By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Stock Motorcycle riders return to Thunder Mountain this weekend on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. This is race No. 14 of the 2019 season.
The Dodge Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil will take place from Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st. This will be the toughest challenge for all the teams, as this event is 5,800 feet above sea level — the highest of any of the 24 events on the schedule.
Hector Arana Jr. won the Wally last year at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. He defeated Jerry Savoie in the final round.
Arana Jr. went 7.170 at 185.89 mph to receive the Wally. Savoie went 7.244 at 181.64 mph in the losing effort.
Both Arana Jr. and Savoie will be competing this weekend on the mountain. Arana’s father Hector will also be competing, like his son, under the Lucas Oil brand.
Savoie’s White Alligator Racing team will also have Karen Stoffer competing for them this weekend.
Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith and his team will be on the property. His teammates include his wife Angie Smith, Michael Ray Jr., and Scotty Pollacheck.
Maryland racer Kelly Clontz traveled the country to join Smith, who offers assistance to her team.
Reed Motorsports riders Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone will be competing. Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson riders Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, and Angelle Sampey will also be there on the mountain.
There are 20 Pro Stock Motorcycle riders on the entry list. Only 16 will make the show on Sunday, as four will be sent home.
Other Pro Stock Motorcycle riders on the property include Andi Rawlings, Jimmy Underdahl, Steve Johnson, Eiji Kawakami, Flyin’ Ryan Oehler, and rookie Jianna Salinas. Johnson returns to action after missing the Norwalk event, which snapped his 423 consecutive race record.
When Johnson did not compete at Norwalk, it was his first race missed since the 1987 Cajun Nationals.
Hines and Krawiec are the active riders with the most wins at this property. Both have four wins each.
Hines won in 2016, 2014, 2010, and 2006. Krawiec won in 2017, 2015, 2012, and 2009.
Hines’ brother Matt is also tied with the current riders with four wins. He won in 2002, 1998, 1997, and 1996.