Sovereign-Star Racing’s Scotty Pollacheck advanced to No. 5 after defeating teammate John Hall in Round 1 of the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals hosted by zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
“I’m glad the crew and I have really gotten to see some of our hard work pay off this season,” Pollacheck said. “Being in the top half of the Countdown is a great feeling especially as a rookie to the NHRA Full Throttle series. Now it gets way tougher, though. It’ll be a whole lot harder to move up from here, but that means that we’ll just have to work harder from now on.”
Sovereign-Star Racing's Scotty Pollacheck is shown above after being honored by NHRA as one of the Top 10 competitors in the Countdown to the Championship. Pollacheck is currently No. 5 in the Championship points standings.
In Charlotte, the first of six races in the Countdown to the Championship, Hall, who was less than 30 points away from getting into the Top 10, managed to qualify at No. 7 while Pollacheck got into the field at the No. 10 spot. As luck would have it, the two teammates had to run against each other in Round 1 eliminations for the third time this season.
Shown above, the Top 10 in NHRA's Pro Stock Motorcycle class were honored for making it into
the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
“It was great to be able to run our best times on Sunday. Of course, we didn’t like to have to race each other again, but when you’re running two bikes that usually qualify in the top half, chances are you’re gonna have to run each other sometimes,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said.
After a nearly perfect .002-second reaction time by Hall, Pollacheck had the lead back by the 330–ft. marker to take the win with his 6.927-second run at 189.92 mph.
This win was enough to push Pollacheck ahead of Karen Stoffer, who was previously No. 5 in the overall points. Stoffer dropped down to the No. 6 spot after losing to Shawn Gann in Round 1.
“I think that a lot of people assumed that I was going to lose against him on purpose, but that’s not really how we race,” Hall said. “When you look at the run, you can see that we both got good lights and then he just ended up edging ahead of me. It’s never fun to lose, but with the points situation the way it is right now, if you’re gonna lose it may as well help out your teammate.”
Sovereign-Star Racing driver John Hall, shown above, qualified at No. 7 at Charlotte and got a nearly perfect .002-second light against teammate Pollacheck in Round 1 eliminations.
Pollacheck faced Eddie Krawiec on his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson in Round 2, where Pollacheck’s attempt to get a starting line advantage on the Harley’s four-valve, double overhead cam engine caused him to leave .005 seconds too early, turning on the red light and giving Krawiec the win.
The Sovereign-Star Racing team plans to continue improvements on their current engine program this week for the Dallas, Texas, race despite the challenges of running in the top 5 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
“In Charlotte, we moved a little closer to the leaders, other than the four-valve double overhead cam Harleys. Scotty moved up to fifth and we’re very proud of that. We’re already back to the drawing board at Star Racing working on our Sovereign two-valve pushrod S&S engines to make more power and go faster,” Bryce said.
The Sovereign-Star Racing team will compete in the second race of the Countdown this weekend Sept. 21-23 at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Texas.
The 2012 Sovereign-Star Racing Team is a partnership between Georgia-based Star Racing and the Hungarian-based Sovereign Racing Team, the 2011 UEM European Pro Stock Bike Championship Team, owned by sugar distributor Jeno Rujp.
The Sovereign-Star Racing Team would like to thank the following sponsors: Sovereign, Star Racing, S&S Cycle, Daytona Sensors, Worldwide Bearings, CP Pistons, Permatex, Americus Motorsports Complex, Who’s Up Next?, and Quality Tire.
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John Hall Fast Facts:
- From: Hamden, Connecticut
- Job: Real Estate Investor
- Years in racing: 16
Scotty Pollacheck Fast Facts:
- From: Medford, Oregon
- Job: Owns “Quality Tire” store
- Years in racing: 27
Star Racing Fast Facts:
- Based in Americus, Georgia
- Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships
- 78 NHRA national event wins with nine different riders
- Owned by George & Jackie Bryce
Sovereign Racing Team Fast Facts:
- Based in Budapest, Hungary
- 2011 European UEM Championship Team with rider Jesper Thiel
- Owned by Jeno Rujp
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