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Smith Qualifies No. 1

Published on September 26, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

Matt Smith surprised himself — and probably some other Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers — Saturday evening when he jumped to the top of the starting lineup for Sunday’s Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

“I didn’t believe it when they told me that I ran 6.923 (seconds at 190.89 mph),” said the driver of the Al-Anabi Racing V-Twin.  “That was amazing.  The bike went a little sideways and I was close to letting off when it straightened out.

“I made some changes to see if we could improve the rpm and get better 60-foot times, but I didn’t expect them to be that good.  The track was in good condition after the (five-plus hour) rain delay and I was taking a shot at making a good run.  I had nothing to lose.”

His best previous time was 7.043 seconds.

This was Smith’s second low-qualifier effort of the year and the 18th of his career.  His first-round foe is Redell Harris (No. 14, 7.424 at 185.51).

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