NHRA: Gatornationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Matt Smith finished off a dominant weekend with his first win of the season on his Denso/Stockseth/MSR EBR, going 6.843 at 196.99 to beat defending world champ Andrew Hines in the final round. It also gives Smith, who was the No. 1 qualifier, his 25th career victory, continuing a stretch that also saw him win the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle at the most recent race. He knocked off Kelly Clontz, John Hall and Scotty Pollacheck to reach the final round before his wire-to-wire win against Hines. Smith moved into the points lead with his first win at Gainesville, celebrating a special weekend that also saw his dad, Rickie, win in Pro Mod.
“I’ve tried since 2006 to win this race and I’ve never been able to do it,” said Smith, a three-time world champ. “I’ve watched my dad do it a couple times and it means a lot to win it. I’ve always wanted to win Gainesville and leave with the points lead, and I was able to do it. Right now, I think Team MSR has the best team out here and we have the power to win this thing. We’ve just to keep everything together, but we have the power to win races and win a championship.”
Hines reached his 98th final round with victories against Hector Arana Jr., and teammates Eddie Krawiec and Angelle Sampey.
|Driver||John Hall – WIN||Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||156.77||155.56|
Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 85 percent, barometer 29.73 inches, adjusted altitude 2,714 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. This is the first time Hall and Oehler have faced each other in eliminations. Hall with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.
|Driver||Angie Smith – WIN||Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||160.90||158.13|
Johnson is 8 – 7 against Smith in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. she runs her quickest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||Andrew Hines – WIN||Hector Arana Jr|
|660 FT MPH||159.74||159.70|
Hines is 21 – 11 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana Jr. with the a great light, but Hines has the difference made up by 330 feet and never trails from there on for the win. Andrew Hines’ MOV: 0.0131 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Hines with his quickest pass of the weekend and low e.t. of race day for the win. Arana Jr. with his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie – WIN||Chris Bostick|
|660 FT MPH||157.37||157.21|
This is the first time Savoie and Bostick have faced each other in eliminations. Bostick with the starting line advantage, but Savoie has the difference made up by 330 feet and never trails from there on for the win in a close one. Jerry Savoie’s MOV: 0.0056 seconds (approximately 19 inches).
|Driver||Eddie Krawiec – WIN||Marc Ingwersen|
|660 FT MPH||161.15||153.96|
Krawiec is 1 – 0 against Ingwersen in prior events. Ingwersen goes red to give Krawiec the win. Krawiec with his quickest pass of the weekend and low e.t. of race day for the win. He will have lane choice over his teammate Hines in the next round.
|Driver||Scotty Pollacheck – WIN||Hector Arana|
|660 FT MPH||150.01||—|
Pollacheck is 8 – 5 against Arana in prior events. When the light turned green Arana’s bike just quit. Pollacheck with problems on the top end, but still gets the win. He will give up lane choice over Savoie in the next round.
|Driver||Angelle Sampey – WIN||Michael Phillips|
|660 FT MPH||160.56||157.50|
Sampey is 6 – 2 against Phillips in prior events. Phillips goes red to give Sampey the win. She runs her quickest pass of the weekend for the win. She will have lane choice over Angie Smith in the next round.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Kelly Clontz|
|660 FT MPH||161.21||156.94|
Smith is 2 – 0 against Clontz in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage and never trails for the win. He will have lane choice over Hall in the next round.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie||Scotty Pollacheck – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||156.90||159.29|
Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 75 percent, barometer 29.75 inches, adjusted altitude 3,022 feet, track temperature 97 degrees. Savoie is 10 – 5 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||John Hall|
|660 FT MPH||160.81||157.28|
Smith is 5 – 3 against Hall in prior events. hall is a tick too quick on the tree and turns on the red light to give Smith the win. Smith with a great pass for the win. He will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the semifinal.
|Driver||Angelle Sampey – WIN||Angie Smith|
|660 FT MPH||159.12||158.50|
Sampey is 4 – 3 against Smith in prior events. Sampey with the starting line advantage and holds on for the hole shot win.
|Driver||Eddie Krawiec||Andrew Hines – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||159.78||159.10|
Krawiec is 31 – 25 against Hines in prior events. Hines with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Andrew Hines’ MOV: 0.0235 seconds (approximately 7 feet). He will give up lane choice to his teammate Sampey in the semifinal.
|Driver||Angelle Sampey||Andrew Hines – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||160.38||157.82|
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 73 percent, barometer 29.67 inches, adjusted altitude 3,223 feet, track temperature 106 degrees. Sampey is 16 – 14 against Hines in prior events. Sampey is a little too quick on the tree and turned on the red light to give Hines the win.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Scotty Pollacheck|
|660 FT MPH||159.61||158.74|
Smith is 11 – 5 against Pollacheck in prior events. Pollacheck with the starting line advantage, but Smith chases him down just past half track and takes the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0137 seconds (approximately 4 feet). He will have lane choice over Hines in the final.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||160.44||158.13|
Matt Smith was impressive on Saturday, making the quickest run during both qualifying sessions, including a 6.814 at 198.96 on his DENSO Auto Parts/Stockseth Racing EBR during the final qualifier. It gives Smith, a three-time world champion, his second No. 1 qualifier in 2020 and 40th in his standout career. He will face off with Kelly Clontz to open eliminations as Smith seeks his first victory of the year. Angelle Sampey, who has a win this season, qualified second with a 6.858 at 197.08 and Eddie Krawiec’s 6.862 at 198.35 puts him third. Points leader Scotty Pollacheck is a spot behind after going 6.872 at 196.62.
|11||Hector Arana Jr||6||6.930||195.48|
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