Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Angelle Sampey gave herself a present she could have only dreamed of when she won her long awaited 43rd Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. For Sampey, the win was her first since the 2016 Englishtown race and her first since joining the Vance & Hines factory Harley-Davidson team two seasons ago.
Paired with first-time finalist Chris Bostick, Sampey was nearly perfect off the starting line with a .001 reaction time and ran a 6.880 for the victory. Bostick was well behind with a 6.950, but the final wasn’t without its share of drama. As Sampey’s team prepared to fire up her Harley FXDR, they encountered a problem with the clutch cable. Quick thinking by the Vance & Hines crew got the problem fixed in time for her to make the run and the three-time world champion did the rest.