By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
MOHNTON, PA — Vance & Hines and Mission Foods sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Gaige Herrera is the No. 1 qualifier. Tell me if you’ve heard this before?
Herrera, who is a veteran bike rider, has picked up nearly his 10th Pro Stock Motorcycle No. 1 qualifier of the season. He went 6.672 at 202.94 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
The Vance & Hines phenom was also the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday. Herrera set a track record with his ninth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
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“I’m very confident,” Herrera said. “I have to give all the credit to the whole Vance & Hines Mission Suzuki team and Andrew (Hines, crew chief) and all the guys back at the shop. We’re basically just showing off their hard work and to go out there and run that, I’m very happy with it, Andrew is very happy with it. We’re definitely happy with it and I’m going into tomorrow with all the confidence in the world.
“I’m glad to get as much points as I can so far going into the Countdown. My whole goal is to try to get as many as I can again. That was my goal, and Andrew is always shooting to be No. 1 so he was all for it.”
Herrera will receive a bye into the next round. He will not have an opponent in the first round of eliminations.
Denso-sponsored rider Matt Smith Racing driver Chip Ellis is the No. 2 qualifier. He went 6.741 at 200.17 mph.
Ellis will face Cory Reed in eliminations. Reed, who returned to racing two weeks ago at the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals after two years away, went 7.044 at 192.69.
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GETTRX-sponsored rider Hector Arana Jr. is the No. 3 qualifier. The New York native went 6.747 at 201.85 mph.
Arana Jr. will face Ron “The Rat” Tornow in eliminations. Tornow went 6.896 at 195.11 mph.
Denso-sponsored rider Matt Smith is the No. 4 qualifier. The North Carolina native went 6.751 at 201.28 mph.
Smith will challenge Chris Bostick in the first round. Bostick went 6.885 at 193.82 mph.
Trick Tools-sponsored Chase Van Sant is the No. 5 qualifier. He went 6.754 at 200.02 mph.
Van Sant will face Marc Ingwersen in eliminations. Ingwersen went 6.873 at 196.42 mph.
The other pairings include Angie Smith and John Hall. Another pairing is Eddie Krawiec and Kelly Clontz. The final pairing is Steve Johnson and Jianna Evaristo.
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