ANGELLE SAMPEY, CORY REED
PRECISION SERVICE EQUIPMENT/STAR RACING BUELLS
EVENT PREVIEW: 62ND ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS
PSE/Star Racing Takes on Biggest Race of the Season, Welcomes New Sponsors
AMERICUS, Ga. (August 30, 2016) – Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing teammates Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this weekend for the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Battle Until the End
Cory Reed is sitting on the outside looking in but his half of the PSE/Star Racing team is within reach of getting into the top ten and contending for the Countdown to the Championship.
“I think if we can make it to the semifinals at Indy, we’ll make the top ten,” Reed said. “I’m really proud that in my rookie season I’m even able to fight to be in the top ten.”
At this moment, Reed is 29 points out and with points and a half available for each round win on raceday, getting into the Countdown is the achievable focus of the entire PSE/Star Racing team.
“Having each round be points and a half makes it less stressful because that makes us one round out of the top ten,” he added.
Only time will tell if Reed will be able to compete for the Championship but Reed has the talent it takes to make it into the Countdown at the last race of the regular NHRA season.
First Female in History to Win Indy Twice
The history books will forever display Angelle Sampey’s name as the first female in NHRA history to win the U.S. Nationals more than once.
Her last win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis came in 2002 against Shawn Gann and she’s ready to reset history as the first female to win three times at NHRA’s most prestigious event; she is currently tied with Ashley Force Hood with two wins a piece.
“Everyone wants to win Indy but to be honest, I want to win every race just as bad as I want to win at Indy,” Sampey said. “The fact that it’s points and a half makes it more worthwhile to go rounds and win and that’s added to the excitement of the weekend.”
In the longest race of the season, staying focused is one of Sampey’s biggest priorities.
“Since Indy is such a big race, everyone wants to do something,” she added. “Whether it be video taping, media stuff, or autograph sessions, there’s a lot to do off the track while we’re there. All that is fun and I just need to remember why I’m there and make sure I do well on track too and win the race. You have to find a good balance between the two and sometimes that can be so difficult since the race is so long.”
Already clinched in the Countdown, Sampey has her eyes on winning the U.S. Nationals and placing as high as she can in the points before the Countdown to the Championship begins.
Welcome to the Team
For the U.S. Nationals, PSE/Star Racing will be welcoming Trim-Tex and Retail Fixtures, LLC to their list of sponsors.
Trim-Tex designs and produces the industry’s most innovative line of vinyl drywall accessories for the last 45 years. They pride themselves on being the leader in creating products designed to solve common drywall finishing problems.
Retail Fixtures, LLC is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of retail and restaurant environments.
“The reason this is cool is because it’s a great blast from the past,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said. “CEO Curt Woodward and Retail Fixtures was a long time sponsor back in the Winston days and he raced his own Pro Stock Motorcycle. Jeff Hogan with Trim-Tex also raced Pro Stock Motorcycle and was the team owner for the champ Geno Scali and the two of them are coming to be with us this weekend.”
For more information, you can visit http://www.trim-tex.com/ and http://retailfixture.com.
Qualifying at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals begins on Friday, September 2nd with one qualifying run at 7:15 p.m. Two qualifying sessions will follow on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, September 4th will see the final two qualifying runs at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5th starting with Top Fuel.
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Race Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2nd: one qualifying sessions at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3rd: two qualifying session at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4th: two qualifying sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5th, eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. starting with Top Fuel.
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals TV Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at noon (ET).
Sunday, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 5 p.m. (ET).
Monday, Sept. 5, FS1 will televise two hours of live finals coverage at 11 a.m. (ET).
Monday, Sept. 5, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 1 p.m. (ET).