Drag Racing: Angelle Sampey Wins Englishtown NHRA
When Angelle Sampey retired from NHRA competition following the 2008 season, she was certain that she’d never make another 190-mph run on a Pro Stock Motorcycle. After winning three championships and 41 events, she had nothing left to prove so she got married, had a daughter, and was determined to live happily ever after, but after seven years on the sidelines, the temptation to return just became too great, so she rejoined George Bryce’s Star team and resumed her career. More than ever, Sampey is convinced she made the right decision after winning her first event in nine seasons at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., June 12
Sampey and the Star team were quick at the first three races of the season, but she threw two of them away on red-light starts. Frustrated by her own riding errors, Sampey renewed her focus and was rewarded with one of the best performances of her career. Early in eliminations, Sampey defeated both of the factory Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rods of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec, and she finished the win off with a 6.876 elapsed time in the final round to beat White Alligator Suzuki’s Jerry Savoie, the defending Englishtown Champion.
– Kevin McKenna