Angie Smith knew Sunday she needed her best run of the weekend to defeat Karen Stoffer in the first round of the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. She was the 14th qualifier and Stoffer was the third.
Smith came within four-thousandths of a second of registering a perfect start and perhaps a round win, but the red-light not only ended her competitive day, it squelched her hopes of finishing in the top 10 and advancing to the playoffs. Stoffer was 10th, 65 points ahead of Smith going into the race.
Stoffer posted an elapsed time of 7.263 seconds at 180.77 mph to Smith’s 7.501 at 173.01 and advanced to the final round before losing.