AMERICUS, Ga. (June 7, 2016) – The Star Racing/ Precision Service Equipment duo of Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed make their way to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park this weekend for the 47th annual NHRA Summernationals. At their last event in Atlanta, Sampey went to the semifinal round after qualifying in the No. 1 spot and Reed qualified for his first event in his rookie season. With that momentum, Star Racing is ready to hit this New Jersey-based track and keep making strides to the winner circle.
Cory Reed: Reached First Milestone in Atlanta, Ready for More in Englishtown
In any rookie racer’s mind, qualifying for their first national event in the NHRA is a huge accomplishment especially when the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class has over 20 riders at each event vying for the coveted 16-bike field and Reed wouldn’t have it any other way.
“After Atlanta, I feel confident that we have a good shot at qualifying for the rest of the races,” Reed said. “We just need to work through the mechanical issues but I’m feeling good on my Star Racing/PSE Buell. I know I didn’t qualify the first few races but I’d rather not qualify and improve every time with 25 bikes at the race then get in because there are only 14 bikes at the event.”
Now that Reed has qualified for his first race, going rounds is the next milestone on his list for his rookie season.
“Drag Racing is such a humbling sport,” he mentioned. “You always have higher expectations for your race weekend than sometimes what actually happens so I just focus on being happy with the effort we’re putting in every weekend. Realistically, my goal is to be on top or at least improving every round of qualifying and then hopefully go some rounds on Sunday.”
At the last Pro Stock Motorcycle event in Atlanta, Georgia, Reed debuted a new Buell body that was an intricate part of him qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Reed will head into Englishtown with certainty in his Buell.
“I think the new Buell body is good,” he added. “The EBR that we had before this was capable of being fast but it would’ve taken a little more work that we just don’t have time for so it was a good switch to make. We know what the Buell body will do and George knows how to tune for it; it kind of takes the stress off.”
CORY REED, STAR RACING/PSE BUELL
Last Year, Englishtown: Did not compete
Last Event, Atlanta: Qualified No. 14; lost first round to Chip Ellis.
Angelle Sampey Ready to Take Her Semifinal Appearance One Step Further to Winner Circle at the NHRA Summernationals
Coming off a No. 1 qualifying spot and a semifinal round appearance in Atlanta, Sampey is hungry for more out her outing to the NHRA Summernationals.
Sampey has hoisted the Wally at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park a total of three times in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Sampey follows John Myers and Dave Schultz as the winningest motorcycle racers in the history of this event.
“In the past, this track has been kind of tricky but we’ve won there quite a few times,” Sampey acknowledged. “With the momentum we have after Atlanta, I know our first win of the season is right there. It’s just one of those things; the stars need to align and we all need to be perfect. The first win is right there and I want it so bad.”
Nearing her 200th race of her career, Sampey can’t believe where her career has taken her thus far.
“I can’t believe I’ve been racing this long” she laughed. “When I first started racing with George, he asked how long I wanted to race for and I said five years but those five years came and went so fast. I didn’t think I would still be racing after 22 years and even though I took a few years off, it’s insane what I’ve accomplished. Because of what I’ve accomplished in my career, I’ve been able to travel the world. I don’t have to race; I’m here because I want to race and I want to be my daughter Ava’s role model. I know our win is coming soon and we still have fun no matter what but winning will be the icing on the cake.”
ANGELLE SAMPEY, STAR RACING/PSE BUELL
Last Year, Englishtown: Qualified No. 12; lost first round to Jim Underdahl.
Last Event, Atlanta: Qualified No. 1; lost in the semifinal round to Jerry Savoie.
47th annual NHRA Summernationals Run Schedule
(All times Eastern)
Friday, June 10: two qualifying sessions at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 11: two qualifying sessions at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 12: eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. starting with Top Fuel.
47th annual NHRA Summernationals on Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
(All times Eastern)
Saturday, June 11, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 1 a.m.
Sunday, June 12, FS1 will televise three hours of finals coverage at 4:30 p.m.