DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals
September 17-19, 2021
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Josh Hart (Top Fuel), Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also picked up wins at the 15th of 20 races during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second race in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
After coming close on a couple recent occasions, Sampey broke through with the victory in the final round in Pro Stock Motorcycle, chasing down Joey Gladstone with a run of 6.861 at 196.62 on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. Sampey was late on the starting line, but she had enough at the finish line to slip past Gladstone, earning her first win this season and 44th in her career. She took out Ryan Oehler and then teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec to reach the final round, also moving to second in points behind Steve Johnson.
“I’ve struggled this year on the Suzuki. It’s been a rocket ship and I’m getting close to where I need to be,” Sampey said. “This race, I didn’t think I was going to make it to the final. I wanted to win it for my team and I feel like we raced our butts off today. I’m very excited and proud to have my win light come on, and I definitely dedicate this Wally to southern Louisiana.”
Gladstone reached the finals for the second time this year after defeating Jianna Salinas, Cory Reed and points leader Johnson. Sampey pulled to within 17 points of Johnson, with defending world champ Matt Smith 30 points back.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action Sept. 24-26 with the NHRA Midwest Nationals at the World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis.
Eliminations – Round 1
|Driver||W – Scotty Pollacheck||Angie Smith|
|660 FT MPH||159.95||157.93|
This is the 170th start for Angie Smith. Scotty Pollacheck is 6 – 3 against Angie overall but 0 – 1 against her this year. Smith gets off the line first, stays in front to the 1000 foot mark, then Pollacheck is able to get around her and pull away for the win. Scotty Pollacheck’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.039), 330 ft(-0.030), 660ft(-0.020), 1,000ft(-0.009). MOV: 0.0057 seconds (approximately 19 inches).
|Driver||Kelly Clontz||W – Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||156.32||158.13|
Andrew Hines is 235 – 58 in round 1 (80%). This (#10) equals the best starting spot for Kelly Clontz.
|Driver||James Underdahl||W – Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||158.30||159.19|
Eddie Krawiec is 13 – 3 in round 1 when starting 6th in the field. This is the 148th race for Jim Underdahl and his 128th start. Krawiec is 14 – 1 against Underdahl in prior events. Underdahl gets the holeshot but Krawiec pulls even at the 330 foot mark. Krawiec continues to pull away at that point and takes the win. Eddie Krawiec’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.017), 330 ft(0.000), 660ft(0.015), 1,000ft(0.027). MOV: 0.0417 seconds (approximately 12 feet).
|Driver||W – Cory Reed||Karen Stoffer|
|660 FT MPH||158.33||159.51|
Stoffer leaves a little too soon and goes red. Reed makes a decent pass to take the win.
|Driver||Jianna Salinas||W – Joey Gladstone|
|660 FT MPH||52.12||159.95|
Joey Gladstone beat Jianna Salinas in rd. 1 at Pomona this year. Jianna is making her 15th start. Salinas gets out of the gate first, gets about 300 feet out and the bike doesn’t go into the next gear. Gladstone goes around her at that point and pulls away for the win. Gladstone will have lane choice over Reed in the next round.
|Driver||Chris Bostick||W – Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||—||160.81|
This is the first time in his career that Steve Johnson has qualified #1 more than once in a season. Johnson goes down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far and will have lane choice over Pollacheck in the next round.
|Driver||Ryan Oehler||W – Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||158.67||161.52|
Angelle Sampey is 204 – 65 in round 1 in her career. Ryan Oehler is making his 52nd start. Oehler gets the holeshot, stays in front for about 500 feet, then Sampey powers by and pulls away for the win with the quickest pass of the round so far. Angelle Sampey’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.039), 330 ft(-0.005), 660ft(0.023), 1,000ft(0.045). MOV: 0.0571 seconds (approximately 16 feet). Sampey will have lane choice over Hines in the next round.
|Driver||Michael Phillips||W – Matt Smith|
|660 FT MPH||156.48||163.14|
Matt Smith wins 80% of his round 1 races when starting from the top half of the field.For his career Michael Phillips is 74 – 112 in round 1 (40%). Smith is 13 – 7 against Phillips in prior events. A coin flip off of the line, Smith starts pulling away quickly. he goes down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and the quickest pass of the round to take the win. Matt Smith’s incremental times: 60ft-1.082 sec., 330ft-2.888, 660ft-4.398/163.14 mph, 1,000ft-5.713. Smith will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.
Eliminations – Round 2
|Driver||Cory Reed||W – Joey Gladstone|
|660 FT MPH||160.08||158.24|
This is the first time Reed and Gladstone have faced each other in eliminations. Gladstone gets out of the gate first and starts pulling away. Reed starts to make up ground at the 330 foot mark, continues to gain ground, but Gladstone hangs on for the win. In the shutdown area, Reed starts drifting to the right. He leans hard, trying to get the bike back over to the left. He crosses in front of Gladstone, the bikes come in contact with each other, then Reed’s bike flips around and becomes airborne. Reed comes off of the bike, Gladstone ducks and avoids the rear of the bike, then Reed hits the track. The word from the top end, Reed is okay and talking to medical personnel.
|Driver||W – Steve Johnson||Scotty Pollacheck|
|660 FT MPH||161.61||159.49|
Pollacheck is 7 – 6 against Johnson in prior events. Pollacheck does everything he can do to try and beat johnson. he gets a perfect light, makes his quickest pass of the weekend, but Johnson is still able to get around him by the time they reach the 330 foot mark. Johnson will have lane choice over Gladstone in the next round.
|Driver||Andrew Hines||W – Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||159.91||159.85|
Sampey is 17 – 16 against Hines in prior events. Sampey gets out of the gate first, extends the lead to the 330 foot mark, then Hines starts making up ground. Hines continues to gain ground but Sampey hangs on for the holeshot win. Angelle Sampey’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.035), 330 ft(0.037), 660ft(0.038), 1,000ft(0.032).
|Driver||W – Eddie Krawiec||Matt Smith|
|660 FT MPH||159.76||162.68|
Krawiec is 27 – 20 against Smith in prior events. Smith misses the tree on the wrong side and goes red. Sampey will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.
Eliminations – Semi-Final
|Driver||Eddie Krawiec||W – Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||159.51||161.15|
Sampey is 9 – 7 against Krawiec in prior events. Sampey is almost perfect off of the line and she pulls away from Krawiec all the way through the run. Angelle Sampey’s incremental margins: 60ft(0.045), 330 ft(0.051), 660ft(0.067), 1,000ft(0.074). MOV: 0.0676 seconds (approximately 20 feet).
|Driver||Steve Johnson- DQ||W – Joey Gladstone|
|660 FT MPH||161.48||158.87|
Johnson is 2 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone gets the holeshot but Johnson reels him in quickly. Johnson continues to pull away but starts drifting to the right. He gets to the end of the run and takes out the timing block at the end of the track, DQ’ing his run and giving the win to Gladstone. Sampey will have lane choice over Gladstone in the final round.
Eliminations – Final
|Driver||Joey Gladstone||W – Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||159.89||161.42|
Sampey is 43-33 in final rounds, 0-2 this year. Gladstone is 0-1 in final rounds. Gladstone is 4 – 3 against Sampey in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Gladstone gets out of the gate first and he starts to pull away. He stays out in front to the 1000 foot mark, then his bike loses power and Sampey is able to get around him and take the win. Angelle Sampey’s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.079), 330 ft(-0.080), 660ft(-0.062), 1,000ft(-0.018). MOV: 0.2125 seconds (approximately 48 feet). Word from the top end, his kill switch came unplugged. This is Sampey’s 44th career victory.
Johnson turned in another standout day on his Mac Rak/Slick 50 Suzuki, improving from Friday’s run and qualifying No. 1 with a stellar pass of 6.788 at 197.74 in Pro Stock Motorcycle. It gives Johnson his second No. 1 qualifier this season, marking the first time in his career he has qualified No. 1 two times in a season. The points leader dominated in qualifying, making the quickest run in all three sessions and taking plenty of momentum into eliminations. Johnson is after his second straight win in the playoffs and following his impressive performance in qualifying, he feels good heading into raceday.
“I love the education of this. I’m learning so much,” said Johnson, who also won the spring race at Charlotte earlier this year. “We were pretty darn proud of that run and I’m proud as heck with how we’re running. I’m extremely pleased with this and we’ve never run like this before. It was all really, really small adjustments. The first run (Saturday), we got to learn from Q1 and we made little tiny adjustments and I rode it better.”
Angelle Sampey qualified second with a 6.848 at 195.05 and defending world champ Matt Smith is third, going 6.851 at 199.40 on his final qualifying run.
Things continue to roll in a great direction for Johnson, as the points leader vaulted to the top spot on his Mac Rak/Slick 50 Suzuki with a strong run of 6.807 at 196.47. It was a run that separated himself from the competition in Pro Stock Motorcycle, as Angelle Sampey qualified second with a 6.848 at 195.05.
If it holds, Johnson would qualify No. 1 for the second time this season and sixth time overall. It would also mark the first time in Johnson’s career that he has qualified No. 1 twice in one season. It would be the latest mark in Johnson’s impressive season, as he has two victories and leads the Countdown to the Championship for the first time in his career.
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