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Cycle News 2022 Issue 29 July 19

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Matt Smith Dominates Denver M att Smith has now won 34 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle events but none of his previous victories were anywhere near as dominant as his latest win at the NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver, July 15-17. Racing in the thin mountain air at Bandimere Speedway, which sits 5800 feet above sea level, Smith made the bold decision to park the Suzuki that he's been racing this season in favor of the Denso Buell that he rode to last year's champion- ship. Smith figured the V-twin combination would give him a distinct advantage over his rivals. He was right. During qualifying, Smith set the track record with a 7.10-sec- ond run and then powered his way through four tough rounds on race day in 95-degree heat. Smith finished the day by beat- ing Reed Motorsports' Suzuki's Joey Gladstone with a 7.09, well ahead of his opponent's other- wise competitive 7.16. "I made the decision to race a Suzuki up here for a couple of reasons," Smith said. "First, we don't have a lot of parts and pieces right now, so I really have one good engine and with two races in a row, I can't risk hurting it. Obviously, the Buell is the bike that won this race last year, and I know it pretty well. I figured it would be good to bring it out. "We qualified number one, won the race, and set both ends of track record," Smith said. "I can't ask for much more than that. Now, I hate to put this bike back up in the trailer when we go to Sonoma next week, but I'm pretty committed to the Suzuki program. I honestly haven't made up my mind yet." With such a huge advantage over the rest of the field, it might IN THE WIND P54 Matt Smith (pictured) defeated Joey Gladstone in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle final in Denver. PHOTOS: MATT POLITO

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