Matt Smith wins second straight Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Gatornationals has been good to Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith lately. He won the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

With the win, Smith has now won two straight Gatornationals. He won the delayed event last September.

Denso sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith celebrates his win at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Matt Smith celebrates his win at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA/Twitter)

Pro Stock Motorcycle was supposed to delay at the event last March. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was pushed back to September.

Smith went 6.785 at 200.65 mph to claim the Wally. Oehler went 6.869 at 196.53 mph in the losing effort.

“I just have to go up there and race my lane,” said Smith, a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion. “This bike was on mean this weekend. We weren’t able to quite get the E.T. we needed, but this bike was running the speed.”

Before Sunday, Smith led a 3-2 advantage over Oehler. However, Oehler beat Smith last July at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Oehler held the starting line advantage over Smith. Yet, at the 330-foot mark, Smith had the lead.

From there, the King, North Carolina native did not relinquish the lead.

This is Smith’s 27th Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Like mentioned before, Smith has won two straight Gatornationals national events.

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