Scotty Pollacheck Scores First Win of Pro Stock Motorcycle Career, Nabs Spot in DENSO 200 MPH C
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2020) – In his 132nd national event, Strutmasters.com rider Scotty Pollacheck scored his first career Pro Stock Motorcycle win in his seventh career final round appearance after defeating Michael Phillips, Angelle Sampey, Steve Johnson, and Andrew Hines.
Before his history-making victory on Sunday at the 67th annual DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals, Pollacheck had a separate mission to accomplish first. On Saturday, the Central Point, Oregon-resident was one of eight riders in the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle. First round, Pollacheck took a starting line advantage over first round opponent Steve Johnson and drove it all the way to the win light with a stout 6.789, 200.29; this high mile per hour run nabbed the last spot up for grabs in the DENSO 200 mph club.
Second round, Pollacheck once again got the starting line advantage over his competitor Eddie Krawiec. Not only did he get the starting line advantage, he showed the power of his Matt Smith-tuned motorcycle as he clocked in with a 6.820, 198.03 to Krawiec’s 6.868, 198.52. In the third and final round, Pollacheck matched up against tuner Matt Smith and unfortunately turned on the red light by .001-seconds.
For the main event, Pollacheck qualified No. 1 and had a first round matchup against Michael Phillips. A 6.812, 199.11 from the purple Strutmasters.com EBR against Phillips’ 8.804, 111.64. Second round, Pollacheck’s 6.821, 199.08 took out the most recent Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Angelle Sampey. In the semifinals, it was an automatic win for Pollacheck as his competitor Steve Johnson was unable to stage his bike.
In his 12th final of his career, he staged up against Andrew Hines. Pollacheck had .015-second starting line advantage over Hines and a 6.790, 200.53 turned on that final win light Pollacheck had been waiting 10 years for.
SCOTTY POLLACHECK QUICK FACTS
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle debut: Sonoma, California 2010
2003 Division 7 Motorcycle Champion
Held world title for the fastest electric motorcycle in the quarter mile for 11 years
2018: Raced to runner-up finish at Atlanta; Qualified for Countdown to the Championship for the sixth season
2017: Attended and qualified in all 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events; Secured his first career No. 1 qualifier at Reading; Reached eight semifinals on the season, including at four consecutive events 2016: Attended 13 Pro Stock Motorcycle events; Had a quarterfinal finish in Atlanta upsetting Andrew Hines in the first round
2015: Advanced to the Countdown playoffs for the fourth consecutive season; Raced to semi-final round appearances at Charlotte 1 and Sonoma
2014: Raced to two runner-up finishes, including one in the Countdown playoffs at Reading; Advanced to Countdown playoffs for the third consecutive season; Recorded career-best performance for speed at Charlotte 1
2013: Raced to three runner-up finishes, including one in the Countdown playoffs at Pomona 2; Advanced to Countdown playoffs for the second straight season, finishing a career-best sixth in points; Posted four semifinal finishes; Qualified a season-best second at three races, Charlotte 1, Houston and Chicago; Recorded career-best performances for time and speed
2012: Qualified for Countdown to the Championship playoffs in rookie season; Finished seventh in points standings; Qualified for all 16 races