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2021 NHRA Gatornationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

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Pro Stock Motorcycle

It was an outstanding start to a title defense season for Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Matt Smith, as he made multiple runs of 200 mph or faster on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR, including the final round when he went 6.785 at 200.65 to beat Ryan Oehler’s 6.869 at 196.53.
NHRA Matt Smith Pro Stock Motorcycle
It was Smith’s quickest run of the weekend and he topped 200 mph on every run in eliminations to win in Gainesville for a second straight year. He knocked off Jim Underdahl, Hector Arana Jr. and Steve Johnson to reach the final round, rolling to his 27th career win.

“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.”

Oehler advanced to his third career final round thanks to round wins against Jerry Savoie, Karen Stoffer and Scotty Pollacheck.

Eliminations Round 1

Reed is 3 – 2 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage and the win.









NHRA PSM E1
This is the first time Gladstone and Bostick have faced each other in eliminations. Bostick with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Chris Bostick’s MOV: 0.0441 seconds (approximately 13 feet). He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. He will have lane choice over Johnson in the next round.
NHRA PSM E1
Stoffer is 2 – 0 against Clontz in prior events. Stoffer with the starting line advantage and the win. Stoffer runs her quickest pass for the win. NHRA PSM E1
Johnson and Hall have each won 1 times against the other in prior events. Johnson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. NHRA PSM E1
Sampey is 7 – 2 against Phillips in prior events. Phillips with a great light, but Sampey chased him down right in the lights for the win. Angelle Sampey’s MOV: 0.0128 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Phillips with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort. Sampey will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the next round. NHRA PSM E1
Savoie is 2 – 0 against Oehler in prior events. They have identical reaction times, Savoie’s bike with problems right at the hit. Oehler is straight down the groove for the win. He will give up lane choice to Stoffer in the next round.NHRA PSM E1
They have identical reaction times, Underdahl has the lead early. But Smith chases him down by half-track and doesn’t trail from there on for the win. Smith will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in the next round by 0.001 seconds. NHRA PSM E1
Arana Jr is 12 – 5 against Smith in prior events. Arana Jr. with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Arana Jr. with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Smith with her quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort. NHRA PSM E1

Eliminations Round 2

Johnson is 2 – 0 against Bostick in prior events. Bostick timed out to give Johnson the freebie.

NHRA PSM E2

Sampey is 7 – 6 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with a near-perfect light and the power to hold on for the holeshot win in a close one. Scotty Pollacheck’s MOV: 0.0023 seconds (approximately 8 inches). He will give up lane choice to Oehler in the semifinal.

NHRA PSM E2

Stoffer is 2 – 1 against Oehler in prior events. stoffer a too quick on the tree and turned on the red light to give Oehler the win. He makes a good looking pass, he is quicker than his round one win.

NHRA PSM E2

Arana Jr is 11 – 10 against Smith in prior events. Smith with starting line advantage, but Arana Jr. has the lead at 330 feet. Smith chased Arana Jr. down by 1000 feet and takes the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0307 seconds (approximately 9 feet). Smith runs another 200 mph pass for the win. He will have lane choice over Johnson in the semifinal. NHRA PSM E2

Eliminations Round 3

Oehler and Pollacheck have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Oehler is straight down the groove for the win. Pollacheck’s bike didn’t move when the light turned green. The word from Pollacheck was the bike lost oil pressure.

NHRA PSM E3

Smith is 18 – 13 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson with the starting line advantage, but Smith chased him down around 800 feet and rode a way for the win. Another 200 mph speed for Smith, he will have lane choice over Oehler in the final.

NHRA PSM E3

Eliminations FINAL

Smith is 3 – 2 against Oehler in prior events and Oehler is 1 – 0 against Smith in prior final rounds. Oehler with the starting line advantage, Smith grabs the lead by 330 feet and never trails from there on for the win. This is Smith’s 27th Pro Stock Wally and his second here. He won the event here last year.

NHRA PSM E4

Saturday

A terrific opening weekend got even better for Angelle Sampey in Pro Stock Motorcycle, as she improved on her run from Friday with a pass of 6.742 at 200.00 on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki.

NHRA Angelle Sampey

It gave the three-time world champion her 52nd career No. 1 qualifier and Sampey will open eliminations against Michael Phillips. Sampey’s fastest career run also sent her into the Denso Auto Parts 200 mph club, a significant achievement on her new four-valve Suzuki.

“It is amazing to feel the love and support from everyone at Vance & Hines,” said Sampey, who has three career Gatornationals victories. “I’ve always been on a mission and it feels like mission accomplished already. But there’s still so much more ahead this weekend with this Suzuki four-valve that Vance & Hines developed. I’m just the lucky rider who gets to be on this bike and I’m loving it. I’m still learning the motorcycle and it’s been a struggle at times, but I’m still going.”

NHRA Joey Gladstone

Defending world champ Matt Smith qualified second with a 6.768 at 199.82, and he went a weekend-best 200.74 in the final qualifying session. Joey Gladstone took the third spot after going 6.783 at 198.50.

Eliminations at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals begin at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday.

NHRA Ryan Oehler

01 Angelle Sampey 6 6.742 200
02 Matt Smith 1 6.768 199.82
03 Joey Gladstone 1550 6.783 198.5
04 Ryan Oehler 7 6.811 198.7
05 Karen Stoffer 777 6.814 196.24
06 Steve Johnson 8 6.816 198.2
07 Hector Arana Jr 9 6.817 198.32
08 Scotty Pollacheck 3 6.827 198.79
09 Cory Reed 574 6.839 198.61
10 Angie Smith 5 6.842 199.43
11 John Hall 1628 6.874 197.31
12 Kelly Clontz 1981 6.875 194.32
13 Jerry Savoie 10 6.879 193.74
14 Chris Bostick 17 6.906 194.66
15 James Underdahl 533 6.912 194.21
16 Michael Phillips 412 6.924 194.72
17 Marc Ingwersen 370 6.925 195.08
18 Jianna Salinas 7253 6.974 181.64
19 Pablo Gonzalez 2036 7.033 188.38
20 David Barron 11 7.039 188.62
21 Lance Bonham 7012 7.053 188.49

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle – Friday

Debuting a new four-valve Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki, Angelle Sampey impressed immediately in Pro Stock Motorcycle, jumping to the top spot with a stellar run of 6.746 at 196.67.

If it holds, it would be the 52nd career top spot for the three-time world champ, who is also among the first in the class to ride the new four-valve Suzuki.

Defending world champ and event winner Matt Smith wasn’t far off Sampey’s pace, checking in at No. 2 thanks to a 6.768 at a class-best 199.82. Hector Arana Jr. is currently third with his run of 6.817 at 198.32.

Matt Smith Pro Stock Motorcycle

01 Angelle Sampey 6 6.746 196.67
02 Matt Smith 1 6.768 199.82
03 Hector Arana Jr 9 6.817 198.32
04 Karen Stoffer 777 6.821 193.9
05 Joey Gladstone 1550 6.828 195.31
06 Scotty Pollacheck 3 6.863 197.22
07 Ryan Oehler 7 6.884 195.28
08 James Underdahl 533 6.912 194.21
09 Angie Smith 5 6.920 196.39
10 Marc Ingwersen 370 6.948 193.54
11 Kelly Clontz 1981 6.982 192.3
12 Jianna Salinas 7253 6.987 188.65
13 Cory Reed 574 6.988 191.02
14 David Barron 11 7.149 189.07
15 Lance Bonham 7012 7.212 187.08
16 John Hall 1628 7.405 137.37
17 Chris Bostick 17 7.471 153.61
18 Pablo Gonzalez 2036 9.550 89.3
19 Michael Phillips 412 15.790 31.89

Qualifying for Pro Stock Motorcycle continues Saturday at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals begin at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Reporter’s Notebook: Tuesday Testing

Testing at the NHRA Camping World Amalie Motor Oil, Gator Nationals commenced in the chilly morning ours at close to 9 AM, EST today. It was as cold as 40 degrees overnight, but fortunately, the bright sunshine quickly warmed the racing surface, long before ambient air temps caught up with track surface temps.

NHRA Gatornationals

The usual stellar NHRA prepped racing surface was in play and racers had 1320’ of billiard table smooth track to boogie upon, and it was groomed consistently all day. The NHRA Safety Safari was in the house and effective COVID safety Protocols are in effect for this event.

For Pro Stock Motorcycles, test hits were made by Joey Gladstone running a 6.80 at 196 mph, Cory Reed a 6.84 at 194 mph, Ryan Oehler, Karen Stoffer, James Underdahl, Marc Ingwersen, and Jianna Salinas who posted a 6.98 at 186 on her hit late in the day.

NHRA Gatornationals

Pablo Gonzalez is on the property ready to race but did not make a hit today.

NHRA GatornationalsTomorrow’s test and tune will resume with the same open format as today. As soon as a machine is ready, it comes to the lanes and is sent down track.

NHRA Gatornationals

Qualifying for the 51st Gator Nationals for the professional classes will commence on Friday with Top Fuel Harley slated for 3:15 PM, EST and Pro Stock Motorcycle will run during the first round of the professional class cars later Friday afternoon.

 


2021 NHRA Season Begins at Gainesville Raceway

For the first time in National Hot Rod Association history, it’s annual season will kick-off with the 51st running of the NHRA, Gatornationals, March 11-14, 2021.

The event will be contested at the historic Gainesville Raceway, in Gainesville, Florida. The dragstrip was constructed in 1969, and one year later, it hosted the first “Gators” and has been sending the fast and the furious down its 1320 feet of racing surface ever since.

With the NHRA doing all it can to deal with COVID-19 complications, this necessitated starting the 2021 season in Florida for the first time in 71 years and not kicking things off in Pomona, the traditional home turf of the NHRA.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In NHRA Camping World Pro Stock Motorcycle class racing, 20 racers are pre-entered for the event, led by last year’s NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith, who earned his 4th ring. He’s worked hard and since his first year in 2003, he’s amassed no less than 26 national event wins in support of his four championships and has a best of 6.729 @ 201.76 MPH.

Matt’s 201.76 was run at the Gators in 2019. Andrew Hines, is the current ET National Record holder for Pro Stock Motorcycle with a stout 6.720, run on March 19th, 2019, also at the historic Gator Nationals.

NHRA Gatornationals

Pro Stock Motorcycle pre-registered races:

  • Scottie Pollacheck
  • Angie Smith
  • Angelle Sampey
  • Ryan Oehler
  • Steve Johnson
  • Hector Arana Jr
  • Gerald Savoie
  • Chris Bostick
  • Marc Ingwersen
  • Michael Phillips
  • James Underdahl
  • Cory Reed
  • Karen Stoffer
  • Joey Gladstone
  • John Hall
  • Kelly Clontz
  • Pablo Gonzalez
  • Lance Bonham
  • Jianna Salinas

Conspicuous by their absence at this race will be NHRA PSM standouts Eddie Krawiec and team-mate Andrew Hines, who are currently working on an all-new combination.

Motorcycle qualifying action will begin on Friday. The Top Fuel Harley motorcycles are slated to do their first qualifier of three sessions at 3:15, EST and the PSM class will follow shortly thereafter. Keep in mind all times are subject to change due to prevailing racing conditions. Saturday’s qualifying times are initially set for PSM, after 12 noon, followed by TFH at 1PM. The third and final session will be close to 3:15 PM, EST.

Eliminations on Sunday for TFH are scheduled for 8:45 AM, 12:50 and finals to be run at 2:30. The Pro Stock Motorcycles will run with the car sessions and their schedule will dictate exactly when the Pro Stock Motorcycles will commence their action. Follow NHRA.com for details. And watch online at NHRA.Tv

NHRA Gatornationals


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