May 4, 2012; Commerce, GA, USA: NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck during qualifying for the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Stock Rider Leaves Team In Middle Of Championship Run


NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck scene here during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway – has left the team during the playoffs to start his own team. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Silly season sometimes hits motorsports at the oddest times and such is the case of Scotty Pollacheck.  Currently sitting sixth in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings, Pollacheck has left George Bryce’s Sovereign-Star Racing team.  Pollacheck has purchased a Buell motorcycle from Matt Smith Racing to create his own team.  Furthermore, Pollacheck will race his new bike at the remaining four events of the Countdown beginning with this weekend’s Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

The surprising move stunned team owner Bryce who was troubled at the aspects of the situation saying,

“I was absolutely shocked at the phone call I got.” Adding, “We expect Scotty to honor his agreement with us and do what he said he was going to do.  We always do what we say we’re going to do, and that’s how we got our reputation in the motorsports industry.”

The Sovereign-Star Racing team will continue with their other rider Michael Hall; plus, there’s a possibility of 19 year old Chaz Kennedy replacing Pollacheck and making his debut this week at Gateway.  Kennedy, from Florida, had been competing in the All Harley Drag Racing Association up until this season when it had to close down due in part to the economy.  Kennedy has been working with Bryce as a developmental rider on a Suzuki, so it’s not known if he will be on a Buell or Suzuki.

Opportunity

The 44 year old Pollacheck has competed in NHRA for the past two seasons with Sovereign-Star.  However, he wanted to be a rider/owner and this opportunity presented itself as something he felt he couldn’t pass up.  Said Pollacheck,

“I have always wanted to own my own Pro Stock Motorcycle and the opportunity arose recently and I just couldn’t pass it up.  Therefore, I have decided to part ways with Sovereign-Star Racing and will be racing as an independent driver.  I realize what a challenge this will be, but sometimes you just have to take a chance.  I am very excited to be living my lifelong dream as owner and rider.”

Pollacheck, from Oregon, has never won a race but has been to two final rounds.

Having lost a Countdown rider (points go to rider) with four races left leaves Bryce in a tough spot as far as sponsorship is concerned.  Sovereign is a European sugar distributor owned by Jeno Rujp.  Bryce and Rujp are the race team’s co-owners.  Said Bryce of his now awkward financial position,

“I want it to be known that we have sponsorship commitments to several companies, including Sovereign in Europe.  They have paid us and expect us to compete for the championship with Scotty and Michael.  We are now left in a position of having to scramble to honor our commitments.”

More information on this turn-of-events will be released at the race in Madison.

Source: NHRA

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