Smith claims fourth straight No. 1 qualifier at SpringNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Denso/Matt Smith Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith is the No. 1 qualifier. This is his fourth straight No. 1 qualifier.

The King, North Carolina native went 6.729 at 199.88 mph at the 33nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Saturday at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas. He now has five No. 1 qualifiers during the 2020 season.

Denso/Matt Smith Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Matt Smith racing on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Matt Smith racing on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

In addition, he set both ends of the track record with the pass. Smith now has 43 No. 1 qualifiers in his career.

Related: Matt Smith claimed 41st No. 1 qualifier by points

This was the Pro Stock Motorcycle’s first competition at the venue since 2013. Hector Arana was the last No. 1 qualifier at the facility when he went 6.856 at 193.49 mph, according Drag Race Central.

Arana was not on the entry list for this weekend. He said earlier this year that the Gatornationals was going to be his final race, then the coronavirus hit and changed things.

He has competed in the past few races at Gainesville, St. Louis, and Dallas. Will we see him out at a track again? Who knows.

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey was the No. 2 qualifier. The Louisiana native went 6.789 at 198.88 mph.

Related: Matt Smith wins delayed 2020 NHRA Midwest Nationals

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec is the No. 3 qualifier. The Indiana native went 6.799 at 197.48 mph.

Pro Stock Motorcycle Elimination Ladder:

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

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