2022 NHRA Pro Stock MC Norwalk Results

Lyle Ellerbee

| June 28, 2022

Considerably like a goalie in hockey or a aid pitcher in baseball, it from time to time pays for an NHRA drag racer to have a limited memory. That was undoubtedly the scenario for Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Angelle Sampey who quickly bounced back again from a difficult reduction in Bristol, Tennessee, to acquire the Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

Angelle Sampey norwalk
Angelle Sampey bounced back again from last week’s reduction to get her 46th vocation acquire at the Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Photograph by Matt Polito

By Kevin McKenna

Sampey experienced the very best bike in Bristol but threw absent the remaining round on a pink-mild commence from Jerry Savoie. 7 times afterwards, the Bristol closing is a distant memory soon after Sampey rode to a good 6.861 to 6.928 get over Reed Motorsports Suzuki’s Joey Gladstone to rating historic profession gain number 46.

“You don’t know the interior struggle that I was likely via given that very last week,” Sampey claimed. “This was enormous right after the ultimate in Bristol. I threw it away. I gave it to Jerry. It just slipped by way of my fingers and on Monday, I began to put together for this race. By Friday, I dug deep inside myself. Twenty years back, I would not have had to do what I did, mentally, but I’ve located that the major competitor these times is myself.”

Sampey, who has admittedly experienced her ups and downs this time, was strong through qualifying and eliminations in Norwalk. She experienced variety two and then rode to wins towards Ron Tornow, Matt Smith and Bristol champ Savoie prior to powering past Gladstone. Even a rigid crosswind was not adequate to avert her from earning reliable operates.

“The crosswind was brutal out there,” Sampey reported. “In the initially round, Ron Tornow and I received a ton nearer than we should really have been, and I couldn’t assist but surprise if that was not going to be the end of my occupation. Fortuitously, my crew has a way of keeping me serene, and we produced the adjustment to the bicycle that we desired to make and that assisted me get by means of the relaxation of the race.”

The significance of 46 wins also wasn’t missing on Sampey. Dave Schultz, the late five-time NHRA champ attained 45 wins and was the course all-time chief before his demise in 2002. Sampey has typically longed to equivalent or superior that mark. Even nevertheless Andrew Hines has considering that grow to be the Pro Inventory Motorcycle leader with 58 wins.

“To get 46 wins that was the only objective I hadn’t achieved in my profession,” Sampey stated. “There was a time when I preferred to be the winningest rider in the course, but Andrew Hines has put that goal quite much out of get to. Dave was the GOAT. To move him just after 25 years of hoping is pretty exclusive.”

As for Gladstone, he stays probably the greatest rider in the class who however does not have a victory to his credit, but dependent on his functionality in Norwalk, that could not be the case significantly lengthier. Gladstone was good in qualifying with the variety-five place and experienced minimal hassle advancing to his 3rd occupation remaining with wins towards Jimmy Underdahl, Karen Stoffer and Hector Arana Jr.  Loaded with expertise and a standing for currently being capable to trip just about any type of large-general performance motorcycle, Gladstone is overdue for a acquire, a actuality that wasn’t shed on Sampey.

“Joey is going to win one of these and when he does, I’m heading to be quite, extremely delighted for him,” Sampey explained. “Of study course, I wanted to gain this race, but if for some reason it did not function out, I would have been thrilled for him and [team owner] Cory Reed. Cory and I have a heritage mainly because we have been teammates, and their day is coming.”

With 6 races in the textbooks, Sampey is the championship chief thanks to an early-round reduction by incoming chief Steve Johnson.

The Camping Globe NHRA Drag Racing Sequence will now get a two week break ahead of the start off of the grueling Western Swing which involves back again-to-again stops in Denver, Colorado, and Sonoma, California.

2022 NHRA Professional Inventory MC Norwalk Results


  1. Angelle Sampey (Suz)
  2. Joey Gladstone (Suz)


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