Team Liberty Race Preview: 49th annual NHRA Gatornationals

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Team Liberty Race Preview: 49th annual NHRA Gatornationals

Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will compete for the first race of the 2018 season this weekend at the 49th annual NHRA Gatornationals. With newly painted PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum motorcycles and a dyno installed in the shop over the winter, Reed and Sampey are confident their performance on track will be representative of the long hours they put in during the off season.

Cory Reed’s Gatornationals History and Career Stats

  • Career best elapsed time – 6.835 (Brainerd 2016)
  • Career best mph – 196.07 (Indy 2016)
  • Last year performance at NHRA Gatornationals: Qualified No. 11; lost first round to LE Tonglet
  • Qualified for 10 of 11 events attending in 2017

Angelle Sampey’s Gatornationals History and Career Stats

  • Four Gatornationals Final Round Appearances
    1999 win over John Smith
    2002 runner-up to Craig Treble
    2003 win over Geno Scali
    2006 win over Antron Brown
  • No. 1 qualifiers in 1999, 2003, and 2007
  • Last year: No. 13; lost first round to Andrew Hines


“I made two runs today testing at Orlando Speed World Dragway on my PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum,” team owner and rider Cory Reed said. “I only went to the 1,000-foot with the bike but I feel really optimistic with the direction we’re headed in. We’ve worked really hard this winter and I think we can really do well this weekend in Gainesville if we can get a good foundation for our tune-up. Angelle and I will test again tomorrow in Orlando and then we’ll head to Gainesville.”

“I’m really excited about the first race of the season,” Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey said. “We have Larry Morgan on board with us this year helping us with our engine program and I’m looking forward to testing this week heading into Gainesville. I think we can really perform now that we have a dyno in our shop too.”

49th annual NHRA Gatornationals Run Schedule:
Friday, March 16 – two qualifying sessions at 1:15 and 5:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 17 – two qualifying sessions at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 18 – pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m.; first round at 11:00 a.m.

49th annual NHRA Gatornationals TV Schedule:
Friday, March 16, FOX Sports 1 (FS1), will televise one hour of qualifying at 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, March 17, FOX Sports 1 (FS1), will televise two hours of qualifying at 11 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, March 18, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 7 p.m. (ET).