PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE VETERAN MATT SMITH TALKS ABOUT HIS 2018 PLANS
The NHRA offseason is in full swing.
Veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith is quite busy trying to formulate his plans for the 2018 NHRA season.
First on the agenda is acquiring sponsorship funding for his motorcycle since Polaris stopped sponsoring him at the end of the 2017 season. Smith had been backed by Polaris the past three seasons.
“I do not have a new sponsor yet, but we are working on a few things,” Smith said. “I should have more information around mid-December.”
Smith, the 2007 and 2013 NHRA PSM world champion, finished sixth in the 2017 points standings, highlighted by three runner-up finishes at Norwalk, Ohio, Denver and Sonoma, Calif. He also qualified No. 1 at Norwalk and Sonoma.
Smith has been riding a Victory motorcycle the last two years, but that may change this year.
“That is up in the air at this point,” Smith said. “I have a Buell program that is very successful or the possibility of me riding a Suzuki has been in a few conversations lately. I am going to race a Pro Stock Motorcycle (in 2018) and I am going to drive a Pro Mod Nitrous car some. If the plans go accordingly then I will be racing PDRA events.”
Smith said his wife, Angie, will once again be competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2018.
Angie finished 10th in the points standings this past season and her best outing was a semifinal performance at Englishtown, N.J.
“We are closer for Angie having a full sponsorship for the 2018 season than I am for me to race Pro Stock Motorcycle,” Matt said. “Hopefully we can announce something for her before Christmas.”
Matt added that Angie will be competing on a Buell in 2018.