Pomona II: Angelle Sampey race report

Pomona Ends Quickly for Sampey It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season for three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Angelle Sampey. Angelle and her Rush Racing S&S powered V-twin qualified well at the Automobile Club of ...

Pomona Ends Quickly for Sampey

It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season for three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Angelle Sampey. Angelle and her Rush Racing S&S powered V-twin qualified well at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona, California. But another raceday mechanical failure left Angelle glued to the starting line in round 1 of eliminations and heading home early.

The reunification of Angelle and six-time national champion tuner and crew chief George Bryce was one of the top drag racing stories of 2008. Her "Drive for Five" wins was meant to place her as Pro Stock Motorcycle's winningest driver ever, and all expectations were that most of those five wins were coming this year. But it wasn't to be, as mechanical, electrical, procedural, tuning, and rider errors rotated around one after another and kept the great-looking black, lime and yellow Buell from claiming a Wally.

"We had a lot of highs and lows this year," said team owner Karl Klement, who proved in '07 that he was a master at putting disparate personalities together to work as a team. "I know everybody on the team worked their very hardest and I want to thank them for trying so hard all year despite one disappointment after another. I also want to thank all of our marketing partners for being with us all year and supporting us 100% the whole way. They gave us everything it takes to win and we let them down, but they stayed behind us the whole time. We just couldn't make it happen this year."

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , Angelle Sampey