PSM POINTS LEADER SMITH AIMS FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN ATLANTA KING, N.C. (April 14, 2009) - Following two of 17 Pro Stock Motorcycle national events of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Matt Smith has already demonstrated the ...
PSM POINTS LEADER SMITH AIMS FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN ATLANTA
KING, N.C. (April 14, 2009) - Following two of 17 Pro Stock Motorcycle national events of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Matt Smith has already demonstrated the strength of his conviction to earn his second world championship in the class, this time as a rider for Don Schumacher Racing.
The 2007 PSM champion and rider of the Nitro Fish Suzuki in his first season with DSR took over the points lead in this highly-competitive category at the last event in Houston, and set a national elapsed-time record to earn an additional 20 bonus points.
He's notched runner-up and semifinal finishes in the first two races, but his first victory of the season is what he's looking for this weekend at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
"Our approach for Atlanta is the same as it was for the first two races," said Smith. "We're going to win. I want to get Don Schumacher a win and get a win under our belts for our team. That's our main goal right now.
"We have a fast bike. If all the little parts and everything stay together we should be fine," he added, alluding to the mechanical problem in the semifinals in Houston that denied him a chance to make it into his second season final round.
"It's like anything in racing. You can buy the best of everything and sometimes there is a failure. That bit us a couple of times this year, but hopefully we'll get that all out of the way and we'll get us some wins here before long. We'll better our chance of winning a championship if we can win some races.
"We showed everybody we had the power by setting the national record, so we'll try to bring it home for Don Schumacher, Nitro Fish and Suzuki in Atlanta.
"Atlanta Dragway is a good track. The shutdown area is a little rough and a little short, but we should run high 6.90s there. It's not a fast, fast track, but we'll take it and try to win us a race."
Smith's best result at Atlanta Dragway is a runner-up finish against Karen Stoffer in 2007.