By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Denso/Matt Smith Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith won the championship on Sunday at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Smith became the Champion when Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec was eliminated in the second round. Krawiec was defeated by Lucas Oil-sponsored rider Hector Arana Jr.
Arana Jr. went 6.946 at 194.32 mph to claim the round win. Krawiec was knocked out with a 6.893 at 194.18 mph pass.
Krawiec had the advantage over Arana Jr. coming into the round, as he had a 23-10 advantage. However, Arana Jr. won by a hole shot, as he won by 0.0081 seconds, or approx. two feet.
This is Smith’s fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship. He also won the Championship two years ago.
Before winning the 2018 Championship, Smith also won it all during the 2007 and 2013 seasons.
Smith ties Krawiec with four Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships. The New Jersey native — who now resides in Indiana — won his Championships in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2017.
Only two Pro Stock Motorcycle riders have more Championships than Smith and Krawiec. Davie Schultz and Andrew Hines have six apiece.
Schultz last won a Championship in 1996. He won his Championships in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1996.
Hines, on the other hand, have won his Championships in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015, and 2019.
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