Angie Smith made her best pass of the weekend during the final qualifying session of Pro Stock Motorcycle at Summit Motorsports Park on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Smith, her ride was far from over once she crossed the finish line.
After running a 7.102 to get into the qualifying field at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Smith’s bike didn’t slow down. With the brakes failing, Smith sped through the shutdown area and the sand trap, laying the bike down just before the cornfields.
Smith suffered no serious injuries, though the bike did tumble into the cornfield.
“I am okay. I’m just a little sore, but it was a wild ride. I thought I was in motocross,” said Smith, who thought she sprained her pinkie finger.
With her husband, Matt, who was slated to go next in the qualifying session, watching nervously from the starting line, the wreck made for a few tense moments before Smith was declared to not be seriously hurt.
“I was coming out of the burnout and my front brake was getting a little washy. When you’re holding the front brake and doing your burnout, the lever comes in a little more and sometimes they do that when you’re in hot conditions so I didn’t really think anything about it,” Smith said.
“Well when I got to the shutdown area, as soon as I got off the gas, it was motoring down, but I had no brakes whatsoever. I was like, ‘This is going to be a wild ride.’ I just decided to ride it out as long as I could, and I went through the sand trap and the field, and the cornfield was coming up. I was like, ‘I don’t want to mow down the whole corn field,’ so I just bailed.”
It also made for a nerve-wracking period for Matt.
“That’s my wife and I love her to death and it’s hard to see something like that happen. I told her the bike can be fixed, and I’m just glad she’ll be alright,” Matt said.
In typical racer fashion, Angie was more concerned about the bike. The run of 7.102 put her into eliminations at No. 15 and, amazingly, she was talking about possibly racing on Sunday, which seemed like a major longshot following the wreck.
“It just sucks that my motorcycle is messed up. Hopefully we can repair it so tomorrow I can race,” Smith said. “I’m racing tomorrow if tech lets me and my team lets me. We will see.”
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