Team Liberty Racing Event Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals
In the second to last race before the Countdown to the Championship, Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey battled it out in hopes of earning valuable points to get them closer to the top ten.
In the first round, No. 13 Cory Reed staged up against No. 3 Scotty Pollacheck in the first round. Without lane choice, Reed was able to out-power his competition when he clocked in with a 6.944-second pass at 190.03 mph over Pollacheck’s 6.960, 191.54; the first round win marked Reed’s first-round win of the 2017 season.
Sampey qualified No. 9 and had a first-round matchup against No. 8 Andrew Hines. Sampey launched and then her PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum started to automatically drift towards the wall. To save her equipment, Sampey rolled off the throttle and coasted to an 8.326-second pass at 107.91 mph. Hines’ 6.929, 195.50 advanced to the second round.
“I felt confident this morning because I felt like our luck has been so bad this weekend and it was going to turn around for us today,” Sampey admitted. “It might’ve not turned around today in the big way we wanted but we’re getting closer to it. I’m just so excited Cory won first round. It was a small moral boost for our PSE/Team Liberty Racing team after a tough weekend.”
Second round, Reed blasted down Brainerd International Raceway with a consistent 6.961, 190.00 but wasn’t able to turn on the win light against LE Tonglet’s 6.850, 194.77.
“I felt like I won the whole race when I won that first round,” Reed laughed. “This weekend was so rough and if you just watched what happened to us all weekend, it’s amazing that we got both bikes up there for the first round; it was a relief to get it done. It’s crazy the amount of work our team has put in this weekend.”
Cory Reed Brainerd Eliminations Recap:
Qualified: No. 13
First Round: REED (6.944-seconds, 190.03 mph) defeated Scotty Pollacheck (6.960, 191.54)
Second Round: LE Tonglet (6.850, 194.77) defeated REED (6.961, 190.00)
Angelle Sampey Brainerd Eliminations Recap:
Qualified: No. 9
First Round: Andrew Hines (6.929-seconds, 195.90 mph) defeated SAMPEY (8.326, 107.91)