Team Liberty Racing Heads to Sonoma, Sampey On Quest for First Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle Win
In the second race of the Western Swing, Team Liberty Racing will find themselves in wine country as they have the opportunity to take home two victories during the event: one for the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle on Saturday and the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday.
Last year, Cory Reed suffered a DNQ at the Sonoma Nationals and he is hoping to find himself in a much better position in 2017. Reed has said many times this year that his goal is to get both of the PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums qualified in the uber-competitive Pro Stock Motorcycle class and he has been good on that promise all season so far.
“I’m looking forward to Sonoma knowing I have a better chance at qualifying this time around,” 2016’s Rookie of the Year Reed said. “We had some weird stuff happen with my bike during the Western Swing and I think I’m in a better place this year. I really like this track and it’s always fast so I think we should have a good outcome at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.”
Teammate and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey will be the only rider representing Team Liberty Racing in the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle this year.
“Cory has been very supportive and told the team that he wants to make sure I have the best stuff we have for the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle,” Sampey said. “I’ve never won the race and it’s something I want really bad. I want that win on my record.”
Qualifying begins on Friday, July 28th with two runs at 4:15 and 7:00 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday, July 29th at 1:10 and 4:20 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m.
Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle Schedule:
Driver introductions: 12:40 p.m.
First Round: 1:00 p.m.
Second Round: 4:15 p.m.
Finals: 5:30 p.m.
NHRA Sonoma Nationals Run Schedule:
Friday: 4:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:10 and 4:20 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.
NHRA Sonoma Nationals TV Schedule:
Friday, July 28, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 11 p.m. (ET).
Saturday, July 29, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 30, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 4 p.m. (ET).