By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. He went 6.779 at 200.83 mph on Friday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
This is Smith’s third No. 1 qualifier of the season. This is his second straight No. 1 qualifier of the historic Western Swing.
He was the No. 1 qualifier for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The King, North Carolina native also was the No. 1 qualifier for Las Vegas 1 in April.
“I like qualifying No. 1, but my wife hates it,” said Smith, referring to his wife and fellow competitor Angie Smith. “She says we don’t qualify well from that spot, but we did win the championship in Pomona last year from that spot. We got the green hat for qualifying No.1 and now we’re going to try to win and get that yellow hat. It’s just a reset. [Saturday’s] race was a race within a race and we failed at that, so now we have to go back and reset, check everything and get ready for tomorrow.”
Smith will face Jianna Salinas in the first-round of eliminations. The San Jose, California native went 7.064 at 189.87 mph.
White Alligator Racing’s Jerry Savoie is the No. 2 qualifier. The Cut Off, Louisiana native went 6.801 at 198.20 mph.
Savoie will face Joey Gladstone in the first-round of eliminations. The Miltown, Delaware native went 7.046 at 185.21 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Andrew Hines is the No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.829 at 197.74 mph.
He will face Kelly Clontz in the first-round of eliminations. The Hughesville, Maryland native went 6.951 at 193.65 mph.
One pairing will be an all-Harley-Davidson matchup. Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Eddie Krawiec is the No. 4 qualifier. The Danville, Indiana native went 6.838 at 199.85 mph.
He will face his teammate Angelle Sampey in the first-round of eliminations. The Mathews, Louisiana native went 6.942 at 184.47 mph.
Denso sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith is the No. 5 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.843 at 199.23 mph.
She will face Hector Arana in the first-round of eliminations. The Corydon, Indiana native went 6.910 at 195.36 mph.
The rest of the later looks like this:
6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.844, 193.90 mph vs. 11. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.910, 196.07 mph
7. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.856, 197.02 mph vs. 10. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.890, 194.24 mph
8. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.887, 196.87 mph vs. 9. Cory Reed, EBR, 6.890, 195.11 mph
Did Not Qualify:
17. Dylan Hendrix, 7.121, 188.99 mph
18. Scott Bottorff, 7.145, 189.10 mph
19. Michael Ray, 7.158, 187.31 mph
20. Melissa Surber, 7.217, 189.76 mph
21. James Surber, 7.267, 184.42 mph