Sampey reaches 200 mph in No. 1 qualifier pass

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mission Foods sponsored Angelle Sampey is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The Vance & Hines rider went 6.742 at 200.00 mph.

Sampey is the latest driver to eclipse the 200-mph club. She claimed the top spot during her second qualifying session.

Angelle Sampey celebrates her No. 1 qualifier at the 52nd annual Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA/Twitter)

The Louisiana native was the provisional leader on Friday.

“It is amazing to feel the love and support from everyone at Vance & Hines,” said Sampey, who has three career Gatornationals victories. “I’ve always been on a mission and it feels like mission accomplished already. But there’s still so much more ahead this weekend with this Suzuki four-valve that Vance & Hines developed. I’m just the lucky rider who gets to be on this bike and I’m loving it. I’m still learning the motorcycle and it’s been a struggle at times, but I’m still going.”

Denso-sponsored rider Matt Smith is the No. 2 qualifier. The King, North Carolina native went 6.768 at 199.82 mph.

Cory Reed Motorsports rider Joey Gladstone is the No. 3 qualifier. The Milton, Delaware native went 6.783 at 198.50 mph.

Eliminations ladder:

1) Angelle Sampey vs. 16) Michael Phillips
2) Matt Smith vs. 15) Jimmy Underdahl
3) Joey Gladstone vs. 14) Chris Bostick
4) Ryan Oehler vs. 13) Jerry Savoie
5) Karen Stoffer vs. 12) Kelly Clontz
6) Steve Johnson vs. 11) John Hall
7) Hector Arana Jr. vs. 10) Angie Smith
8) Scotty Pollacheck vs. 9) Cory Reed

Five riders did not qualify for this race. This includes a rider, who was attempting to make his NHRA eliminations debut in Pablo González.

Besides González, Marc Ingwersen, Jianna Salinas, David Barron, and Lance Bonham also failed to qualify.

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