Drag Racing is a family affair, and here's one for the memory books and possibly a noteworthy next few days at the Smith dinner table. NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith captured her first career professional victory over her husband and teammate, defending NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Matt Smith, during the 2nd Annual Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
The husband and wife final marked the first time in the history of NHRA professional competition that a Mr. and Mrs. have faced-off for the title. With a sizable hole-shot margin (0.090 second reaction to Angie's 0.238 second), Matt Smith had taken an early lead in the race, before he lost traction at the top end of the racetrack and slowed allowing Angie to thunder past for the win. Angie posted a 6.905 second elapsed time (E.T.) at 191.89 mph on her Kandy Magazine sponsored Buell, to hubby's losing 7.230 at 145.99mph.
“In this sport, I'll take it any way I can get it," said Angie Smith (via NHRA) "It's my first one, I'm proud to be here. I'm really tired of dusting all of [Matt's] Wallys. I at least want to dust one of mine at the house. Now I have one, and I'm good with that."
Angie had no easy road to the finals, also defeating current hot-streak Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson teammates, Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. After taking a solo victory over Jim Underdahl in round one for a no-show, she dispatched Krawiec in round 2 with a hole-shot, running a 6.896 second E.T. at 192.49 mph to his losing 6.892 second E.T. at 197.25 mph. Angie then sent Andrew Hines packing in the semi-final round with a 6.908 second at 193.77 mph performance, to the losing Hines 6.921 second, 192.33 mph pass, also taking the hole-shot in that pairing.
Angie Smith currently sits at number eight in the NHRA Mello Yellow Pro Stock Points Championship Chase with 228 points, -254 behind points leader, Andrew Hines.
The team heads next to the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals, June 26-29 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.