Sampey claims provisional lead at 52nd annual Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mission Foods and Vance & Hines sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey is the provisional leader on Friday in the first race of the season. The Louisiana native leads at the historic 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

The three-time champion went 6.746 at 196.67 mph to claim the top spot. Presently, Sampey is the only Vance & Hines entry as Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines are sidelined without sponsorship support.

Mission Foods and Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey sits on her bike before a pass at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Angelle Sampey sits on her bike before a pass at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by NHRA/Twitter)

The team lost their Harley-Davidson partnership at the end of the 2020 season.

Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.768 at 199.82 mph.

Lucas Oil sponsored Hector Arana Jr. is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The New York native went 6.817 at 198.32 mph.

Here’s how the rest of the qualifying session looked like:

No. 4) Karen Stoffer at 6.821, 193.90 mph

No. 5) Joey Milton at 6.828, 195.31 mph

No. 6) Scotty Pollacheck at 6.863, 197.22 mph

No. 7) Ryan Oehler at 6.884, 195.28 mph

No. 8) Jim Underdahl at 6.912, 194.21 mph

No. 9) Angie Smith at 6.920, 196.39 mph

No. 10) Marc Ingwersen at 6.948, 193.54 mph

No. 11) Kelly Clontz at 6.982, 192.30 mph

No. 12) Jianna Salinas at 6.987, 188.65 mph

No. 13) Cory Reed at 6.988, 191.02 mph

No. 14) David Barron at 7.149, 189.07 mph

No. 15) Lance Bonham at 7.212, 187.08 mph

No. 16) John Hall at 7.405, 137.37 mph

Several Pro Stock Motorcycle riders are not qualified. These drivers will have two passes on Saturday to attempt to qualify for Sunday’s eliminations.

The drivers not qualified are Chris Bostick, Pablo González (debut), Michael Phillips, Jerry Savoie, and Steve Johnson.

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