The Star Racing team has swept No. 1 qualifying in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) so far in the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series following last weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. This marks the fifth career No. 1 qualifier for the team’s racer Michael Ray as he also set a new track ET record at zMAX Dragway over the weekend.
Ray’s Star Racing teammate and Rookie of the Year contender, Chaz Kennedy, also had a successful weekend as he won the first round of his professional career and established new career bests for ET and speed during his first Four-Wide appearance.
“I am very proud that we were able to qualify No. 1 again. Our engine program and performance are
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Baker Drivetrain's crazy track-side
This never gets old! Thanks to Bert Baker of Baker Drivetrain and his crazy friends for coming down to good ol' south Georgia for the thrill of a lifetime on our Drag School Suzuki motorcycles! We had a blast!
The Star Racing team plans to build on the impressive numbers they posted at the March NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) season opener at Gainesville as they travel to Charlotte, N.C. this weekend to compete at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. At the Gatornationals season opener in Gainesville, the team claimed the No. 1 qualifier position, set the low ET and top speed for the weekend, and set new company records for both ET and speed.
“I’d like for us to pick up where we left off Saturday night at the Gators and see if we can run as fast as we did in Gainesville, but more consistently. We’re going with the same ‘horse’ that took us to that No. 1 spot. The bike will have the same engine and same setup exactly, except with a new tire,” Star Racing co-owner and team crew chief George Bryce said.
Star Racing drivers Michael Ray and Chaz Kennedy hope to channel this successful performance as they try to conquer the new challenge of the Four-Wide racing style that is unique to zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Star Racing driver Michael Ray set new career best records for himself and new company records for Star Racing as he rocketed to the No. 1 qualifier position at the season opener for the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class this past weekend March 14-16.
Ray’s top qualifying pass of 6.793-seconds at 197.74 mph was the Pro Stock Motorcycle low ET and top mile per hour for the entire weekend at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals event at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.
This fourth round qualifying pass set new ET and top speed records for both Ray and Star Racing, surpassing all previous numbers set by the company during their 31-year career in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competition. Ray also posted the top incremental times and mile per hour for that round at every marker ... Continue reading.
Michael Ray set new career best records for himself and new company records for Star Racing as he rocketed to the No. 1 qualifier position in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle going into tomorrow’s elimination rounds at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.
Ray’s fourth round qualifying pass of 6.793 at 197.74 mph set new ET and top speed records for both Ray and Star Racing, surpassing all previous numbers set by the company during their 31-year career in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competition. This run that shot Ray to the No. 1 spot from the No. 7 position was also the top mile per hour of the event so far.
In the 80-degree, less than ideal conditions for this last qualifying round, the second best ET of the round was a 6.849/195 mph posted by Andrew Hines. Ray also posted the top incremental times and mile per hour at every marker ... Continue reading.
Star Racing is returning strong to the 2014 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with the same two racers that concluded a successful 2013 season for this Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) team. No. 2 PSM driver Michael Ray and 19-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate Chaz Kennedy will kick off their season with the Star Racing crew at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend March 14-16 for the 45th Annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
For his second full season with Star Racing, Ray will be looking to trade in his No. 2 plate for an NHRA Championship title in this increasingly competitive class. However, Ray does not feel any added pressure from being one of the leaders of the pack going into the 2014 season.
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The Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team received some unexpected news recently as they were preparing to field their No. 2 driver Michael Ray and Rookie of the Year candidate Chaz Kennedy. After a successful two-season return to professional drag racing competition, Star Racing’s primary sponsor announced that they would be unable to continue the marketing partnership for the 2014 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) season.
This surprising news sent the team scrambling to reach out to other potential marketing partners that would be interested in achieving the exposure and brand awareness that this No. 2 team and potential Rookie of the Year can provide.
Although the team’s previous sponsor, Sovereign, had planned to support the team throughout the 2014 season, uncertain economic conditions in Central Europe where the company operates prevented them from continuing this sponsorship.
Star Racing is currently seeking companies or individuals that want the marketing opportunities or hospitality benefits that this two-motorcycle Championship-caliber team can ... Click to continue reading.
In preparation for a 2014 groundbreaking, Americus Motorsports Complex (AMC) project manager Jay Merritt and the development team have made huge strides over the past several months to increase the global appeal of this facility by hiring an International Safety Operations Specialist and enlisting internationally-recognized track designers. The team is excited to announce a name change for the complex and has also developed a solid financing plan, laid out a detailed timeline with specific objectives, and added several new features to the ... Continue reading
Safety and race control expert Dr. Tamás Zettner is the new Safety Operations Specialist for Georgia International Raceway Park and will act as the liaison between the development team and the international road course track designer.
Shown from left are Georgia International Raceway Park developers George and Jackie Bryce, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jami Houston, and Project Manager Jay Merritt.
Click to read about our motorcycle drag racing school STRAIGHT from the mouth of one of our previous students, Tony Ferland Jr.!
From Tony: The day is finally here. It’s 4 a.m., and I am on my way to the world famous George Bryce and Frank Hawley Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing School. On the flight down to Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL, I couldn’t help myself from thinking of all the great racers that have attended this school. It’s going to be a serious moment when it’s my time to throw a leg over one of the bikes. After a three-hour flight and a short ride over to the track as we pulled in I saw Big Red, the Star Racing rig, I said to myself ... Click here to read more.
After remaining within the top five Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors for 13 consecutive races of this 16-race season, the Sovereign-Star Racing team and racer Michael Ray will finish their 2013 season in the No. 2 position of the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship following this past weekend’s event in Pomona, Calif.
This marks the 14th season that Star Racing has finished at No. 1 or No. 2 in the overall points standings. After a three-year hiatus from NHRA drag racing, Star Racing owner George Bryce teamed up with Hungarian-based Sovereign Racing and owner Jenõ Rujp in 2012 to make a comeback in the sport. In only two short seasons, the Sovereign-Star Racing team has struggled its way back to become one of the top competitors in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
“It was a great season, and I think that No. 2 was a great goal that we accomplished. In two years, we’ve moved a long way from where we started, and I feel like we’re back in the hunt to win races every single time that we go,” Bryce said.
During his first full season racing for this team, Ray has claimed two national event wins, six additional ... Click to continue reading.
The Sovereign-Star Racing National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle team hopes to conclude their 2013 racing season in the No. 2 position in the overall points countdown following the Auto Club NHRA Finals this weekend Nov. 7-10 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
After beginning the season in the No. 8 position, Michael Ray, the pilot of one of the team’s two S&S-powered Buell motorcycles, will compete this weekend to hold onto the No. 2 position after the championship was clinched by Matt Smith at the last race in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ray’s 19-year-old rookie teammate, Chaz Kennedy, is seeking his first elimination round win this weekend during his third career race in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
Georgia Trend, Georgia's leading business, politics and economic development magazine, featured the future Americus Motorsports Complex as the foremost development activity in the Americus and Sumter County region. The Americus Sumter County section of this November 2013 edition is entitled "Racing to Prosperity" to highlight AMC's significance to the economic development of this region.
Georgia Trend is distributed to 50,000 subscribers around the state that include the most influential business and political leaders. The magazine is also delivered to 20,000 other recipients throughout the Small Business Development Center network.
Star Racing-modified Supercharger featured in Motorcycle Bagger Magazine
This Star Racing-modified 300+ horsepower Road King, owned by long-time Star Racing customer and fellow Harley enthusiast Scott Smalley, was featured in the October edition of Motorcycle Bagger Magazine! We started with an S&S Cycle T124 lower end and a pair of B2 heads before adding the Procharger and intercooler, which took the bike to a whopping 220 hp! After adding different pulleys from Procharger and a splash of nitrous - yes, we said nitrous - the bike delivered 310 hp and 240 ft-lbs. of torque!!
Click below to read the full article about Scott's tire-shredding Star Racing-modified beast!
Sovereign-Star Racing’s Michael Ray moved up to the No. 2 position in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle overall points standings after advancing to his third semifinal round in a row and claiming four bonus points during qualifying.
His 19-year-old rookie teammate, Chaz Kennedy, also had a successful weekend during his second Pro Stock Motorcycle appearance ever. He posted his first six-second pass that earned him the No. 9 qualifying position at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev.
The team came out strong on Friday when Ray posted the low ET (elapsed time) of the first qualifying round and third lowest of the next session. Ray was the second quickest of Sunday eliminations and the quickest bike to turn on a win light all day. Kennedy also ran very consistent numbers over ... Continue reading.
With only two races left in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship, No. 3 competitor Michael Ray and his Sovereign-Star Racing team are fighting for every possible point that can boost them up in the rankings to finish out the season.
The NHRA Toyota Nationals held this weekend Oct. 25-27 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev., may provide Ray and Sovereign-Star Racing with the extra points they need as they continue to compete for the Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship. Only two points currently separate Ray from No. 2 contender Hector Arana Jr.
The team’s new 19-year-old rookie driver Chaz Kennedy also hopes to
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We've just announced two additional dates for our Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing School, taught for 20 years by Star Racing owner and crew chief George Bryce. This unique two-day course can benefit any driver or racer at virtually all experience levels, whether you are new to the sport or a long-time veteran there is something for you! Take a look at the video below to get an idea of the opportunities available to you through our drag school experience!
Click here to find out more about how we gained 51 horsepower for this 110" Harley when we installed our new 113" Thrasher Upgrade Kit!
Star Racing DOUBLES horsepower for Gruene Harley-Davidson models in new partnership!
Gruene Harley-Davidson is the ONLY place you can buy a brand new 2013 Road Glide with our Star Racing 107" Upgrade Kit already installed!!
Gruene Harley-Davidson in New Braunfels, Texas, is now offering brand new Harley-Davidson models featuring our Star Racing 107" Thrasher Upgrade Kit already installed! Watch this video to check out the very first of its kind! We took a stock 2013 Road Glide from about 60 horsepower up to 120!! Click here to find out more about our upgrade kits for Harley models!
The most recent development for the future Americus Motorsports Complex is the addition of a project manager who will guide the development team through a multidimensional feasibility study, the financial process and the Phase I Environmental inspections, while continuing revisions to the business plan and additional market research for this 470-acre world class, multi-use facility located across from South Georgia Technical College.
Throughout the past several years, the AMC team, led by local Star Racing owners George and Jackie Bryce, has made enormous headway on the project by completing preliminary market research, land acquisition, zoning approval, FAA Runway Protection Zone approval, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers wetlands determination, topographical mapping, preliminary engineering and budgets, and marketing and promotional initiatives throughout the global motorsports industry.
The Bryces, who own and manage/operate a two-bike National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team, drag racing school, machine shop, Harley-Davidson upgrade program, and mail-order parts business, have enlisted the expertise of new AMC Project Manager Jay Merritt to help facilitate the last few steps in the planning process.
Merritt’s extensive background in business consulting and corporate banking will enhance the
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The Sovereign-Star Racing team moved one step closer in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship with No. 3 Michael Ray’s stellar performance that led him to the semifinal round of competition after qualifying No. 1 and setting the Pro Stock Motorcycle low ET (Elapsed Time) of the event this past weekend Oct. 4-6 at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals.
This event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., was also the Pro Stock Motorcycle debut for 19-year-old rookie Chaz Kennedy who piloted the team’s other S&S Cycle-powered Buell motorcycle to the No. 13 qualifying position in his first NHRA national event.
“Michael (Ray) made some beautiful runs that were perfect data overlays. It allows us to make minute changes and see results – almost like dyno testing on the racetrack. I have a new goal now ..." Continue reading.
As Sovereign-Star Racing’s championship contender No. 4 Michael Ray continues to compete for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle title, he will be joined by 19-year-old rookie teammate Chaz Kennedy this weekend Oct. 4-6 at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
“I’m looking forward to going to Reading and running really well. We’ve been taking those baby steps forward, so now it’s just time to keep up the momentum towards the championship. We’re not out of it yet. Maple Grove has been such a truly magical place for our team. That’s where Angelle (Sampey) got her first win with the Star Racing team.
“The pressure is really on for all the teams. With the performance gains at that track, it’ll be a good chance for the teams to show what they can do. Especially with Chaz (Kennedy) coming out, I’m excited to see him get his shot. He doesn’t ... Continue reading.
Sovereign-Star Racing’s Michael Ray raced to his fifth semifinals appearance of the 2013 season this past weekend at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and advanced to the No. 4 position in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship.
Ray moved up one spot in the overall points standings from No. 5 to No. 4, leaving him only 17 points, or less than one round of competition, out of the second place position.
“They haven’t given anyone that Championship title yet. There’s a lot of racing still left to go, and I’d say we’re definitely not out of this yet. We may have an uphill road towards winning the Championship, but anything can happen on Sundays. You can go from hero to zero. I think if we can
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According to a decision handed down today (Thursday) by Graham Light of NHRA’s Competition Department, the Sovereign-Star Racing team will not be permitted to enter 19-year-old developmental driver Chaz Kennedy as the replacement racer following Scotty Pollacheck’s resignation from the team on Tuesday.
Sovereign-Star Racing received the unexpected news on Tuesday morning that Pollacheck, who is No. 6 in the points standings, would be resigning for the remaining four races of the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship, beginning with this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. Following the news that one of their championship contenders would be leaving the team taking his points with him, the team quickly scrambled to find a replacement driver for their two-motorcycle team.
Later that day, NHRA’s Competition Department initially allowed Sovereign-Star Racing to register Kennedy for this weekend’s event, even ... Continue reading.
The Sovereign-Star Racing team will continue their championship run in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class this weekend Sept. 27-29 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals with one less driver than when they started the Countdown to the Championship.
In an unanticipated Tuesday morning phone call, the team’s two-year racer No. 6 Scotty Pollacheck informed team co-owner George Bryce of his decision to resign as the Sovereign-Star Racing driver for the remaining four races of the Countdown. Pollacheck stated that he will continue racing independently in the Countdown on a Pro Stock Motorcycle purchased from Matt Smith Racing, beginning with this weekend’s event at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Mo.
As the media attention heightens from this sudden announcement, Sovereign-Star Racing’s remaining top 10 championship contender, No. 5 Michael Ray, is ... Continue reading.
Through an unexpected Tuesday morning phone call, Sovereign-Star Racing team co-owner George Bryce was informed by two-year team racer Scotty Pollacheck that Pollacheck would be departing as the team’s No. 6 racer for the remaining four races in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship.
Pollacheck stated that he will continue racing independently in the Countdown on a Pro Stock Motorcycle purchased from Matt Smith Racing, beginning with this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, Mo.
In the second race of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship, Sovereign-Star Racing drivers No. 5 Michael Ray and No. 6 Scotty Pollacheck competed at the top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field in terms of power and engine performance, but both racers struggled on the Christmas tree at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex in Dallas, Texas.
After Friday’s qualifying sessions were rained out, the teammates only had two chances on Saturday to make the top 16 field for Sunday’s eliminations. Both S&S-powered Sovereign-Star Racing motorcycles qualified first round and improved their performance during the second session later that day, leaving Ray at the No. 4 position and Pollacheck at No. 9 going into eliminations.
During round one eliminations on Sunday, both motorcycles improved to their quickest ETs (Elapsed Time) of the weekend to advance Ray and Pollacheck to the next round. Ray posted a 6.855-second pass at 195 mph in round one against Angie Smith’s 6.992/187 mph. Pollacheck also took a big lead with his 6.884 ET against Adam Arana’s 7.070-seconds.
Ray’s 6.855 pass was the quickest ET of the day for Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Pollacheck’s
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The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals this weekend, Sept. 20-22, will present a special opportunity for Sovereign-Star Racing driver No. 4 Michael Ray to relive his first career win from last season as he and teammate No. 5 Scotty Pollacheck compete at Texas Motorplex in Dallas, Texas.
This weekend’s event marks the second of six races in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship and is also the second of four back-to-back race weekends in Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; and Reading, Pa.
As the Sovereign-Star Racing crew heads out on the road for the next three weeks, their first stop will be Texas Motorplex in Dallas where Ray claimed the first NHRA national event win of his career in 2012 while also breaking the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team’s 16-race winning streak.
Instead of focusing on all the hype surrounding his win from last year, Ray hopes to channel the positive energy from that experience to focus on another win at his home track this year.
“There’s definitely going be a lot of media attention toward it, especially since
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Sovereign-Star Racing teammates Scotty Pollacheck and Michael Ray kicked off the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship with a competitive performance this past weekend Sept. 13-15 at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
Following this first race of the Countdown, Pollacheck moved up one place in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings to No. 5, while Ray moved to the No. 4 position. Ray is now less than three rounds out of first place behind points leader Hector Arana Jr., and Pollacheck is only four rounds below Arana Jr. This very competitive field became even tighter after the win by Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines driver Andrew Hines, who is not in the Countdown.
“I think our team really delivered on their promise to show up for the Countdown with machines that were 100 percent prepared. It’s like
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Sovereign-Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers No. 3 Michael Ray and No. 6 Scotty Pollacheck will begin the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship this weekend Sept. 13-15 at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
“Last time we were there (for the Four-Wide Nationals) I went my best ET ever, so that seems like a really good track for us. I think we’re going to have a lot of success there. We have a really fast motorcycle, so all I have to do is stay focused and I think we’ll be very competitive,” Pollacheck said.
The Carolina Nationals marks the first of six races, beginning with four back-to-back weekends, where the top 10 competitors from
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Sovereign-Star Racing driver Scotty Pollacheck advanced to the semifinal round of competition this past weekend at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., as he and teammate Michael Ray both entered the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown to the Championship.
The U.S. Nationals is the last event before the six-race Countdown to the Championship begins on Sept. 13 with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. The top 10 drivers in the points standings following the U.S. Nationals at Indy will now compete during the next six races for the 2013 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship title.
The Sovereign-Star Racing teammates have remained in the top six competitors of the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings for the last seven races. Following their performances at Indy, Ray entered the Countdown at the
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After more than a month off for the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Sovereign-Star Racing drivers Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck are ready to hit the track again this weekend Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.
“I think we’re very well-prepared for Indy. We have a good handle on the engines now. Both drivers know what they have to do. I’m going to do my best to keep them in the present, because Indy is always distracting since the media, the fans and the history of the event begs for attention. We also have to pace ourselves because we don’t race until Monday, and we’re already excited on Thursday,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said.
The U.S. Nationals is the last event before the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship begins on Sept. 13 with the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. The top 10 drivers in the points standings after this weekend’s U.S. Nationals
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The two races of the western swing for the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class provided little help for the Sovereign-Star Racing teammates as they tried to gain ground in the points standings before heading into the last race of the regular season at the end of August.
Sovereign-Star Racing drivers Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck have been in the top 6 in overall season points for the past five races, after Ray took home the team’s first win at Englishtown, N.J. For the two races of the NHRA western swing, the teammates were expecting to ride their momentum after claiming two NHRA national event wins, three other final round appearances, two No. 1 qualifying positions, two low ETs for the event, and a new track speed record for the Sovereign-Star Racing team so far this season.
However, the Denver and Sonoma races of the western swing seemed to throw this experienced team
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With only two races left for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class before the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship begins, the Sovereign-Star Racing team is ready to get back to normal, sea level racing at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., after a challenging weekend at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Colo.
“We were humbled a little bit by our lack of performance at Denver, but it’s just one of those wild-card races where anything can happen. The great thing about it is we don’t have to go home and lick our wounds before we go out and race again at Sonoma this weekend. We didn’t blow up any engines or break any parts at Denver, so we think the bikes will be ready to go really fast when we’re back at sea level in Sonoma,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said.
The teammates, Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck, have claimed two NHRA national event wins, three other final round appearances, two No. 1 qualifying positions, two low ETs for the event, and a new
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Sovereign-Star Racing teammates Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck remain in the top five overall points standings for the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class after a difficult weekend at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Colo.
Ray, who has claimed two national event wins for the team this season, kept his No. 2 position in the points standings behind points leader Hector Arana Jr. Pollacheck, who has advanced to three final rounds this year, also held onto his No. 5 spot with only 11 points, or less than one round, between himself and No. 4 John Hall.
The Mile-High Nationals is considered by most teams to be the most challenging race of the season since Bandimere Speedway’s 5,300-foot elevation presents unique challenges when tuning the engines and preparing the vehicles. The high elevation and high temperatures decrease horsepower dramatically, resulting in much ... Continue reading
The Sovereign-Star Racing team will have to overcome the unique challenges of this upcoming weekend’s Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Colo., if they are going to continue their streak of success from the past four races of the Pro Stock Motorcycle NHRA Mello Yello Series.
The July 19-21 Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway will test the tuning capabilities and engine program of this team that has claimed two NHRA national event wins, two No. 1 qualifying positions, a low ET and high mile per hour of the event, a track speed record, and an additional final round appearance in the past four races alone with their drivers Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck.
“It’s the biggest challenge of the entire year to run well at Denver because of all the changes you have to make to the motorcycles. The elevation and high temperatures make the
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Americus Motorsports Complex (AMC) representative Jackie Bryce highlighted the significance of the planned TSPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) improvements as she spoke to the Sumter County Board of Commissioners Tuesday at their special called meeting to discuss the TSPLOST.
The important Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) improvements that are planned for South Georgia Tech Parkway are a necessary project to not only help detour heavy commercial traffic around Americus, but also to assist in traffic flow to and from the future motorsports complex located across from South Georgia Technical College.
As the owners of Star Racing in Americus for more than 30 years, Bryce and her husband George, have been developing and planning the future 450-acre multi-use world class Americus Motorsports Complex with the help of other specialists within the industry.
The AMC, which will include a road race course, dragstrip and business technology park, will draw in
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Following Sovereign-Star Racing’s win at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, Ill., the team went on to earn another No. 1 qualifying position, advance to the final round of eliminations and post a new track record this past weekend July 5-7 during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
“Our team has had an awesome three weeks on the road. We have both motorcycles running great right now thanks to the hard work of everyone at our Star Racing shop, our shipping department and our track crew. Our team has provided the labor, parts and horsepower to deliver a final and a No. 1 qualifier this week and a win last week,” Star Racing owner George Bryce said.
Throughout the past three back-to-back NHRA Mello Yello Series races, Sovereign-Star Racing Buell driver Michael Ray has claimed a national event win for the team at Chicago and No. 1 qualifying positions at the other two races in Epping, N.H., and Norwalk. Ray also posted the low ET and high mile per hour of
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Coming off of their second win this season in Chicago, Ill., the Sovereign-Star Racing teammates, Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck, will race for the team’s first ever win at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend July 5-7.
Both teammates are currently in the top ten Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, with Ray in the No. 2 position following his two wins this season and Pollacheck at the No. 6 spot.
Sovereign-Star Racing’s Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Michael Ray brought home his second win of the season and the third of his career after facing his previous crew chief, Matt Smith, in the final round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, Ill., this past weekend.
“It was a huge win for our team! It was a big uphill battle for us this weekend, especially changing both engines late Saturday night. It was definitely a well-earned victory and was also great timing since S&S Cycle celebrated their 55th anniversary recently,” Ray said.
As the second win for the 2012 and 2013 Sovereign-Star Racing combination, this victory also marked the 80th NHRA national event win for Star Racing after 33 years in the sport with 10 different winning drivers.
“I was happy to get the 80th Wally for Star Racing and the second for our great Sovereign Racing sponsor, Jenõ Rujp. After struggling last year to get the Sovereign-Star Racing combination established, it’s almost a
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The Sovereign-Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team is looking to continue the momentum from their recent win at Englishtown, N.J., and their No. 1 qualifying position at the last race in Epping, N.H., as they compete this weekend at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Ill.
The team’s racers, Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck, are both currently in the top five of the NHRA Mello Yello Series points standings at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
“I am really looking forward to continuing the learning and improving we did last weekend at Epping to help us go quicker and faster in Chicago. As a team, having gone to semifinals and finals at every race this season, we’re going to
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Following their win at Englishtown, the Sovereign-Star Racing team continued to dominate the competition this past weekend at the inaugural Auto Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park in Epping, N.H.
Michael Ray, the team’s racer who claimed their Englishtown Wally, was the No. 1 qualifier of the Epping event with his career best 6.832 ET pass at 197 mph that set the low ET and high mile per hour of the entire weekend for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. In addition, he claimed the best ET and mile per hour during Sunday eliminations.
Sovereign-Star Racing will begin their challenging schedule of five races in only six weeks with the inaugural Auto Plus NHRA New England Nationals this weekend, June 21-23, at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park in Epping, N.H.
After the team’s big win at the last race in Englishtown, N.J., drivers Scotty Pollacheck and Michael Ray are both in the top four in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings at No. 2 and No. 4 respectively.
Norwegian Pro Stock Bike racer Kenneth Vik will seek the 2013 FIM Europe Drag Bike Championship title aboard his new Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki motorcycle featuring the recently approved MonStar cylinder head technology.
This Star Racing-built Suzuki will be sponsored by Jenõ Rujp’s Sovereign Racing, the 2011 European Motorcycle Union (UEM) Championship team. The motorcycle features the new ... Continue reading.
Sovereign-Star Racing’s Michael Ray claimed his second career victory in his first final round appearance of 2013 at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., this past weekend.
This significant win marks the 79th NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle win for Star Racing and the company’s first since 2008. It also marked the first victory for the Sovereign-Star Racing combination that was organized last season by Star Racing’s George Bryce and his Sovereign Racing partner Jenõ Rujp.
Ray will now join the list of nine other professional racers who have claimed wins for Star Racing, including John Myers and Angelle Sampey who won a combined six NHRA Championships for the team.
“There are 78 of these Wally trophies at our shop, and they were getting lonely! We needed to ..." Continue reading.
After a five-week break between NHRA Mello Yello Series races, the Sovereign-Star Racing team expects to return strong this weekend, May 31-June 2, at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.
Prior to this long hiatus, Sovereign-Star Racing’s Scotty Pollacheck advanced to the final round of eliminations at back-to-back races in Charlotte and Houston, moving him to a solid No. 2 position in the points standings. His teammate, Michael Ray, also made his way into the top ten after a strong performance in Houston where he advanced to the semifinals against Pollacheck.
Blind Ambition is the name of the foundation that Dan Parker wishes to start with the hope of providing resources to children and adults who are visually impaired. Parker, who is a fabricator and past racer, was involved in a horrible dragstrip accident on March 31, 2012, that left him with severe injuries to ... Continue reading.
Star Racing and the future Americus Motorsports Complex gained valuable economic development resources as their Marketing Director, Jami Houston, graduated from the 2013 Georgia Academy for Economic Development Multi-Day Training Program for Region 8.
"It was such an honor to participate in the Academy and meet so many great contacts along the way. The in-depth economic development information that we received from this program will be a huge benefit to Star Racing as we move forward with the future Americus Motorsports Complex. Since our motorsports complex will also ..." Continue reading.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals this past weekend gave Sovereign-Star Racing’s Scotty Pollacheck his second appearance in a final round of competition and moved teammate Michael Ray up three places in the overall points after he won his first two rounds of the 2013 season.
Rainy Saturday weather conditions at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas, halted qualifying after only three sessions, but that was all the Sovereign-Star Racing pair needed after making strong passes straight off the trailer on Friday. The teammates went into Sunday’s Pro Stock Motorcycle Mello Yello Series eliminations with Pollacheck at No. 2 and Ray at No. 6.
Following their most successful race yet at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte, N.C., the Sovereign-Star Racing team and racers plan to continue their progress toward winning a Wally this weekend at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas.
Second-year Sovereign-Star Racing driver Scotty Pollacheck moved up to No. 2 in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings after qualifying at a team best No. 2 in Charlotte, setting the low ET of the event, and racing in his first final round ever where he had a perfect .000 light and missed taking second place by less than an inch at the finish line.
“Well, the easiest way to keep the momentum going in the right direction is to ..." Continue reading.
The Sovereign-Star Racing team turned the unique challenges of the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals into huge opportunities as their racer Scotty Pollacheck made his first final round appearance and advanced to No. 2 in the points, while also setting the low ET of the event, of his career and of his team’s career.
Pollacheck went into the Four-Wide at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., at the No. 4 spot in the points standings after advancing to his first semifinals at the March NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season opener in Gainesville, Fla. He would leave the event with a perfect .000 light in the finals and a fraction of an inch from taking second place.
Although it was Star Racing’s and their drivers’ first time at the Four-Wide event, the ... Continue reading.
The fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals will present an entirely new challenge for the Sovereign-Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) team as they adapt to the unique four-lane racing style of zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
The upcoming Four-Wide Nationals held this weekend, April 19-21, creates a one-of-a-kind racing experience for both spectators and the racers themselves as they compete against not one opponent but three at a time. The Pro Stock Motorcycle class has only raced at the four-wide event one other time in 2010, while Star Racing was on a temporary hiatus from the sport. “This will be our team’s ... Continue Reading.
For fabricator and past racer, Dan Parker, his dreams, goals and everyday life changed permanently on March 31, 2012, when a horrible accident left lasting injuries that would change his life forever.
Parker’s most significant injury sustained during the crash, but not realized until more than two weeks later after he awoke from a medically-induced coma, was the complete loss of his eyesight. In addition, he sustained severe injuries to his right arm, a broken tailbone and crushed vertebrae in his back.
The consequences of that day nearly one year ago would not diminish Parker’s aspirations, but instead would end up fueling them into something much greater – a chance to become the world’s first blind man to compete on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Continue reading.
Star Racing and the Americus Motorsports Complex participate in International VIP Tour
The City of Americus was selected by the Georgia Department of Economic Development to serve as a tour stop on the 2013 International VIP Tour. The tour is designed to provide Atlanta’s international diplomatic and business communities with an opportunity to see, experience and meet Georgians in an area of the state outside of metropolitan Atlanta.
At the same time, it affords the host region with an opportunity to establish contacts and promote its communities to dozens of international representatives who are influential links in international business development. The tour's focus is as a mix of tourism and economic development.
This international group visited Americus yesterday and attended a lunch event at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village and Discovery Center, where Star Racing and the Americus Motorsports Complex served as a table host. This important opportunity allowed us to provide information about our current business and our future motorsports complex as it relates to international racing and motorsports companies. Please see photos and local news coverage of the event below.
Sovereign-Star Racing’s Scotty Pollacheck celebrated the first semifinal round appearance of his NHRA career as he drove to the No. 4 spot in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings this past weekend at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
“It was a huge deal for me to make it to the semis, because I hadn’t done that before. It was an awesome feeling just because we’ve been working so hard to do that, so to finally win second round and make it to the semis we knew it wasn’t some fluke thing that we made it that far,” Pollacheck said.
In the quickest field ever for Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pollacheck and new teammate Michael Ray ... Continue reading.
Here's some TOP SECRET footage from one of the BEST test sessions in Star Racing's 30+ years in motorcycle drag racing! During the off-season, our Sovereign-Star Racing crew was able to build on the huge improvements we made during the 2012 season, while also changing things up a bit to prepare for 2013. We have very high hopes for our 2013 drivers Scotty Pollacheck and Michael Ray!
After important driver announcements during the off-season, the Sovereign-Star Racing team is geared up and ready for their 2013 debut at the NHRA Gatornationals this weekend at the Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.
The team announced in early January that No. 8 Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Michael Ray would be joining No. 7 Scotty Pollacheck as the new Sovereign-Star Racing driver for the 2013 season. This was just one of the many changes that occurred for this team during the busy off-season as they worked to fine-tune their S&S Cycle V-Twin program while also beginning their own Suzuki development program and introducing 18-year-old rookie Chaz Kennedy as a ... Continue Reading.
Our customer, Jay Fisher, raced in his first race EVER - by himself, no Ken Johnson, no Andrew, no George Bryce, no Star Racing crew. So, what race did he decide to enter by himself? ROCKINGHAM!! The 1st ADRL race of the year!
He also ran a brand new 1750 Star Racing engine with a new billet MonStar head on it. Jay put the engine together, tuned it, drove it and qualified 13th at his 1st race! The No. 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers were running 4.09 to 4.11, and Jay got out run 1st round with a 4.18 at over 170 mph. Dave Norris out ran him with a 4.10 @ 169 mph. Jay made it close with a .05-second holeshot. Jay, we are proud of you! You made us look great and we were not even there!
We sell what we race. We are very proud of the job we did on Jay Fisher's port work. He now runs the same speed - over 170 mph - with MUCH smaller N2O jets than his 2 valve Pro Stock head.
We got his engine running, dynoed and tested ... THEN sent it to Monster Race Products to get digitized to share and sell to EVERYONE as the new billet MonStar Cylinder Head! Thanks to Monster Race Products for joining forces with us to make this product a reality!
Last minute touches before the NHRA Gatornationals!
As the team tunes and builds last-minute engines, we have also been working hard to put together the entire "team package" with brand new crew shirts, hero cards and a recent motorcycle makeover for Michael Ray's Buell! Nothing beats arts and crafts hour at Star Racing!
Anyone can tune your Harley or streetbike, but only the dyno tuning experts at Star Racing devote the time and effort that it takes to fine tune your motorcycle at every speed. It's our #1 goal to make your bike run better than a "stocker" at every speed. In this video, Derrell is tuning the air/fuel ratio for part throttle cruising on a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road King with new B2 heads on a 124" S&S Cycle engine.
One of our 2013 Sovereign-Star Racing drivers, Michael Ray, just posted a new blog about our great test session in Gainesville last week! Click here to read more!
From Michael: "I personally had a lot of emotions running through my head over the past few weeks not because I felt I may be second guessing myself or anything like that but I was going to a completely new environment for me. I mean, yeah we raced three races together in 2011 but it takes real time to create that fffffllllloooooooowwwwwww that these guys already have together. So when Rugger and I got the track the other day I said my plan is to ..." Continue reading.
Spring Manufacturers Cup Race announcement
Click the fliers below for more details about the Spring Manufacturers Cup Race coming up April 5-7 in Bradenton, Florida! Be sure to call us (800-841-7827) or click today to order your parts! We hope to see you there!
We received a visit from our friend and fellow military supporter Mac McQuown who is walking 15,000 miles to all 50 U.S. state capitols to raise awareness for all veterans. We're glad that Mac made the trip to Star Racing on his walk from Florida to Atlanta, GA. We appreciate all your efforts, Mac, and good luck! Here's a local news story from his visit! Or click here to visit his website: OperationWalkAmerica.org
This conversation was copied from a Facebook conversation between Star Racing owner George Bryce and one of the team's fans.
Race Fan: Hey George, a curiosity question about the rules and the Suzuki CI limit........ HOW BIG can you make a Suzuki engine and can it safely LIVE at that size? I have been curious about the 107 CI vs the 160 CI on the v twins?
George: We make almost the same power with each. That is why the best Buell and best Suzuki go within .05 hundredths of each other. In order for a big Vtwin to run with ... Click to continue reading.
The RPM Module Selector plugs directly into the rpm module socket on all MSD Soft Touch Rev Controls and accessories that use plug-in modules. The user can then select between twelve different rpm limits by simply turning the knob. Six models are available to cover a range from 3,000 rpm to 12,800 rpm in 200 rpm increments.
The Lectron 52 Power Jet Pro carburetor is the ultimate for large air flow requirements. This carburetor has been proven as the carb leader from NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles to ATV and snowmobile racing!
This carburetor comes complete with Billet slides, custom nylon bowls, extra long metering rods, and the biggest throttle bore in the company's history. They come assembled, dynoed, balanced, blueprinted and ready to run.
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The X10 CDI is the smallest and most Powerful Programmable CDI’s available. The X10 CDI allows the user to select up to 10 different power modes as
easily as adjusting clickers on your suspension. With the advent of X10 Technology the X10 CDI can be programmed with up to
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This new MBP battery bracket will fit the new M18 Milwaukee batteries. The new batteries are made with cell phone flat stack technology. They last longer, are lighter and more powerful. The brackets have the same bolt pattern & are a direct replacement for the V series brackets. The high capacity batteries for the M18 series have 4.0 amp hour capacity - almost double the amperage of the V18 batteries! M series batteries currently available only in 18 volt. Batteries are available from local stores (Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.). Click now to order online!
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The World's Most Powerful Bagger at 310 HP!
After a new S&S Cycle 124" V-Twin engine, B2 Heads, and Star Racing upgrades this ProCharged 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King with a small nitrous kit made 310 horsepower and 240 ft. lbs. of torque on our chassis dyno!
We are posting regular updates and photos on our NHRA Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle build project. Please check here regularly to see updated photos and build notes as we get ready for another awesome racing season!
After a successful 2012 season as a newly-assembled team, the Sovereign-Star Racing partnership announced plans on Jan. 3 to further expand their National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle program to include a third racer and a Suzuki motorcycle in addition to the two Buells that they currently run. The team, which assembled for the first time only a few weeks before ... Continue reading.
2013 Racer announcement coming soon!
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