Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals Top Sportsman winner Bart Smith

11 Aug 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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After a tough start to the 2017 season in Pacific Division competition, former drag boat racer Bart Smith picked the right time to get over the hump and collect his first win in the Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs class after final-round opponent Keith White fouled in his Ford Ranger. The No. 24 qualifier in the 30-car field, Smith was solid on the starting line, but his path to the winner’s circle can be traced directly to his ability to choose the correct dial-in. Through the first four rounds, Smith matched his prediction within a few thousandths of a second, which helped secure wins over tough opponents, including reigning national champ Mike Williams. In the final, Smith was able to chop the power early and enjoy the ride after White fouled at the start.