Ron Capps tied Tony Schumacher for the most NHRA wins in Bristol Dragway history, picking up his sixth Funny Car win at the track on Sunday with his Father’s Day triumph at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Jerry Savoie in Pro Stock Motorcycle won at the ninth of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
After a mad dash to the starting line after an engine swap before the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round, Savoie won for the first time in 2022 on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki when Angelle Sampey went red. Savoie also left too soon by .010, but Sampey’s .052 red light handed the victory to Savoie. He reached the finals by taking out Eddie Krawiec, Joey Gladstone, and Angie Smith, and capped off an emotional day with his 14th career win and first at Thunder Valley.
“We blew up the engine in the third round and thanks to NHRA and Vance & Hines for waiting on us,” said Savoie, who picked up his first win since 2020. “I usually don’t let things get to me and I put my faith in my crew, who did a motor swap in 32 minutes. I’m 63 (years old) and to be out here running with all these youngsters is amazing. I just wanted to win one race and now I’ve got 14 and a championship. I’ve been blessed. This was an awesome weekend, and I don’t think I could ask for anything more.
Sampey, who qualified No. 1, reached her first final round this year and 79th in her standout career with round wins against LE Tonglet, Ryan Oehler and Marc Ingwersen.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action June 23-26 with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
L – Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, Foul – Red Light
L – Malcolm Phillips Jr., Suzuki, 7.033, 193.40
L – Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.880, 195.05
L – Chris Bostick, Suzuki, Broke – No Show
L – Ron Tornow, 7.072, 184.30
L – Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 7.229, 178.05
L – LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.931, 193.46
L – Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.998, 191.97
W – Angie Smith, 6.803, 198.47
L – Steve Johnson, 6.888, 194.58
L – Matt Smith, 6.985, 195.05
L – Joey Gladstone, 6.965, 193.52
L – Ryan Oehler, 10.003, 86.49
L – Marc Ingwersen, 7.558, 135.80
L – Angie Smith, 6.984, 196.56
Looking for her second straight win at Bristol – and her first victory this season – Sampey has been nearly untouchable this weekend in Thunder Valley, qualifying No. 1 on her Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki with a pass of 6.874 at 196.04. Sampey improved on her time from Friday that initially had her in the top spot, also giving the three-time world her 55th No. 1 qualifier, and she’ll open raceday against LE Tonglet. Bristol has been very good to Sampey thus far and getting a first victory of 2022 on Sunday would ensure that would continue.
“I’ve been changing up my routine a little bit and I want to keep practicing that,” Sampey said. “(Crew chief) Andrew (Hines) and I have been working on that, Eddie (Krawiec) helps out as well. Andrew has been doing a great job. This Vance & Hines Suzuki is on a roll. The bike’s a beauty. I’m a little disappointed in my reaction time that round, I don’t know what I did wrong, but we’ve got tomorrow. I never thought I’d be No. 1 qualifier. I never thought I’d win the race last year so who knows what the heck will happen. I’m just hoping I’ll end up on the good side of things.”
Joey Gladstone made an impressive move in the final qualifying session, going to second with a pass of 6.889 at 194.44. Points leader Steve Johnson, who is after his third win in 2022, qualified third with a 6.894 at 195.39.
Eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
1. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.874, 196.04 vs. 16. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.228, 185.36
2. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.889, 194.44 vs. 15. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 7.222, 182.65
3. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.894, 195.39 vs. 14. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.097, 189.23
4. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.921, 194.35 vs. 13. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.067, 191.40
5. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.927, 195.62 vs. 12. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.016, 190.89
6. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.932, 196.82 vs. 11. Malcolm Phillips Jr., Suzuki, 6.980, 192.66
7. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.943, 194.18 vs. 10. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.965, 195.00
8. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.947, 194.35 vs. 9. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.956, 195.19
Did Not Qualify:
17. Wesley Wells, 7.426, 180.84
Sampey picked up where she left a year ago in Bristol in Pro Stock Motorcycle, going straight to No. 1 with her run of 6.966 at 185.38 on her Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki. Sampey won the event in Thunder Valley a year ago and again looked strong on Friday as she looks to stay perfect in Bristol. Last year’s Pro Stock Motorcycle race was the first for the category at the picturesque facility.
“I’m very excited to come back to this track,” Sampey said. “Last year, winning here taught me a lesson to not really worry about things. I realize that I have to stop and enjoy the ride. I so excited to get to this track because I won last year, and I want to win it again. I know we’ve a bike that can win and it’s fun to get the No. 1 spot. We’ll see what we’ve got tomorrow, but I’m very confident and comfortable on the bike.”
Teammate Eddie Krawiec took the second spot thanks to his pass of 6.968 at 191.97 and Angie Smith took third on Friday with her run of 193.49.
Qualifying continues at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
1. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.966, 185.38
2. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.968, 191.97
3. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.980, 193.49
4. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.991, 189.23
5. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.008, 190.73
6. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.015, 191.95
7. Malcolm Phillips Jr., 7.023, 188.33
8. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.028, 189.84
9. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.039, 192.36
10. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.097, 188.15
11. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 7.126, 188.23
12. Ron Tornow, Victory, 7.190, 186.20
13. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.228, 185.36
14. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.262, 185.82
15. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 7.823, 133.83
16. Wesley Wells, Suzuki, 10.539, 131.43
17. Chris Bostick, 27.552, 182.13
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