By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Matt Smith defeated his Matt Smith Racing teammate Scotty Pollacheck in the delayed ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Due to rain, the semifinals and finals were moved to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
Smith picked up the Wally before claiming the No. 1 qualifier for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. The King, North Carolina went 6.775 at 200.50 mph to claim the Wally.
Pollacheck – who claimed his first career Wally at the prestigious U.S. Nationals – went 6.854 at 197.48 mph in the losing effort.
“I tried a little something (in the final) and it worked,” Smith said. “It went fast. It was worth it for me to try something, and things worked out. Hopefully we can be fast again (on Sunday). All I can do is my job and hopefully we can turn on win lights. We’ve learned a lot of stuff and to have the quality of bikes we have right now, I think we’re the team to beat.”
Before this final round appearance, Smith had a 12-5 advantage of his teammate. In addition, Smith held a 1-0 advantage over Pollacheck in their previous final round meeting.
The North Carolina native won by 0.0965 seconds, or approx. 28 feet.
This is Smith’s second win on the season. With his Midwest Nationals win, he now has 26 career Wallys.
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