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Angelle Sampey continues climb with provisional Pro Stock Motorcycle pole in Reading

13 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Angelle Sampey

Angelle Sampey continued her surge aboard her Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR with a step towards pole position at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. 

The former world champion, now a full-time competitor with Vance & Hines, earned her first pole position with her new team at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals but turned on the red light in the first round. If that affected the legendary rider, she didn't show it in Reading. 

Sampey rode to a 6.761-second lap at 197.51-mph to take three bonus points and earn provisional pole in Reading, outqualifying teammate Andrew Hines by .013-second. 2017 world champion Eddie Krawiec is qualified in the No. 6 position. 

Karen Stoffer slotted into the No. 3 spot with a 6.790 as she continued her terrific 2019 campaign. Stoffer's teammate, Jerry Savoie, is holding down the top half of the field with a 6.838. He enters the event as the most recent winner after capturing his second Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory. 

Steve Johnson, who has competed part-time in 2019, impressed with a 6.81 in a quick session. Hector Arana Jr. and Krawiec both ran 6.812s, but Arana earned the No. 5 spot based on his faster speed (197.97). 

Jianna Salinas is at the bottom of the qualifying sheet at the end of the first day of qualifying with a 7.438 but only needs to make up two-tenths to move up the field.  

The second day of qualifying at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil begins at 12:45 p.m. with Pro Stock Motorcycle. Qualifying wraps up with the fourth session at 3 p.m. Eastern. Race day is slated to begin Sunday at 11 a.m. You can catch all the action on FS1 and NHRA.tv.