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NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle 2021 at Bandimere Speedway

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals presented by Pennzoil
Bandimere Speedway
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
Car No. 3 574
RT .057 .047
60 FT 1.083 1.062
330 FT 2.969 2.947
660 FT 4.586 4.567
660 FT MPH 151.49 151.27
1000 FT 6.003 5.988
ET 7.213 7.208
MPH 185.64 183.37

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).

Cory Reed

Driver Joey Gladstone Karen Stoffer – WIN
Car No. 1550 777
RT -.007 .037
60 FT 1.071 1.101
330 FT 2.946 2.987
660 FT 4.548 4.602
660 FT MPH 153.23 151.61
1000 FT 5.947 6.028
ET 7.143 7.256
MPH 187.23 182.38

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
Car No. 5 11
RT .026 -.094
60 FT 1.071 1.136
330 FT 2.946 3.064
660 FT 4.572 4.704
660 FT MPH 150.13 148.92
1000 FT 6.002 6.144
ET 7.222 7.375
MPH 183.69 181.96

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.

Angie Smith

Driver Jerry Savoie Eddie Krawiec – WIN
Car No. 10 2
RT .072 .078
60 FT 1.063 1.089
330 FT 2.947 2.985
660 FT 4.571 4.594
660 FT MPH 150.73 152.76
1000 FT 5.996 5.991
ET 7.220 7.179
MPH 182.48 188.96

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
Car No. 7253 8
RT .022 .097
60 FT 1.086 1.064
330 FT 3.014 2.936
660 FT 4.682 4.541
660 FT MPH 146.75 152.38
1000 FT 6.152 5.944
ET 7.419 7.150
MPH 175.82 185.15

This (No. 3) is Steve Johnson’s best starting spot at this event since 2010.
Salinas is 1 – 0 against Johnson in prior events. Salinas with the starting line advantage, but Johnson has the difference made up by the 300-foot mark and runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. He runs low E.T. of race day. He will have lane choice over Krawiec in the next round.

 

Driver Ryan Oehler Angelle Sampey – WIN
Car No. 7 6
RT -.135 .139
60 FT 1.111 1.080
330 FT 3.049 2.957
660 FT 4.697 4.562
660 FT MPH 149.33 152.90
1000 FT 6.129 5.963
ET 7.347 7.161
MPH 184.14 186.82

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
Car No. 1
Class PSM
Dial In
RT .059
60 FT 1.067
330 FT 2.942
660 FT 4.536
660 FT MPH 154.05
1000 FT 5.922
ET 7.114
MPH 183.74

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
Car No. 533 4
RT .027 .073
60 FT 1.139 1.089
330 FT 3.134 2.981
660 FT 4.839 4.590
660 FT MPH 144.00 152.97
1000 FT 6.325 5.990
ET 7.586 7.185
MPH 178.33 187.73

Andrew Hines is the defending champ here. Andrew is 17 – 2 against Jim Underdahl and 7 – 0 against him in round 1.
Underdahl with the starting line advantage, but Hines has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree. He will give up lane choice to Sampey in the next round.

 

Eliminations Round 2

Driver Angie Smith – WIN Karen Stoffer
Car No. 5 777
RT .015 .034
60 FT 1.082 1.068
330 FT 2.958 4.138
660 FT 4.584 8.966
660 FT MPH 150.48 42.02
1000 FT 6.010 15.573
ET 7.230 23.538
MPH 183.67 24.50

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
Car No. 4 6
RT .014 .066
60 FT 1.095 1.115
330 FT 2.994 2.998
660 FT 4.616 4.614
660 FT MPH 151.15 152.09
1000 FT 6.032 6.020
ET 7.239 7.224
MPH 186.12 186.12

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).

Andrew Hines

Driver Eddie Krawiec – WIN Steve Johnson
Car No. 2 8
RT .002 .062
60 FT 1.102 1.066
330 FT 2.995 2.940
660 FT 4.595 4.539
660 FT MPH 153.88 153.30
1000 FT 5.983 5.932
ET 7.166 7.127
MPH 189.73 186.87

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
Car No. 1 574
RT .099 .093
60 FT 1.079 1.076
330 FT 2.964 2.966
660 FT 4.568 4.583
660 FT MPH 153.11 151.85
1000 FT 5.961 5.993
ET 7.147 7.198
MPH 189.26 185.89

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
Car No. 5 2
RT -.039 .031
60 FT 1.089 1.106
330 FT 2.975 3.008
660 FT 4.613 4.621
660 FT MPH 149.23 152.00
1000 FT 6.047 6.022
ET 7.269 7.218
MPH 183.62 187.91

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.

Eddie Krawiec

Driver Matt Smith – WIN Andrew Hines
Car No. 1 4
RT .050 .015
60 FT 1.072 1.095
330 FT 2.954 3.000
660 FT 4.559 4.629
660 FT MPH 152.81 150.80
1000 FT 5.956 6.051
ET 7.147 7.263
MPH 188.62 185.10

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.

 

FINALS

Driver Matt Smith – WIN Eddie Krawiec
Car No. 1 2
RT .019 .023
60 FT 1.075 1.093
330 FT 2.951 2.989
660 FT 4.545 4.594
660 FT MPH 154.17 153.46
1000 FT 5.933 5.987
ET 7.118 7.175
MPH 189.04 189.34

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.

NHRA Matt Smith

“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.

Matt Smith


Points Standings

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.

1 Matt Smith 626
2 Steve Johnson 463 -163
3 Scotty Pollacheck 381 -245
4 Ryan Oehler 377 -249
5 Angelle Sampey 318 -308
6 Angie Smith 315 -311
7 Eddie Krawiec 300 -326
8 Joey Gladstone 288 -338
9 Karen Stoffer 278 -348
10 Cory Reed 270 -356
11 Andrew Hines 248 -378
12 Jerry Savoie 190 -436
13 Jim Underdahl 175 -451
14 Kelly Clontz 137 -489
15 John Hall 116 -510
16 Hector Arana Jr 110 -516
17 David Barron 102 -524
18 Jianna Salinas 92 -534
19 Chip Ellis 88 -538
20 Chris Bostick 71 -555
21 Michael Phillips 62 -564
22 Marc Ingwersen 61 -565
23 Freddie Camarena 32 -594
24 Pablo Gonzalez 30 -596
25 Ron Tornow 20 -606
26 Charles Poskey 10 -616
27 Lance Bonham 5 -621

Saturday Qualifying

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.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 1 7.113 189.47
02 Angie Smith 5 7.134 186.67
03 Steve Johnson 8 7.163 184.88
04 Andrew Hines 4 7.170 188.1
05 Angelle Sampey 6 7.171 185.54
06 Eddie Krawiec 2 7.182 189.18
07 Joey Gladstone 1550 7.193 185.15
08 Scotty Pollacheck 3 7.199 185.84
09 Cory Reed 574 7.220 184.42
10 Karen Stoffer 777 7.220 183.59
11 Jerry Savoie 10 7.220 182.21
12 Ryan Oehler 7 7.266 186.18
13 James Underdahl 533 7.360 180.26
14 Jianna Salinas 7253 7.384 178.5
15 David Barron 11 7.428 161.32

Friday Qualifying

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.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 1 7.145 188.46
02 Andrew Hines 4 7.205 187.68
03 Angie Smith 5 7.210 184.98
04 Eddie Krawiec 2 7.216 188.31
05 Cory Reed 574 7.220 184.42
06 Scotty Pollacheck 3 7.226 185.43
07 Jerry Savoie 10 7.230 182.95
08 Karen Stoffer 777 7.341 181.25
09 Jianna Salinas 7253 7.421 175.21
10 James Underdahl 533 7.464 165.29
11 Angelle Sampey 6 7.675 176.14
12 Ryan Oehler 7 8.008 129.6
13 Steve Johnson 8 99.999 187.52

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