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Matt Smith Looking for a Positive Ending to a Long Season

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Matt Smith Looking for a Positive Ending to a Long Season

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
November 12, 2011


On paper, a win and a potential third-place finish in the final points standings would appear to be a pretty successful season.


On paper, a win and a potential third-place finish in the final points standings would appear to be a pretty successful season.

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Matt Smith Looking for a Positive Ending to a Long Season


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POMONA, Calif.:
On paper, a win and a potential third-place finish in the final points standings would appear to be a pretty successful season. However, racing isn’t done on paper. Matt Smith has seen his team lose a primary sponsor and has been plagued by gremlins on his Haltech/Redline Oil/Affliction Buell. After qualifying seventh for Sunday’s Auto Club NHRA Finals with a 6.896 second ET, the 2007 class champion who also won this event that same year is looking forward to the offseason.
 
“I’ll be glad to get the year over with,” he said. “It’s been a rough year with losing a sponsor and three of the last five runs I’ve made we haven’t gone further than five feet on the track. We’ve got some kind of little problem going on. We don’t know if it’s the clutch or the two-step switch or the tires. We changed everything on the last pass and everything worked on the last pass. It’s something I’ll figure out over the winter while testing and get it right, but we’ll just be glad to be done with the season.”
 
Smith faces Chip Ellis in E1 Sunday while his two teammates, Michael Ray and wife Angie Smith, face each other after qualifying eighth and ninth, respectively. Matt will try to maintain his hold on third place against current fourth-place rider and weekend top qualifier, Andrew Hines.
 
“We’ll see what we can do tomorrow,” Smith said. “Hopefully we can finish third in points, if not, we’ll be fourth and we’ll go on towards next year.”
 
Hines earned the pole with an ET of 6.820 seconds. Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock were able to complete their fourth round of qualifying, but the event was shut down in the midst of Funny Car quals due to inclement weather. Hector Arana Jr. and Hines’ teammate and former class champion Eddie Krawiec are battling for the season title.
 
The Smiths Pose for Charity: Angie and Matt are featured in Tony Pedregon's NHRA Full Throttle Series Real Families calendar to benefit children's cancer research. For more information, click HERE.
 
Matt Smith Racing is entered in the Auto Club NHRA World Finals this weekend in Pomona. Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. with first round of eliminations running at 11. For 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.

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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.
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