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Cycle News 2013 Issue 27 July 9

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ROUND 7/JULY 7, 2013 SUMMIT POINT RACEWAY/NORWALK, OHIO DRAG RACING P88 NHRA PRO STOCK SERIES OHIO PLA Aft Ma tak Pro It took Matt Smith seven rounds to finally win an NHRA final in 2013, but the Buell-mounted rider did just that at Summit Point Raceway in Ohio. BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY NASTASE T he fact that Viper Motorcycle Co. Buell's Matt Smith won an NHRA event in 2013 is not a surprise. The fact that it took him seven events to do it is another matter entirely. Smith, the 2007 NHRA Champion, has had one of the best bikes in the field for much of the 2013 season, but a rash of bad luck prevented him from reaching the winner's circle until this week's Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Smith rode to a 6.95 to 7.00 win over Sovereign/Star Buell's Scotty Pollacheck to end a winless draught of more than two years. "This is pretty special," Smith said. "I've been stuck on 13 wins for about two years and I was beginning to wonder what it was going to take to get number 14. I've been close a few times, but it's so easy to lose a final round. Our Viper team has been fast all year long, but we've had a few hiccups with out transmissions and that cost me a few races early on. Now, we have that fixed and I

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