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Pro Stock Motorcycle Champ Matt Smith Looks To Keep Rolling at NHRA Gatornationals

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Pro Stock Motorcycle Champ Matt Smith

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champ Matt Smith Looks To Keep Rolling At Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

After waiting for years to find success at Gainesville Raceway, Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Matt Smith has now proven to be unbeatable as of late at the historic track. The five-time and defending world champ has won the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals the past two years and is after a third straight victory at this weekend’s event in Gainesville.

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Another win on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR would be a big deal for Smith, who has his sights set on another fast start to the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The Gatornationals marks the season debut for the Pro Stock Motorcycle category and it’s always a meaningful race for the NHRA stars. Smith could never finish the job in previous years, but that all changed in 2020 and 2021.

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

“It’s been pretty awesome to get wins in Gainesville the last two years,” Smith said. “My whole life, that’s one of those races we’ve always wanted to win but it had always eluded me. Everyone in our class wants to win in Gainesville and Indy. If you can win at those places, you’ve accomplished something. We had ran well in Gainesville before but couldn’t cap it off until these last two years and those have meant a lot.”

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

He was dominant a year ago, winning six races and advancing to eight final rounds. But repeating that success won’t be easy and Smith is aware of that, especially with a contingent of riders showing impressive progress on Suzuki motorcycles. That includes the likes of six-time Gatornationals winner Eddie Krawiec, Angelle Sampey and Steve Johnson, but Smith likes his four-bike team, which consists of his wife, Angie, Jimmy Underdahl, who will be running a Suzuki, and Jianna Salinas.

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

“The Suzuki bikes are going to be tough to beat,” Smith said. “But we’ve had a very positive off-season and I love the challenges in this class. I can see the potential of the Suzuki bike and it’s really unbelievable, so hopefully I’ll have mine later in the year.”

The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The Hot Rod Junction will be bringing more than 50 historical cars to the race, including show cars and cackle cars. The Electric Exhibition presented by Pep Boys Electric Vehicle Service will take also place in Gainesville.

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

To get ready for the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout, a special photo of all eight participants will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 11, with a special autograph session featuring the eight star drivers taking place at the Pep Boys Midway Display the next day at 10 a.m. Earlier on Saturday, Toyota-sponsored drivers will be signing autographs at 9 a.m. at the Toyota Midway Display.

Matt Smith NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Race fans will also get to enjoy a pair of concerts during the weekend as part of the NHRA Concert Series presented by 8-Track Entertainment. Country music star Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. BoomTown Saints will open for Montgomery on Friday and will also take to the NHRA stage at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the concert are included with the price of admission to the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

NHRA fans can attend Total Seal Tech Talk with Pro Stock’s Matt Hartford at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 11 to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Gainesville Raceway will also host the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the SealMaster Track Walk, which benefits the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in Gainesville. As part of the pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, reigning world champs Torrence, Capps, Anderson and M. Smith will be receiving their championship rings as well. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the event winners celebrating their Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals victories.

As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet at Gainesville Raceway. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 11 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, and then eliminations action at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The first round of the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 with the semifinals set to follow at 1:30 p.m. The final round is slated for 3:15 p.m. and will be shown live on the FOX broadcast network. FOX will have coverage of the entire Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout starting at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

To purchase tickets to the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, call 800-884-NHRA (6472) or visit nhra.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admissions areas with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit nhra.com.

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Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series. Twice a year, NHRA hosts a ‘race-within-a-race,’ during the JEGS Allstars and Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle specialty competitions. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing-related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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