NHRA World Finals Photo and Video Coverage

There is something special about the mystique of the Pomona Fairplex in November. The NHRA World Finals once again lived up to its billing with a jam-packed crowd and an exciting fight to the finish in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Enjoy…

Matt Smith Wins Third NHRA Championship

Matt Smith secured his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship in the final round of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.   He powered his Elite Motorsports…

Matt Smith Strikes First In Championship Battle, Takes Friday Pole

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Smith rode to a track record speed at 200.65 at 6.774 to lead the field on his Elite Motorsports DENSO Auto Parts EBR at the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway. Smith…

Matt Smith Wins Charlotte, Takes NHRA PSM Points Lead With Two Races to Go

Matt Smith took over the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead after his third victory of 2018 and 21st of his career after a run of 6.830 at 196.64 on his Elite Motorsports Denso Auto Parts EBR against Chip Ellis at…

NHRA PSM Point Leader Matt Smith Takes No. 1 Spot in Texas Day 1

Matt Smith, current points leaders, finished atop the qualifying order in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.876 at 197.65 on his Elite Motorsports DENSO Auto Parts EBR. He is chasing his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and second…

Two-Time NHRA Champ Matt Smith Looks to Maintain Point Lead in Texas

Matt Smith already has a blueprint for success to win a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title, and things are going according to plan for the two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion heading into this weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA…

Matt Smith Takes NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Points Lead With St. Louis Win

Matt Smith earned his second victory of 2018 and 20th of his career with a holeshot win of 6.877 at 198.44 to LE Tonglet’s 6.876 at 196.10 Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals from Gateway International Raceway in…

Matt Smith Gets Third Straight NHRA No. 1 Qualifying Position

Two-time world champ Matt Smith grabbed his third straight No. 1 qualifying position in Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday at the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway thanks to his 6.828 at 198.20 from Friday on his Elite…

Matt Smith Goes to the Top in Opening Pro Stock Motorcycle Qualifying at Maple Grove

Matt Smith, a two-time world champ, finished atop the qualifying order in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.828 at 198.20 on his Elite Motorsports Denso Auto Parts EBR on Friday at the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove…

Two-Time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champ Matt Smith Making Progress

After picking up his first victory of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season and also his first since 2016, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith is hopeful it is just the start of a memorable…

Kelly Clontz and San Marino Aim for Rookie of the Year

After 14 seasons as a sportsman motorcycle drag racer, Kelly Clontz made her first dip into NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing last year, qualifying at her debut race in Englishtown and then again at Charlotte and Maple Grove.   Clontz…

DENSO Sponsors Angie and Matt Smith for 2018 NHRA Season

DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DENSO also will…

Celebrating and Reflecting on 30-Plus Exciting Seasons of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing

When Pro Stock Motorcycle officially became a professional category in the National Hot Rod Association, Ronald Regan was President, a Ford Mustang could be purchased for less than $10,000 and Lethal Weapon, the original, was one of the most popular…

DENSO Sponsors NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer Angie Smith

DENSO Products and Services Americas, an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has partnered with Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith as her lead sponsor for four weekend contests of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.…

Matt Smith’s Polaris Program Coming Together

In late February, the 2007 and 2013 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith announced that despite the closure of his sponsor Victory Motorcycles, Smith will continue his racing efforts with backing from the parent company and will represent the Polaris brand.…

What Does the End of the Victory Brand Mean for the Pro Stock Motorcycle Teams of Matt Smith and Cory Reed?

After decades of producing Victory Motorcycles, Polaris Industries announced this week it would be shutting down the production of the Victory brand  due to what the company called competitive pressures and lack of marketshare. The immediate question among dragbike fans was…

Victory Motorcycles Returns to Partner with Matt Smith Racing for 2017

Victory Motorcycles will return to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2017, as the company will again partner with two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith and his successful Matt Smith Racing team.   Victory Motorcycles, a division…

Matt Smith Earns First Victory for Victory Motorcycles

The celebration began before Matt Smith and his Victory Motorcycles Gunner crossed the finish line.   Smith earned his first victory of the season and the first for Victory Motorcycles when Angelle Sampey went red in the final round of…

Victory Motorcycle’s Matt Smith Gets Some luck in Vegas, Reaches Semifinals

All Victory Motorcycles racer Matt Smith wanted was the absence of bad luck. That finally happened at the NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Smith took his Victory Gunner to the semifinal.…

Perfection Achieved: .000 Light Propels Matt Smith to Round 1 Win in Dallas

Victory Motorcycles racer Matt Smith was sharp during final eliminations of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex, but he couldn’t get his Gunner past the second round.   Smith had a perfect reaction time in the first…

Matt Smith Hopes to Stay Hot in Texas

Maybe Victory Motorcycles racer Matt Smith has gotten his bad luck out of the way early. Smith, who will race in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals this weekend at Texas Motorplex, has been snakebit all season, suffering myriad misfortunes despite…

Victory Motorcycles Team Still Searching for Luck After Stumble in Reading

The dark cloud that has followed the Victory Motorcycles team of Matt and Angie Smith this season wasn’t swept aside by all the clouds over Maple Grove Raceway this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Husband defeated wife in the…

Matt Smith rides Victory Motorcycles Gunner to No. 5 qualifying spot in St. Louis

Matt Smith and his Victory Motorcycles team showed championship mettle by bouncing back from a difficult first day of qualifying to snare a top-half spot for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park.   Smith…

Hector Arana Sr., Matt and Angie Smith visit Salisbury VA Medical Center

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Hector Arana Sr. and Matt and Angie Smith visited the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center on Thursday in support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veteran Program. The Million Veteran Program (http://www.research.va.gov/mvp/default.cfm) is…

Victory Motorcycles Rider Matt Smith Knows the Countdown Is the Time to ‘Get Hot’

Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith isn’t worried at all about the deficit he faces as the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte.   Smith begins the playoffs in ninth place in the…

Matt Smith Clinches Playoff Berth for Victory Motorcycles

All Victory Motorcycles racer Matt Smith needs is a little luck to battle for victories and the Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.   Smith, though, got no luck at all in the first round of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on…

Two Riders, One Goal: Take a Victory Gunner to Indy’s Winner’s Circle

Matt and Angie Smith, the only husband/wife duo in the professional ranks of NHRA Drag Racing, may occasionally have to race each other on the track. But aside from those rare instances, the pair of factory Victory Motorcycles Pro Stock…

Victory Motorcycles Riders Matt and Angie Smith Leave Brainerd Wanting More

Cheered on by an enthusiastic group of Polaris employees up for the Twin Cities, Victory Motorcycles factory riders Matt and Angie Smith did their best to show off in front of their title sponsors during Sunday’s eliminations of the 35th…

Victory Motorcycles pros Matt and Angie Smith Trying Hard to Impress Bosses in Brainerd

With more than 180 Polaris and Victory Motorcycle employees visiting from the Twin Cities, Victory Motorcycles factory riders Matt and Angie Smith are doing all they can to impress their team sponsors at this weekend’s 35th annual Lucas Oil NHRA…

Matt Smith Ready for Change in Fortune at Victory Motorcycles’ Home Race

Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith wants to win every race he enters. That kind of desire has made him a two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and one of the racers to beat every week on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag…

Two-time World Champion Matt Smith Ready to Continue Love Affair with Bandimere

The first time Victory Motorcycles factory rider Matt Smith won an NHRA national event on Thunder Mountain in 2007, he went on to claim his first world championship. The following year, he raced to Bandimere Speedway’s podium once again, helping…

Misfortune Strikes Again for No. 1 Qualifier Matt Smith

Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith thought his luck was changing, but misfortune bit the two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion again in the first round of the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway. Smith qualified…

Matt Smith Takes NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Pole in Chicago

Matt Smith rode to his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season, 24th of his career and second at Chicago in Pro Stock Motorcycle as no one was able to better his Friday track record time of 6.842 at…

Matt Smith Expects to Continue Midseason Surge on Victory Gunner

For many, July is the start of the dog days of summer, when heat saps enthusiasm and dwindles excitement, but for Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith, the opposite is true. This time last year, Smith began a surge that led…

200: Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith will reach milestone in Norwalk

Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith will reach a career milestone in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, as the two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champ will compete in the 200th race of his NHRA career.…

Victory Motorcycles’ Matt Smith Heads Back to Site of First Career Victory

Even though Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith celebrated winning the 2005 U.S. Nationals, the 2006 NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park was officially the first of his 18 Pro Stock Motorcycle victories.   Smith, who returns for the…

Victory’s Matt Smith Puts Scare in Points Leader, But Drops Close Battle by Inches

Victory Motorcycles factory rider Matt Smith gave season-long points leader Eddie Krawiec his hardest challenge of the year but ultimately came up a few inches short of winning his first race at Atlanta Dragway. Smith used a massive .023-second reaction-time…

Matt Smith Aiming for Atlanta Victory with Victory Gunner

Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith has done a lot in his stellar career in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. He is a two-time champion, having won 17 races in a career that started in 2003; however, he hasn’t won at…

Matt Smith Takes His Victory Pro Stock Motorcycle to the Final

The first race of the season for Victory Motorcycles racer Matt Smith went about as well as it could for the two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. Smith, who unexpectedly failed to qualify for the race in Gainesville, Fla., qualified No.…

Victory Motorcycles Team Sees Highs and Lows in Charlotte

The Victory Motorcycles team of Matt and Angie Smith faced the gamut of emotions after qualifying on Saturday at the seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. Matt Smith had the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle on the property…

Victory Motorcycles Rider Matt Smith Ready to Rebound at Home Track

After an unfortunate start to the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Victory Motorcycles rider Matt Smith is ready for a rebound at this weekend’s seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMax Dragway.   The…

Off-season Gains Have Victory’s Matt and Angie Smith Primed for Gatornationals Victory

There may not be a Pro Stock Motorcycle racer more excited for the season-opener than Victory Motorcycles Gunner rider Matt Smith. The two-time champion made solid improvement in the off-season after his first year about the Victory Gunner, and he’s…

Nitro Fish Returns to Support Two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle Champ Matt Smith

Two-time world champion Matt Smith has re-signed Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear as a major associate sponsor of his eye-catching Victory Gunner Pro Stock Motorcycle. Owned by former Top Fuel and Pro Stock driver Kenny “Capt. Chaos” Koretsky, Nitro Fish Ultimate…

Victory Motorcycles, Matt Smith Racing Ready for Another Big Step in 2016

The year-old partnership between Victory Motorcycles and Matt Smith Racing is ready to reap some big benefits in 2016. Matt Smith and wife Angie Smith introduced Victory Motorcycles to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2015, making a…

Two-Time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Matt Smith Aiming for Charlotte Win

In his first year on a new Victory Factory Racing Gunner, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith already considers his 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season a success by securing a top 10 spot and a…

Matt Smith to run Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. colors this weekend at zMax Dragway

Matt Smith Racing will have two bikes supporting Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. organization this weekend at the NHRA Mello Yello event at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC. Matt will be riding his championship winning Buell in the B.R.A.K.E.S colors this weekend…

Defending Indy Winner John Hall Added to Nitro Fish Team

The bold colors of the Nitro Fish Apparel brand will be on display frequently during this weekend’s Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals. Team Nitro Fish will include two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, along with the Pro Stock Motorcycle…

Matt Smith Racing Announces Multi-race Sponsorship with Stockseth Racing and Nitro Fish

Matt Smith Racing has entered into a multi-race agreement with Stockseth Racing and Nitro Fish, which will include associate sponsorship for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and 5 races each as the primary sponsor for the 2-Time…

The Battle Before the Race – Pro Stock Motorcycle Teams Scramble for Sponsorship

Cutting a light, hitting shift points and going fast and straight are all important factors when it comes to succeeding in the ultra-competitive environment of Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing. Yet, as is the case with many…

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Left Without a Sponsor

Current NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Matt Smith will be without the support of the Viper Motorcycle Company for the 2014 season. John Silseth Managing Director and Colbert Seagraves VP of Marketing and Racing Operations for Viper informed…

Motorsports Legend Colbert Seagraves And His Love of Dragbike Racing

Colbert Seagraves of Viper Motorcycles has one of the most remarkable resumes in all of motorsports. In 2013, Seagraves along with his Viper Motorcycles-backed Matt Smith Racing Team added another impressive career highlight by capturing a NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle…

NHRA Takes Disciplinary Action on Pro Stock Motorcycle Crewmember

NHRA has fined Dan Gonzalez $7,500 as a result of an incident in the pits at the just completed Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown. Gonzalez was involved in an altercation with Pro Stock Motorcycle…

Gatornationals Foreshadows Season of Parity in Pro Stock Motorcycle

A tradition-rich history is an impormant element of any great motorsports event. The NHRA Gatornationals from Gainesville, Fla. has never lacked in that quality. The event is in its 44th year and has hosted some of the sport’s most memorable moments. It has always been like spring…

Smith Stays No. 1

Former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith maintained his provisional No. 1 qualifier status Saturday at the end of Day 2 of the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals. The 6.954 second ET from Friday continued to…

Former Event Champ Smith Atop the Charts

On a brutally hot day at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champ and U.S. Nationals winner Matt Smith threw down the gauntlet in the form of a 6.954 second run at 190.97…

Not the Outcome Matt Smith Wanted

Matt Smith went into Sonoma with his Best Tech Brands/FastSharkSupply.com Buell and was hauling the mail right from the start. Running incredible numbers during the weekend, Smith looked to be one of the top contenders come race day. However during…

Matt Smith Looking for a Win

Sitting third in the NHRA Full Throttle Championship point standings, Matt Smith has one win this year and this weekend at the 24th annual FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals he is hoping to make it two. With his Best Tech Brands/FastSharkSupply.com…

Smith is Excited to be Racing out West

Even though the 2007 NHRA Full Throttle champion, Matt Smith is third in the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings, Smith needed sponsorship to keep going. After losing his main sponsor Al-Anabi Racing less than a month ago, Smith knew without…

Smith Advances to Semi’s

After racing his way to two straight finals, including a victory at Englishtown, former NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith was poised to race for another Wally, this time at Route 66 Raceway. Unfortunately, the defending…

Matt Smith Finishes Runner-up

Coming off his 13th win of his NHRA career last time out in Englishtown, New Jersey, Matt Smith was poised and ready for the fifth annual Summit Racing NHRA Nationals. Winning the Norwalk, Ohio race last year, Smith knew exactly…

Smith Looking for Sponsor, Willing to Rent out Third Bike

The most recent winner in the NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle field, Matt Smith is without a sponsor. Smith won the 13 race of his career the last time out in Englishtown, New Jersey. However, right after that Smith…

Smith Loses Primary Sponsor

The celebration of winning the NHRA SuperNationals was short lived for past Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith. psm_winner Smith, of King, NC, was notified by officials of the Al-Anabi Racing organization they were pulling his sponsorship effective immediately. “I…

Smith Wins by an Inch

Matt Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Buell haven’t had the 2011 Full Throttle season they wanted until they rolled into Englishtown, New Jersey this past weekend. “We have had a rough year so far,” said Matt Smith. “We broke a…

Matt Smith Wants Back in the Hunt

Matt Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Buell are focused and on a mission. The 2007 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion hasn’t been this low in the Championship point standings in a while, and he is hoping to change all that this…

A Little Too Eager for Smith

Trying to stop the frustrating season that he has had up to this point, Matt Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Buell hoped for a different outcome at the Atlanta Dragway this past weekend. “We just had a rough weekend again,”…

Smith Wants it All

Matt Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Buell have not had the season they wanted up to this point. Every time Smith looks to turn a corner, something jumps out and bites him. A few weeks ago in Houston, Smith overcame…

Matt Smith Looking for Power

Matt Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Buell headed into the first race of the season for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in Gainesville, Florida knowing he was down on power. The 2007 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion raced all winter in…

Smith Reaches Semis

He reached the semifinals of Sunday’s Fall National at the Texas Motorplex, but it wasn’t enough to keep Matt Smith’s Al-Anabi Racing V-Twin in contention for NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. Smith, who began eliminations from the No. 1 position,…

Smith Qualifies No. 1

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…

Smith Wants to Pick Up Pace

Troubled by a trio of seven-second qualifying runs last weekend, Matt Smith made one or two new tuning touches to his Al-Anabi Racing Pro Stock V-Twin and got a welcomed performance boost. He will be relying on that and looking…

Smith Reaches Quarterfinals

Matt Smith picked up some tuning tips on Saturday’s final qualifying run and they helped him advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMax Dragway. Smith’s Al-Anabi Racing Pro Stock V-Twin ran well on Saturday’s last…

Smith Goes to Quarterfinals

Matt Smith advanced to Monday’s Pro Stock Motorcycle quarterfinals of NHRA’s Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the opening race in the Countdown to 1 title playoffs before losing to Eddie Krawiec at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. “I knew we…

Good Start Smith’s Goal as Countdown Begins

Six races and nine other NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers stand between Matt Smith and another Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship. Smith, the 2007 titleholder, takes the first step toward achieving his goal this weekend in the 56th annual…

Smith Eyes Pomona Victory

Matt Smith, in his first year riding the Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear Suzuki for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, has just one goal before the season ends at this weekend’s 45th annual Auto…

Angie McBride to Compete at Gators

Angie McBride may not be a household name, but she is determined to change all of that in the upcoming season. Teaming up with the 2007 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion at the end of last year, McBride has her…

2007 Champ Seeks Sponsorship for 2008

Matt Smith knows the ups and down of racing, from winning his first race at Indy in 2005 then just two days later having it taken away to winning his first NHRA Championship in dramatic style in 2007. Therefore when…

Matt Smith Wins 2007 NHRA PowerAde Championship

Matt Smith knew his chances of winning the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship coming into Pomona were slim, but he didn’t let that hold him back one bit. He went into race day swinging and came out on top. Running…

Rainout Amplifies NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Points Battle

With only three races remaining in one of the most competitive NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle seasons ever, several teams couldn’t wait to compete in the NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals from Maple Grove raceway in Reading, Pa. However, mother nature put…

Bryce Cements Indy Legacy

Star Racing/G-Squared’s George Bryce sure knows how to celebrate his birthday. Bryce, who is exactly the same age as the NHRA US Nationals,52, has now won the prestigious event a total of eight times. Bryce first won in Indy as…

Matt Smith wins Indy

Matt Smith very well could have celebrated the highlight of his career at the 2006 Mac Tools US Nationals. Smith, son of well noted Pro Stock car racer “Tricky” Rickie Smith, has been racing motorcycles since 1996 and has garnered…

Top Ten Stories of the 2005 Dragbike Season

The stunning 2005 dragbike  season was loaded with stories – recording setting performances, death defying crashes, and of course controversy.  Let’s look back at the top ten stories that defined last season. 1)  U.S. Nationals Finish Line Controversy In my…

Fast by Gast Superbike Showdown Preview

After a record-setting dynamic “no-bar” season-opener at the Rock, competitors are preparing for round two this weekend at Maryland International Raceway. As always the Fast by Gast MIR Showdown Series will be running Schnitz Outlaw Pro Street, Mickey Thompson 60-Inch,…