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NHRA 2022 U.S. Nationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park
Aug 31 – Sep 5, 2022

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Defending world champ Smith may be getting hot at the perfect time in Pro Stock Motorcycle, rolling to the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals victory in impressive fashion. He went 6.872 at 195.99 on his Denso Auto Parts EBR in the final round, knocking off Karen Stoffer to claim his first Indy win since 2006. It’s also Smith’s third win this season and 35th in his standout career, as he knocked off Scotty Pollacheck, Hector Arana Jr., and Jerry Savoie to reach the final round. Smith was consistent throughout qualifying and eliminations, putting together an ideal weekend to win at the Big Go, moving into the points lead heading into the Countdown to the Championship.





“We started with the Suzuki on Friday, but I just wasn’t happy with it,” Smith said. “It ran well up to the eight-mile, but I was just frustrated with it. I decided to go with the (EBR) and we had a good bike the rest of the weekend. All in all, I felt it was a great weekend for the bike. I’ve been to the finals a lot of times here and I’m just blessed to have two (Indy) wins. They better watch out for me. We’ve got a good bike and we’re going to defend our championship.”

Stoffer reached her 30th career final round and third this season on the strength of round wins against Joey Gladstone, Ron Tornow, and Steve Johnson.

ROUND ONE

W – Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, .010, 6.913, 194.10
L – Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, .004, 6.942, 193.82

Joey Gladstone is 8 – 1 in the first round this year. Karen Stoffer is 129 – 124 in the first round in her career. Stoffer is 5 – 3 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone with a great light, but Stoffer has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win.

W – Angie Smith, .060, 6.908, 196.13
L – Ryan Oehler, .039, 7.015, 191.19

Angie Smith is 3 – 1 against Ryan Oehler and they have all been in Rd. 1. Ryan Oehler is making his 65th start. Oehler with the starting line advantage, but Smith has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win.

W – Hector Arana Jr, Buell, .007, 6.895, 195.76
L – Marc Ingwersen, .020, 6.922, 194.24

In his career Hector Arana Jr. is 111 – 45 (71%) in Rd. 1. Marc Ingwersen is 0 – 2 against Arana Jr. Arana Jr. with a great light and the win. Hector Arana Jr’s MOV: 0.0404 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

W – Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, .058, 6.878, 194.52
L – Chip Ellis, .072, 7.097, 190.70

Savoie is 4 – 2 against Ellis in prior events. Savoie with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.

W – Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, .081, 6.952, 193.74
L – Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, .088, 6.966, 194.07

Eddie Krawiec is 31 – 1 in Rd. 1 when starting from the #3 spot. Jianna Evaristo is making her 23rd start. Krawiec is 1 – 0 against Evaristo in prior events. Evaristo with a slight starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.

W – Steve Johnson, Suzuki, .089, 6.907, 195.05
L – Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, .036, 6.978, 192.11

Steve Johnson starts the event with 299 round wins. Kelly Clontz is making her 47th start. Johnson is 4 – 0 against Clontz in prior events. Clontz with the starting line advantage, but Johnson chases her down by half track and never trails from there on for the win.

W – Ron Tornow, .016, 6.981, 190.27
L – Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, .220, 6.919, 195.31

Angelle Sampey is 50 – 6 in Rd. 1 when qualified #1. Ron Tornow is making his 15th start. Sampey is 1 – 0 against Tornow in prior events. Tornow with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole-shot win. He wins his first round of eliminations. He will give up lane choice to stoffer in the next round.

W – Matt Smith, Suzuki, .066, 6.866, 198.55
L – Scotty Pollacheck, .627, 7.034, 194.58

Matt Smith wins 81% of his Rd. 1 races when starting from the top half if the field. Scotty Pollacheck is 6 – 15 against Matt Smith and 3 – 5 against him in Rd. 1 Smith with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Smith makes the quickest pass of the round and will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in the next round.

QUARTERFINALS

W – Karen Stoffer, .027, 6.914, 194.88
L – Ron Tornow, .011, 7.098, 182.33

Stoffer is 2 – 0 against Tornow in prior events. Great eleven light for Tornow, but Stoffer is right on by before the 330 lights and pulling steadily for the easy win.

W – Steve Johnson, .030, 6.912, 193.82
L – Angie Smith, .051, 6.891, 196.36

Smith is 12 – 10 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson leaves first and leads for a while, but Sampey starts reeling him in. She runs out of real estate and just misses the win by 0.0006!

W – Jerry Savoie, .162, 6.889, 193.32
L – Jianna Evaristo, Foul – Red Light -.006

Savoie and Evaristo have each won 2 times against the other in prior events.

W – Matt Smith, .059, 6.859, 198.47
L – Hector Arana Jr, Foul – Red Light -.072

Smith is 12 – 11 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana goes red this time and Smith will have lane choice next round.

SEMI-FINALS

W – Karen Stoffer, .019, 6.920, 194.10
L – Steve Johnson, .050, 6.930, 192.06

Stoffer is 18 – 11 against Johnson in prior events. Karen Stoffer is the only one of the four semi-finalists who has never won Indy. The #9 PSM qualifier has reached the finals here once (2013) Stoffer leaves first and pulls steadily ahead for a twelve-foot win over a strong Johnson.

W – Matt Smith, .075, 6.893, 197.45
L – Jerry Savoie, .087, 6.950, 191.43

Savoie is 12 – 10 against Smith in prior events. Jerry Savoie is 4 – 3 against Matt Smith in semi-final races. Smith gets a starting line advantage and holds off Savoie for the decisive win. He has to wins and one runner up this year and a 34-34 career record.

FINAL

W – Matt Smith,  .081, 6.872, 195.99
L – Karen Stoffer, .033, 8.094, 104.17

Smith is 20 – 15 against Stoffer in prior events and Smith is 4 – 2 against Stoffer in prior final rounds. Stoffer gets a big starting line advantage and runs ahead until right after the 60 lights, where she slows. Smith powers on by to take his third Indy win, his third win of the year with one runner up. That gives him a career 3-3 record.


Pro Stock Motorcycle Points Standing

1. Matt Smith, 802
2. Joey Gladstone, 774
3. Steve Johnson, 734
4. Angelle Sampey, 728
5. Eddie Krawiec, 688
6. Karen Stoffer, 675
7. Angie Smith, 665
8. Jerry Savoie, 656
9. Marc Ingwersen, 427
10. Ryan Oehler, 346


Sunday Qualifying

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sampey held onto her No. 1 spot from Saturday, clinching her fourth top qualifier of the season thanks to her run of 6.796 at 199.88 on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. It’s also the 57th career No. 1 qualifier for Sampey, who will try to win the U.S. Nationals for the first time in 20 years. That would wrap up a stellar weekend for Sampey, who is after her third win at the Big Go. She’ll take on Ron Tornow to open eliminations.

“The last two runs today were good, and we feel confident going into tomorrow,” said Sampey, who has seven career No. 1 qualifiers at the U.S. Nationals. “We’re going to hold onto this the best we can and we’re certainly capable of winning this race if I can keep my composure. I’m going to give it my all and I just want to win the race. But I need to do my job in the first round and that’s where I need to keep my focus. I’m just so comfortable on this bike.”

Defending world champ Matt Smith made the best two runs on Sunday and finished second with a 6.800 at 201.16, while Krawiec’s 6.826 at 198.79 from earlier in the weekend put him third. Points leader Joey Gladstone qualified seventh.

1. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.796, 199.88
2. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.800, 201.16
3. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.826, 198.79
4. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.828, 200.20
5. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.835, 197.57
6. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.846, 196.50
7. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.873, 197.86
8. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.873, 195.70
9. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.875, 197.05
10. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.898, 195.00
11. Chip Ellis, EBR, 6.899, 194.94
12. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.900, 195.39
13. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.910, 196.02
14. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 6.924, 195.17
15. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.937, 195.87
16. Ron Tornow, Victory, 6.945, 192.28
Did Not Qualify
17. Malcolm Phillips Jr., 6.946, 194.41
18. Chris Bostick, 6.989, 191.38
19. Gaige Herrera, 7.067, 188.31
20. Michael Phillips, 14.068, 58.40


Saturday Qualifying

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sampey jumped past her teammate on Saturday, taking the No. 1 spot from Eddie Krawiec with her pass of 6.796 at 199.88 on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. Sampey is after her fourth No. 1 spot of the season and also her first victory at Indy since 2002. That’s the big goal for the weekend for Sampey, who made the best two passes of the day on Saturday in the class.

“Last night, my teammate Eddie was No. 1, and I came out here and took it from him,” Sampey said. “We knew last night there was more left in my bike and there is still more left. I don’t think I did the best job of riding it. This is Indy and I know it’s the biggest race but to be honest, I’m greedy. I want to win them all.”

Matt Smith jumped up to second with a 6.800 at 201.16, while Krawiec’s 6.826 at 198.79 has him third.

1. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.796, 199.88
2. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.800, 201.16
3. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.826, 198.79
4. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.828, 200.20
5. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.835, 197.57
6. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.846, 196.50
7. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.873, 195.70
8. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.875, 197.05
9. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.884, 198.76
10. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.898, 195.00
11. Chip Ellis, EBR, 6.899, 194.94
12. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.900, 195.39
13. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.910, 196.02
14. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 6.937, 192.28
15. Ron Tornow, Victory, 6.945, 192.28
16. Malcolm Phillips Jr., Suzuki, 6.946, 194.41
Not Qualified:
17. Scotty Pollacheck, 6.958, 196.53
18. Chris Bostick, 6.989, 191.38
19. Gaige Herrera, 7.068, 188.31
20. Michael Phillips, 7.099, 193.05


Friday Qualifying

Looking for his 50th career win on drag racing’s grandest stage, Krawiec made a strong first impression in Pro Stock Motorcycle on Friday, delivering a 6.826 at 198.79 on his Vance & Hines Suzuki. It would be the second top spot of 2022 for Krawiec, who has advanced to back-to-back final rounds this year, and the 51st in his career. In addition to the milestone career victory, Krawiec, the defending event winner at Indy, is also seeking his first victory of the season.

“I just want to win,” Krawiec said. “I’m just going to come out here and stay focused on my program, keep my head looking forward. I feel very confident. I’ve got a good motorcycle and I’m coming into where I need to be at the right time. This is a points-and-a-half and it’s about being really consistent on raceday.”

Angie Smith is currently second after the opening qualifying session with a run of 6.859 at 199.85 and Jerry Savoie is a spot behind after going 6.882 at 192.91.

1. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.826, 198.79
2. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.859, 199.85
3. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.882, 192.91
4. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.884, 198.76
5. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.886, 197.59
6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.890, 196.27
7. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.898, 195.00
8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.929, 196.10
9. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 6.937, 192.28
10. Malcolm Phillips Jr., Suzuki, 6.946, 194.41
11. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.958, 196.53
12. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.981, 194.04
13. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.017, 193.49
14. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.079, 190.00
15. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.079, 168.77
16. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 7.172, 184.55
Not Qualified:
17. Ryan Oehler, 7.396, 156.08
18. Chip Ellis, 7.891, 168.49
19. Ron Tornow, 10.209, 84.16


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