Columbus: Matt Smith Saturday summary

Smith qualifies Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki No. 8 at Columbus HEBRON, Ohio, (June 12, 2004) -- In his first race aboard the Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, Matt Smith, from King, N.C., qualified No. 8 in Pro Stock Bike, ...

Smith qualifies Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki No. 8 at Columbus

HEBRON, Ohio, (June 12, 2004) -- In his first race aboard the Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, Matt Smith, from King, N.C., qualified No. 8 in Pro Stock Bike, running an elapsed time of 7.186 seconds at 185.89 mph on the National Trail Raceway quarter-mile.

A second-generation drag racer, Matt Smith is the son of veteran Pro Stock car driver Rickie Smith, who is also racing here at the NHRA Pontiac Excitement presented by Summit Racing Equipment. He is please to be in the top half of the field.

"I feel really good about our performance this weekend. We ran well and our short times were right on the numbers. The bike has gone straight all weekend. We'll be back for tomorrow. Hopefully, we've got a little left for them."

Smith will square off against Antron Brown, from Indianapolis, in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow. Brown qualified No. 9 with a pass of 7.194 seconds at 184.67 mph.

"Matt Smith is a good racer although he hasn't shown his potential yet in NHRA racing. He has always wanted to have a chance to show what he can do. Matt has been a winner in other forms of motorcycle racing and his handling of the bike here in qualifying shows he has the ability to succeed in NHRA Pro Stock Bike," noted the owner of Star Racing George Bryce and who along with George Smith, part owner of S&S Cycle, Incorporated, are partners in G Squared Motorsports.

"Matt has only four pass on this bike. If he had as many runs on this bike as Fred Collis had before we moved him to the G Squared/S&S Cycle Buell, there's no telling how fast he'd go. Hopefully, the package we have with this Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki will attract the attention of a marketing partner that will enable us to continue our pursuit of the NHRA championship in Pro Stock Bike.

Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. Subject to change, same-day television coverage of eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 on Sunday (June 13) from 3-6 p.m. All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , George Smith , Fred Collis , Rickie Smith , Matthew Smith