By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denso sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. The King, North Carolina native went 6.776 at 200.26 mph at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
Smith set the track speed record with his pass. If it holds up on Saturday, it will be his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
In addition, it will mark his 36th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“The run was pretty awesome,” said smith. “We struggled last week in Charlotte and went home and did a lot of work and found that the frame was broken. We got that fixed and tested at a little eighth-mile track down the road [from Texas Motorplex] and made four runs and the problem was fixed. I was too conservative the first run because the track was really good and I bogged the motor and slipped the clutch, so we decided to shoot for the moon on the next run. We got after it and she held.”
White Alligator Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Jerry Savoie is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Cut Off, Louisiana native went 6.790 at 196.13 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Mathews, Louisiana native went 6.847 at 194.74 mph.
Strutmasters sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Central Point, Oregon native went 6.850 at 193.32 mph.
Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.851 at 196.96 mph.
The rest of the provisional field looks like this:
6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.853, 195.17 mph
7. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.857, 194.44 mph
8. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.866, 195.34 mph
9. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.871, 196.13 mph
10. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.875, 195.56 mph
11. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.884, 195.34 mph
12. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.887, 193.96 mph
13. Michael Ray, Victory, 6.974, 190.38 mph
14. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.975, 192.41 mph
15. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 7.006, 188.36 mph