. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.835, 195.93 vs. 11. Joey Gladstone, Buell, 6.880, 196.30;
7. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.838, 194.88 vs. 10. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.879, 194.66;
8. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.862, 197.48 vs. 9. Chip Ellis, Harley-Davidson, 6.862, 193.79.
There were five Pro Stock Motorcycle riders, who did not qualify for the show. The No. 17 qualifier was Kelly Clontz, who went 6.972 at 192.85 mph.
The No. 18 qualifier was Katie Sullivan, who went 6.978 at 193.99 mph. The No. 19 qualifier was Melissa Surber, who went 7.052 at 187.57 mph.
The No. 20 qualifier was Maurice Allen, who went 7.070 at 185.10 mph. The No. 21 qualifier was Anthony Vanetti, who went 7.074 at 188.94 mph.
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