2021 Pro Stock Motorcycle Gatornationals preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pro Stock Motorcycle will begin their season at the historic Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Numerous bike teams have made the trek to Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida to compete in his event.

These teams will make three passes. One pass will come on Friday with two additional passes on Saturday.

Denso/Stockseth sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith celebrates a win at an undated national event
Matt Smith celebrates a win at an undated national event (Photo by Matt Smith Racing/Instagram)

Only 16 teams will make eliminations on Sunday. There will be 21 teams competing to earn the opportunity to advance to Sunday.

Matt Racing Smith will have three teams competing at this event. Matt Smith, Scotty Pollacheck, and Angie Smith are those three drivers.

Smith may help Kelly Clontz once again this season. The Maryland native is sponsored by Steamfitters UA Local 602 once again this season.

Matt Smith — who is the reigning champion — won the last Gatornationals. The event was moved from March due to the coronavirus pandemic to September.

Two notable drivers will not be competing this weekend. Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec will not be competing.

Harley-Davidson elected to end its partnership with Vance & Hines at the end of the 2020 season. Despite Hines and Krawiec not competing, Vance & Hines will sponsor Angelle Sampey at this event.

Team Arana sponsored driver Hector Arana Jr. will return to the track this weekend. Savoie’s Alligator Farm sponsored Jerry Savoie will also be competing at this national event.

Flyin’ Ryan Racing sponsored rider Ryan Oehler will be on the property. Macrak Suzuki rider Steve Johnson made the short trek from Alabama to Florida to take part in this event.

Teammates Cory Reed and Joey Gladstone will be there in their Precision Service Equipment entries. Teammates James Underdahl will be there in his Suzuki Extended Protection entry with his teammate Karen Stoffer, who will be driving the Ray Skillman/Big St. Charles entry.

Universal Med Systems sponsored rider David Barron will be competing in this event. Also, Chris Bostick — who made it to the final round last year — will be competing in his Bostick Motorsports entry.

Buckeye Harley-Davidson sponsored driver Marc Ingwersen will be on the property. Also, DaSilva Racing Aruba sponsored driver Michael Phillips will try to make the national event.

Scrappers Racing sponsored Jianna Salinas returns to the sport after missing the entire 2020 season. The entire Salinas team shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Salinas will look to have success after claiming a Wally at her last race at the Auto Club Finals.

BRAKES sponsored John Hall will try to make eliminations. Constellation Motorsports sponsored Lance Bonham will be on the property.

Pablo González will be making his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle debut at this event. He has competed in other motorcycle events before making the switch.

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