Matt Smith Takes Fan-Sponsored Buell to Semi-Finals at Home Track
Topics: Matt Smith, O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
About Matt Smith:
Matt is the 2007 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and a multi-event class winner. The native of King, N.C., has won some of the most prestigious races in the series, including the U.S. Nationals and the inaugural 4-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., his home track. He is the team owner and tuner for his wife, Angie, and is the son of legendary racer/tuner Rickie Smith. Matt is also the brother-in-law of NASCAR/F1/IndyCar driver Scott Speed. In his spare time, Matt enjoys scuba diving, paintball, jet skiing, coaching his son, Tristan's, soccer team, and building motorcycle engines.
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Brandon W. Mudd
CONCORD, N.C.: After two consecutive first-round exits, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith got back on track and took his Haltech/Red Line Fan Bike to the semi-finals Sunday at zMAX Dragway. Although his day was ended by Karen Stoffer, he jumped three spots in the PSM points standings to third, behind Stoffer and eventual winner of the 4th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Eddie Krawiec.
While his wife and teammate, Angie, fouled out in the first round as the result of a rare red light, the third Matt Smith Racing rider, Michael Ray, joined Matt in the semi-finals.
“We had a great weekend,” said Matt prior to the finals. “We qualified all three bikes, two of us won first round and then, two of us won the second round. All in all, we had a really good weekend. So we’ll regroup and go to Dallas.”
Smith’s Fan Bike, supported by $20 donations from drag racing fans all over the country, was a big hit over the course of the weekend with many of the “sponsors” attending a pit party with the Smiths and the winner of the last three-straight Top Fuel races, including Sunday’s race here, Antron Brown. It was such a success, there is already talk of doing it again when the bikes return to Charlotte on the 2012 schedule.
“The Fan Bike was great!” he said. “I hope all the fans had a good time and got to see their name out there. I hope they get to see it on TV and they can say, ‘Hey, that’s my name on that bike!’”
The next race on the NHRA Full Throttle Series schedule is the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas. For ticket information, click HERE.
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