Smith claims third straight No. 1 qualifier at the 2020 FallNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Denso Auto Parts Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The King, North Carolina native went 6.808 at 200.71 mph.

This is Smith’s third straight No. 1 qualifier in the category. In addition, he has secured the No. 1 qualifier in four of the last five races.

Denso Auto Parts Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith celebrates after getting the No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Matt Smith celebrates after getting the No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

In addition, the long-time racer now has 41 career No. 1 qualifiers.

Smith claimed the top spot during the first qualifying session. Both Smith and his wife, Angie Smith, were the two drivers, who went into 200 mph club during first qualifying session.

Related: Smith sets track record at 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals

When Smith went 200.89 during her pass, Angie Smith became the first woman in the Pro Stock Motorcycle 200 mph club. She joined Matt Smith, Scotty Pollacheck, Hector Arana Jr., and Eddie Krawiec.

Angie Smith is the No. 2 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.809 at 200.89 mph.

White Alligator Racing rider Jerry Savoie was the No. 3 qualifier. The Louisiana native went 6.828 at 192.85 mph.

Related: Angie defeats her husband Matt for the 2014 Epping PSM win

Pro Stock Motorcycle Elimination Ladder:

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

Several riders did not qualify for the race. They were Hector Arana, Chris Bostick, and David Barron.

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