Pro Stock Motorcycle
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.
Eliminations Round 2
Johnson is 2 – 0 against Bostick in prior events. Bostick timed out to give Johnson the freebie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Pablo Gonzalez is on the property ready to race but did not make a hit today.
Tomorrow’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.
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.
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
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