NHRA: U.S. Nationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

66th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 03-06, 2020

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pollacheck capped off his dream weekend with his first career victory in the class, beating Andrew Hines in the final round with a 6.790 at 200.53 on his Strutmasters.com EBR, breaking the track speed record he set on Saturday in the process. Pollacheck also qualified No. 1 for just the second time in his career, advanced to the finals of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike battle and joined the DENSO 200-mph club earlier in the weekend, finishing it off with the victory on the biggest possible stage. He raced past Michael Phillips, Angelle Sampey and Steve Johnson to reach the final round, riding past Hines in the finals and setting off an emotional celebration.





“There’s so many people that put in so much work and effort to help get us here,” Pollacheck said. “My wife, Susan, has really pushed me, and Matt and Angie Smith have given me an amazing bike. Michael Ray, my crew guy, he’s the baddest man on the planet. This bike was just flawless all weekend. This is like the biggest thing ever. I can’t even believe it. It’s just awesome.”

Hines, the defending world champ, topped John Hall, Matt Smith and Eddie Krawiec to advance to his 97th career final round.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Sept. 25-27 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Round 1

Lane Left Right
Driver Angelle Sampey – Win Ryan Oehler
Car No. 7 9
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .027 .031
60 FT 1.076 1.075
330 FT 2.872 2.887
660 FT 4.400 4.418
660 FT MPH 160.19 160.18
1000 FT 5.733 5.754
ET 6.870 6.894
MPH 197.28 196.93
Ov/Un

11:24 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 63 percent, barometer 29.23 inches, adjusted altitude 2,431 feet, track temperature 91 degrees. Sampey gets a little holeshot and that was enough. She goes down the groove with another good pass and takes the win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Hector Arana Jr Cory Reed – Win
Car No. 6 574
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .049 .043
60 FT 1.096 1.097
330 FT 2.916 2.898
660 FT 4.453 4.426
660 FT MPH 159.31 160.37
1000 FT 5.791 5.762
ET 6.934 6.909
MPH 196.13 195.00
Ov/Un

Arana Jr is 5 – 1 against Reed in prior events. Reed had a little trouble getting his bike to run. He gets the advantage off of the line and slowly extends his lead all the way through the run.

Lane Left Right
Driver Angie Smith – Win Jerry Savoie
Car No. 8 2
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .027 .048
60 FT 1.084 1.072
330 FT 2.934 2.877
660 FT 4.463 4.421
660 FT MPH 160.38 158.22
1000 FT 5.792 5.778
ET 6.924 6.943
MPH 198.00 192.28
Ov/Un

Savoie is 10 – 1 against Smith in prior events. Smith gets out of the gate first but Savoie goes around her before they reach the 330 foot mark. Smith starts to make up ground and goes back around him by the time they reach the 1000 foot mark and pulls away for the win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Andrew Hines – Win John Hall
Car No. 1 1628
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .089 .016
60 FT 1.062 1.082
330 FT 2.842 2.901
660 FT 4.365 4.448
660 FT MPH 160.50 158.20
1000 FT 5.693 5.802
ET 6.831 6.964
MPH 196.87 192.66
Ov/Un

Andrew Hines is 14 – 4 in round 1 at the Nationals. Overall he is 4-1 against John Hall in round 1. Hall gets a big holeshot, stays in front for about 500 feet, then Hines powers around him and pulls away for the win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Steve Johnson – Win Chris Bostick
Car No. 751 17
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .033 .043
60 FT 1.049 1.108
330 FT 2.844 2.930
660 FT 4.375 4.472
660 FT MPH 159.68 159.01
1000 FT 5.712 5.818
ET 6.860 6.968
MPH 194.16 194.80
Ov/Un

This (#4) is the best starting spot for Steve Johnson at the Nationals since 1995. Johnson gets the advantage off of the line and extends his lead all the way through the run.  Johnson will have lane choice over Smith in the next round.

Lane Left Right
Driver Matt Smith- Win James Underdahl
Car No. 3 533
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .023 .013
60 FT 1.080 1.950
330 FT 2.899 9.920
660 FT 4.435
660 FT MPH 159.46
1000 FT 5.769
ET 6.908
MPH 196.82
Ov/Un

Smith is 13 – 7 against Underdahl in prior events. Underdahl hits the throttle, the bike stumbles a couple of times, then he clicks it off and comes to a stop. Smith goes right down the groove with a decent pass and takes the win. Hines will have lane choice over Matt Smith in the next round.

Lane Left Right
Driver Eddie Krawiec- Win Marc Ingwersen
Car No. 5 370
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .094 -.028
60 FT 1.076 1.584
330 FT 2.861 7.460
660 FT 4.371 16.612
660 FT MPH 162.10 21.95
1000 FT 5.685
ET 6.811
MPH 198.93
Ov/Un

Eddie Krawiec is 9 – 4 in round 1 at the U.S.Nationals. Marc Ingwersen is the 56th rider to face Eddie Krawiec in eliminations. Eddie has a winning record against 53 of those riders he has raced. Ingwersen leaves a little too quickly and then the bike quits about 20 feet out. Krawiec goes down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far and will have lane choice over Reed in the next round.

Lane Left Right
Driver Scotty Pollacheck- Win Michael Phillips
Car No. 11 412
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .120 .028
60 FT 1.057 1.440
330 FT 2.852 3.452
660 FT 4.367 5.117
660 FT MPH 161.59 136.83
1000 FT 5.686 6.926
ET 6.812 8.804
MPH 199.11 111.64
Ov/Un

Scotty Pollacheck’s only other #1 spot was at Maple Grove in 2017. At that race he made it to the semi-finals. The last race Michael Phillips attended was Denver in 2016 and he is making his first start since the Chicago race in 2016. This is Michael’s 300th round of competition. Pollacheck is 1 – 0 against Phillips in prior events. Phillips gets the holeshot but the bike stumbles. He stays on the throttle and the engine picks back up. Pollacheck goes down the groove with another good pass and pulls away for the win.

Round 2

Lane Left Right
Driver Steve Johnson- Win Angie Smith
Car No. 751 8
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .069 -.015
60 FT 1.059 1.114
330 FT 2.855 2.909
660 FT 4.388 4.428
660 FT MPH 159.74 161.38
1000 FT 5.725 5.753
ET 6.870 6.884
MPH 194.94 198.52
Ov/Un

3:52 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 64 percent, barometer 29.07 inches, adjusted altitude 29,242,950 feet, track temperature 99 degrees. Johnson and Smith have each won 7 times against the other in prior events. Smith leaves a little too soon and goes red giving the win to Johnson. Johnson makes a decent pass and moves on to the semi-finals.

Lane Left Right
Driver Andrew Hines- Win Matt Smith
Car No. 1 3
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .010 .257
60 FT 1.069 1.303
330 FT 2.863 5.603
660 FT 4.396 11.932
660 FT MPH 159.66 33.12
1000 FT 5.730 19.777
ET 6.868 29.003
MPH 196.99 21.32
Ov/Un

Smith hits the throttle, the bike bogs and bounces around, then he backs off of the throttle. Hines goes down the groove with a good pass to take the win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Scotty Pollacheck- Win Angelle Sampey
Car No. 11 7
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .037 .045
60 FT 1.053 1.079
330 FT 2.855 2.883
660 FT 4.374 4.403
660 FT MPH 161.27 161.21
1000 FT 5.695 5.735
ET 6.821 6.966
MPH 199.08 171.08
Ov/Un

Pollacheck gets out of the gate first and extends his lead all the way through the run. Pollacheck will have lane choice over Johnson in the next round.

Lane Left Right
Driver Eddie Krawiec – Win Cory Reed
Car No. 5 574
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .086 -.013
60 FT 1.094 1.071
330 FT 2.886 2.891
660 FT 4.403 4.425
660 FT MPH 161.11 160.08
1000 FT 5.723 5.758
ET 6.850 6.900
MPH 199.05 196.10
Ov/Un

Reed is too quick off of the line and goes red giving the win to Krawiec. Krawiec will have lane choice over Hines in the next round.

SEMI-FINAL

Lane Left Right
Driver Eddie Krawiec Andrew Hines- Win
Car No. 5 1
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .124 .030
60 FT 1.087 1.072
330 FT 2.878 2.860
660 FT 4.389 4.382
660 FT MPH 162.25 161.23
1000 FT 5.705 5.707
ET 6.829 6.841
MPH 199.70 197.86
Ov/Un

5:19 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.06 inches, adjusted altitude 3,089 feet, track temperature 99 degrees. Krawiec is 31 – 24 against Hines in prior events. Hines gets a big holeshot, Krawiec starts reeling him in, but Hines is able to hold him off and take the win.

Lane Left Right
Driver Scotty Pollacheck- Win Steve Johnson
Car No. 11 751
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .124
60 FT 1.049
330 FT 2.852
660 FT 4.375
660 FT MPH 160.81
1000 FT 5.697
ET 6.821
MPH 199.32
Ov/Un

Johnson completes his burnout and the engine develops a leak. Johnson climbs off of the bike and Pollacheck gets a single into the final round. Pollacheck will have lane choice over Johnson in the final round.

 

FINAL

Lane Left Right
Driver Scotty Pollacheck- Win Andrew Hines
Car No. 11 1
Class PSM PSM
Dial In
RT .033 .048
60 FT 1.054 1.110
330 FT 2.850 2.911
660 FT 4.361 4.444
660 FT MPH 162.49 160.29
1000 FT 5.672 5.776
ET 6.790 6.914
MPH 200.53 197.10
Ov/Un

6:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 29.04 inches, adjusted altitude 3,106 feet, track temperature 100 degrees. Hines is 24 – 5 against Pollacheck in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. This is Pollacheck’s seventh final of his career. He has no wins yet. This is Hines 97th final and he has 56 wins. Pollacheck gets out of the gate first and starts pulling away and he extends his lead at every marker, runs 200 MPH for the second time this weekend, and takes the stripe for his first career win.

Scotty Pollacheck - NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle


Points Standing

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND VEHICLE
01 Scotty Pollacheck 251 0 Strutmasters/MSR EBR
02 Andrew Hines 226 -25 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
03 Eddie Krawiec 225 -26 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
04 Matt Smith 224 -27 Denso/Stockseth Racing EBR
05 Angelle Sampey 221 -30 Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
06 Ryan Oehler 204 -47 Flyin’ Ryan Racing/B&K Cylinder Heads
07 Hector Arana Jr 158 -93 Lucas Oil Buell
08 Chris Bostick 154 -97
09 Angie Smith 145 -106 Denso/Stockseth Racing EBR
10 Steve Johnson 137 -114 Steve Johnson Racing Suzuki
11 John Hall 97 -154
12 Jerry Savoie 96 -155 White Alligator Racing Suzuki
13 Marc Ingwersen 95 -156 Thiel’s Wheels Buell
14 David Barron 72 -179 Supreme Clothing/New York
15 Kelly Clontz 72 -179 Steamfitters UA Local 602
16 Cory Reed 52 -199 Cory Reed Racing
17 Ronald Tornow 36 -215
18 Tiffany Butler 31 -220
19 Michael Phillips 31 -220
20 Jimmy Underdahl 31 -220 Suzuki Extended Protection

Final Qualifying

Pollacheck suffered the red light in the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle, but he did take the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle with his run of 6.789 at 200.29, breaking the track speed record on his Strutmasters.com EBR. It gives Pollacheck his second career No. 1 qualifier and he will face Michael Phillips to open raceday. Eddie Krawiec qualified second with a 6.790 at 199.76 and Smith took the third spot with a 6.792 at 199.76.

“It’s been an awesome day, going 200 mph, getting the No. 1 spot and getting to race in the final round of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle,” said Pollacheck, who also earned the fourth and final spot in the DENSO 200 mph club. “It’s already been an awesome weekend and this has been a really good day for us.”

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Scotty Pollacheck 11 6.789 200.29
02 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.790 199.76
03 Matt Smith 3 6.792 199.76
04 Steve Johnson 751 6.799 195.36
05 Angie Smith 8 6.807 197.31
06 Andrew Hines 1 6.831 197.57
07 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.833 197.88
08 Angelle Sampey 7 6.843 197.05
09 Ryan Oehler 9 6.868 198.35
10 Cory Reed 574 6.881 195.51
11 John Hall 1628 6.909 193.9
12 Jerry Savoie 2 6.913 190.48
13 Chris Bostick 17 6.942 196.07
14 James Underdahl 533 6.955 194.74
15 Marc Ingwersen 370 6.976 193.21
16 Michael Phillips 412 7.021 194.44
17 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.045 192.55
18 David Barron 402 7.054 187.05
19 Ron Tornow 1138 7.284 184.3

 


Qualifying Round 1

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Angie Smith rode to the top spot with a run of 6.807 at 197.31 on her DENSO Racing EBR. If it holds, Smith, who has one career win, would qualify in the No. 1 position for the first time in her Pro Stock Motorcycle career. Eddie Krawiec, a multi-time world champ and two-time U.S. Nationals winner, is currently in second after his pass of 6.834 at 198.12 and Scotty Pollacheck rounds out the top three after going 6.864 at 197.28. In addition to final qualifying in the class on Saturday, the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle will also take place, as eight Pro Stock Motorcycle standouts will compete for the $25,000 prize.

DRIVER POSITION CAR NO. ET MPH
01 Angie Smith 8 6.807 197.31
02 Eddie Krawiec 5 6.834 198.12
03 Scotty Pollacheck 11 6.864 197.28
04 Hector Arana Jr 6 6.895 196.07
05 Cory Reed 574 6.897 194.58
06 John Hall 1628 6.909 193.9
07 Jerry Savoie 2 6.913 190.48
08 Steve Johnson 751 6.929 192.49
09 Matt Smith 3 6.939 194.83
10 Angelle Sampey 7 6.945 197.19
11 Ryan Oehler 9 6.959 192.19
12 James Underdahl 533 6.981 194.1
13 Chris Bostick 17 7.050 189.12
14 Kelly Clontz 1981 7.051 191.32
15 Andrew Hines 1 7.075 196.16
16 Ron Tornow 1138 7.289 149.95
17 Michael Phillips 412 9.587 96.54
18 David Barron 402 10.848 75.87
19 Marc Ingwersen 370 11.650 68.58

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