Atlanta: Angelle Savoie eliminations summary

Angelle and the CVEC Racing Team cap a "perfect weekend" by winning in Atlanta. Angelle Savoie and the CVEC Suzuki Racing Team put the finishing touches on a perfect weekend by scoring a thrilling win in today's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA ...

Angelle and the CVEC Racing Team cap a "perfect weekend" by winning in Atlanta.

Angelle Savoie and the CVEC Suzuki Racing Team put the finishing touches on a perfect weekend by scoring a thrilling win in today's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Facing rival Matt Hines in the final round, Angelle matched Hines near-perfect reaction time and powered away for the win with an elapsed time of 7.162 with a top speed of 187.91 mph.

>From the moment they arrived at Atlanta Dragway, things couldn't have gone better for the Star Racing Team. After announcing CVEC Power Systems as their new primary sponsor on Friday, they never looked back. Despite constant delays due to rain each time they took to the track the CVEC Suzuki was clearly the class of field, posting the quickest elapsed time in Pro Stock Motorcycle on every run.

After claiming the 25th No. 1 qualifying position of her career with a track record 7.124-second elapsed time and a class-best top speed of 189.76 mph, Angelle continued her torrid pace in final eliminations. In the first round against Tommy Grimes Jr., she lowered her track record even further with an impressive 7.113-second pass. In the second round, she combined another strong run with an outstanding .403 reaction time to defeat Mike Berry, before eliminating Shawn Gann in the semi-finals with her second quickest pass of the day to set the stage for the final against Hines.

The CVEC Racing team's successes extended beyond the racetrack, as they were given the Best Appearing Crew award in pre-race ceremonies. This win was especially poignant for Star Racing, as they had faced a potential suspension of operations until receiving the support of CVEC Power Systems.

"This is a very special win for many reasons. First, this was scheduled to be our last race. Fortunately, Gary Cornwell and the folks at CVEC Power Systems took notice of our primer gray Suzuki in Gainesville, and decided to sponsor us. I am just so glad that Gary and everybody from CVEC was here to see it. You just couldn't ask for more in your first race with a new sponsor.

"I also came to Atlanta looking for some redemption, because I felt I had let a couple of wins get away from us earlier this season. I had a .521 light in the first round, and I knew that wasn't going to work. But then I realized I wasn't focusing on the Christmas Tree like I normally do, letting my mind get sidetracked. After that, I made sure to keep my concentration, and I had three good lights, including a .403 and a .402 in the final.

"The final against Matt was awesome, because it was like the good old days when Matt and I would constantly meet in the finals. But when the back tire spun out and the bike went sideways, I thought we were done. But I refused to give up, stayed with it, willing it to the finish line. I saw my win light come, and I just lost it, screaming and yelling.

"It's usually a good race when Matt and I are in the final together because we really want to beat each other. That makes it good for the fans and our sport. Of course it's fun when you win by a mile, but I think I'm even more proud when it's a close race like today.

"It feels really good to be back in the points lead. I'm looking forward to being introduced during driver introductions in Englishtown as the NHRA POWERade points leader. I've also been waiting to see what the new POWERade winner's medals look like, and now I know."

Fast Facts:

- This is the 23rd win of Angelle's career (and first of the 2002 season) and in the Southern Nationals, having also won this event in 1999 and 2000.

- Angelle's 23 wins are the most by a female competitor in NHRA history, and ties her for 16th on the all-time win list, and one win behind No. 15 Terry Vance.

- Angelle's 7.113-second elapsed time in the first round reset her own Atlanta Dragway record from yesterday.

- Angelle also recorded the top speed for this event at 189.76 mph, which is the 20th time she has done so in her career.

- Angelle had the quickest elapsed time in each qualifying session and elimination round for Pro Stock Motorcycle this weekend.

- This is the 57th career win for the Star Racing Team.

- The CVEC Racing team won Best Appearing Crew at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.

- Team owner George Bryce and Star Racing now have four victories and six runner-up finishes at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.

- By winning today's race, Angelle has taken over the NHRA POWERade points lead by nine points over second place Craig Treble.

- Angelle had led the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle standings following 34 of the last 45 national events, dating back to the beginning of the 1999 season. She has been ranked first or second an amazing 51 of the last 55 events, dating back to the fourth event of 1998.

- This is the 11th time Angelle has won from the No. 1 qualifying position.

- Angelle has won 18 of her last 47 national event starts, has appeared in 25 final rounds and owns a 125-29 (.838) elimination round win record during that span. She has also recorded 17 low qualifier efforts during that span.

- Angelle's .768 (189-57) elimination- round win percentage ranks second among all active drivers, trailing only Matt Hines.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Mike Berry , Shawn Gann , Craig Treble , George Bryce , Tommy Grimes