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Sovereign-Star Racing's John Hall posts career bests at Reading

John Hall posted his career best ET and speed with his 6.864/194 mph run against LE Tonglet in Round 1 at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. This was also a team best ET for Star Racing.
Scotty Pollacheck held steady at his No. 7 spot in the NHRA Full Throttle Series Countdown to the Championship. Both drivers are also candidates for this year's Auto Club Road to the Future Award which recognizes the top rookie competitor in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

AMERICUS, Ga. – Despite several mechanical problems over the weekend, the Sovereign-Star Racing team still managed to post a career best elapsed time (ET) and speed for racer John Hall during the postponed Pro Stock Motorcycle elimination rounds for the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Reading, Penn.

Hall’s teammate Scotty Pollacheck also managed to hold onto his No. 7 spot in the NHRA Full Throttle Series Countdown to the Championship after he broke a pushrod on his motorcycle during Round 1 eliminations Monday.

After two challenging days of qualifying for the Sovereign-Star Racing team, Sunday’s elimination rounds were postponed until Monday due to rain.

Hall, the No. 12 qualifier, was matched with No. 5 LE Tonglet for Round 1 eliminations and posted his career best ET and speed with his 6.864/194 mph run against Tonglet’s redlight foul.

As the No. 11 qualifier, Pollacheck faced No. 6 Matt Smith during Round 1 eliminations and led his opponent to the 1000-ft. marker. Even after his motorcycle broke halfway through the race, Pollacheck still managed to post his best time of the weekend with his 6.937/173 mph run.

“John’s run marked the second time this season that we’ve improved our shop’s career best ET for Star Racing and posted career bests for our drivers,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said. “John’s run was really exciting for us, especially since Scotty was four-hundredths faster than that when he broke a pushrod in Round 1.

“Scotty’s bike broke at 4.9 seconds into the run, and he just coasted through the back half. Judging by his numbers, he was getting ready to go a 6.82 easily before the break. That’s why I think we’re actually doing better than our results showed this weekend.”

Pollacheck admits his disappointment at having to let his opponent cruise by for the Round 1 win.

“It’s one thing to break. It’s another to break when you’re in front of the guy and you have him beat.  When you’re sitting where I was and hoping he doesn’t come by you, it’s pretty frustrating. That’s what happens sometimes in racing, though, and it’s good knowing that everyone on the team did their job with the tuning and I did my best driving,” Pollacheck said.

In Round 2 eliminations, the team’s previous mechanical issues presented problems once again as Hall was forced to forfeit his run against No. 4 qualifier Hector Arana Jr.

Like his teammate, Hall was also able to keep a positive attitude about the weekend despite the technical problems plaguing the team.

“I didn’t start out doing my best during qualifying, but I finished up with a career best in eliminations! We were excited about going to the second round, too, because we thought we were gonna be a good match for Hector Jr. But when I came out of the water box, the bike was making a knocking noise, and George (Bryce) decided to shut it down after he came over and it wasn’t really revving,” Hall said.

According to team co-owner and chief tuner Bryce, the mechanical issues over the weekend were most likely due to previously damaged parts that continued to present problems during later runs.

“During this two-week break before Vegas, we have to correct all of the mistakes we made and fix all the broken parts. We also have a few ideas that we haven’t had a chance to try yet since we’ve been on a six-week stretch. We’ll just continue to improve our performance and get ready to go to the last two races,” Bryce said.

The Sovereign-Star Racing team will compete Oct. 26-28 at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals hosted by The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. Only two races remain in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, which concludes with the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Nov. 9-11.

The 2012 Sovereign-Star Racing Team is a partnership between Georgia-based Star Racing and the Hungarian-based Sovereign Racing Team, the 2011 UEM European Pro Stock Bike Championship Team, owned by sugar distributor Jeno Rujp.

The Sovereign-Star Racing Team would like to thank the following sponsors: Sovereign, Star Racing, S&S Cycle, Daytona Sensors, Worldwide Bearings, CP Pistons, Permatex, Americus Motorsports Complex, Who’s Up Next?, and Quality Tire.

John Hall
Scotty Pollacheck

Star Racing Fast Facts:

  • Based in Americus, Georgia
  • Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships
  • 78 NHRA national event wins with nine different riders
  • Owned by George & Jackie Bryce

John Hall Fast Facts:

  • From: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Job: Real Estate Investor
  • Years in racing: 16

Sovereign Racing Team Fast Facts:

  • Based in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2011 European Championship Team with rider Jesper Thiel
  • Owned by Jeno Rujp

Scotty Pollacheck Fast Facts:

  • From: Medford, Oregon
  • Job: Owns “Quality Tire” store
  • Years in racing: 27

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