Team Liberty Racing Event Preview: NHRA Summernationals

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Team Liberty Racing : NHRA Summernationals

Five weeks since their last race in Atlanta, Team Liberty Racing riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey are ready to get back to competition at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals. Since their team debut at the beginning of the season, Team Liberty Racing has turned heads with their quick adaptability as a team and development on the new Victory Magnums.

2016 Rookie of the Year and Team Liberty Racing owner Cory Reed knows the importance of getting both Victory Magnums dialed in and making a statement as a new team in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class.

“I want to qualify both bikes at every race this year,” Reed said. “When we do that, it’ll prove we may be a new team but we’re doing something right. There’s a lot of good people we race against that haven’t qualified for every race this year and that’s kind of the point we’re trying to make. We want people to know we’re here and we’re not here just to have fun and spend money to go racing. The whole team and I want to be competitive and make a statement and win some races.”

Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey is returning as the defending event champion. Sampey has won the Summernationals four times (1998, 1999, 2000, and 2016).

“We had such a good test session last week at South Georgia Motorsports Park and I feel the most comfortable I have been since last season,” Sampey said. “I finally just got over the hump of having enough seat time and runs on the new bike. I made six or seven runs and they were all straight down the track and it’s so much fun when you don’t have to fight the bike as hard. I know I’ve had a lot of success at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in the past but that doesn’t guarantee it’ll happen again. It’s going to be a combination of luck, skill, and fighting your way to that winner circle.”

Qualifying at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals begins on Friday, June 9th with runs at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. Qualifying continues Saturday, June 10th at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. Eliminations begin on Sunday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m.

NHRA Summernationals Race Schedule:
Friday, June 9: two qualifying runs at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, June 10: two qualifying runs at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, June 11: raceday begins at 11:00 a.m. (ET) starting with Top Fuel

NHRA Summernationals TV Schedule:
Friday, June 9: qualifying show will begin at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.
Saturday, June 10: live qualifying will begin at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1.
Sunday, June 11: live eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE POINT STANDINGS

  1. Eddie Krawiec 306
  2. LE Tonglet 291
  3. Andrew Hines 230
  4. Jerry Savoie 204
  5. Scotty Pollacheck 196
  6. Joey Gladstone 188
  7. Steve Johnson 136
  8. Matt Smith 136
  9. Hector Arana Jr. 126
  10. ANGELLE SAMPEY 114
  11. CORY REED 95

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