By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denso/Matt Smith Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith defeated Steve Johnson Racing rider Steve Johnson to win the final PSM Wally of the 2020 season. Smith won the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The King, North Carolina rider went 6.917 at 194.83 mph to win the Wally. The Birmingham, Alabama native went 6.990 at 189.07 mph in the losing effort.
“You never know when you’re going to get back here, and I’m so emotional,” Smith said. “I want to thank my team. They have built me up and have told me to never give up. This one’s for them.”
Johnson led Smith with a 0.011 reaction time. He led much of the race until Smith — who had a 0.077 reaction time — beat him at the top end.
Smith won by 0.0076 seconds, or approx. two feet.
This is Smith’s second career national event Wally. Six years ago, she defeated his husband in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round at the 2014 National event at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
It was a good day for the Smith family. Not only did Angie win the Wally at the final event of the season, but her husband Matt clinched the Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship in the second round of the event.
This is Smith’s fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship in his career.
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