NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith rockets to a 200 mph pass


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NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith always had wanted to register a 200-mph pass.

He was unable to be the first to do it in official competition. Hector Arana Jr. did that back in March at Gainesville, Fla., at the Amalie Oil Gatornationals with a 201.01. Smith did so Friday at Pomona.

But he said the sensation wasn’t all he had imagined it would be.

“That run didn’t feel really any different than the four 199-mile-per-hour runs I’ve made before,” Smith said. “I’m glad to finally be able to mark that off of my bucket list. I wanted to do this before I finally retire from this deal.”

Smith has already said he plans to split his time in 2019 between the Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock class.

Smith, who’s trying to hold off five challengers and earn his third series crown at this weekend’s Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif., raced his Buell to the top spot Friday evening in 6.774 seconds on the Auto Club Raceway quarter-mile – at 200.56 mph.

That was the third-fastest Pro Stock Motorcycle run in NHRA history. It shattered the track speed record that had been in place since November 2012 to Eddie Krawiec at 198.29 mph.

Smith joins Hector Arana Jr. and Eddie Krawiec as the only riders who officially have posted runs in excess of 200 mph. Arana Jr. has posted the top two speeds, including the national record from Gainesville, and seven of the top nine. Krawiec has the seventh-fastest run at 200.08 mph.