Points leader Angelle Savoie's remarkable Englishtown weekend ends in the semi-finals. For the second time in as many races, Angelle Savoie and the CVEC Suzuki Racing team headed into final eliminations at an NHRA national event as the team to...
Points leader Angelle Savoie's remarkable Englishtown weekend ends in the semi-finals.
For the second time in as many races, Angelle Savoie and the CVEC Suzuki Racing team headed into final eliminations at an NHRA national event as the team to beat. This weekend, the location was legendary Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., and the race was the Matco Tools NHRA Supernationals. Throughout qualifying, Angelle remained atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings, posting the quickest elapsed time in each of the three sessions and culminating with a national record 7.049-second pass on Saturday afternoon.
Savoie and the CVEC crew kept up the pace in eliminations, opening with the second-quickest pass of the first round at 7.130 seconds to defeat Fred Camarena. In the next stanza, Angelle combined the second-quickest elapsed time in Pro Stock Motorcycle history at 7.084 seconds with the fastest top speed of her career, 192.44 mph to eliminate John Smith and advance to the semifinals against close friend and rival Antron Brown.
The CVEC team recognized that it would take another outstanding effort to defeat Brown, who had been consistently fast throughout the weekend and is characteristically strong at the starting line. Despite a solid start and a strong 7.114-second pass by Savoie, it was not enough to prevent Brown, who matched a near-perfect .407 reaction time with an equally quick 7.138-second run, from bringing Angelle's weekend to a premature conclusion.
Even so, the two-time defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion realized that it had still been another productive weekend for the CVEC Racing team.
"I hate to keep saying that we had the bike to beat, but we really did. Unfortunately, we did make a couple mistakes in the semis. We weren't pointed perfectly straight at the starting line, which pulled it to the right. I had to hang off the left of the bike almost to the eighth-mile mark to keep it in the groove. Anytime you do that, you're scrubbing off time and speed.
"Everything else went pretty well - the engine was okay and my shift points were good. But not going straight won't do it, especially when you're running Antron Brown, who cuts those .407 lights.
"It just wasn't our turn today. Besides, it's more exciting for the fans to have different winners. We were the No. 1 qualifier, we're leaving with the points lead and we set the record. I'm really proud of this entire team. The CVEC Suzuki was awesome, and we came very close to that 6.99. All in all, it was a really good weekend."
- Angelle leaves Englishtown as the new elapsed time record holder, having made a 7.049-second run on her last qualifying attempt on Saturday afternoon. This accomplishment carries with it a valuable 20 points towards the NHRA POWERade Championship.
- Angelle also improved her career best top speed during her second-round win over John Smith by going 192.44 mph.
- After four of 14 Pro Stock Motorcycle national events, Angelle leads the NHRA POWERade Series points standings with 390 points, eleven better than second place Craig Treble.
- Angelle's overall elimination record at Englishtown stands at an impressive 17-3.
- Over her last 47 national event starts, Angelle has collected 18 wins in 27 final rounds, 18 No. 1 qualifying performances, and has complied an outstanding 127-30 (.809) elimination round record.
- Angelle has not suffered a first-round setback since August 22, 1999 at Brainerd, Minn. That span of 38 races represents the longest current streak in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing, and is only two behind the all-time mark set by Bob Glidden.