Defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith got some great off-season news as DENSO has decided to step up as the primary sponsor on Smith’s Buell for the 2019 campaign. DENSO, an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp, will also continue its support of Smith’s wife Angie.
On Facebook Angie Smith wrote, “I’m extremely happy to announce that Matt will join me on Team DENSO. I have always had him in my corner but now an even larger influence! I can’t wait for all my friends, family, and fans to see the awesome new design I have coming out this year! Let me just tell ya it’s even better than last season.”
Using DENSO Iridium spark plugs last season Smith clocked the fastest Pro Stock Motorcycle pass ever at 201.22 MPH.
“I am truly grateful for DENSO to step up and become my main sponsor after being a major associate sponsor,” said Matt Smith. “With DENSO’s support, I look forward to more records and race wins in 2019.”
DENSO’s Lisa Michler shared the Smith’s enthusiasm.
“We couldn’t be happier with the partnership that has formed with Matt and Angie over the past few years. We are honored to work with a team that models such dedication, passion and loyalty to the sport of drag racing,” Michler said. “DENSO and the dynamic duo of Matt Smith Racing are READY to kick things off in Gainesville!”
2019 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Schedule
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
March 14-17 — Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 5-7 — DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 26-28 — NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 3-5 — NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
May 17-19 — Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
May 30-June 2 — Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago
June 20-23 — Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 19-21 — Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
July 26-28 — NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 — Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 12-15 — Dodge NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 27-29 — AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 3-6 — AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas
Oct. 11-13 — NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte
Oct. 24-27 — NHRA Nevada Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 7-10 — Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.