PSM STANDOUT SMITH SNARES NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT FOR THIRD RACE IN A ROW
Matt Smith now has a hat trick.
The two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion qualified No. 1 for the third race in a row.
Smith’s latest accomplishment came Saturday when he took the top spot at Reading, Pa., for the Dodge Nationals.
Smith clocked a 6.828-second elapsed time at 198.20 mph in Q1 Friday which held on through Saturday, which allowed him to stay on top of the field.
“It’s good to start from the No. 1 spot,” said Smith. “We got a lot of bonus points so far this weekend and hopefully we can go some rounds (Sunday) so we can put ourselves in position to win this championship. That’s what we are trying to do. We are looking at every point and we just have to go some rounds (Sunday) and see what happens.”
Smith has qualified No. 1 at three races in a row – Brainerd, Minn., Indianapolis and now Reading. He has four No. 1 qualifying spots this season as his other came at Norwalk, Ohio. At Norwalk and Indy, Smith was upset in the first round. He fell in round two at Brainerd to his wife, Angie Smith.
This is the 30th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“This is three in a row for us,” said Smith, who won world championships in 2007 and 2013. “We have a fast bike. We just have to have a little luck on Sunday. Hopefully everything will parlay to tomorrow to where we can put in the winners circle and exchange that green hat for a yellow hat. I struggled a little bit with the tune-up (Saturday), but I was more focused on trying to get Angie and Ron, who are in my camp, to run better and we got both in the show today. I will go back and look at mine tonight after their bikes are loaded and I will do some homework and we will see what we can produce (Sunday).”
Smith entered Reading sixth in points. He has one win this season at Chicago.