Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil
July 16-18, 2021
Pro Stock Motorcycle
There is still a lot of racing left to do in 2021, but if anyone is to keep Matt Smith from winning a fifth Camping World NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, it might be best to do it now. Smith won for the third time this year when he topped Eddie Krawiec in the final round of the Dodge//SRT NHRA Mile-High Nationals, backing up his most recent win in Norwalk three weeks ago.
The two rivals were even at the start, but Smith’s Denso Buell quickly established an advantage and stretched the lead to a sizable 7.118 to 7.175 margin at the finish line. Both riders flirted with the elusive 190-mph barrier at Bandimere Speedway with side-by-side 189-mph efforts.
“This place is hard to run at it,” Smith said. “I love this race track. I was successful in the early part of my career. I won the first two races I ran here. I love the Bandimere family. What an awesome facility. I’m so glad we get to come out here. Thanks to Denso, Lucas Oil, Mark Stockseth, Greg Butcher Trucking, and World Wide Bearings. Thanks for all you do for us.”
Smith ran the table in Denver by qualifying in the top spot, which led to an opening-round bye run. A pair of consistent 7.147 runs was more than enough to earn wins over Cory Reed and six-time world champion Andrew Hines.
Smith now has 29-career wins and he accomplished almost everything he wanted to do in Denver although he did come up just a bit short in his quest to make the track’s first 7.0-second and 190-mph motorcycle runs. Otherwise, he was just about flawless.
Krawiec, like teammate Andrew Hines, missed the first two races of the season while they put together their Vance & Hines Buell program. Krawiec was never really in danger of missing the Top 10, but he entered the Denver race as the tenth-ranked driver in the class. Krawiec reached the 86th final round of his career when he beat Jerry Savoie, Steve Johnson, and Smith’s wife, Angie, who fouled in the semi’s.
Eliminations Round 1
|Driver||Scotty Pollacheck||Cory Reed – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||151.49||151.27|
Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 30.06 inches, adjusted altitude 8,618 feet. Reed with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win Cory Reed’s MOV: 0.0153 seconds (approximately 4 feet).
|Driver||Joey Gladstone||Karen Stoffer – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||153.23||151.61|
Joey Gladstone beat Karen Stoffer in round 1 at Norwalk. Karen Stoffer’s first race was here in 1996. The last time a Suzuki won this race was 2011 (Stoffer). Gladstone and Stoffer have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Gladstone goes red to give Stoffer the win.
|Driver||Angie Smith – WIN||David Barron|
|660 FT MPH||150.13||148.92|
This is the 3rd time in the last 9 races that Matt and Angie Smith have qualified No. 1 and 2. This is the first time Smith and Barron have faced each other in eliminations. Barron goes red to give Smith the win. Smith will have lane choice over Stoffer in the next round.
|Driver||Jerry Savoie||Eddie Krawiec – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||150.73||152.76|
Krawiec is 25 – 11 against Savoie in prior events. Savoie with the starting line advantage and the lead until right in the lights when Krawiec chased him down and took the win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0353 seconds (approximately 9 feet). Krawiec runs his quickest pass of the weekend and low E.T. of race day.
|Driver||Jianna Salinas||Steve Johnson – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||146.75||152.38|
This (No. 3) is Steve Johnson’s best starting spot at this event since 2010.
|Driver||Ryan Oehler||Angelle Sampey – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||149.33||152.90|
Angelle Sampey won here in back-to-back years (2000 & 2001). The first race of her career was here in 1996. Oehler and Sampey have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Oehler goes red to give Sampey the win. She runs her quickest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||BYE|
|660 FT MPH||154.05||—|
This is Matt Smith’s 45th No. 1 spot and that moves him into third place on the all-time PSM list. Smith with the quickest pass of race day on the bye run. He will have lane choice over Reed in the next round.
|Driver||James Underdahl||Andrew Hines – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||144.00||152.97|
Andrew Hines is the defending champ here. Andrew is 17 – 2 against Jim Underdahl and 7 – 0 against him in round 1.
Eliminations Round 2
|Driver||Angie Smith – WIN||Karen Stoffer|
|660 FT MPH||150.48||42.02|
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 30.06 inches, adjusted altitude 8,958 feet. Stoffer is 10 – 3 against Smith in prior events. This is just the 2nd meeting between Stoffer & Smith in the 2nd round (Stoffer won at Gainesville in 2015). Smith with the starting line advantage and never trailed as Stoffer had problems right at the hit.
|Driver||Andrew Hines – WIN||Angelle Sampey|
|660 FT MPH||151.15||152.09|
Sampey is 17 – 15 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: 0.0374 seconds (approximately 10 feet).
|Driver||Eddie Krawiec – WIN||Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||153.88||153.30|
Krawiec is 22 – 6 against Johnson in prior events. Eddie Krawiec is 8 – 2 against Steve Johnson in round 2. Krawiec with a near perfect light and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0219 seconds (approximately 6 feet). Krawiec with a fastest pass in the history of the Bandimere Speedway. He will have lane choice over Angie Smith in the semifinal.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Cory Reed|
|660 FT MPH||153.11||151.85|
Matt Smith wins 62% of his 2nd round races. Reed with a slight starting line advantage, but Smith chased him down by half track and took the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0452 seconds (approximately 12 feet). He will have lane choice over Hines in the semifinal.
Eliminations Round 3
|Driver||Angie Smith||Eddie Krawiec – WIN|
|660 FT MPH||149.23||152.00|
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 30.06 inches, adjusted altitude 8,958 feet. Krawiec is 16 – 4 against Smith in prior events. Smith goes red to Krawiec the win. Krawiec is straight down the groove for the win.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||152.81||150.80|
Hines is 36 – 16 against Smith in prior events. Hines with the starting line advantage, but Smith has the difference made up by 330 feet and rides away for the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0813 seconds (approximately 22 feet). Smith will have lane choice over Krawiec in the final.
|Driver||Matt Smith – WIN||Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||154.17||153.46|
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 30.01 inches, adjusted altitude 9,157 feet. Smith with a slight starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Matt Smith’s MOV: 0.0615 seconds (approximately 17 feet). He wins his third Wally this season and the 29th of his career.
“This place is hard to run at, but I love this racetrack and I was successful here in the early part of my career,” said Smith, who made the quickest run in all three qualifying sessions and three of the four rounds of eliminations this weekend. “What an awesome facility and I’m so glad to get to come out here. My bike was fast all weekend and it was just super impressive. We’ve got a tough field, so it’s always going to be tough, but this bike is on kill right now.”
To reach his first final round of the year and the 86th in his career, Krawiec knocked off Jerry Savoie, Steve Johnson, and Angie Smith.
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil, the eighth event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Official points will be posted here once they are processed and verified. The totals and positions on this page may change.
|16||Hector Arana Jr||110||-516|
After qualifying in the No. 1 spot on Friday in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Smith only got better on Saturday, improving on each run and finishing the day with a pass of 7.113 at 189.47 on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR. It hands the points leader and defending world champ his second No. 1 qualifier of the year and the 45th in his career, and also gave Smith the speed record at Bandimere Speedway. Smith made the quickest run of every session in qualifying, giving the standout plenty of confidence heading into eliminations.
“We’ve got a good bike,” said Smith, who made the second-quickest run on Thunder Mountain as well. “This bike, it’s running mean. We’ve gradually gone faster and all in all, to be No. 1 and have Angie (Smith) No. 2, you can’t say enough about having Denso bikes No. 1 and No. 2 and husband and wife going No. 1 and No. 2 as well.”
Angie Smith took the second spot after her strong run of 7.134 at 186.67 and Andrew Hines, the 2019 winner and five-time champ at Denver, qualified third after his run of 7.170 at 188.10 in the final session.
Things keep rolling along at an impressive clip for Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle, as the points leader jumped to the No. 1 spot with a run of 7.145 at 188.46 on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR. Smith would pick up his second No. 1 qualifier of the year and the 45th in his career if it holds. Smith, who is also the current points leader, is looking for his second straight win of the year this weekend. Andrew Hines, a five-time Denver winner who won the most recent race at the facility in 2019, is currently second after his pass of 7.205 at 187.68 and Angie Smith is third after going 7.210 at 184.98.
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