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Cycle News 2013 Issue 40 October 8

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COUNTDOWN: ROUND 4/OCTOBER 6, 2013 MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY/READING PENNSYLVANIA KNOCKOUT PUNCH DRAG RACING P66 NHRA PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP Matt Smith moves closer to second title with huge Reading victory BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT POLITO I t is far from official but Viper Motorcycle Co. Buell's Matt Smith took a huge step towards his second NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship with a convincing victory at this weekend's Auto-Plus Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. Smith's second-career win at the scenic Maple Grove Raceway pushed his lead to 125 points over Hector Arana Jr., giving him a bit of breathing room as the series heads into its final two events. Smith, who won his first World Championship in 2007, has had the dominant bike during the NHRA's six-race playoffs - the

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