Posted on Saturday October 17, 2020

History at Texas Motorplex During AAA Texas FallNationals Qualifying

History at Texas Motorplex During AAA Texas FallNationals Qualifying

DALLAS (October 17, 2020) — Under overcast skies and with cool conditions Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith rode her way into the history books while three points leaders raced to No. 1 qualifying positions at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Smith posted a qualifying speed of 200.89 mph during the opening qualifying session becoming the first female and fifth Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to break that speed barrier. She joins the Denso 200-mph Club along with her teammate and husband Matt Smith, teammate Scotty Pollacheck, Eddie Krawiec and the first rider to reach 200 mph Hector Arana Jr. 

“It has been kind of a burden on me I have been on him (husband Matt Smith) because I want to run 200 mph,” said Smith. “We know everything has to line up. The bike has to do its job. I have to do my job. The crew has to do their job. A lot of things have to line up. When I turned the corner Chris Bostick was the first to tell me 200 and I just went crazy. That is not all that I wanted but it is all that I wanted right now. When you go 200 mph your name is in the record book. It never leaves the record book. I am the first woman to go 200 mph. No one can ever take that away from me. National records get broken all the time.” 

“I think the crowd saw my emotion because I did my 200 mph dance,” said Smith. “I was just so pumped up. I heard the crowd and there have been so many people coming by my pit telling me great job. It is very humbling for so many people to know what I did.” 

“It is very satisfying to be in the 200 mph club. We do all of our own research and development. We have a great team behind us and hats off to those guys. They have stayed true to us and we are staying true to them. We are at the shop and we are working 15 or 17 hours a day just to get all this done. It is grueling and at the time you are like gosh is it really worth it but it is runs like that that make it worth it. When its six seconds and 200 mph I will go to work 20 hours a day for the next six months just to get the feeling you get when you do that,” added Smith, who qualified No. 2 for the FallNationals. 

While Angie Smith was re-writing history her husband Matt Smith was racing to the top of the field. Smith rode his Denso-backed EBR motorcycle to the No. 1 spot by one thousandth of a second over his teammate with a quick time of 6.808 seconds at 200.71 mph. 

“This Matt Smith Racing team is seeing the work that Angie and I put in over the break,’ said Smith. “We went to work hard in the shop. To have the quality of bikes that me, Scotty and Angie have now I think we are the team to beat. I didn’t make a good run that first run. We have a fast bike. We should have run 6.76 or 6.77 at probably 201 mph. It is going to be warm tomorrow and today was just qualifying. I am going to try and put this Denso bike as a back to back winner tonight.” 

In Pro Stock Deric Kramer powered to the top of a very quick Pro Stock field with a No. 1 qualifying effort of 6.541 seconds at 210.37 mph during the opening session. 

“Getting a good shot at the race track was great and hopefully we can take this momentum into tomorrow. When the car is running as well as it is it takes a lot of weight off of my shoulders,” explained Kramer. 

The Nitro classes were dominated by the two current Camping World points leaders wrapped up in tight point battles. Steve Torrence entered the FallNationals with a two point lead over Doug Kalitta. At the end of qualifying Torrence had added four more qualifying bonus points which could be critical down the homestretch  

“You have to go out and make those runs,” said Torrence. “You have to make them count when you can. We don’t know what the conditions will be for tomorrow.  You have to able to go out there and run hard when you can. You have to get every point possible. We have to keep chipping away at it. We are doing everything we can to capitalize on every opportunity.” 

In the Funny Car ranks it was defending FallNationals winner Matt Hagan blasting to the top of the pack. His Pennzoil logoed Dodge Hellcat was the class of the category. With cool conditions and a packed house rooting him on the Virginia rancher knew he would have to be at the top of his game during qualifying. 

“You have to really pay attention out there. This is a really good facility and race track but the groove is really narrow out there. We are out here trying to run record numbers and you have to be really careful as a driver not to over drive a race car when you are running hard,” said Hagan. “To see the fans in the stands that pumped me up. I love racing here at the Texas Motorplex. The fans are here and they are enjoying the races. It feels almost normal and really nice. It is a great feeling to be back here and see all the fans come out and appreciate what we are doing. We really appreciate them.” 

Final eliminations will be contested starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow.