PSE/Star Racing Auto Club NHRA Finals Race Report

POMONA, Calif. (November 13, 2016) – It was an overall great raceday for the PSE/Star Racing team of Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey. Sampey went all the way to the finals but unfortunately, Reed came up short in the first round. In the first round, No. 13 Reed faced up against No. 4 Andrew Hines. Reed clocked in with an uncharacteristic 7.152-second pass at 188.10 mph; Hines’ 6.880, 194.52 advanced to the next round. No. 5 Sampey had her first round matchup against Scotty Pollacheck. Sampey crossed the finish line with a 6.882, 195.42 and advanced to the next round over Pollacheck’s 32-second run. Second round, Sampey improved her time with a 6.879, 193.93 and edged out Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion who ran a 6.912, 193.85; that was a huge win for Sampey because Hines was in the running for the 2016 championship and with her winning, he no longer had a chance at the title anymore. In the semifinals, it was another all-Louisiana battle to duke it out for their spot in the finals. Sampey clocked in with a 6.900, 194.24 and took out the newly-crowned Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Jerry Savoie who ran a 6.948, 193.85. For the finals, Sampey wanted to give it her all in her last race for Star Racing. Sampey staged up against Matt Smith and the tree came down. Sampey clocked in with a consistent 6.872, 195.87 but left too soon at the starting line with a -.020-second reaction time – giving the win to Matt Smith. “I beat the old World Champ second round and the new World Champ in the semis,” Sampey beamed. “I’m really proud of that. It was a good year and I think it worked out well for everybody. I’m really happy we finished off the year this way. George and I shook hands and we’re leaving very happy with each other.”

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