NHRA: Pro Stock Motorcycle at Route 66 Nationals

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

22nd annual Route 66 NHRA National
Route 66 Raceway – Joliet, IL
May 31-June 2, 2019

Pro Stock Motorcycle

photos by Matt Polito

Matt Smith became the third different category winner in the 2019 season with his run of 6.807 at 198.88 on his Elite Performance/DENSO Auto Parts/Stockseth EBR. He overcame Karen Stoffer’s .002 reaction time and run of 6.885 at 193.71 for his first win of the season.





“Our Red Rocket showed up,” said M. Smith. “This DENSO Spark Plugs motorcycle was on kill today. We made a little blooper second round and slowed up just a little bit, but all in all, we were the quickest bike every round today. I can’t say enough about my guys, my crew, Angie, everybody who helps us. We had a good day.”

Matt Smith beat Steve Johnson (in a bye run), Angelle Sampey and his wife, Angie Smith, to secure his second consecutive win at Route 66 Raceway. Stoffer defeated Ryan Oehler, No. 1 qualifier Eddie Krawiec and Hector Arana, Jr. on the way to her first final round since 2015.

 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues to the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. June 7-9.

 

Eliminations Round 1

WIN
Driver Ryan Oehler Karen Stoffer
RT .043 .009
60 FT 1.084 1.061
330 FT 2.898 2.858
660 FT 4.440 4.385
660 MPH 158.99 160.02
1000 FT 5.783 5.721
ET 6.939 6.867
MPH 192.60 195.14

12:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 47 percent, barometer 29.24 inches, adjusted altitude 2,498 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.
Oehler is 1 – 0 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer gets a great light and extends her lead all the way through the run.

Lane WIN
Driver Hector Arana Jianna Salinas
RT .086 .098
60 FT 1.132 1.070
330 FT 2.978 2.863
660 FT 4.517 4.419
660 MPH 159.12 156.14
1000 FT 5.864 5.802
ET 7.020 7.008
MPH 193.60 184.62

Arana gets out of the gate first and starts to pull away. Salinas had to lean way to the left to keep her bike in the groove. Arana makes his worst run of the weekend and Salinas was able to get around him and take her first win.

WIN
Driver Angelle Sampey Scott Pollacheck
RT .029 .040
60 FT 1.047 1.088
330 FT 2.837 2.902
660 FT 4.373 4.431
660 FT MPH 158.67 160.02
1000 FT 5.725 5.771
ET 6.887 6.928
MPH 191.70 192.49

Angelle Sampey won this race in 2002 & 2003. She has 28 round wins here and that is the most for any Pro Stock Motorcycle rider and she is 13 -1 in round 1 here. Pollacheck is 4 – 3 against Sampey in prior events. Sampey gets the holeshot, Pollacheck starts making up ground past the 330 foot mark, but Sampey hangs on and takes the win.

WIN
Driver Angie Smith Marc Ingwersen
RT .053 .007
60 FT 1.127 1.102
330 FT 2.953 2.954
660 FT 4.488 4.529
660 MPH 160.02 155.27
1000 FT 5.821 5.906
ET 6.967 7.084
MPH 194.66 189.95

This is the first time Smith and Ingwersen have faced each other in eliminations.
Ingwersen gets a great light, stays in front to half track, then Smith powers by and pulls away for the win.

WIN
Driver Hector Arana Jr Kelly Clontz
RT .072 .102
60 FT 1.060 1.094
330 FT 2.850 2.973
660 FT 4.380 4.579
660 MPH 159.89 152.47
1000 FT 5.719 5.981
ET 6.865 7.182
MPH 195.19 185.95

Hector Arana Jr. won this race in 2014 & 2015. Arana Jr is 3 – 1 against Clontz in prior events. Arana gets out of the gate first and pulls away for the win with the quickest pass of the round so far. Arana jr. will have lane choice over Salinas in the next round.

WIN
Driver Andrew Hines Andie Rawlings
RT .043 .034
60 FT 1.601 1.075
330 FT 3.581 2.949
660 FT 5.133 4.570
660 FT MPH 159.06 149.75
1000 FT 6.473 6.010
ET 7.622 7.255
MPH 194.21 179.52

Rawlings gets out of the gate first, Hines hits the throttle and the bike bogs badly. He recovers but Rawlings holds him off and takes her first-round win. Angie Smith will have lane choice over Rawlings in the next round.

WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Michael Ray
RT .061 .167
60 FT 1.080 1.071
330 FT 2.867 2.922
660 FT 4.377 4.516
660 MPH 162.20 147.34
1000 FT 5.694 6.193
ET 6.824 7.914
MPH 197.74 122.50

The No. 1 qualifier in the motorcycle class is 19 – 2 in round 1 at this event…make that 19-3. Krawiec gets a big holeshot and extends his lead all the way through the run with the quickest pass of the round so far. Krawiec will have lane choice over Stoffer in the next round.

WIN
Driver Matt Smith Steve Johnson
RT .038
60 FT 1.073
330 FT 2.855
660 FT 4.366
660 MPH 162.14
1000 FT 5.678
ET 6.798
MPH 199.76

Smith gets a single because Johnson is unable to make the call to the line. Smith goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the weekend and will have lane choice over Sampey in the next round.

Eliminations Round 2

WIN
Driver Angie Smith Andie Rawlings
RT .139 .029
60 FT 1.088
330 FT 2.893
660 FT 4.434
660 MPH 158.95
1000 FT 5.777
ET 6.925
MPH 195.19

This is the first time Smith and Rawlings have faced each other in eliminations. Rawlings leaves the line, gets about 10 feet out and the engine goes silent. Smith makes a clean pass to move on to the next round.

WIN
Driver Hector Arana Jr Jianna Salinas
RT .095 .034
60 FT 1.095 1.071
330 FT 2.927 2.871
660 FT 4.471 4.546
660 MPH 158.56 132.17
1000 FT 5.819 6.436
ET 6.974 99999
MPH 193.57 91.16

This is the first time Arana Jr and Salinas have faced each other in eliminations.
Salinas gets out of the gate first and stays in front past the 330 foot mark. the bike starts drifting to the left, she leans over on the bike but can’t keep it off of the centerline. She takes out a couple of timing blocks at the 1000 foot mark and goes down right at the finish line. She rolls on the ground, the bike flips over her without touching her and comes to a stop in the shutdown area. Salinas gets up, takes off her helmet and appears to be okay.
Arana takes the lead at half track and takes the win.

WIN
Driver Eddie Krawiec Karen Stoffer
RT .030 .006
60 FT 1.083 1.066
330 FT 2.882 2.858
660 FT 4.402 4.389
660 MPH 161.19 159.59
1000 FT 5.729 5.730
ET 6.868 6.883
MPH 195.76 193.93

Krawiec is 24 – 8 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer straps a holeshot on Krawiec and makes it stick. Krawiec starts reeling her in but she hangs on and takes the holeshot win.

WIN
Driver Matt Smith Angelle Sampey
RT .038 -.007
60 FT 1.096 1.098
330 FT 2.903 2.926
660 FT 4.424 4.467
660 MPH 161.07 158.69
1000 FT 5.745 5.815
ET 6.874 6.975
MPH 198.03 192.60

Sampey just misses the tree and goes red giving the win to Smith. Matt will have lane choice over his wife Angie in the next round.

Eliminations Round 3

WIN
Driver Hector Arana Jr Karen Stoffer
RT .083 .001
60 FT 1.049 1.058
330 FT 2.841 2.847
660 FT 4.371 4.384
660 FT MPH 159.74 158.82
1000 FT 5.713 5.727
ET 6.867 6.877
MPH 193.71 194.10

Arana Jr is 9 – 2 against Stoffer in prior events. Stoffer is almost perfect off the line, Arana starts making up ground but Stoffer hangs on and takes the win. This is Stoffer’s first final round this year.

WIN
Driver Matt Smith Angie Smith
RT .048 .112
60 FT 1.085 1.105
330 FT 2.877 2.914
660 FT 4.393 4.463
660 MPH 161.96 157.83
1000 FT 5.707 5.809
ET 6.833 6.956
MPH 198.17 195.22

Matt gets out of the gate first and extends his lead all the way through the run. He will have lane choice over Stoffer in the final round. This is Smith’s second final round this year and 51st of his career.

Final Round

WIN
Driver Matt Smith Karen Stoffer
RT .064 .002
60 FT 1.061 1.062
330 FT 2.848 2.856
660 FT 4.364 4.387
660 FT MPH 161.44 159.53
1000 FT 5.682 5.730
ET 6.807 6.885
MPH 198.88 193.71

Smith is 16 – 12 against Stoffer in prior events and each has won 2 times against the other in final rounds. Stoffer has another great light, stays in front past the 1000 foot mark, then Smith is able to get around her and take the win. This is Smith’s first win this year and the 23rd of his career.

SATURDAY

Krawiec took his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 45th in his career in Pro Stock Motorcycle thanks to his 6.801 at 198.79 from Friday on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Krawiec will be racing for his first victory of 2019 after watching teammate Andrew Hines win four of the first five events of the year. Defending world champion Matt Smith qualified second with a 6.819 at 200.00 and Hines sits third after a run of 6.835 at 197.62.

“I’ve got a great crew that’s behind me,” Krawiec said. “It’s just fun to come out here and have a great bike going into raceday. I’m just looking at making good, cleans laps because that’s what it’s going to take to win.”

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 6.801 198.79
02 Matt Smith 6.819 200
03 Andrew Hines 6.835 197.62
04 Hector Arana Jr 6.838 197.22
05 Hector Arana 6.849 197.54
06 Angie Smith 6.865 197.16
07 Angelle Sampey 6.867 195.36
08 Ryan Oehler 6.891 197.19
09 Karen Stoffer 6.892 194.83
10 Scott Pollacheck 6.917 193.77
11 Marc Ingwersen 6.949 192.85
12 Jianna Salinas 6.989 190.97
13 Kelly Clontz 7.102 190.3
14 Andie Rawlings 7.337 178.52
15 Steve Johnson 7.343 139.14
16 Michael Ray 7.435 145.28

FRIDAY

Krawiec sits atop Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying on Friday evening after his pass of 6.835 at 196.87 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Street Rod. Defending world champion Matt Smith follows in the second spot with his run of 6.837 at 198.32.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Eddie Krawiec 6.835 196.87
02 Matt Smith 6.837 198.32
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.838 197.22
04 Andrew Hines 6.844 196.9
05 Hector Arana 6.849 197.54
06 Angelle Sampey 6.867 195.36
07 Angie Smith 6.901 195.96
08 Karen Stoffer 6.912 195
09 Ryan Oehler 6.934 196.42
10 Scott Pollacheck 6.987 193.16
11 Jianna Salinas 6.989 190.97
12 Marc Ingwersen 7.025 191
13 Steve Johnson 7.343 139.14
14 Michael Ray 7.435 145.28
15 Kelly Clontz 19.922 26.98


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