MONDAY'S CONCORD TESTING ENCOURAGES RIDER SMITH FOR TEXAS KING, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2009) - Following his first-round finish at the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday in Concord, N.C., Nitro Fish Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith and the...
MONDAY'S CONCORD TESTING ENCOURAGES RIDER SMITH FOR TEXAS
KING, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2009) - Following his first-round finish at the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday in Concord, N.C., Nitro Fish Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith and the team, led by tuner Steve Tartaglia, tested at zMAX Dragway on Monday. Solid results show promise as the Nitro Fish team prepares for the NHRA Fall Nationals this weekend at the Texas Motorplex.
"Testing went really well," said Smith, who is sixth in the Countdown to 1 playoffs for the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, which began in Concord for the remaining five races for the PSM class. "We made five runs and we ran three all-out passes and I'm hoping that we're on our game.
"We took the motor out of the bike that we ran in Concord and found a problem with the cam shaft and we stuck another motor in for Monday's test. We put another set of carburetors on it, and I think it's the carburetors more than anything that's been plaguing us all year long.
"First pass we went 7 (seconds) flat, second pass we went 6.93 at 191 mph, and the next time, when it got really hot, the track got really bad, the sun stayed out, we went 6.99 at 191. Every run we made down the track we went quicker and faster than we did on the race weekend.
"I'm feeling really good," added Smith, who was runner-up at the NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis last year. "I'm actually excited. Steve and I had a 35-minute meeting Sunday evening, in which we discussed what we were going to do, what we want to do. We really got on the same page.
"We know we have to step our program up these last four races, and that's what we've done. We decided to stay and test and do everything it took to get it done. I'm really excited about Texas."