NHRA : Pro Stock Motorcycle Results from Sonoma

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma Raceway
Jul 28-30, 2017

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Tonglet finished atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a 6.783 pass at 197.02 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to narrowly defeat Matt Smith in the final round. After securing his first Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle title on Saturday, he notched his fifth national event victory of the season and 15th of his career.

Prior to entering the final, Tonglet defeated Fred Camarena, Angie Smith, and Hector Arana Jr. Matt Smith powered past Steve Johnson, Eddie Krawiec, and defending world champion Jerry Savoie before facing Tonglet.

“It’s a big benefit to win the Battle the day before, which builds your confidence going into Sunday,” Tonglet said. “I could hear him [Smith] the whole way and knew it was close. I wanted to look over very badly, but I just stayed tucked in and just stared at the win light, and it lit, which was exciting.”

Tonglet remains the points leader, while Krawiec continues to hold on to the second position.

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues next weekend with the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Aug. 4-6.

Eliminations Round 1

The two-wheel contingent put on a wild performance display, led by Matt Smith’s speed of 199.88 mph in his 6.800 to 6.935 conquest of Steve Johnson, which tied the fastest run of all time in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Another eye-opener was Andrew Hines, whose Harley Street Rod, after qualifying with a 6.844, picked up a bunch with a 6.775, 199.20 mph conquest of Scotty Pollacheck’s 6.796. Hector Arana Jr. defeated Cory Reed with a new low e.t. of the meet 6.749 at 199.52 mph, which is  the sixth-fastest Pro Stock Motorcycle run ever.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Jerry Savoie PSM .065 1.029 2.806 4.311 162.51 5.626 6.752 198.99
Angelle Sampey PSM .039 1.048 2.821 4.346 159.51 5.689 6.839 194.46

12:18 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 30.04 inches, adjusted altitude 1,050 feet, track temperature 99 degrees. Savoie is 6 – 3 against Sampey in prior events. Angelle Sampey won in Sonoma in 2004. This is just the 4th time in her career that Angelle has qualified 13th. Jerry Savoie was runner-up here in 2014 & 2015 and is making his 185th round of racing, with a 57% win record. 62% in round one races. He has a six to three advantage over Sampey to date, Sampey s ready at the green and gets a nice lead. She can only hold off Savoie until right before the 660 light. Savoie powers on by and takes a narrow lead to the finish line. He runs the quickest ET of the weekend and the eleventh fastest speed Jerry Savoie’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.007), 330 ft(-0.011), 660ft(0.009), 1,000ft(0.037). MOV: 0.0617 seconds (approximately 18 feet). Jerry Savoie’s incremental times: 60ft-1.029 sec., 330ft-2.806, 660ft-4.311/162.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.626.Angelle Sampey’s incremental times: 60ft-1.048 sec., 330ft-2.821, 660ft-4.346/159.51 mph, 1,000ft-5.689.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Karen Stoffer PSM .048 1.061 2.861 4.381 161.00 5.709 6.844 197.25
Joey Gladstone PSM .060 1.066 2.855 4.378 160.81 5.708 6.846 196.87

Stoffer and Gladstone have each won 1 time against the other in prior events. Stoffer gets the starting line advantage and they basically run right together to the finish line. Just 0.002 difference in ET’s. Karen Stoffer’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.017), 330 ft(0.006), 660ft(0.009), 1,000ft(0.011). MOV: 0.0141 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Karen Stoffer’s incremental times: 60ft-1.061 sec., 330ft-2.861, 660ft-4.381/161.00 mph, 1,000ft-5.709.Joey Gladstone’s incremental times: 60ft-1.066 sec., 330ft-2.855, 660ft-4.378/160.81 mph, 1,000ft-5.708.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN LE Tonglet PSM .054 1.034 2.814 4.323 162.27 5.641 6.771 198.06
Fred Camarena PSM .055 1.097 2.907 4.445 159.04 5.788 6.936 195.68

This is the first time Tonglet and Camarena have faced each other in eliminations. LE Tonglet is the defending event champion. In 15 years here only one motorcycle rider has won in back-to-back years. He was the winner yesterday at the Mickey Thompson Pro Stock Bike Battle. This is Freddie Camarena’s first start this year and the 51st of his career. Just 0.001 difference at the green and Tonglet pulls steadily ahead to make his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend and the win. LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.034 sec., 330ft-2.814, 660ft-4.323/162.27 mph, 1,000ft-5.641. Freddie Camarena’s incremental times: 60ft-1.097 sec., 330ft-2.907, 660ft-4.445/159.04 mph, 1,000ft-5.788.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Angie Smith PSM .044 1.052 2.825 4.336 161.92 5.660 6.799 196.30
Melissa Surber PSM -.129 1.100 2.972 4.876 111.09 7.096 9.409 90.98

Smith is 1 – 0 against Surber in prior events. Easy win for Smith as Surber goes red by a bunch. Smith makes her best run of the weekend too. Tonglet will have lane choice later. Angie Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-2.825, 660ft-4.336/161.92 mph, 1,000ft-5.660.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Chip Ellis PSM .066 1.048 2.833 4.355 161.00 5.682 6.817 197.33
WIN Eddie Krawiec PSM .015 1.085 2.857 4.367 161.25 5.694 6.830 197.16

Krawiec is 8 – 7 against Ellis in prior events. Eddie Krawiec has three wins in Sonoma. Eddie’s “sweep” in Denver (#1, low e/t, top speed and won the race) was the 11th time he has done that and that ties him with Dave Schultz and John Myers for the 2nd most in Pro Stock Motorcycle history. Matt Hines has the most sweeps with 12. Chip Ellis is making his 262 round of racing with a 52% win record. He is just one round behind Krawiec in their fifteen prior encounters. He has a 59% round one win record. And the hits keep coming, as both bikes make their best runs together. Big starting line advantage for Krawiec and he pulls steadily ahead for the bike length win. Chip Ellis’ incremental times: 60ft-1.048 sec., 330ft-2.833, 660ft-4.355/161.00 mph, 1,000ft-5.682. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.085 sec., 330ft-2.857, 660ft-4.367/161.25 mph, 1,000ft-5.694.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Scott Pollacheck PSM .073 1.045 2.826 4.340 161.77 5.662 6.796 196.82
WIN Andrew Hines PSM .069 1.071 2.836 4.338 162.41 5.651 6.775 199.20

Hines is 13 – 4 against Pollacheck in prior events. Andrew Hines has two wins here with almost a 70% career round win record. Almost 78% in round one pairings. He has a career 76% win advantage over Pollacheck Scotty Pollacheck is making his 148th round of racing this morning, He has a career 46% win record and 55% in round one matchups. Hines runs the ninth fastest speed ever to just get the win over a strong Pollacheck. His 0.004 hole shot helped too. Savoie will have lane choice in round two. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental times: 60ft-1.045 sec., 330ft-2.826, 660ft-4.340/161.77 mph, 1,000ft-5.662. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.071 sec., 330ft-2.836, 660ft-4.338/162.41 mph, 1,000ft-5.651.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Hector Arana Jr PSM .054 1.037 2.811 4.314 162.74 5.626 6.749 199.52
Cory Reed PSM .076 1.075 2.889 4.430 158.00 5.787 6.974 186.10

Arana Jr is 1 – 0 against Reed in prior events. Hector Arana Jr. won this race in 2013. He has a career 63% win record, with 72% in round one. Cory Reed has completed 32 rounds of racing to date, with a 38% round win record. Arana is away first and power ahead to take the win and run the sixth fastest speed to boot. He will have lane choice over Stoffer in round two. Hector Arana Jr’s incremental times: 60ft-1.037 sec., 330ft-2.811, 660ft-4.314/162.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.626. Cory Reed’s incremental times: 60ft-1.075 sec., 330ft-2.889, 660ft-4.430/158.00 mph, 1,000ft-5.787.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Matt Smith PSM .040 1.079 2.864 4.368 162.80 5.679 6.800 199.88
Steve Johnson PSM .056 1.114 2.932 4.461 160.06 5.795 6.935 196.22

Smith and Johnson have each won 11 times against the other in prior events. Matt Smith’s four rounds in Denver gave him 467 for his career and that moved him past Dave Schultz and into 5th place on the all-time Pro Stock Motorcycle list. This is his 26th #1 spot and that is 7th most in the history of the class. This is Steve Johnson’s 602nd round and that is second most in the history of the class. This is the 18th time Steve has qualified 16th and he is 4 -13 in round one when starting from the last spot in the field. Smith rocks the class, matching the fastest speed ever in a decisive win over Johnson. He will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.079 sec., 330ft-2.864, 660ft-4.368/162.80 mph, 1,000ft-5.679. Steve Johnson’s incremental times: 60ft-1.114 sec., 330ft-2.932, 660ft-4.461/160.06 mph, 1,000ft-5.795. 12:35 p.m.

 

Eliminations Round 2

The red-hot LE Tonglet who has dominated the action so far in the 2017 season was nearly upset in the second stanza when Angie Smith, who has been enjoying a great weekend, jumped out to a .036 to .097 starting line advantage. Tonglet was barely able to run down Smith’s 6.848 with a 6.780 for a razor thin margin of victory of just .007-second. In the other rounds, Matt Smith, Hector Arana Jr. and Jerry Savoie also advanced.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Jerry Savoie PSM .034 1.038 2.816 4.336 161.23 5.663 6.795 198.35
Andrew Hines PSM .042 1.104 2.892 4.401 161.63 5.720 6.846 198.73

1:37 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 30.00 inches, adjusted altitude 1,666 feet, track temperature 117 degrees.Hines is 11 – 3 against Savoie in prior events. Savoie gets a starting line advantage and holds off Hines. Hines is slowly catching him up. but runs out of track. Jerry Savoie’s incremental times: 60ft-1.038 sec., 330ft-2.816, 660ft-4.336/161.23 mph, 1,000ft-5.663. Andrew Hines’ incremental times: 60ft-1.104 sec., 330ft-2.892, 660ft-4.401/161.63 mph, 1,000ft-5.720.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Matt Smith PSM .072 1.084 2.882 4.404 161.07 5.727 6.854 199.20
Eddie Krawiec PSM .055 1.097 2.884 4.411 159.93 5.745 6.886 196.30

Krawiec is 21 – 13 against Smith in prior events. Smith’s earlier pass was a new track record and the fastest PSM run ever. Krawiec is away first and stays out in front to right at the 1000 foot mark, but the big top end power of Smith’s bike is too much and he drives on by for the win. Savoie will have lane choice later. Matt Smith’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.004), 330 ft(-0.015), 660ft(-0.010), 1,000ft(0.001). MOV: 0.0152 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.084 sec., 330ft-2.882, 660ft-4.404/161.07 mph, 1,000ft-5.727. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental times: 60ft-1.097 sec., 330ft-2.884, 660ft-4.411/159.93 mph, 1,000ft-5.745.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN LE Tonglet PSM .097 1.039 2.821 4.334 161.90 5.653 6.780 198.76
Angie Smith PSM .036 1.061 2.846 4.372 160.19 5.704 6.848 196.04

Tonglet is 8 – 1 against Smith in prior events. Huge advantage for Smith at the green and she leads Tonglet to past the 1000 foot light before he can ride on by for the super narrow win. LE Tonglet’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.039), 330 ft(-0.036), 660ft(-0.023), 1,000ft(-0.010). MOV: 0.0074 seconds (approximately 2 feet). LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.039 sec., 330ft-2.821, 660ft-4.334/161.90 mph, 1,000ft-5.653. Angie Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.061 sec., 330ft-2.846, 660ft-4.372/160.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.704.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN Hector Arana Jr PSM .068 1.042 2.824 4.343 161.36 5.666 6.797 198.23
Karen Stoffer PSM .036 1.054 2.838 4.364 160.04 5.698 6.841 195.56

Arana Jr is 6 – 0 against Stoffer in prior events. Another big starting line advantage and Stoffer is out in front to the 1000 foot lights, where they are dead even. Arana just gets on by for the win. Tonglet keeps lane choice next round. Hector Arana Jr’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.020), 330 ft(-0.018), 660ft(-0.011), 1,000ft(0.000). MOV: 0.0127 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Hector Arana Jr’s incremental times: 60ft-1.042 sec., 330ft-2.824, 660ft-4.343/161.36 mph, 1,000ft-5.666. Karen Stoffer’s incremental times: 60ft-1.054 sec., 330ft-2.838, 660ft-4.364/160.04 mph, 1,000ft-5.698. 1:45 p.m.

Eliminations Round 3

Defending event champion LE Tonglet has an opportunity to produce the fifth win in his already spectacular 2017 campaign as he is matched up to run Matt Smith in the final. Tonglet advanced to the money round by leaving on Hector Arana Jr., .030 to .068 and then holding on for a 6.796 to 6.800 decision. Smith was out first by a .011 to .061 huge margin in his contest against Jerry Savoie and was able to parlay the early leave into a 6.819 to 6.817 hole shot win. Tonglet will have lane choice.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Jerry Savoie PSM .065 1.051 2.830 4.351 160.77 5.681 6.817 197.19
WIN Matt Smith PSM 0.011 1.059 2.841 4.364 160.59 5.687 6.819 197.71
LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN LE Tonglet PSM .030 1.041 2.824 4.342 161.50 5.664 6.796 197.65
Hector Arana Jr PSM 0.068 1.051 2.833 4.348 161.5 5.67 6.8 198.2

Eliminations – FINAL

LE Tonglet scored his fifth victory of 2017 in dramatic fashion by winning one of the closest races in recent history with a margin of victory of just .0002 second over Matt Smith. The race began with Smith leaving first, .032 to .044, and it appeared that he was going to hold off Tonglet. But Smith’s bike began to veer out of the groove and Smith had to lean over to make the necessary correction, which dragged his speed down to 196.67 mph, his slowest of the weekend, and that may have cost him as Tonglet took the win stripe with a 6.783 to a 6.790. The win came within 24 hours after he won the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle on Saturday and it was his Tonglet’s 15th victory in 19 final round appearances, one of the best records in that category for any Pro driver. Tonglet was also the defending champion from last year’s Sonoma event.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
WIN LE Tonglet PSM .044 1.039 2.817 4.327 162.16 5.648 6.783 197.02
Matt Smith PSM .037 1.052 2.823 4.328 161.94 5.651 6.790 196.67

3:39 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.96 inches, adjusted altitude 1,999 feet, track temperature 117 degrees. Tonglet is 12 – 9 against Smith in prior events and Tonglet is 2 – 1 against Smith in prior final rounds. Matt Smith is in his third final in the last four races. He has two prior runner-ups this year and a career win record of eighteen, with twenty-six runner-ups. Tonglet has four wins this year. He has a career win record of fourteen wins and four runner-ups. Smith gets a narrow 0.007 lead at the green and stays in front until after the 1000 foot lights. The bike starts to pull towards the centerline and he has to leans away to try and keep it straight. That may have cost him just enough for Tonglet to just nip him at the finish line. What a great race! LE Tonglet’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.006), 330 ft(-0.001), 660ft(-0.006), 1,000ft(-0.004). MOV: 0.0002 seconds (approximately 1 inches). LE Tonglet’s incremental times: 60ft-1.039 sec., 330ft-2.817, 660ft-4.327/162.16 mph, 1,000ft-5.648. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-2.823, 660ft-4.328/161.94 mph, 1,000ft-5.651.

FINAL QUALIFYING

01 Matt Smith 6.771 198.7
02 LE Tonglet 6.783 196.73
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.783 196.36
04 Jerry Savoie 6.788 197.05
05 Scott Pollacheck 6.791 196.99
06 Angie Smith 6.811 195.96
07 Karen Stoffer 6.811 195.85
08 Chip Ellis 6.835 195.56
09 Eddie Krawiec 6.837 197.13
10 Joey Gladstone 6.839 194.41
11 Melissa Surber 6.841 193.79
12 Angelle Sampey 6.874 192.22
13 Fred Camarena 6.888 195.85
14 Cory Reed 6.889 191.46
15 Steve Johnson 6.89 196.56
16 Andrew Hines 6.918 197.39
17 Scott Bottorff 6.992 190.73
18 Charlie Sullivan 7.14 187.36
19 Lance Bonham 7.237 184.83
20 James Surber 7.353 185.23
21 Andie Rawlings 7.618 170.17

 


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