NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 16-18, 2021
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Ryan Oehler was in a celebratory mood after earning his second career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory on his Flyin’ Ryan Racing EBR, going 6.911 at 194.83 in the final round to beat Cory Reed, Steve Johnson and a red-lighting Scotty Pollacheck.
He overcame significant adversity throughout the weekend to gain his first four-wide victory, winning his first-round quad and finishing second a round later to Johnson to move to the final round. Oehler, who earned his first career win last season, was impressive in the final round, posting a great reaction time and picking up the strong wire-to-wire win.
“We started the weekend off in the sand at the end of the track and round one, we basically ruined the engine,” Oehler said. “We changed motors and made a rapid turnaround, and I can’t thank my family, my team, my crew and my sponsors enough. This is awesome. We got our second Wally and there’s going to be more.”
Reed finished as the runner-up after going 6.948 at 193.10, advancing to his second career final round. He took second in all three quads on Sunday.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action April 30-May 2 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, marking the final event at the facility.
|Driver||Scotty Pollacheck-4||Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||159.38||—|
|Driver||Cory Reed-R||Ryan Oehler-W|
|660 FT MPH||158.82||159.10|
Eliminations Round 2
|Driver||Angie Smith4||Steve JohnsonW|
|660 FT MPH||150.13||158.30|
|Driver||Ryan OehlerR||Chip Ellis3|
|660 FT MPH||157.45||157.21|
|Driver||Angelle Sampey3||Matt Smith4|
|660 FT MPH||156.46||152.33|
|Driver||Cory Reed-R||Scotty Pollacheck-W|
|660 FT MPH||157.87||158.63|
Eliminations Round 1
|Driver||Scotty Pollacheck-W||Angelle Sampey-R|
|660 FT MPH||158.82||159.32|
|Driver||Jerry Savoie-3||David Barron-4|
|660 FT MPH||155.65||—|
Pollacheck with his quickest pass of the weekend to win this quad. Sampey with her quickest pass of the weekend to advance. Savoie continues to struggle this weekend, but still makes his quickest pass of the weekend. Barron is a no-show Finish Order & Margins: 1. Scotty Pollacheck was 0.0252 sec./about 7 feet ahead of 2. Angelle Sampey, who was 0.218 sec./about 61 feet ahead of 3. Jerry Savoie, who was Green ahead of 4. David Barron who was Broke
|Driver||Angie Smith-R||Ryan Oehler-W|
|660 FT MPH||159.42||158.06|
|Driver||Kelly Clontz-3||— 4|
|660 FT MPH||151.31||—|
Oehler wins this quad. Smith is second to advance. Clontz with problems getting the bike to starting line, but gets the bike to stage. Finish Order & Margins: 1. Ryan Oehler was 0.0244 sec./about 7 feet ahead of 2. Angie Smith, who was 0.269 sec./about 74 feet ahead of 3. Kelly Clontz
|Driver||Chip Ellis-W||Steve Johnson-R|
|660 FT MPH||158.50||158.89|
|Driver||— 4||Fred Camaren-3|
|660 FT MPH||—||153.93|
llis with the starting line advantage and wins this quad. Johnson advances…Finish Order & Margins: 1. Chip Ellis was 0.0310 sec./about 9 feet ahead of 2. Steve Johnson, who as 0.186 sec./about 51 feet ahead of 3. Freddie Camarena
|Driver||Karen Stoffer-3||Matt Smith-W|
|660 FT MPH||159.08||160.33|
|Driver||— 4||Cory Reed-R|
|660 FT MPH||—||157.34|
Smith with the quickest pass of the weekend to win this quad. Reed advances. Stoffer goes red. Finish Order & Margins: 1. Matt Smith was 0.0215 sec./about 6 feet ahead of 2. Cory Reed, who was Green ahead of 3. Karen Stoffer
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, provisional No. 1 qualifier M. Smith simply got better on Saturday, claiming the No. 1 spot with his impressive pass of 6.890 at 196.59 on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR. That gives Smith, the defending world champ, his 44th career No. 1 qualifier and in an ideal position to win his second straight race to open 2021. His first-round opponents are Ryan Oehler and Karen Stoffer. Matt’s wife, Angie, remained in the second spot with her 6.909 at 195.51 and she will look to win in Vegas for the second straight race. Steve Johnson qualified third with a 6.935 at 191.57.
“All in all, we just wanted to show how good we are, this DENSO motorcycle at this DENSO race. That’s what it’s all about,” Smith said. “Everybody who helps us, we really appreciate it.”
It was the Matt and Angie Smith show in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying on Friday, as M. Smith took the top spot and his wife followed in second. It’s an ideal start for both considering it is their sponsor’s race, and M. Smith continues to impress to open his 2021 campaign. The defending world champ started the year with a win in Gainesville and ran well on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR in Las Vegas, going 6.891 at 195.96. If it holds up, it would give M. Smith his first top qualifier of the year and the 44th in his standout career. A. Smith, who won in Vegas to close out the 2020 season, is currently second with a run of 6.909 at 195.51, and teammate Scotty Pollacheck is third thanks to his 6.939 at 195.17.
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