NHRA: Gatornationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series
AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
September 25-27, 2020

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.

ROUND 1

Lane Left Right
Driver John Hall – WIN Ryan Oehler
Car No. 1628 9
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .045 .063
60 FT 1.066 1.098
330 FT 2.881 2.968
660 FT 4.437 4.541
660 FT MPH 156.77 155.56
1000 FT 5.803 5.921
ET 6.980 7.105
MPH 190.03 189.02
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Angie Smith – WIN Steve Johnson
Car No. 8 751
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .024 .053
60 FT 1.099 1.062
330 FT 2.908 2.888
660 FT 4.427 4.437
660 FT MPH 160.90 158.13
1000 FT 5.758 5.790
ET 6.895 6.957
MPH 197.05 191.08
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Andrew Hines – WIN Hector Arana Jr
Car No. 1 6
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .066 .010
60 FT 1.059 1.088
330 FT 2.845 2.903
660 FT 4.372 4.436
660 FT MPH 159.74 159.70
1000 FT 5.706 5.775
ET 6.851 6.920
MPH 195.79 195.36
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Jerry Savoie – WIN Chris Bostick
Car No. 2 17
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .109 .066
60 FT 1.053 1.067
330 FT 2.850 2.898
660 FT 4.392 4.455
660 FT MPH 157.37 157.21
1000 FT 5.751 5.811
ET 6.924 6.972
MPH 189.58 192.66
Ov/Un

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).

Lane Left Right
Driver Eddie Krawiec – WIN Marc Ingwersen
Car No. 5 370
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .083 -.014
60 FT 1.078 1.093
330 FT 2.868 2.947
660 FT 4.386 4.533
660 FT MPH 161.15 153.96
1000 FT 5.711 5.926
ET 6.846 7.127
MPH 197.36 186.15
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Scotty Pollacheck – WIN Hector Arana
Car No. 11 10
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .083 .774
60 FT 1.167
330 FT 3.083
660 FT 4.700
660 FT MPH 150.01
1000 FT 6.134
ET 7.382
MPH 177.23
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Angelle Sampey – WIN Michael Phillips
Car No. 7 412
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .088 -.028
60 FT 1.080 1.093
330 FT 2.872 2.910
660 FT 4.392 4.462
660 FT MPH 160.56 157.50
1000 FT 5.718 5.821
ET 6.856 6.987
MPH 196.59 192.14
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Matt Smith – WIN  Kelly Clontz
Car No. 3 1981
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .065 .081
60 FT 1.082 1.082
330 FT 2.894 2.918
660 FT 4.413 4.476
660 FT MPH 161.21 156.94
1000 FT 5.731 5.841
ET 6.860 7.015
MPH 198.20 190.35
Ov/Un

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.

 

ROUND 2

Lane Left Right
Driver Jerry Savoie Scotty Pollacheck – WIN
Car No. 2 11
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .090 .045
60 FT 1.063 1.065
330 FT 2.879 2.875
660 FT 4.437 4.411
660 FT MPH 156.90 159.29
1000 FT 5.799 5.750
ET 6.972 6.898
MPH 189.36 194.63
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Matt Smith – WIN John Hall
Car No. 3 1628
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .049 -.001
60 FT 1.056 1.063
330 FT 2.850 2.868
660 FT 4.372 4.419
660 FT MPH 160.81 157.28
1000 FT 5.695 5.782
ET 6.828 6.952
MPH 197.77 191.40
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Angelle Sampey – WIN Angie Smith
Car No. 7 8
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .042 .125
60 FT 1.070 1.077
330 FT 2.883 2.880
660 FT 4.420 4.415
660 FT MPH 159.12 158.50
1000 FT 5.758 5.760
ET 6.907 6.906
MPH 194.83 195.85
Ov/Un

Sampey is 4 – 3 against Smith in prior events. Sampey with the starting line advantage and holds on for the hole shot win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Eddie Krawiec Andrew Hines – WIN
Car No. 5 1
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .084 .043
60 FT 1.088 1.086
330 FT 2.883 2.883
660 FT 4.413 4.422
660 FT MPH 159.78 159.10
1000 FT 5.750 5.764
ET 6.894 6.912
MPH 195.93 195.05
Ov/Un

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.

 

SEMI-FINAL

Lane Left Right
Driver Angelle Sampey Andrew Hines – WIN
Car No. 7 1
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT -.006 .032
60 FT 1.063 1.099
330 FT 2.852 2.896
660 FT 4.376 4.440
660 FT MPH 160.38 157.82
1000 FT 5.706 5.788
ET 6.848 6.941
MPH 195.85 194.74
Ov/Un

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.

Lane Left Right
Driver Matt Smith – WIN Scotty Pollacheck
Car No. 3 11
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .064 .033
60 FT 1.058 1.067
330 FT 2.855 2.874
660 FT 4.387 4.416
660 FT MPH 159.61 158.74
1000 FT 5.719 5.758
ET 6.859 6.903
MPH 196.73 195.68
Ov/Un

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.

 

FINAL

Lane Left Right
Driver Matt Smith – WIN Andrew Hines
Car No. 3 1
RT .025 .045
60 FT 1.060 1.083
330 FT 2.857 2.882
660 FT 4.380 4.428
660 FT MPH 160.44 158.13
1000 FT 5.708 5.775
ET 6.843 6.927
MPH 196.99 194.63

QUALIFYING

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.

POS RIDER BIKE # ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 3 6.814 198.96
02 Angelle Sampey 7 6.858 197.08
03 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.862 198.35
04 Scotty Pollacheck 11 6.872 196.62
05 Jerry Savoie 2 6.889 193.63
06 Andrew Hines 1 6.899 195.59
07 Angie Smith 8 6.903 193.79
08 Ryan Oehler 9 6.917 197.13
09 John Hall 1628 6.918 193.85
10 Steve Johnson 751 6.929 193.13
11 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.930 195.48
12 Chris Bostick 17 6.935 193.79
13 Hector Arana 10 6.942 194.8
14 Marc Ingwersen 370 7.029 188.89
15 Michael Phillips 412 7.063 191.29
16 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.126 191.08
17 David Barron 402 7.143 183.27
18 Lance Bonham 7012 7.217 184.32

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