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Cycle News 2013 Issue 43 October 29

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COUNTDOWN: ROUND 5/OCTOBER 27, 2013 LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA DRAG RACING P58 NHRA PRO STOCK SERIES HIGH ROLLER Matt Smith clinches second championship with dramatic Las Vegas win BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK REBILAS V iper Motorcycle Co. Buell's Matt Smith clinched his second-career NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Championship in style with a clutch win at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After winning two of the last three events, Smith held a sizable lead in the standings before entering the penultimate event in Las Vegas and clinched the title, and the $75,000 bonus that accompanies it, after winning the final round against White Alligator Suzuki's Jerry Savoie. "With me winning the [Pro Stock Motorcycle] championship and dad winning the Pro Mod championship it's been great," Smith said. "I don't know what else I could ask for. This Viper team has been awesome. I don't want to sound too confident, but we've almost been unstoppable. We've been to 10 finals since Epping and have six wins. Those are amazing numbers for our team." En route to the 17th win of his career, Smith opened eliminations with a 6.97 win over Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson's Andrew Hines and then padded his points total with a 7.04 to 7.07 win against 2010 NHRA champion LE Tonglet's Nitro Fish Suzuki. Smith reached the final round

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