NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
June 24-27, 2021
Pro Stock Motorcycle
It took every bit of the track E.T. record, but Matt Smith stopped Steve Johnson’s impressive run on Sunday in the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
Smith went 6.782-seconds at 200.56 on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR, breaking the track E.T. record Johnson set the previous day and halting his chances at a second straight win.
Johnson had been nearly untouchable the last two races on his new four-valve Slick 50 Suzuki, but Smith found another level when it counted on Sunday. Johnson slowed to a 6.836 at 196.10, though even if he had been on his best it might have been tough to top the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader and defending world champ.
It’s Smith’s second victory this season and the 28th in his impressive career.
He reached the final round with victories against Jianna Salinas, Ryan Oehler and Eddie Krawiec, going 6.800 at 199.85 to beat Krawiec in the semifinals.
That was as close as Smith had been to the 6.70s this weekend to that point, but he had something extra for Johnson in the final round.
Johnson reached his second straight final, third this season and 25th in his career by beating Jim Underdahl, Angie Smith and Joey Gladstone. He qualified No. 1 and became the first rider in the class to reach the 6.70s at Norwalk, but Smith joined him — and eclipsed him — when it counted.
With the victory, Smith strengthened his points lead through five events in Pro Stock Motorcycle, while Johnson moved into second place in the class.
|Driver||W – Angie Smith||Scotty Pollacheck|
|660 FT MPH||160.54||159.29|
This is the 2nd time in her career that Angie Smith got the #8 spot based on speed (Charlotte, 2017). Scotty Pollacheck is 3 -1 against Angie in round 1. Pollacheck goes red to give Smith the win. Smith is straight down the groove for the win.
|Driver||W – John Hall||Jerry Savoie|
|660 FT MPH||161.27||159.63|
Savoie is 4 – 2 against Hall in prior events. Savoie with the starting line advantage and the lead until 1000 feet when Hall chases him down He takes the win. John Hall’s MOV: 0.0315 seconds (approx mately 9 feet).
|Driver||Angelle Sampey||W – Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||157.61||158.00|
Sampey is 2 – 1 against Oehler in prior events. Oehler with the starting line advantage and win.
|Driver||W – Joey Gladstone||Karen Stoffer|
|660 FT MPH||161.42||93.10|
Stoffer is 2 – 1 against Gladstone in prior events. Gladstone with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Stoffer with problems early in the run and sits up on the bike. Gladstone with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||W – Andrew Hines||Cory Reed|
|660 FT MPH||161.52||160.06|
Andrew Hines wins 85% of his round 1 races when he starts from the top half of the field. Cory Reed’s 7 losses to Andrew are the most for him against any opponent.
|Driver||James Underdahl||W – Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||154.32||161.71|
This is the 5th #1 spot for Steve Johnson and his 2nd at this event. He has never reached the final round when starting from the top spot. Jim Underdahl is 3 – 13 in round 1 from the 16th spot. Underdahl and Johnson have each won 2 times against the other in prior events. Underdahl with the starting line advantage, but Johnson has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. Johnson with the quickest pass of the race day. He will have lane choice over Angie smith in the next round.
|Driver||W – Eddie Krawiec||Marc Ingwersen|
|660 FT MPH||161.38||157.12|
Krawiec is 2 – 0 against Ingwersen in prior events. For his career Eddie Krawiec is 187 – 33 in round 1 (85%). Ingwersen with the starting line advantage and the lead until Krawiec chased him down by half track. He never trailed from there on for the win. He will have lane choice over Hall in the next round.
|Driver||W – Matt Smith||Jianna Salinas|
|660 FT MPH||162.25||155.90|
Matt Smith wins 81% of his round 1 races when he has lane choice. Jianna Salinas beat Matt Smith in the semi-finals at Pomona in 2019 when she won the race. She beat 3 World Champions to win that race (Hines, Smith and Savoie) Smith is 2 – 1 against Salinas in prior events. Smith with the starting line advantage and never trailed from there on for the win. He runs the second quickest pass of race day for the win. He will have lane choice over Oehler in the next round.
|Driver||W – Eddie Krawiec||John Hall|
|660 FT MPH||161.11||162.31|
Krawiec is 7 – 1 against Hall in prior events. Hall with a great light, but Krawiec has the lead at 330 feet, but then Hall is back in the lead at half track. Krawiec chases him back down on the top end and takes the win. Eddie Krawiec’s MOV: 0.0115 seconds (approximately 3 feet).
|Driver||W – Joey Gladstone||Andrew Hines|
|660 FT MPH||161.52||161.04|
Hines is 6 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Joey Gladstone’s 6 losses to Andrew Hines equals his most losses to any one opponent. Gladstone with a great light and never trailed for the win. Joey Gladstone’s MOV: 0.0226 seconds (approximately 7 feet). Hines has trouble getting the bike slowed down and goes into the sand.
|Driver||W – Matt Smith||Ryan Oehler|
|660 FT MPH||162.65||155.11|
Smith is 4 – 2 against Oehler in prior events. Matt Smith beat Ryan Oehler in the final round at Gainesville this year. Oehler with the starting line advantage, but Smith has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. Smith will have lane choice over Krawiec in the semifinal.
|Driver||Angie Smith||W – Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||160.31||161.52|
Smith is 9 – 8 against Johnson in prior events. These two were at the starting line when the rain. Smith with the starting line advantage, but Johnson had the lead by the time they went by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win. Johnson will have lane choice over Gladstone in the semifinal. Smith with her quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.
|Driver||Joey Gladstone||W – Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||160.94||161.79|
|Driver||W – Matt Smith||Eddie Krawiec|
|660 FT MPH||162.72||161.98|
|Driver||W – Matt Smith||Steve Johnson|
|660 FT MPH||162.84||161.21|
Saturday Final Qualifying
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Johnson continued his momentum after winning in Charlotte, earning his first No. 1 qualifier since 2019 with a run of 6.789 at 198.44 on his Slick 50 Suzuki. It’s the fifth career top qualifier for the veteran and he also made the quickest pass in track history. He’ll open eliminations against Jim Underdahl as Johnson aims for his second straight victory in what’s turned into a banner season.
“I’m just so proud. We just take all those tiny details and it’s all about this race team. It’s so good to get a yellow (No. 1 qualifier) hat,” Johnson said.
Eddie Krawiec jumped to No. 2 on his final pass of the day, going 6.807 at 201.49. Defending world champ and points leader Matt Smith made the fastest run in track history, qualifying third with a 6.815 at a track-record 201.58 mph.
1. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.789, 198.44 vs. 16. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.054, 193.18
2. Eddie Krawiec, Buell, 6.807, 201.49 vs. 15. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.021, 194.16
3. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.815, 201.58 vs. 14. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 6.992, 191.38
4. Andrew Hines, Buell, 6.831, 201.13 vs. 13. Cory Reed, Suzuki, 6.965, 195.45
5. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.863, 197.91 vs. 12. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.957, 196.13
6. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.878, 196.36 vs. 11. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.933, 196.19
7. John Hall, Buell, 6.908, 195.90 vs. 10. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.915, 193.07
8. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.913, 198.61 vs. 9. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.913, 194.44
Did Not Qualify:
17. Ron Tornow, 7.101, 190.24
18. Kelly Clontz, 7.281, 178.02
19. David Barron, broke
Five-time Norwalk winner Hines again looked strong at the track in Pro Stock Motorcycle, taking the provisional No. 1 spot with a run of 6.855 at 200.68 on his Vance & Hines Buell. If it holds, it would be the first No. 1 qualifier of 2021 for Hines, the winningest rider in class history, and 45th in his remarkable career. Defending world champ and points leader Matt Smith was right behind after going 6.856 at 198.79 and Joey Gladstone rounded out the top three by going 6.863 at 197.91. Eddie Krawiec, who is currently fourth, set a track speed record with a run of 201.22.
1. Andrew Hines, Buell, 6.855, 200.68
2. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.856, 198.79
3. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.863, 197.91
4. Eddie Krawiec, Buell, 6.892, 201.22
5. John Hall, Buell, 6.908, 195.90
6. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.913, 198.61
7. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.913, 194.44
8. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.915, 193.07
9. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.933, 196.19
10. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.973, 193.18
11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.977, 194.44
12. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 6.992, 191.38
13. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.021, 194.16
14. Cory Reed, Suzuki, 7.058, 194.77
15. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.117, 192.41
16. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.125, 189.36
17. Angelle Sampey, 7.129, 157.59
18. Kelly Clontz, 7.281, 178.02
19. David Barron, 8.280, 116.03
Kelly Clontz walked away from a scary Pro Stock Motorcycle crash during Friday qualifying.
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