- Matt Smith makes three runs over 190 mph in Sunday’s eliminations
- He takes second place at the zMAX Dragway in Charlotte
- Moves up to fourth in Championship points
Matt Smith made four outstanding runs on his Pro Stock Gunner in the Sept. 20 elimination rounds for Victory Racing and finished second at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
With that great performance, Matt moves up to fourth in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points after this opening round of the six-round NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
Matt qualified fifth-fastest for Sunday’s eliminations, then made three consistently fast runs to reach the final against Andrew Hines.
Hines got the holeshot in the final and held on for the win as Matt ran 6.910 seconds with a speed of 192.49 mph. Matt had a reaction time of 0.150 of a second in the final, while Hines got off the line in 0.007 of a second.
Matt’s time in the final was his quickest of the day, and his best speed of the day was 192.52 mph in the second round.
Matt entered the Countdown slotted fifth in points, and by reaching the final for the second time this season, he moved up to fourth in the standings. The second round of the Countdown to the Championship will be Sept. 25-27 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Victory Racing’s Angie Smith also qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds but jumped the light in the first round, leaving the line 0.011-seconds early and was eliminated.
She made her run in 7.008 seconds at 187.50 mph.
In Saturday’s qualifying, Angie had a weekend-best run of 6.984 seconds at 188.44 mph.
ABOUT VICTORY MOTORCYCLES
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, and manufactures motorcycles that deliver Modern American Muscle. Victory offers a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring models, and an all-electric sport bike – all of which deliver industry-leading performance and the Victory Edge in comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where Victory Motorcycles are still built today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel, and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com and at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles.
ABOUT MATT & ANGIE SMITH
Matt Smith started his pro career in 2003 and won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship in 2007 and 2013. As Matt won his 2013 championship, his father Rickie Smith won the NHRA Pro Mod [car] Series title. Matt entered the 2015 season with 17 career wins, a career-best E.T. of 6.793 seconds and career best speed of 198.32 mph. He is 42 and a native of King, N.C.
Angie Smith started racing motorcycles in 2000 and raced in regional series before stepping up to the NHRA’s top national series. She has continually set higher top speeds and better E.T.s as her career has progressed, and in 2014 she earned her first circuit victory – racing against her husband Matt in Epping, N.H. Her career-best E.T. is 6.846 seconds, and her top speed is 195.22 mph. Angie, 36, is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C.