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zMAX Dragway Offers Free Thursday Tix for Matt Smith Bike Sponsors

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Drag Racing Motorcycles
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.

zMAX Dragway Offers Free Thursday Tix for Matt Smith Bike Sponsors

Brandon W. Mudd
Highside Media
September 9, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd


KING, N.C.: Former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith is offering drag racing fans the opportunity to be a part of his team at zMAX Dragway Sept. 15-18 for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. For $20, fans can sponsor Smith's Buell at his home track, where he won the inaugural 4-Wide Nationals in 2010. The sponsorship provides access to a party at the Matt Smith Racing pit Thursday, Sept. 15, 4-6 p.m., where the sponsor can personally sign their name on the bike, receive an autograph from both Matt and Angie Smith, and participate in a group photo with Matt, Angie, the MSR Fan Sponsor Buell, and other sponsors.

The staff at zMAX have sweetened the deal by offering a free Thursday ticket to anyone sponsoring Smith's bike. A table will be set up outside the main spectator entrance of the drag strip where MSR sponsors can pick up their wristbands for the pit party and, at that time, will receive one free ticket for Thursday's festivities. In addition to all the other perks of being a fan bike sponsor, Antron Brown, the most recent U.S. Nationals Top Fuel champion, will be at the pit party to sign autographs and hang out starting at 5 p.m. The original deadline of Sept. 10 has also been lifted and fans will be able to pay for a sponsorship on Thursday at the gate where they will receive the free ticket and all the rest of the perks of being a sponsor next weekend.

But a free ticket, a meet and greet with Antron Brown, and a party isn't enough for Matt. He has some other perks for a couple of lucky fans.

"We've already had a bunch of people sign up for this deal and we're blown away with the response we've seen," said Smith. "To sweeten the pot a little, we're going to put everyone's name in a hat on the day of the pit party and pull five names. The first four will receive autographed team shirts. The fifth is going to get a team credential that allows them to go anywhere with us, including the starting line for every pass we make. We want to make this a great weekend for all our new sponsors and hopefully, they'll be partying with us in the Winner's Circle Sunday!"

Sponsors will receive one MSR Pit Party invitation and can sign one name per $20 sponsorship; however, fans may purchase as many sponsorships as they would like. If a sponsor is unable to attend the Pit Party, Matt or Angie will sign the sponsor's name to the bike personally and an autograph will be mailed to them.

Fans wanting to sponsor Matt's bike prior to the race can do so via PayPal or they can pay at the MSR table at the main entrance on Thursday. For more information on this opportunity and to pay through PayPal, click HERE. For any questions regarding sponsorships, e-mail Matt Smith Racing at SponsorMattsBike@yahoo.com. For more information on the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway Sept. 15-18 or to purchase tickets, 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.

For more information on HighSide Media, its programs, and its clients, visit HighSideMedia.com. You can also follow HSM at Twitter.com/HighSideMedia and on its official page on Facebook.


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