Teammate-and-wife Angie Smith wins top prize at the season-ender in Las Vegas

LONG BEACH, Calif., Matt Smith Racing blazed to victory this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Finals in Las Vegas, with Matt Smith topped the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, the fourth time he has captured the prestigious trophy. After Matt Smith was once awarded the title, Angie Smith closed out the Camping World NHRA season by means of triumphing the remaining spherical of the weekend race.

"Our whole group has so tons to celebrate," stated Matt Smith, who thanked the fans, his team, DENSO and others for their unwavering support. "This is an extremely good ending to a difficult 12 months and extreme season."

"Never supply up on your dreams," stated Angie Smith, who echoed her husband's gratitude to their supporters. "You can do whatever if you put your idea to it."

The trio of racers who make up Matt Smith Racing – Matt and Angie Smith and Scotty Pollacheck – reached new heights in 2020 no different group has achieved. Each gained a weekend race, with Matt Smith prevailing two finals; all are now participants of the coveted DENSO Pro Stock Motorcycle 200-mph club; and all three dominated the remaining standings with their very best character rankings to date. Behind chart-topper Matt Smith, Pollacheck clinched 0.33 region and Angie Smith jumped to fifth place.

The group additionally celebrated severa milestones at some point of the abbreviated season. In October, Angie Smith made records as first girl to ruin the 200-mph barrier in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Her win in Las Vegas marks her 2d weekend victory in her racing career. She picked up her first trophy, regarded as a Wally, in 2014 after a remaining spherical victory over her husband. Pollacheck captured his first Wally in September at the DENSO Spark Plugs Indianapolis U.S. Nationals. The win used to be his first time interior the winner's circle after eleven trips to the finals in extra than a decade.

On Sunday, Matt Smith racked up so many factors that he used to be passed the world championship trophy after the 2nd spherical of eliminations. The 2020 prize will be introduced to his series of NHRA titles gained in 2018, 2013 and 2007.

DENSO is Matt Smith Racing's main sponsor. All three racers journey on DENSO top rate Iridium spark plugs.

"Congratulations to the complete Matt Smith Racing group for a stellar season," stated Fran Labun, vice president of DENSO's Aftermarket Sales Group. "Team DENSO is proud to sponsor these proficient authorities who are leaders on and off the track, and we are specifically excited about all that Angie has performed to enhance motorsports for women."

DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of main international automobile dealer DENSO Corp., has championed NHRA racing due to the fact that 2016. For 1/2 a century, DENSO Corp. has backed world-class motor sports activities round the globe. DENSO merchandise are amongst the precision authentic tools and substitute auto components broadly used through expert racing groups on each and every circuit, as nicely as every day motorists on the avenue worldwide. 

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