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NHRA 2021 Thunder Valley Nationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol Dragway on Friday
October 15-17, 2021

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Sampey finished off a fantastic day in Pro Stock Motorcycle with her second victory in the Countdown to the Championship. In an all-female final round, Sampey beat Karen Stoffer on a holeshot on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki, as her run of 6.773-seconds at 196.85 held up. It gave Sampey her 45th career victory and second this season, as she pulled within 25 points of Matt Smith. That was a big moment, as was collecting the first Wally trophy for the class at Bristol. The category competed in exhibition races at the track in 1999 and 2000, but Sampey’s win marked the first points race for Pro Stock Motorcycle in Thunder Valley.





“I’ve been out here for so long, I’ve really learned to appreciate everything I get now,” Sampey said. “When I win a race, the emotions are 100 percent genuine because it’s a task to get it done. To get four round wins is really tough and it means so much to me. I love this sport so much and this team just works so hard. This mission was to catch back up in the points race and we made it happen. It was a fantastic day and it would be great to get the No. 1 back on the motorcycle.”

Sampey got to the final round with victories against Andrew Hines, Chris Bostick and Eddie Krawiec. Stoffer advanced to her second final round this season and 25th in her career thanks to round wins against Lance Bonham, Ron Tornow and points leader and defending world champ Smith in the semifinals. Smith also holds a 56-point lead against Steve Johnson heading to the final two events.

NHRA Angelle Sampey Pro Stock Motorcycle

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action Oct. 29-31 with the Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Eliminations Round 1

Driver Chris Bostick – Win Charles Poskey
Car No. 17 201
RT .025 .032
60 FT 1.121 1.143
330 FT 2.925 3.014
660 FT 4.453 4.572
660 FT MPH 159.80 156.94
1000 FT 5.813 5.939
ET 6.994 7.117
MPH 188.46 63.70

This (#5) is the best starting spot for Chris Bostick. This is the first start (in 4 races) for Charles Poskey. A coin flip off of the line, Bostick gets out in front early and extends his lead all the way through the run.

 

Driver Eddie Krawiec – Win Joey Gladstone
Car No. 2 1550
RT .040 .030
60 FT 1.090 1.100
330 FT 2.913 2.936
660 FT 4.435 4.474
660 FT MPH 160.96 158.74
1000 FT 5.760 5.825
ET 6.895 6.998
MPH 196.93 189.98

Eddie Krawiec is 193 – 35 in rd. 1 (85%).  Joey Gladstone is 2 – 1 against Krawiec in first round races. Gladstone gets out of the gate first but Krawiec pulls even at the sixty foot mark. Krawiec gets around Gladstone and makes his quickest pass of the weekend to take the win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.000), 330 ft(0.013), 660ft(0.029), 1,000ft(0.055). MOV: 0.0933 seconds (approximately 26 feet).

Driver Ryan Oehler Kelly Clontz – Win
Car No. 7 1981
RT .200 .098
60 FT 1.203 1.097
330 FT 3.158 2.895
660 FT 4.831 4.438
660 FT MPH 135.61 157.82
1000 FT 6.643 5.807
ET 8.503 7.006
MPH 113.31 186.36

This is the first time in her 54 races that Kelly Clontz has qualified in the top half of the field.Ryan Oehler is 5 – 6 in rd.1 this year. Oehler had problems off of the line and was off the throttle a little past half track. Clontz was on a decent pass but was out of power a little early.

 

Driver Steve Johnson Ron Tornow – Win
Car No. 8 1138
RT .083 .003
60 FT 1.586 1.048
330 FT 3.917 2.866
660 FT 6.793 4.420
660 FT MPH 74.61 156.68
1000 FT 10.180 5.795
ET 13.777 6.984
MPH 58.06 187.83

Steve Johnson’s 10 first round wins this year are the most for him in a year since he won 13 in 2010. This is the 10th start for Ron Tornow. Johnson has been having problems all weekend. The problems continue here, the bike bogs right at the hit, then he is out of power before he gets to the 330 foot mark. Tornow goes down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend to get his first career round win.

 

NHRA Angelle Sampey Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Andrew Hines Angelle Sampey – Win
Car No. 4 6
RT .030 .042
60 FT 1.093 1.065
330 FT 2.892 2.846
660 FT 4.415 4.357
660 FT MPH 160.65 161.44
1000 FT 5.745 5.681
ET 6.887 6.821
MPH 195.70 195.62

Overall Andrew Hines is 16 – 19 against Angelle Sampey but he is 6 – 1 against her in rd. 1. In her career Angelle wins 76% of her rd. 1 races. Hines gets the advantage off of the line but Sampey reels him in before they reach the sixty foot mark. Sampey continues to pull away and makes the quickest pass of the weekend to take the win.
Angelle Sampey’s incremental times: 60ft-1.065 sec., 330ft-2.846, 660ft-4.357/161.44 mph, 1,000ft-5.681.

 

NHRA Scotty Pollacheck Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Scotty Pollacheck – Win
Car No. 3
Class PSM
Dial In
RT .050
60 FT 1.086
330 FT 2.922
660 FT 4.442
660 FT MPH 161.56
1000 FT 5.763
ET 6.894
MPH 197.71

Scotty Pollacheck won from the #1 spot in Atlanta this year.  Pollacheck gets the bye here and makes another good pass to move on. He will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.

 

Driver Matt Smith – Win Angie Smith
Car No. 1 5
RT .095
60 FT 1.082
330 FT 2.912
660 FT 4.421
660 FT MPH 162.98
1000 FT 5.732
ET 6.853
MPH 199.08

Matt Smith has qualified #2 at 3 races this year and won 2 of them including the last race in Dallas. Matt was scheduled to race Angie but she was injured Friday night and had to withdraw. Matt goes down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend in the win.

 

Driver Karen Stoffer – Win Lance Bonham
Car No. 777 7012
RT .594 .049
60 FT 1.080 1.326
330 FT 2.861 3.357
660 FT 4.390 5.060
660 FT MPH 155.69 145.91
1000 FT 5.794 6.522
ET 7.160 7.778
MPH 152.97 175.62

Karen Stoffer is 10 – 3 in rd. 1 when starting #3. This is the 3rd start for Lance Bonham in his 38 races. Bonham gets a big holeshot but his bike starts bucking up and down at the hit. Stoffer is able to make up ground and is able to get around him before they get to half track and pull away for the win. Karen Stoffer’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.299), 330 ft(-0.049), 660ft(0.125), 1,000ft(0.183). MOV: 0.0738 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

 

Eliminations Round 2

Driver Karen Stoffer – Win Ron Tornow
Car No. 777 1138
RT .010 .002
60 FT 1.059 1.068
330 FT 2.845 2.900
660 FT 4.361 4.471
660 FT MPH 160.71 155.08
1000 FT 5.692 5.861
ET 6.834 7.054
MPH 195.14 187.29

Stoffer is 1 – 0 against Tornow in prior events. Tornow is almost perfect off of the line but it isn’t enough. Stoffer gets a great light also, pulls ahead at the sixty foot mark, then pulls away for the win with her quickest pass of the weekend. Karen Stoffer’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.001), 330 ft(0.047), 660ft(0.102), 1,000ft(0.161).
MOV: 0.2126 seconds (approximately 58 feet).

 

Driver Scotty Pollacheck Eddie Krawiec – Win
Car No. 3 2
RT .041 .026
60 FT 1.096 1.094
330 FT 2.927 2.891
660 FT 4.445 4.406
660 FT MPH 162.20 161.65
1000 FT 5.766 5.721
ET 6.895 6.844
MPH 198.23 199.29

Krawiec is 19 – 2 against Pollacheck in prior events. Krawiec gets out of the gate first and starts pulling away. Pollacheck makes a good pass but Krawiec makes his quickest pass of the weekend and extends his lead at every marker. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.017), 330 ft(0.051), 660ft(0.054), 1,000ft(0.060). MOV: 0.0665 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

 

NHRA Matt Smtih Pro Stock Motorcycle

Driver Matt Smith – Win Kelly Clontz
Car No. 1 1981
RT .066 .061
60 FT 1.075 1.077
330 FT 2.889 2.877
660 FT 4.399 4.422
660 FT MPH 162.63 157.65
1000 FT 5.716 5.792
ET 6.843 6.965
MPH 198.20 190.78

Smith is 3 – 0 against Clontz in prior events. A coin flip off of the line, Clontz takes the early lead. Smith inches closer, then goes around before they reach half track and pulls away for the win. Matt Smith’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.003), 330 ft(-0.017), 660ft(0.018), 1,000ft(0.071). MOV: 0.1172 seconds (approximately 33 feet).

 

Driver Angelle Sampey – Win Chris Bostick
Car No. 6 17
RT .111 -.015
60 FT 1.055 1.055
330 FT 2.823 2.853
660 FT 4.328 4.617
660 FT MPH 162.43 124.30
1000 FT 5.704 6.580
ET 7.075 8.595
MPH 154.33 104.26

Sampey is 3 – 1 against Bostick in prior events. Bostick leaves a little too quickly and goes red giving the win to Sampey. Sampey has problems late in the run and the bike slows.

 

Eliminations – Semi-Final

Driver Eddie Krawiec Angelle Sampey – Win
Car No. 2 6
RT .060 .080
60 FT 1.109 1.053
330 FT 2.917 2.821
660 FT 4.495 4.333
660 FT MPH 144.29 160.94
1000 FT 6.199 5.665
ET 7.964 6.814
MPH 119.21 194.18

Sampey is 10 – 7 against Krawiec in prior events. Krawiec gets off the line first and starts drifting to the left. He fights to get it back to the right, gets close to the wall about 600 feet out, then he has to back off of the throttle. Sampey goes down the groove with her quickest pass of the weekend to take the win. Angelle Sampey’s incremental times: 60ft-1.053 sec., 330ft-2.821, 660ft-4.333/160.94 mph, 1,000ft-5.665. Sampey is going to her fourth final this year and the 78th of her career.

 

Driver Karen Stoffer – Win Matt Smith
Car No. 777 1
RT .013 .070
60 FT 1.047 1.121
330 FT 2.825 2.921
660 FT 4.330 4.436
660 FT MPH 162.31 161.42
1000 FT 5.652 5.761
ET 6.785 6.895
MPH 196.87 196.99

Smith is 18 – 13 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer gets the holeshot and starts pulling away. She goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the weekend and pulls away for the win. Smith makes a decent pass but was falling behind all the way through the run. Karen Stoffer’s incremental times: 60ft-1.047 sec., 330ft-2.825, 660ft-4.330/162.31 mph, 1,000ft-5.652.Stoffer is going to her second final this year and the 25th of her career.

Eliminations – Final

Driver Karen Stoffer Angelle Sampey – Win
Car No. 777 6
RT .029 .010
60 FT 1.057 1.052
330 FT 2.829 2.814
660 FT 4.324 4.320
660 FT MPH 163.93 162.10
1000 FT 5.633 5.639
ET 6.760 6.773
MPH 197.83 196.85

Sampey is 15 – 6 against Stoffer in prior events and each has won 1 times against the other in final rounds. Sampey gets out of the gate first and extends her lead to the 330 foot mark. Stoffer starts to make up ground but Sampey is able to hold her off and take the holeshot win. Angelle Sampey’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.024), 330 ft(0.034), 660ft(0.023), 1,000ft(0.013). MOV: 0.0066 seconds (approximately 23 inches). This is Sampey’s second win this year and the 45th of her career.

NHRA Angelle Sampey Pro Stock Motorcycle

SATURDAY QUALIFYING

Pollacheck grabbed the No. 1 spot from his teammate in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Smith, during the final pass of the day, earning his third No. 1 qualifier this season and fourth in his career on his Denso/Strutmaster/MSR Buell with a run of 6.859 at 197.80. He’s after his second win of the season and heads into raceday on a good note following his strong pass to close out qualifying.

“It’s so awesome to be here at Bristol and to be No. 1,” Pollacheck said. “To come here, someplace I’ve always seen on TV and I’ve always to come to because it looks so awesome, and end up with the No. 1 spot on the final qualifying run was pretty special. It was a good team effort and it was a good pass. It was a little surprising, but Matt told me afterward that if I rode it (well), it would go an .85.”

Smith, the defending world champ and current points leader, improved on his run from Friday, qualifying second with a 6.865 at 197.54 and Karen Stoffer jumped to third after going 6.867 at 189.26.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Scotty Pollacheck 3 6.859 197.8
02 Matt Smith 1 6.865 197.54
03 Karen Stoffer 777 6.867 189.26
04 Andrew Hines 4 6.906 195.28
05 Chris Bostick 17 6.913 191.97
06 Steve Johnson 8 6.942 193.6
07 Kelly Clontz 1981 6.965 190.16
08 Eddie Krawiec 2 6.966 196.36
09 Joey Gladstone 1550 6.966 190.75
10 Ryan Oehler 7 7.042 193.13
11 Ron Tornow 1138 7.084 188.15
12 Charles Poskey 201 7.175 190.83
13 Angelle Sampey 6 7.262 169.66
14 Lance Bonham 7012 7.313 183.74
15 Angie Smith 5 8.952 102.32

FRIDAY QUALIFYING

Picking up right where he left off in Dallas, Pro Stock Motorcycle went to the top on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR with a run of 6.900 at 197.51. This weekend marks the first official race for the class at Thunder Valley and Smith, the defending world champ and current points leader, made a strong first impression. If it holds, it would be the fourth No. 1 qualifier for Smith this season and 47th in his career.

After a slow start in the Countdown to the Championship, Smith is back to his usual impressive form, winning in Dallas and putting together a strong run in Bristol to open the weekend. It is the fourth of six playoff races in the class and Smith had an eight-point lead on Steve Johnson entering the weekend.

Chris Bostick is currently second after going 6.927 at 193.27, while Johnson is currently third with a solid pass of 6.942 at 193.60.

Qualifying continues at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 1 6.900 197.51
02 Chris Bostick 17 6.927 193.27
03 Steve Johnson 8 6.942 193.6
04 Andrew Hines 4 6.957 194.6
05 Scotty Pollacheck 3 6.964 194.58
06 Eddie Krawiec 2 6.966 196.36
07 Karen Stoffer 777 6.975 193.82
08 Joey Gladstone 1550 6.989 193.35
09 Ryan Oehler 7 7.086 191.67
10 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.181 188.65
11 Ron Tornow 1138 7.240 183.94
12 Angelle Sampey 6 7.262 169.66
13 Charles Poskey 201 7.317 190.7
14 Angie Smith 5 8.952 102.32
15 Lance Bonham 7012 9.005 98.11

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