Smith secures 40th No. 1 qualifier at 2020 Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Denso-sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the No. 1 qualifier at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. He had the quickest passes during both qualifying sessions.

The King, North Carolina native went 6.814 at 198.96 mph. This is his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and his 40th overall in his career.

Denso sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Matt Smith racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey is the No. 2 qualifier. The Mathews, Louisiana native went 6.858 at 197.08 mph.

Her Harley Davidson PSM teammate Eddie Krawiec is the No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 6.862 at 198.35 mph.

Points leader Scotty Pollacheck – who is affiliated with Matt Smith Racing – is the points leader with 251 points. The final nine drivers are within a race shy of claiming the lead, as all are within 114 points from each other.

Pro Stock Motorcycle Eliminations Ladder:

  • Matt Smith vs. Kelly Clontz
  • Angelle Sampey vs. Michael Phillips
  • Eddie Krawiec vs. Marc Ingwersen
  • Scotty Pollacheck vs. Hector Arana
  • Jerry Savoie vs. Chris Bostick
  • Andrew Hines vs. Hector Arana Jr.
  • Angie Smith vs. Steve Johnson
  • Ryan Oehler vs. John Hall

Two riders did not qualify for eliminations. They were David Barron and Lance Bonham.

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