JULY 22-24
Star Racing Event Preview: Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
AMERICUS, Ga. – The Star Racing/Precision Service Equipment Buell team of Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed heads to the seventh race of the season for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Sampey sits in the No. 3 spot in the point standings and Reed is tied for No. 14 and is less than 50 points out of cracking into the top 10.
Angelle Sampey Returns to Track Where She Made Her Career Debut in 1996
Angelle Sampey is having one heck of a comeback year. With her last appearance on track being a final round in Chicago, Sampey’s power is evident. The 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals comes full circle this weekend because Bandimere Speedway was where she made her career debut twenty years ago in 1996. Aside from the season opener in Gainesville, she has made it to the semifinal round or better at ever race she’s participated in this year.
“Mainly, I want to keep my momentum going in Denver,” Sampey said. “Going to at least the semifinals every race is definitely something I want to keep going.”
The three-time Pro Stock World Champion knows that Denver brings many positive memories but it doesn’t come without its challenges.
“Denver is a bit of a challenge with the altitude,” she admitted. “We’re gonna go a lot slower and there’s some things we need to focus on mentally. I talked to Cory this week and reminded him that we have to prepare mentally for the differences in the shifting and the whole run from when we turn on the bikes to when we cross the finish line. My first run is always so screwed up because I forget about it every time. I do so much of my driving subconsciously and I really have to consciously think about what I’m doing in Denver.”
Last race, Chicago: Qualified No. 3; lost in the finals to Andrew Hines
Last year, Denver: Did not attend
Colorado-raised Cory Reed Comes Back Home to Race at Mile-High Nationals
Cory Reed, born in Texas but raised in Colorado, looks forward to a weekend of racing and being surrounded by family and friends at Bandimere Speedway.
At the last event in Chicago, Reed continued his campaign for the Rookie of the Year title when he qualified No. 11 and made it to the second round against teammate Sampey. The team effort displayed in that round was one for the ages. Sampey won with a 6.86 but Reed was only behind Sampey by the length of half of one of their Pro Stock Motorcycle Buells when he clocked in with a 6.88. That race looks to be only a preview of what is yet to come for the young racer.
“I’m going to be more comfortable racing at Bandimere,” Reed said. “I’m going to have some friends coming and my parents will be there just hanging out; they won’t be competing this weekend. I think it will be just a fun environment since we’re back in Colorado. None of my friends really know what I do yet since it’s my first year in the class and I’m excited to show them. I think of Denver as just another race but what makes it special is the people that’ll be coming this weekend.”
Qualifying at the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, July 22nd with two qualifying sessions at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Qualifying continues on Saturday, July 23rd with two qualifying sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. Eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 24th.
Last race, Chicago: Qualified 11; lost second round to Angelle Sampey
Last year, Denver: Did not attend
Race Schedule for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
Friday, July 22, two qualifying sessions at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, two qualifying sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, eliminations begin at 11 a.m. with Top Fuel.
Television Schedule for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
Saturday, July 23, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 24, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 3 p.m. (ET).
  1. Eddie Krawiec                639
  2. Andrew Hines                 505
  3. ANGELLE SAMPEY      471
  4. Jerry Savoie                   428
  5. Hector Arana                  344
  6. Chip Ellis                        333
  7. LE Tonglet                      289
  8. Steve Johnson               258
  9. Matt Smith                      235
  10. Michael Ray                   228
   14t. CORY REED 187