AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Oct 16-18, 2020
Pro Stock Motorcycle
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Texas Motorplex continued to be very good to Jerry Savoie, as he picked up his second straight win at the track by going 6.910 at 191.16 in the final round on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki. It was Savoie’s sixth straight final round at the facility, and he picked up his third career win in Dallas by racing past Joey Gladstone in the championship round. Savoie, who won for the first time since Dallas last year and 13th time overall, beat Marc Ingwersen, Cory Reed and Eddie Krawiec to reach the final round.
“There’s just something about Texas,” Savoie said. “To come here and be in the finals six times and win three, it’s just awesome and a great deal. We’ve really been struggling and (crew chief) Tim (Kulungian) has been working really hard at the shop. We didn’t have the fastest bike today, but luck was on our side and we just out-raced them.”
Gladstone advanced to his first career final round in the class with victories against Hector Arana Jr., Michael Phillips and Angelle Sampey. No. 1 qualifier Matt Smith maintained his points lead despite losing in the first round when his bike would not start, and Scotty Pollacheck stayed in second, 50 behind his teammate.
Round 1 Eliminations
|Driver||Joey Gladstone – WIN||Hector Arana Jr|
|660 FT MPH||157.59||159.89|
Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 64 percent, barometer 29.38 inches, adjusted altitude 3,054 feet, track temperature 90 degrees. Arana Jr is 2 – 1 against Gladstone in prior events. Arana Jr. goes red to give Gladstone the win.
|Driver||Cory Reed – WIN||Scotty Pollacheck|
|660 FT MPH||158.84||160.54|
Reed and Pollacheck have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage, but Reed had the difference made up by the time they went by the Christmas tree. He holds on for the win. Cory Reed’s MOV: 0.0073 seconds (approximately 2 feet).
|Driver||John Hall||Angie Smith – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||159.16||162.08|
This (No. 2) is the best starting spot for Angie Smith. Smith is 2 – 1 against Hall in prior events. Hall with a slight starting line advantage, but Smith had the lead just past half track and takes the win. Angie Smith’s MOV: 0.0537 seconds (approximately 15 feet).
|Driver||Steve Johnson||Eddie Krawiec – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||158.89||161.65|
Eddie Krawiec is 11 – 1 against Steve Johnson in round 1. For his career Eddie wins 85% of his opening round matches. Krawiec is 21 – 5 against Johnson in prior events. Krawiec with the slight starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend. This is low E.T. of race day. He will have lane choice over Angie Smith in the next round.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie – WIN||Marc Ingwersen|
|660 FT MPH||159.02||157.48|
Jerry Savoie is 8 – 3 in the first round when qualified #3. Savoie is 1 – 0 against Ingwersen in prior events. Ingwersen with a great light, but Savoie had the lead by 330 feet and holds on for the win. Jerry Savoie’s MOV: 0.0265 seconds (approximately 7 feet). He will have lane choice to reed in the next round.
|Driver||Andrew Hines – WIN||Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||162.06||157.67|
This (No. 12) is the lowest starting spot for Andrew Hines since he qualified 12th at this race last year. Hines is 6 – 0 against Oehler in prior events. Hines with a tick advantage on the tree and never trailed for the win. He runs low E.T. of race day for the win.
|Driver||Kelly Clontz||Angelle Sampey – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||158.58||161.23|
Kelly Clontz is the 82nd different rider to race Angelle Sampey. Angelle has a winning record against 74 of those she has faced. Sampey with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. She will give up lane choice to Hines in the next round.
|Driver||Michael Phillips – WIN||Matt Smith|
|660 FT MPH||122.42||—|
This is the first time Matt and Angie Smith have qualified Nos.1 & 2. This is the 41st time Matt Smith has been No. 1 and that’s the fifth most in Pro Stock Motorcycle history. He is 33 – 7 in round 1 when starting from the top spot and overall he is 10 -1 against Michael Phillips in round 1. Smith is 13 – 6 against Phillips in prior events. Smith can’t get his bike to fire and he walks away from the bike. Phillips with problems on the run and clicks it off. He will give up lane choice to Gladstone in the next round.
Round 2 Eliminations
|Driver||Joey Gladstone – WIN||Michael Phillips|
|660 FT MPH||157.72||109.32|
This is the first time Gladstone and Phillips have faced each other in eliminations. Phillips with the starting line advantage, but Gladstone has the lead by the time they go by the Christmas and never trails from there on for the win.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie – WIN||Cory Reed|
|660 FT MPH||156.50||158.93|
Savoie is 5 – 0 against Reed in prior events. Savoie with the starting line advantage and the win. Jerry Savoie’s MOV: 0.0342 seconds (approximately 10 feet).
|Driver||Angie Smith||Eddie Krawiec – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||160.44||160.73|
Smith with the starting line advantage, but Krawiec had the lead by the time they went by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0436 seconds (approximately 12 feet). He will lane choice over Savoie in the semifinal.
|Driver||Angelle Sampey – WIN||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||160.63||159.76|
Sampey is 16 – 15 against Hines in prior events. Sampey with a great light and the win. She will have lane choice over Gladstone in the semifinal.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie – WIN||Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||158.15||159.46|
Weather conditions: air temperature 90 degrees, relative humidity 50 percent, barometer 29.30 inches, adjusted altitude 3,668 feet, track temperature 109 degrees. Savoie with a great light and never trailed for the win. Jerry Savoie’s MOV: 0.0496 seconds (approximately 14 feet).
|Driver||Joey Gladstone – WIN||Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||158.32||159.87|
Angelle Sampey has raced 82 different riders and she has a winning record against 75 of them. Joey Gladstone is one of the 7 riders with a winning record against her (3-2). Sampey goes red to give Gladstone the win. Gladstone advances to his first career final.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie – WIN||Joey Gladstone|
|660 FT MPH||159.01||157.87|
Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.29 inches, adjusted altitude 3,568 feet, track temperature 104 degrees. Savoie is 5 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Savoie with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He wins his first Wally since last year here and his 13th career Wally.
Matt Smith also qualified No. 1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying, going 6.808 at 200.71. It gives the three-time world champ his third straight No. 1 qualifier, fourth in the past five races and 41st in his career. He will race Michael Phillips in the opening round of eliminations. Smith’s wife, Angie, took the second spot with a run of 6.809 at 200.89, breaking the track speed record and earning a spot in the Denso 200-mph club. Jerry Savoie will open eliminations in the third spot after going 6.828 at 192.85.
Qualifying Round 2
|09||Hector Arana Jr||6||6.901||196.3|
Angie Smith blasts her Denso EBR into the Denso 200-mph Club
Angie Smith became the fifth member of the Denso 200-mph Club in the opening Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying session of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
Smith rode her Denso EBR to a speed of 200.89 mph to join Hector Arana Jr., Eddie Krawiec, and her teammates, husband Matt and Scotty Pollacheck, in the exclusive club.
|Hector Arana Jr||200.23||3/16/2018|
“When your sponsor runs the Denso 200-mph Club, all you want to do is go 200 mph<’ she said. “It’s been such a burden on me and I’ve been on [Matt’s] butt the whole time, telling ‘I want to go 200,’ and he just told me that I needed to put it all together. I’m so happy for my team; they have stood behind me and encouraged me.”
Angie’s run of 6.809 was the session’s quickest number until Matt followed a few pairs later with a 6.808, also at more than 200 mph (200.71) to steal the no. 1 spot from his wife.
“We have really good air and a little tail/side wind, our bikes have a lot of power, and now we have three bikes on the club,” said Matt. “It’s such an honor to ride for Denso, the sponsor of the club. Their Iridium spark plugs are the key, and Lucas Oil.”
|06||Hector Arana Jr||6||6.901||196.3|
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