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 ONE — Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.870, 197.28 def. Ryan Oehler, 6.894, 196.93; Cory Reed, 6.909, 195.00 def. Hector Arana Jr, 6.934, 196.13; Angie Smith, 6.924, 198.00 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.943, 192.28; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.831, 196.87 def. John Hall, Suzuki, 6.964, 192.66; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.860, 194.16 def. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 6.968, 194.80; Matt Smith, 6.908, 196.82 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, Broke; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.811, 198.93 def. Marc Ingwersen, Broke; Scotty Pollacheck, 6.812, 199.11 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki,
QUARTERFINALS — Johnson, 6.870, 194.94 def. A. Smith, Foul – Red Light; Hines, 6.868, 196.99 def. M. Smith, 29.003, 21.32; Pollacheck, 6.821, 199.08 def. Sampey, 6.966, 171.08; Krawiec, 6.850, 199.05 def. Reed, Foul – Red Light;