By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion can add another accomplishment to his résumé. He is the provisional leader on Friday at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.
Smith went 6.753 at 200.95 mph for the provisional lead. He also at the top speed of the event with a 201.76 mph pass.
The second qualifying session pass set the national speed record.
“I’m just glad (the success from last season) is carrying over,” said the three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champ. “Sometimes, you do stuff at the end of the year and it doesn’t carry over in to the following year. But, we worked really hard. We made two more identical bikes to what mine is. We’re working the little bugs out of them for Angie (Smith) and Scotty (Pollacheck). Then hopefully we can get two more of these bikes just like mine and where we can have a three bike and a pretty awesome team.”
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Eddie Krawiec is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.792 at 199.91 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Andrew Hines is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.812 at 198.58 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Angelle Sampey is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Mathews, Louisiana native went 6.820 at 197.80 in her first race day with the Harley-Davidson team.
Lucas Oil sponsored rider Hector Arana is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Milltown, Indiana native went 6.847 at 198.20 mph.
Here is how the rest of the field panned out:
6. Joey Gladstone, EBR, 6.870, 194.52
7. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.871, 196.24
8. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.872, 195.85
9. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.888, 197.28
10. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.909, 197.02
11. Cory Reed, EBR, 6.918, 195.03
12. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.929, 193.21
13. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.939, 192.66
14. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.957, 193.77
15. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 6.960, 192.47
16. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.961, 194.24
17. Katie Sullivan, 6.976, 193.10
18. Karen Stoffer, 7.034, 194.32
19. Jianna Salinas, 7.092, 191.46
20. Lance Bonham, 7.101, 187.16
21. John Hall, 7.110, 190.62
22. Melissa Surber, 7.144, 191.92
23. Andie Rawlings, 7.256, 179.54
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