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Matt Smith Needs the Win Light Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Drag Racing Motorcycles
Topics:  Matt Smith, AAA Texas NHRA Fall 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.

Matt Smith Needs the Win Light Deep in the Heart of Texas

Brandon W. Mudd
Highside Media
September 22, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd


KING, N.C.: Thanks to a semi-final appearance last weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith was able to start the six-race Countdown to 1 positively by jumping two spots in the points standings to third. Unfortunately, the two riders ahead of him, Eddie Krawiec and Karen Stoffer, were the race finalists with Krawiec's victory putting him 116 markers ahead of the North Carolina native.

With five more races to go, though, anything can happen and Smith is prepared for some Texas two-steppin' this weekend at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The 2008 race runner up stuck around at zMAX Monday to test his Haltech/Red Line Buell and left with some positive information.

"We found out why we slowed down in the semis (on Sunday)," said Smith, a 13-time Nationals event winner. "We had some broken parts in the motor. We were able to fix them and tested really well on Monday. Now, we're ready to go to Dallas and see how we stack up to everyone else."

Smith will have plenty of help going to Dallas. His wife and Matt Smith Racing teammate, Angie, and third MSR rider, Michael Ray, are in blocking mode for Matt and ready to help him bring home a second national title. Matt was able to race to the semi-finals in this race last year and will need to click off some round wins and hope for early exits for both Stoffer and Krawiec this weekend if he has a shot for the PSM title.

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 Matt Smith can find updates and photos of Matt Smith Racing at MattSmithRacing.com, Facebook.com/MattSmithRacing, and Twitter.com/MattSmithRacing. Videos of Matt 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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