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A Bad Part Makes for a Bad Birthday for Matt Smith

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Drag Racing Motorcycles Topics:  Matt Smith, Auto Club NHRA World Finals

A Bad Part Makes for a Bad Birthday for Matt Smith

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
November 11, 2011


Despite celebrating a birthday on 11-11-11, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith wasn’t No. 1 Friday at the Auto Club NHRA World Finals here.


Despite celebrating a birthday on 11-11-11, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith wasn’t No. 1 Friday at the Auto Club NHRA World Finals here.

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A Bad Part Makes for a Bad Birthday for Matt Smith


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636.219.9676
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POMONA, Calif.:
Despite celebrating a birthday on 11-11-11, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith wasn’t No. 1 Friday at the Auto Club NHRA World Finals here. The 2007 winner of this event saw his run go south immediately at the starting line with the same ailment his teammate Michael Ray suffered from in Q2. Fortunately, his 6.896 second run Friday has kept him in the fifth position.
 
“We pulled all the data out and it looks like we have a two-step switch on mine and Michael’s bike going bad,” said Smith, a two-time top qualifier for the World Finals. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. On (wife and teammate) Angie (Smith’s) bike, it’s been perfect. She’s never had this problem.
 
“We started developing this problem at Indy and it only pops up every now and then. It bit us this time, but we’re going to fix it. We’ll put some new switches on and hopefully that will solve our problem.”
 
Smith, the 2007 class champion, is currently third in PSM points and is looking to leave Pomona in the same position, with Hector Arana Jr. and former champion Eddie Krawiec racing for the season title.
 
Former PSM champion Andrew Hines is currently atop the leaderboard after running a 6.820 ET Friday. If Saturday’s qualifying is rained out, Matt would face Chip Ellis in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations.
 
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. Saturday will see the final two rounds, expected for 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. 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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