Norwalk: Matt Smith preview

SUZUKI RIDER SMITH SET FOR NEW NORWALK RECORD-SETTING RUN BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 24, 2009) - Matt Smith is back at the Don Schumacher Racing shops in Brownsburg, Ind., this week helping prepare the Nitro Fish Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle he rides...

SUZUKI RIDER SMITH SET FOR NEW NORWALK RECORD-SETTING RUN

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 24, 2009) - Matt Smith is back at the Don Schumacher Racing shops in Brownsburg, Ind., this week helping prepare the Nitro Fish Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle he rides as well as the new Hayabusa Suzuki the team will debut at an upcoming event.

He's getting ready for this weekend's NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, where he holds the PSM elapsed-time track record of 6.965 seconds he set in 2007, the year he won his PSM world championship.

"I'm looking forward to going to Norwalk," said Smith, who is second in the point standings after six of 17 national events for the class in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He's just 76 points short of the lead. "It's a very nice facility and one of the nicest tracks on the circuit. The Bader Family has done an awesome job and I'm glad NHRA has chosen to go there.

"We've made improvements with the Suzuki we currently race," he added. "We finally got it running well at Englishtown (last event) and I've been working on bettering myself. As a rider, I just have to do my job on the starting line. So, all in all, I think we'll be in good shape.

"The biggest thing we're doing here at the shop is working on the new chassis and body for the Hayabusa Suzuki," said Smith, who joined DSR this season, switching from a Buell to a Suzuki. "We have all the new carbon-fiber body work in for that, so we're mounting it all up. We're hoping to debut it maybe on the West Coast Swing and run it in a race.

"When we do run it, we will use the same Suzuki engine we're using right now."

As for a chance to break his existing track record at Norwalk, "Yes, I think we can break that," he said. "It looks like it's going to be pretty decent weather this weekend. And if it's not real humid we should be able to do it.

"If we don't break it, Angie (fellow rider and fiancee McBride) might be able to do it. She'll be riding the bike that set that record.

"That was her birthday present in Englishtown," Smith explained. "That Sunday was her birthday and she didn't want anything but a chance to be able to ride in the next race. I said, All right, you can ride the Matt Smith Racing Buell that set the track record in Norwalk. So, she will."

-credit: dsr

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