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Old 05-01-2018
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Default The Matt Smith - Joe Riccardi Situation

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What happen with Matt Smith and his sponsor ?
Here's the scoop cow....


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Wow. That's pretty low. It's hard to imagine Riccardi has a redeeming story to justify his actions considering his past history with other races. If I was Matt, I would have been talking to a lawyer Monday morning.
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Unfortunately, it happens more often than most think. Chassis shops that take money and parts only to close their doors "suddenly" and leave the customer out. Racers, some with famous names, "borrowing" parts, fuel etc at the track and leaving without returning the stuff or payment. Most of us have heard one or two stories like this over the years.
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Wow, what a shady operation. Have a set and tell Matt you were pulling the plug and move on.
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Sounds like we heard both sides..always a good thing...and this sleazebag apparently just folded his tent in the middle of the night and left Smith in the trick bag. Oh well; he can stick to his excavating business, then, because I'll guarantee you he has no future in drag racing.

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...and this sleazebag apparently just folded his tent in the middle of the night and left Smith in the trick bag.
hmmm ...... this operation sounds vaguely familiar. i'm from baltimore and we woke up one morning back in '83 and our football team was gone !!! .. i wonder if this guy's related to the irasy's
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Not surprised to hear this. Got a bunch of negative feedback last season about Riccardi. Looks like Joey Gladstone made the right decision after last season to move over to the Stoffer/Underdahl group. Too bad for Matt Smith-hope he is able to keep racing.
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Wasn't Riccardi the guy who had his record label sponsor the Pro Bike Shootout at Sonoma a few years back only to pull funding a few weeks before the event leaving the NHRA to pick up the bill?

Hopefully the Smiths can keep out there and be competitive always sucks to hear a racer get shafted
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Wasn't Riccardi the guy who had his record label sponsor the Pro Bike Shootout at Sonoma a few years back only to pull funding a few weeks before the event leaving the NHRA to pick up the bill?
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"MiraMonte Records, the official record label of country music song writer and entertainer Danny Griego, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor for this lucrative bonus program for Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series."
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Unfortunately, drag racing has had a lot of jag offs over the years when it comes to fulfilling agreements.....hopefully, people learn and donít have anything to do with them in the future.
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