Medford drag racer recruited for full NHRA circuit

After 27 years in drag racing, local Scotty Pollacheck is embarking on a full National Hot Rod Association circuit this season as a member of the Sovereign-Star Racing team.

Pollacheck joined the pro stock motorcycle drag racing team as one of two riders after the opportunity was posted on Facebook and various drag racing websites.

After receiving hundreds of responses to the racer request, Star Racing owner George Bryce chose Pollacheck as the most qualified applicant. Pollacheck had originally met Bryce in 1994 when he attended Bryce's drag racing school in Gainesville, Fla.

After more than 30 years in racing, Bryce has won six NHRA pro stock motorcycle championships and 78 NHRA national events with nine different riders.

Pollacheck, who is part-owner of Quality Tire in Medford, originally raced cars for several years before transitioning to motorcycles, where his passion has remained ever since.

Pollacheck began racing street bikes and later moved up to wheelie bar dragbikes. The KillaCycle that he rides is one of the fastest and most powerful electric vehicles in the world.

"I've been riding that since 2000, and for 11 years we were the quickest and fastest electric anything in the world up until six or eight months ago," Pollacheck said. "I've gone 7.82 at 174 miles per hour on that bike. We've been all over the U.S. We've been to Iceland and New Zealand, some good places. It's a huge crowd favorite just because nobody expects anything electric to go that fast, so the crowd is always enthused with it."

Pollacheck is more than comfortable with gas guzzlers, too. He won the 2003 NHRA Division 7 Motorcycle Championship and the 2006 AHDRA ProGas Western Division Championship and owns many NHRA Division 6 and 7 race wins and track championships. Pollacheck's past success in NHRA has spurred him to strive for bigger wins on the national stage.

"I have 15 Wallys, but none of the big national event ones," he said. "I'd definitely like to get a few of those."

After a few whirlwind weeks, Pollacheck recently visited the Star Racing facility in Americus, Ga., to meet the team and to get a feel for the Sovereign-Star Racing V-twin he is now riding. Bryce's crew took both riders for a day of testing and tuning at the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga.

Pollacheck and Sovereign-Star Racing's other rider, John Hall, both recorded career-best times on their first day.

After several weeks of searching for a second racer for the Sovereign-Star Racing Team, Bryce was relieved to hear from Pollacheck, who seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

"With both of the drivers, their size, their demeanor, their availability and their budget — those are really, really important," Bryce said. "If you can't afford to go or can't afford to take time off from work, then it ends up being a handicap rather than an advantage. We have some very serious requirements that we threw out on the Internet, and both of these guys were a good pick."

The Sovereign-Star Racing team got their first chance to prove themselves at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, which was March 8-11 in Gainesville, Fla. In the pro stock event, Pollacheck defeated Steve Johnson in the first round before later falling to top qualifier Eddie Krawiec.

Pollacheck was eighth in the points standings with 52 points after competing in Gainesville.

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