NHRA : Results from Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Jun 22-25, 2017 

SUNDAY

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Tonglet emerged victorious with a 6.824 at 195.76 in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to defeat Matt Smith’s pass of 6.882 at 195.31 in his Victory Polaris Magnum. Tonglet notched his 13th career victory and third of the season.

“I didn’t see any win lights throughout qualifying, but seeing them on Sunday is what matters and we are happy with the results,” Tonglet said. “This is huge for us and our position in the points standings, so getting as many wins as possible is definitely our goal.”





Tonglet has now reached three final rounds in five events this season, winning all three of those appearances. He defeated Melissa Surber, Steve Johnson and Hector Arana Jr. before the final round. Smith took on Joe DeSantis, Mike Berry and Scott Pollacheck before reaching his first final round of the season.

Tonglet jumped to first in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings and Eddie Krawiec fell to second after falling in the first round.

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues with the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters at Route 66 Raceway July 6-9.

Eliminations Round 1

For the fifth-straight time, Matt Smith had the quickest bike with a 6.849 in his round one win over Joe DeSantis. Every other rider in the top half of the field advanced with the exception of Chip Ellis, who lost on a small holeshot to Steve Johnson’s Suzuki. One of the best races of the round was rookie Joey Gladstone’s 6.880 to 6.915 win against three-time world champ Eddie Krawiec. Hector Arana Jr. also avoided an upset when he overcame a Karen Stoffer holeshot to win by a 6.867 to 6.924 margin.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Mike Berry – WIN .030 1.078 2.893 4.431 158.78 5.787 6.950 192.22
Right Cory Reed .064 1.077 2.907 4.454 158.00 5.814 6.991 189.31

12:10 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 2,701 feet, track temperature 96 degrees. This is the first time Berry and Reed have faced each other in eliminations. This is the third race of the season for Berry. The last time he started in the top half of the field was at the Charlotte 4-wide in 2014. It’s Reed’s best start since Dallas in 2016. Neither rider has ever won a national event. Berry was first off the starting line and stayed in front the whole way down the track for the win.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Scott Pollacheck – WIN .105 1.074 2.886 4.415 159.42 5.766 6.924 193.43
Right Angelle Sampey -.003 1.092 2.912 4.449 158.58 5.824 7.195 153.44

Pollacheck is 2 – 1 against Sampey in prior events. Pollacheck qualified number five at Englishtown two weeks ago. Sampey qualified number 12 for that race and they faced each other in the opening round. Pollacheck won that race. Sampey lit the red light so Pollacheck got the win this time and will move on.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Melissa Surber .145 1.127 4.497 9.244 44.82 15.015 22.220 24.02
Right LE Tonglet – WIN .043 1.069 2.860 4.377 161.11 5.707 6.853 195.25

Surber is 1 – 0 against Tonglet in prior events. Tonglet has now qualified number two or better in three consecutive races. He was the number one qualifier at Englishtown two weeks ago. Surber is making her third start of the year. She is still looking for her first round win at an NHRA national event. Surber launched her motorcycle and got about 60 feet out when it lurched forward and slowed. Tonglet had a good ride to take the win.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Chip Ellis .073 1.050 2.849 4.387 159.06 5.737 6.890 193.93
Right Steve Johnson – WIN .040 1.064 2.874 4.408 159.51 5.753 6.907 193.74

Ellis qualified number seven at Englishtown two weeks ago and lost in the first round. His last win was at the second race in Charlotte last year. Johnson is making his best start since the first race of the season in Gainesville. Ellis is 12 – 8 against Johnson in prior events. Johnson got the win here on a holeshot. He’ll race Tonglet in the next round and Tonglet will have lane choice.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Eddie Krawiec .020 1.090 2.903 4.429 160.19 5.770 6.915 195.96
Right Joey Gladstone – WIN .027 1.063 2.861 4.388 160.02 5.730 6.880 194.80

This is Gladstone’s 11th NHRA national event and the 10th time he has qualified for eliminations. Krawiec won here last year. This is his worst qualifying position since Chicago in 2013. Krawiec is 2 – 0 against Gladstone in prior events. Krawiec was quicker off the starting line but Gladstone powered by him for the win. Gladstone got the win and will have lane choice over Pollacheck in round two.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Andrew Hines – WIN .100 1.095 2.897 4.431 159.76 5.769 6.910 196.13
Right Angie Smith

Hines was runner-up at Gainesville earlier this year. His last win was at Indianapolis in 2016. Angie Smith made it to the semi-finals at Englishtown two weeks ago before she lost to Jerry Savoie there. Hines is 15 – 4 against Smith in prior events. Smith’s motorcycle shut down at the end of her burnout and she restarted it. As she staged the bike, it died again and the rules do not permit a second restart. Hines had a solo run into the second round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Karen Stoffer .016 1.068 2.873 4.414 158.41 5.766 6.924 193.16
Right Hector Arana Jr – WIN .064 1.057 2.851 4.371 160.63 5.714 6.867 194.69

Arana Jr is 5 – 0 against Stoffer in prior events. Arana was runner-up at the last race in Englishtown. Jerry Savoie won that race but decided not to come here this weekend because bad weather in Louisiana posed a threat to his alligator farm. Arana’s last win was at St. Louis in 2015. The last time Stoffer won an NHRA national event was here at Norwalk in 2015. Stoffer was quicker off the starting line and led the race at 660 feet. But then Arana powered by her to take the win and earn lane choice over Hines in the next round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Matt Smith – WIN .045 1.061 2.854 4.376 160.63 5.709 6.849 196.27
Right Joe DeSantis -.341 1.093 2.929 4.496 156.28 5.870 7.067 185.26

This is Matt Smith’s first number one start of the season. He failed to qualify for the last race at Englishtown. This is DeSantis’s fourth race of the year and the first time he made the field for eliminations. Smith and DeSantis have each won 1 times against the other in prior events. DeSantis left way too soon and lit the red light. Smith went down the groove for the win and lane choice over Berry next time.

Eliminations Round 2

Three of the top five qualifiers remain alive in the semifinals of Pro Stock Motorcycle after Matt Smith, LE Tonglet, Hector Arana Jr., and Scotty Pollacheck made the final four. Tonglet, seeking his third win of the season, made the best run with a 6.823 in his win over Steve Johnson while Arana Jr. scored a big win when he trailered Andrew Hines’ Harley with a 6.846. Pollacheck was .001-second slower than teammate Joey Gladstone, 6.905 to 6.904, but made up the difference on a holeshot.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Scott Pollacheck – WIN .041 1.075 2.888 4.414 160.06 5.756 6.905 194.46
Right Joey Gladstone .059 1.062 2.864 4.399 159.04 5.746 6.904 193.49

1:51 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 2,817 feet, track temperature 117 degrees. This is the first time Pollacheck and Gladstone have faced each other in eliminations. Pollacheck was quicker out of the gate but by the time he reached 330 feet, he had fallen behind. Between 330 and 660 feet, Pollacheck got back in front of Gladstone and pulled ahead to take the win.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Hector Arana Jr – WIN .062 1.068 2.869 4.384 161.56 5.711 6.846 197.36
Right Andrew Hines .016 1.080 2.883 4.417 159.46 5.765 6.925 193.02

Hines got out of the gate well in front of Arana and led the race at mid track. After that, Arana got by Hines to take the lead and the win.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Steve Johnson .042 1.084 2.912 4.445 159.97 5.787 6.962 182.72
Right LE Tonglet – WIN .025 1.057 2.843 4.358 161.65 5.684 6.823 196.22

Tonglet is 10 – 4 against Johnson in prior events. This race belonged to Tonglet from start to finish. He’ll have lane choice over Arana in the third round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Matt Smith – WIN .031 1.061 2.871 4.403 160.25 5.737 6.876 196.50
Right Mike Berry .092 1.084 2.892 4.417 160.31 5.759 6.916 192.77

Smith is 10 – 2 against Berry in prior events. Smith had the advantage at the starting line and the advantage on the track to take the win. He’ll have lane choice over Pollacheck in the third round.

Eliminations Round 3

The top two qualifiers in Pro Stock Motorcycle will race for the Wally when Matt Smith takes on LE Tonglet in a battle of former world champs. Smith, the Norwalk champ in 2010 and 2013, made it to the final by beating Scotty Pollacheck, 6.872 to 6.969. Smith highlighted the run with a perfect .000 reaction time, the third one registered during Sunday’s professional eliminations. Tonglet earned lane choice for the final by riding his Suzuki to a 6.831 in his win over Hector Arana Jr., who was close with a 6.863. Tonglet has already won a pair of events this season in Charlotte and Atlanta.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Matt Smith – WIN .000 1.052 2.850 4.386 159.36 5.726 6.872 195.48
Right Scott Pollacheck .044 1.075 2.882 4.421 158.24 5.784 6.969 186.30

3:20 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 3,291 feet, track temperature 116 degrees. Smith had a perfect triple-zero reaction time. He stayed in front the entire way down the track and will be in the final round.

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Hector Arana Jr .092 1.057 2.850 4.380 159.78 5.718 6.863 195.22
Right LE Tonglet – WIN .047 1.051 2.835 4.355 161.05 5.685 6.831 195.08

Tonglet was first out of the gate and held on for the win. He’ll race Smith in the final round.

Eliminations Final Round

LANE DRIVER RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH
Left Matt Smith .033 1.059 2.879 4.403 160.84 5.738 6.882 195.31
Right LE Tonglet – WIN .032 1.053 2.834 4.351 161.05 5.682 6.824 195.76

4:26 p.m. – Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 33 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 2,540 feet, track temperature 110 degrees. Tonglet is 11 – 9 against Smith in prior events and each has won 1 times against the other in final rounds. Tonglet was 0.001 seconds quicker getting off the starting line and pulled away from Smith on the track to take the win. This was Tonglet’s third final round of the season and his third win of the season. It was also his 13th career win.

 


SATURDAY

Smith notched the first slot in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a run of 6.824 at 196.16 in his Victory Polaris Magnum during his third qualifying run. He was able to lock down his 25th career No. 1 qualifier and first of the season.

“Today went well, and we didn’t even think we were going to be able to go that fast but my crew did a great job to solve some problems we have had this year,” Smith said. “We have to keep learning and hopefully we can use this as a turning point in the season.”

LE Tonglet notched the second spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle after a 6.847 at 195.36 in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, as he chases his third victory of the season. Hector Arana secured the third qualifying position after a 6.886 at 194.63 in his Lucas Oil Buell.

Eliminations at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.


The entire Pro Stock Motorcycle field woke up on Saturday to the welcome news that Mickey Thompson Tires had agreed to become the title rights sponsor of the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle in Sonoma. The specialty event, which features the top eight riders in the class based on qualifying performances, will pay $10,000 to the champion this season and a whopping $25,000 to the winner in 2018 and 2019.

“This is a really great deal for all of us motorcycle racers, “ said five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win this [specialty event] a few times and it’s something I look forward to each year. I’d love to become the first winner in the new Mickey Thompson era.”

Entering the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Eddie Krawiec is the top seed in the Pro Bike Battle standings. He is followed by Jerry Savoie, Hines, LE Tonglet, Hector Arana Jr. Angelle Sampey, Hector Arana Sr., and Chip Ellis. Arana Sr. will be sidelined for three months following recent shoulder surgery so it is almost a certainty that he will be bumped from the field, a move that opens the door for ninth-ranked Matt Smith or tenth-ranked Cory Reed to make the field.


Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines have very little data on their new Street Rod bikes so it might not be surprising that they are a bit off the pace. Their V-twin engine program remains solid, but learning the nuances of a new chassis and body has been their biggest challenge although Hines insists the team is further along than the results have shown so far.

“We’re plenty fast but last night I had a shifting problem which is something that hasn’t happened in a long time,” said Hines. “I missed the [air shifter] button for the 3-4 shift and that just killed the run. We lost a lot in the middle, but the rest of the run looked pretty good. We had a good sixty-foot time and we were No. 1 from 60 to 330 so it was definitely not as bad as it looked.”

Since their introduction in Englishtown, the Vance & Hines riders have tested several times including Wednesday before the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

“Honestly, it’s just a matter of fine-tuning,” said Hines. “These bikes have a huge amount of traction which is 180-degrees from what we had with our old bikes. We have an idea of what they want, but we haven’t found the perfect spot yet. We keep getting closer, though.”

Hines kicked off Q3 with a 6.916 which is good for the No. 6 spot after three of four qualifying rounds.


A year ago, Cory Reed established his credentials as a Pro Stock Motorcycle  rider when he scored his first-ever round win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Reed was riding a Star Racing Buell last season and after qualifying a then-best No. 7, he defeated Scotty Pollacheck in the first round. A lot has changed in the last 12 months. Reed won the Auto Club Road to the Future award as NHRA’s top rookie and then he and teammate Angelle Sampey announced that they were leaving the Star outfit in order to form their own Liberty Racing team.

“No wonder I like Norwalk so much,” Reed said. “Coming back a year later, I think people don’t look at me as a new rider anymore and they definitely know every time me or my team comes to the line, we’re there to race. I’m excited to get back to Norwalk since this is where I finally started gaining momentum in my rookie season last year.”

Building a team from the ground-up proved to be a challenge for Reed who had to build a new shop, two new bikes, and prepare enough engines and spare parts to compete in 16 events. This weekend, the hard work is beginning to pay off as Reed is the No. 9 qualifier after a 6.932 best.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” said Reed. “We’ve done a lot of testing and that helps. We knew this was going to be a long process. We just have to stay patient and keep working.”

Sunday Pairings

Matt Smith ran the table with 12 out of a possible 12 qualifying bonus points on his Polaris Magnum to qualify No. 1 for the 25th time in his career. Smith closed out the round with a 6.875, just ahead of LE Tonglet’s 6.884. Hector Arana Jr. was third-quickest with a 6.911. After a bit of last-minute bumping, the field was set for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Melissa Surber made the biggest move when she rode to a 7.018 to knock Michael Ray out of the show. The other big surprise came when Eddie Krawiec could not improve on his Harley Street Rod and will start from the No. 13 spot on race day.

 

Qualifying FINAL Order

POS DRIVER ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 6.824 196.16
02 LE Tonglet 6.847 195.36
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.886 194.63
04 Joey Gladstone 6.904 193.65
05 Scott Pollacheck 6.908 193.54
06 Andrew Hines 6.916 193.49
07 Chip Ellis 6.929 193.32
08 Mike Berry 6.932 192.03
09 Cory Reed 6.932 189.04
10 Steve Johnson 6.937 192
11 Angie Smith 6.94 192.25
12 Angelle Sampey 6.943 192.49
13 Eddie Krawiec 6.952 192.28
14 Karen Stoffer 6.958 193.29
15 Melissa Surber 7.018 192.41
16 Joe DeSantis 7.056 189.68
17 Michael Ray 7.164 175.32
18 Odolph Daniels 7.624 171.34

 

Qualifying Round 4

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Michael Ray PSM .153 1.086 2.932 4.654 135.89 6.174 7.441 177.00
Right

Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 3,326 feet, track temperature 124 degrees. At the start of the final qualifying session, Odolph Daniels and Melissa Surber were the two riders who were not in the field of 16 for eliminations tomorrow. Ray was on the bump spot. As the session was about to start, we got word that Daniels would not be making a fourth session run because the engine on his motorcycle is broken. Ray launched and his motorcycle was good to about 60 feet. Then it started to move toward the wall so Ray had to back off the throttle. That leaves Ray on the bump spot with Surber waiting for her final attempt to make the field.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Angie Smith PSM .064 1.084 2.893 4.429 159.01 5.778 6.940 192.25
Right Melissa Surber PSM -.067 1.141 2.977 4.513 158.76 5.857 7.018 192.41

In her three prior attempts, Surber has not been able to take her motorcycle down the track in a straight line. In her last chance, she got the ride she needed and put herself into the 15th spot in the order for now, bumping Michael Ray from the field.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Karen Stoffer PSM .026 1.080 2.911 4.454 158.93 5.802 6.958 193.29
Right Joe DeSantis PSM -.075 1.105 2.938 4.503 155.56 5.876 7.056 189.68

Stoffer had her best ride of the four qualifying sessions but it was not quick enough to move her up in the qualifying order. DeSantis’ run looked fine but was not good enough to get him out of the number 16 spot.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Eddie Krawiec PSM .125 1.094 2.904 4.442 158.67 5.798 6.964 191.02
Right Steve Johnson PSM .068 1.085 2.893 4.426 159.27 5.775 6.937 192.00

Krawiec missed the first session when his motorcycle stalled and would not restart. This time, he had his quickest run of the three sessions even though his motorcycle drifted left toward the wall. He moved up one spot in the order but is still in the bottom half of the field. Johnson’s run let him move up four spots but he is also in the bottom half of the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Cory Reed PSM .063 1.064 2.893 4.438 158.15 5.798 6.968 191.02
Right Angelle Sampey PSM .006 1.109 2.950 4.500 157.12 5.863 7.145 162.96

Two clean rides that had no effect on the qualifying order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Mike Berry PSM .042 1.072 2.884 4.436 156.37 5.823 7.015 187.86
Right Chip Ellis PSM .000 1.067 2.885 4.432 157.48 5.788 6.956 191.65

Berry drifted left and out of the groove. He’ll stay where he was in the order. Ellis went down his lane but did not move up in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Andrew Hines PSM .059 1.112 2.927 4.467 158.69 5.820 6.978 193.29
Right Scott Pollacheck PSM .062 1.067 2.871 4.406 158.73 5.756 6.913 193.60

Both riders had good looking runs but neither moved up in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Hector Arana Jr PSM .050 1.064 2.870 4.407 159.01 5.756 6.911 193.74
Right Joey Gladstone PSM .040 1.098 2.934 4.482 157.78 5.838 7.002 192.80

Neither rider was as quick as he was in the third session and neither moved in the qualifying order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Matt Smith PSM .048 1.059 2.865 4.391 160.12 5.730 6.875 195.45
Right LE Tonglet PSM .052 1.070 2.870 4.397 159.87 5.735 6.884 194.80

These two riders were almost side-by-side the whole way down the track. Neither changed his spot in the qualifying order. Smith stayed in the top spot, Tonglet is number two.

 

Qualifying Round 3

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Joey Gladstone PSM .070 1.057 2.860 4.398 158.99 5.747 6.904 193.65
Right Michael Ray PSM .172 1.078 2.943 4.534 153.98 5.928 7.164 175.32

Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 28.94 inches, adjusted altitude 3,655 feet, track temperature 102 degrees. At the start of this session, Michael Ray and Melissa Surber were the two riders not in the field. This time, Gladstone had his best run of the weekend so far to move up eight spots in the order. Ray had his best run so far to grab the number 16 spot in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Melissa Surber PSM .099 1.090 2.918 4.472 156.92 5.892 7.322 147.28
Right Angie Smith PSM .085 1.069 2.887 4.435 157.06 5.806 6.990 188.89

Surber had her first session run DQ’ed yesterday when she crossed the center line. This time, her motorcycle pulled to the center line again. She managed to keep from crossing over but had to get off the throttle as she did. Her ride was not quick enough to make the field and she’ll have one more chance. Smith took her motorcycle down the track and moved up two spots in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left
Right Karen Stoffer PSM .101 1.071 2.891 4.442 156.79 5.802 6.965 192.38

Stoffer moved up two spots with a clean run down the groove.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Joe DeSantis PSM .062 1.103 2.940 4.508 155.04 5.902 7.098 187.23
Right Mike Berry PSM .116 1.082 2.889 4.418 159.27 5.769 6.932 192.03

Berry ran close to the center line but managed to move up eight spots in the order with this ride. DeSantis had his quickest of the three sessions so far but did not move up in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Steve Johnson PSM .040 1.121 2.954 4.500 158.65 5.852 7.009 193.18
Right Cory Reed PSM .012 1.067 2.886 4.430 158.17 5.782 6.951 190.86

Both rides looked okay but neither were as quick as yesterday. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 3,065 feet, track temperature 115 degrees.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Angelle Sampey PSM -.005 1.099 2.926 4.455 159.85 5.799 6.957 192.74
Right Eddie Krawiec PSM .041 1.102 2.918 4.468 157.41 5.832 7.003 191.35

Both rides looked okay but neither was quick enough to change their place in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Chip Ellis PSM .075 1.073 2.882 4.419 158.91 5.770 6.929 193.32
Right Andrew Hines PSM .055 1.092 2.894 4.422 160.16 5.761 6.916 193.49

Hines moved up three spots with this ride, Ellis moved up one spot in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Scott Pollacheck PSM .047 1.092 2.928 4.468 158.89 5.817 6.973 193.29
Right Hector Arana Jr PSM .060 1.052 2.855 4.389 158.91 5.734 6.886 194.63

Arana had his best run of the weekend so far to move into the number two spot for now. Pollacheck was not as quick as last night so he will stay where he was in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left LE Tonglet PSM .046 1.057 2.846 4.367 160.69 5.702 6.847 195.36
Right Matt Smith PSM .052 1.060 2.843 4.356 161.44 5.683 6.824 196.16

Both riders had good trips down the quarter mile. Tonglet moved up from three to two in the order. Smith had his quickest ride of the weekend but because he was already number one, he had nowhere to go.

 

FRIDAY

Smith finished atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying order with a 6.885 at 195.11 in his Victory Gunner during his second pass of the day. He is aiming for his 25th career No. 1 qualifier and his first of the season.

“We struggled a few weeks ago in Englishtown but we found a few problems and figured it would run better this week,” Smith said. “I think we can still go even faster tomorrow, and I think we have turned a corner now to help be more competitive for the rest of the year.”

LE Tonglet is second after a 6.903 at 193.29 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, while Hector Arana Jr. is currently in third after a 6.906 at 193.16.

Qualifying at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals continues at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Qualifying Order

POS DRIVER ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 6.885 195.11
02 LE Tonglet 6.903 193.29
03 Hector Arana Jr 6.906 193.16
04 Scott Pollacheck 6.908 193.54
05 Cory Reed 6.932 189.04
06 Chip Ellis 6.935 193.46
07 Andrew Hines 6.943 193.79
08 Angelle Sampey 6.943 192.49
09 Eddie Krawiec 6.952 192.28
10 Steve Johnson 6.981 192.36
11 Joey Gladstone 6.998 190.51
12 Karen Stoffer 7.031 189.5
13 Mike Berry 7.05 190
14 Angie Smith 7.111 190.97
15 Joe DeSantis 7.142 186.25
16 Odolph Daniels 7.624 171.34
17 Michael Ray 11.035 73.35
18 Melissa Surber 13.817 54.03

Qualifying Round 2

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Eddie Krawiec PSM .106 1.079 2.891 4.435 159.02 5.789 6.952 192.28
Right Melissa Surber PSM .111 1.067 3.225 6.293 67.64 9.956 13.817 54.03

Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 74 percent, barometer 28.71 inches, adjusted altitude 3,343 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. Surber launched and her motorcycle made a big move to the right. She got off the throttle and coasted near the wall. Krawiec did not get his motorcycle started in the first session. This time, he got himself into the middle of the field with this run down his lane.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Michael Ray PSM .329 1.072 3.041 5.439 90.28 8.181 11.035 73.35
Right Joe DeSantis PSM .097 1.097 2.969 4.559 154.14 5.945 7.142 186.25

Both riders launched okay but both slowed before they reached mid track.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Mike Berry PSM .086 1.075 2.942 4.504 157.04 5.873 7.050 190.00
Right Odolph Daniels PSM -.041 1.144 3.114 4.819 142.46 6.325 7.624 171.34

Both riders went straight down the groove to make the field for now.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Angie Smith PSM .032 1.067 2.985 5.280 94.34 7.904 10.623 77.39
Right Scott Pollacheck PSM .087 1.060 2.868 4.405 159.32 5.751 6.908 193.54

Smith got to mid track and the motorcycle sounded like it did not shift and it slowed. Pollacheck had a good run that moved him up eight spots in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Karen Stoffer PSM .059 1.076 2.929 4.499 156.03 5.873 7.051 189.90
Right Joey Gladstone PSM .064 1.192 4.412 8.770 49.27 13.832 19.992 28.07

When Gladstone let out the clutch at the starting line, his motorcycle hopped two times, getting both wheels off the ground on the second bump. He got off the throttle and coasted down the track. Stoffer had a clean run but was not as quick as the first session.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Andrew Hines PSM .105 1.083 2.889 4.437 158.45 5.788 6.943 193.79
Right Steve Johnson PSM .019 1.114 2.944 4.492 158.07 5.846 7.010 191.78

Hines moved up one spot in the order with a good ride down the track. Johnson’s ride looked okay but had no effect on his place in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Cory Reed PSM .020 1.064 2.887 4.433 158.30 5.790 6.958 191.13
Right Angelle Sampey PSM .028 1.053 2.869 4.412 158.11 5.767 6.955 180.89

Both rides looked okay but neither had an effect on the order. Sampey’s motorcycle appeared to slow at the end of the track.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Hector Arana Jr PSM .029 1.053 2.870 4.413 158.80 5.761 6.919 192.74
Right Chip Ellis PSM .009 1.082 2.889 4.434 158.04 5.785 6.946 193.05

Both rides looked good but neither was as quick as the first session.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Matt Smith PSM .030 1.058 2.864 4.398 159.93 5.738 6.885 195.11
Right LE Tonglet PSM .030 1.053 2.868 4.403 159.49 5.747 6.903 193.29

Both riders had good rides down the track. Smith was quicker than his first session time but since he was already first in the order, he could not move up. Tonglet moved up two spots in the order.

Qualifying Round 1

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Odolph Daniels PSM .022 1.186 3.340 5.205 119.36 7.257 9.382 98.69
Right Michael Ray PSM .082 1.085 3.073 5.477 90.15 8.207 11.052 73.72

Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 72 percent, barometer 28.70 inches, adjusted altitude 3,593 feet, track temperature 85 degrees. Both riders launched and neither had a particularly quick trip down the track. Daniels got off the throttle before he crossed the finish line.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Joe DeSantis PSM -.054 1.126 3.512 6.648 69.22 10.246 14.223 52.59
Right Mike Berry PSM .144 1.129 3.024 4.605 154.32 5.993 7.187 187.21

DeSantis’ motorcycle launched okay but then drifted toward the center line. He had to get off the throttle to keep from crossing over. Berry took his motorcycle down the groove.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Melissa SurberDQ PSM .234 1.064 2.883 4.434 156.72 5.839 5.839
Right Cory Reed PSM .012 1.044 2.858 4.401 158.46 5.757 6.932 189.04

Reed took his motorcycle straight down the groove to take the top spot in the order for now. It’s a good thing he had a quick ride because Surber’s motorcycle drifted to the right and crossed the center line before she reached the finish line. She crossed the finish line behind Reed and did not get a time.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Chip Ellis PSM .053 1.076 2.887 4.427 158.73 5.778 6.935 193.46
Right Matt Smith PSM .050 1.086 2.890 4.421 159.99 5.757 6.903 195.39

Both riders went down the groove. Smith took the top spot in the order for now, Ellis took over the third spot for now.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Angelle Sampey PSM .035 1.069 2.887 4.427 158.78 5.781 6.943 192.49
Right Angie Smith PSM .078 1.158 3.031 4.584 157.78 5.942 7.111 190.97

Sampey and Smith had a pair of straight rides.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Steve Johnson PSM .033 1.099 2.925 4.470 158.43 5.821 6.981 192.36
Right Karen Stoffer PSM .054 1.070 2.909 4.474 156.14 5.848 7.031 189.50

Both riders went straight down their lanes. Stoffer’s motorcycle looked better on the first half of the track and Johnson’s looked better on the second half.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Joey Gladstone PSM .062 1.057 2.889 4.446 155.52 5.822 6.998 190.51
Right Hector Arana Jr PSM .077 1.051 2.865 4.403 159.17 5.749 6.906 193.16

Arana took over the number two spot in the order for now with a clean ride down the groove. Gladstone had a good ride too that put him in the top half of the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left Scott Pollacheck PSM .091 1.098 2.947 4.499 157.61 5.861 7.030 191.70
Right Andrew Hines PSM .078 1.087 2.892 4.434 158.95 5.785 6.951 191.89

Hines and Pollacheck had clean rides down the track to get themselves in the order.

LANE DRIVER CLASS DIAL IN RT 60 FT 330 FT 660 FT 660 FT MPH 1000 FT ET MPH OV/UN
Left LE Tonglet PSM .093 1.063 2.873 4.407 159.48 5.756 6.914 192.93
Right Eddie Krawiec PSM

Krawiec did his burnout but his motorcycle shut down and he could not get it started again.


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