By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Stock Motorcycle return to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competes at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. This is race No. 6 on the season, as the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals takes place April 26-28, 2019.
Jerry Savoie will look to repeat at the race winner. Savoie defeated Andrew Hines in the final round.
The Cut Off, Louisiana native went 6.784 at 195.73 mph to get the win. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.873 at 197.05 mph in the losing effort.
This was Savoie’s ninth career win. He will look for his 10th win in the third PSM event of the 2019 season.
Savoie will be there in his attempt to repeat. Hines will also be there. His Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Angelle Sampey will also be competing.
White Alligator Racing — which is owned by Savoie — will also have his teammate on the property. Karen Stoffer will be competing under that brand.
Matt Smith Racing will have his three drivers competing in Matt Smith, Angie Smith, and Scotty Pollacheck. Lucas Oil Racing will be represented with Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr.
Reed Motorsports drivers Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone will be competing. Long-time PSM rider Steve Johnson will be competing with his small budget.
There will be 19 bikes on the property. Only 16 will make the show on Sunday. Other riders include Melissa Surber, Marc Ingwersen, Jimmy Underdahl, Kelly Clontz — who is receiving help from Smith — Ryan Oehler, and rookie Jianna Salinas.
Hines is the all-time winner at this facility with six. He will be looking to end his two-year skid, as he has wins in 2016, 2015 (twice), 2014, 2013, and 2012.