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Matt Smith Fall in Rd. 1 in Upset at Indy

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Drag Racing Motorcycles
Topics:  Matt Smith, Mac Tools U.S. 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 Fall in Rd. 1 in Upset at Indy

Brandon W. Mudd
Highside Media
September 6, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd


CLERMONT, Ind. For 2007 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and 2006 Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals winner Matt Smith, it was a good weekend. The North Carolina native was the top qualifier for the first two days of the event and went into eliminations Monday second on the speed charts. He also tuned his wife Angie's Buell and she turned a strong Q4 and Q5 into a 12th-place qualifying effort, especially rewarding since she missed the show last year. So, it was a good weekend.

Until Rd. 1 on Monday.

No. 15 qualifier Jim Underdahl beat Smith in one of many upsets in the PSM class at the Big Go after Matt experienced clutch issues on the starting line. "I was really disappointed with the way I ran," Smith said. "I think I could have run a 6.89 in the first round, but a clutch issue burned us."

The track temp was well below the 134 degrees it reached earlier in the weekend due to cool temps and overcast skies, making the loss even more disappointing since the conditions were perfect for record runs. Underdahl went on to beat former class champion Hector Arana in the next round, losing to Jerry Savoie in the semi-final round. Savoie would go on to the finals where he lost to Hector Arana Jr., winning his first-ever NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle race.

The next event for Matt Smith Racing is at his home track, zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Sponsor Matt: Matt is providing a unique opportunity to be a sponsor for his Matt Smith Racing Buell for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway, his home track. Sponsoring Matt Smith for the Sept. 15-19, 2011, NHRA Full Throttle Series event at zMAX Dragway gives fans an invitation to the MSR Pit Party Sept. 15, 2011, at the track, the opportunity to sign the bike, an autograph from Matt & Angie Smith, and the opportunity to participate in a group picture with Matt, Angie, the MSR Buell, and other sponsors. If fans are unable to attend the MSR Pit Party, Matt or Angie can personally sign the bike for them. For more 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.

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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