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Angie Smith in the Role of Fullback for Team MSR

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Drag Racing Motorcycles
Topics:  Angie Smith, AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

About Angie Smith:
Angie, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., started racing motorcycles in 2000 at the age of 21. She made her first NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle start in 2004 when she qualified for the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. She races for her husband, 2007 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith and her fellow North Carolinian also tunes her Buell. In her spare time, she enjoys water sports, working out, and travelling.

Angie Smith in the Role of Fullback for Team MSR

Brandon W. Mudd
HighSide Media
September 22, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd


King, N.C. – In football, one of the most important, and under-appreciated, roles on the team falls to the fullback. It's the fullback's job primarily to block for the running back and get them through the wall of defenders to the endzone and the touchdown.

Consider Angie Smith the lead fullback for Matt Smith Racing.

The NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran is outside the top-ten and therefore, not in the Countdown to 1, the NHRA's playoff system. Her husband and team owner, former class champion Matt Smith, is in the Countdown, however. After a semi-final appearance at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, Matt has moved to third in points behind points leader Eddie Krawiec and Karen Stoffer. While Angie can still race for wins, she is unable to win a title, but she can help Matt earn his second NHRA title and plans to do so this weekend at the Texas Motorplex for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.

She and Matt, who also acts as tuner to both her and fellow MSR rider, Michael Ray, stayed at zMAX Monday to test their Buells with positive results. "We're really excited about Dallas because we stayed at Charlotte to test and found some horsepower," she said. "Now, it's up to me and Michael to act as blockers for Matt and help bring the title back to MSR."

The strong test session helped take the sting out of Angie's first-round exit Sunday at her home track against Hector Arana III courtesy of leaving the line .008 seconds too early. Ironically, it was a red light that took her out of the race in Dallas last year in the first round against eventual race runner-up, Andrew Hines.

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas kicks off Friday with Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying at 2:15 p.m. local time, followed by a second round of time trials at 5:15. Saturday's qualifying is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with eliminations slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. Spectator gates open at 8:30 a.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. For ticket information, click HERE.

Fans of Angie Smith can find updates and photos of Matt Smith Racing at MattSmithRacing.com, Facebook.com/Matt.AngieSmith, and Twitter.com/AngieSmith77. Videos of Angie and Matt Smith Racing can be found at YouTube.com/MattSmithNHRA. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities with Matt Smith Racing, please e-mail MattSmithRacing@yahoo.com.

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