Three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith will pull double duty at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals as expands his racing résumé with a new category of competition -– Super Comp. With VP Racing Fuels as his primary sponsor for the Super Comp entry, this will be the second time he has “doubled-up” in NHRA-sanctioned competition; Smith raced Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod in 2011.
“I bought this dragster a few years ago and bracket raced it a few times at local tracks,” Smith said about his 2007 TNT Supercars-built dragster. “I got my Super Comp license after the Four-Wide Nationals this spring and I’ve had my public relations gal Sadie Glenn run it in Charlotte the last two national events, so I’ve already got some good data for zMAX [Dragway]. Index racing will be a new experience for me for sure but I’m feelin’ pretty good about our chances.”
Smith is still in the hunt for his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Championship on his Denso EBR and is currently No. 4 in the points standings; Smith is a little over three rounds out of first place.
“One bonus of running Super Comp next weekend is I get more shots at the Tree,” he added. “Obviously, the dragster and my bike react differently but it’s the same Tree. I think this will work in my favor.”
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 800-455-FANS (3267). Tickets also are available online at www.zmaxdragway.com. Kids 13 and under are free with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on tickets at the gate.