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Cycle News 2014 Issue 25 June 24

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NHRA MELLO YELLO PRO STOCK SERIES DRAG RACING BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY NASTASE F emale winners are nothing new in NHRA drag racing. In fact, it was only a few weeks ago the sport celebrated its 100th professional female winner when Courtney Force claimed the Funny Car title in To- peka. However, the NHRA Mello Yello series had never featured a husband and wife final until Angie Smith defeated her husband Matt to win the Pro Stock Motorcycle title at New England Dragway. It was the first win for Angie Smith, who rides the Kandy Magazine Buell as part of her husband's four-bike team. "This is just so surreal," Smith said. "Before I even got the bike stopped I was overwhelmed. I was crying, happy, scream- ing. I can't even describe what this feels like. I've been racing Pro Stock Motorcycle for seven years and you just don't know if you're ever gonna get a chance to hoist that Wally [NHRA tro- phy]. Honestly, Matt has won so many of these. I'm tired of dust- ing all of them. I just wanted to have one of my own to dust. I'm ROUND 5/JUNE 22, 2014 NEW ENGLAND DRAGWAY/EPPING, NEW HAMPSHIRE P92 (Left) Angie and Matt Smith made history on Sunday when they became the first married couple to square off in a NHRA final. And Angie won. (Above) The Smiths prepare to launch in the final. ANGIE AND MATT SMITH MEET IN HISTORIC HUSBAND-WIFE FINAL ROUND Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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