NORWALK, Ohio (June 26, 2016) – Star Racing/Precision Service Equipment riders Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed celebrated their
best weekend yet since joining forces at the beginning of 2016. Reed got his first career win and Sampey reached her third semifinal
round in 2016.
make their way to the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend for their fifth of 16 races in 2016.
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12, 2016)
Angelle Sampey outdrove the entire NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class on her way to the winner circle at the 47th annual
Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing teammates Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed hit the road for the second of
16 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle class
and land at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
AMERICUS, G.A. (March 14, 2016) – The first of 16 events for the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class brings us to Gainesville Raceway
The 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals will be opening race for Star Racing’s Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed to
Star Racing has been a significant and powerful force in motorcycle drag racing for over 30 years.
Owners George and Jackie Bryce have captured six NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championships and discovered
some of thesport's finest talent.
The duo is ecstatic to unveil a plan which could very well be the squad's gateway to championship No. 7.
At the Toyota NHRA Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Star Racing and YNot Racing will
ATLANTA, Ga. (May 15, 2014) – Star Racing and three-time NHRA world champion Angelle Sampey are proud to
announce an innovative fan sponsorship campaign designed to provide fans with unique opportunities to get closer
Americus, Ga- (May 11, 2015) After two days of intense testing and numerous runs on the Star Racing
Andrew Patterson and Star Racing team owner George Bryce determined that the best course of action
Americus, GA- (March 24, 2015) Coming off a solid performance at the season opener for the
Concord, NC. Angelle and her Star Racing team stayed in Gainesville to work out some of the
Americus, GA- (March 17, 2015) After five long and difficult months of rehabilitation Angelle Sampey
history. Sampey, recovering from severe lacerations to key tendons in her lower left leg had limited
a fire breathing almost 200 MPH NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles? Winning.
For Angelle Sampey the challenge of breaking the most wins in Pro Stock Motorcycle history held by Dave Shultz with 45 and
the opportunity to share her legacy with her four year old daughter, Ava, was something that the 3-time champ just could
not pass up. “I am really excited about 2015,” said the winningest female in NHRA history. “My life is where I want it to be and
when George came knocking to come back this season it was an opportunity I just could not pass up.”
Sampey has captured 41 Wally’s in her illustrious NHRA career and is just four back of Schultz in Pro Stock Motorcycle wins and
wants to break his record.
The popular racer ran a select number of races at the end of 2014 to get her ready for this season and a mishap in the pits
sidelined Angelle for nearly five months with rehabilitation.
“My rehabilitation for my lacerated Achilles, lacerated Peroneus Brevis and Peroneus Longus tendons was just about the
toughest thing I have ever done in my life, added Angelle. “ My Brevis was 100% cut and Longus 75% which are responsible for
my walking balance. I knew how important getting healthy for 2015 season meant to my team and my fans so I worked as hard as
I ever have and I am ready to go.” Angelle is one of the most popular racers in NHRA history and understands the role that her fans
have played in her success. In National Dragster’s recent poll,
who is the most popular two wheeled warrior in 2015, Angelle garnered over 73% of the votes over 11 other candidates an
honor she is very proud of.
“My fans mean the world to me, “lamented Sampey. “They are what drive me so hard to win. I feel that I have a responsibility
for myself, my team, my family, my friends, my marketing partners and my fans. My legion of fans helped me so much during my
Sampey and her Star Racing team have quietly been working behind the scenes preparing for the race this weekend in
Gainesville, Florida. George and
Jackie Bryce are celebrating 35 years in business in 2015 and nothing would make the Star Racing family happier than to
number four for Angelle.
After more than 35 years in motorcycle drag racing, Star Racing and owner George Bryce have won six
and 80 NHRA national event wins with 10 different riders. Their high performance motorcycle company
with engine building, a state-of-the-art machine shop and dyno services. Visit us at starracing.com or
January 22, 2015 Americus, GA - South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia will be the host drag strip for the
Star Racing Riders Challenge this coming April. Tim Fleming and his staff have welcomed Star Racing for the event to
Star Racing is pleased to announce that effective immediately the price of The Star Racing Riders Challenge has been
reduced from $5,000 per entry to $3,695. The once in a lifetime opportunity has signed a number of sponsors
who wanted to pass along their sponsorship dollars to allow more racers to experience the chance to
Americus, GA- (November 19, 2014) Star Racing has kicked off its 35th Anniversary Season of Celebration
2014 rookie campaign aboard his Star Racing /UPI Performance S&S Cycle- powered motorcycle. The Ormond Beach, FL native has
three time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey. They had not planned on attending .....Continue Reading
Star Racing family of partners as primary sponsor of Rookie of the Year candidate,... Continue Reading
Americus, GA- (September 16, 2014) At a ground shaking press conference in Charlotte, Star Racing announced that Angelle
will return to Star Racing for the entire 2015 Star Racing 35th Anniversary season as well as a few races in 2014.
She’s Baaack!! Angelle Returning to Star Racing for 35th Anniversary Tour
Americus, GA- (September 12, 2014) Angelle is returning to NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing again teaming
with George and Jackie Bryce of Star Racing. Angelle, the three-time NHRA Champion, will once again thrill
NHRA crowds with her personality and impressive resume with her sights
set on...Continue reading.
Star Racing Announces Partnership with High Performance Lubricants
AMERICUS, Ga. – Star Racing announced today they have reached an agreement with
High Performance Lubricants of Manteno, IL to market and endorse their quality oil products for the remainder
of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, starting
at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held in Indianapolis Labor Day weekend.
“At Star Racing we have tried just about every oil out there” says team owner George Bryce.“We began using
High Performance Lubricants Racing Oil last season. The results have been fantastic. All of our parts look wonderful
Star Racing taking tune-up improvements to Norwalk race
A weekend of experimenting with different tune-ups at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, Ill.,
has prepared the Star Racing team to come out strong at their next race this weekend July 4-6 in Norwalk, Ohio.
This weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk marks the seventh event in the
2014 NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle season and is one of only four races left until the Countdown
to the Championship begins.
“We have great S&S engines and talented drivers; I simply missed the tune-ups on Friday and Saturday in Chicago.
Fortunately, our horsepower
and good driving got us in the show anyway, and we figured out ..." Continue reading.
Star Racing looking for win lights at Chicago race
The Star Racing team began their three-race back-to-back stretch in the
2014 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series this past weekend June 20-22 at the
2nd Annual Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
This fifth race for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class demonstrated once again how close competition has become
for these racers, with only a tenth of a second separating the No. 1 and No. 10 qualifiers.
“We had great weather all weekend, and the track was in great condition. The event was sold out again like last year,
and the huge crowds of fans were amazing. It’s a tough field, though. All 16 qualified bikes were really ... Continue reading.
Star Racing drivers show consistency as competition intensifies at Englishtown NHRA race
The Star Racing teammates demonstrated consistency in their driving abilities and motorcycle performance at the Toyota NHRA
(National Hot Rod Association)
Summernationals race event this past weekend as Michael Ray held his No. 6 position and Chaz Kennedy advanced to the
No. 9 spot in the overall NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings.
Ideal weather conditions over the race weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., set the stage for one
of the fastest NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) fields yet. The top and bottom qualifiers in this tight, competitive PSM field were
by only .182 of a second, requiring all 16 qualified racers to be at the top of their game going into elimination rounds on Sunday.
“A lot of records were set this weekend because of the great weather and atmospheric pressure. It was almost like you had to be
creative to figure out ..." Continue reading.
Star Racing team eager to defend last season's win at Englishtown
As the Star Racing team travels to Englishtown, N.J., for the Toyota NHRA Summernationals race event this weekend
May 30 – June 1, these defending event champions hope to repeat their previous 2013 win at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
and bring home their 81st “Wally” trophy. Last season’s Englishtown event marked
Star Racing’s first National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national event win since their three-year hiatus from drag racing.
It was also the second career win for racer Michael Ray, who went on claim the 2013 Chicago
race victory for the team as well. “When we won at Englishtown last year, I think we surprised everyone by winning.
This year, I think they know we are ready to ..." Continue Reading.
Ray races to first Star Racing semifinal of the season at postponed Atlanta race
Star Racing drivers Michael Ray and Chaz Kennedy remain in the top ten of the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle
points standings after the team raced to their first semifinal finish of the season and claimed a new career best qualifying
position for Kennedy at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this past weekend near Atlanta, Georgia.
Rainy weekend weather conditions at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, presented unique challenges for all the
NHRA teams and caused final eliminations to be postponed until Monday. Despite this, the Georgia-based Star Racing
team was proud to see Ray earn the team’s first semifinal round appearance of the year
aboard the newly-painted, signature red and yellow color scheme of the Star Racing Buell motorcycles
“Overall, both Michael and Chaz drove really well. The track was different than we’d ever seen, because
nobody really got any good traction. It was very unusual.
Of course, the winner ..." Click to continue reading.
Star Racing is excited to return to Atlanta with new but familiar colors
The Star Racing team is getting back into “race mode” with a new but familiar color scheme and engine
improvements to their S&S-powered Buell motorcycles just in time to race in their home state of Georgia at
this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia,
just north of Atlanta.
So far this season, Star Racing driver Michael Ray has claimed two No. 1 qualifier positions, and set new career
and company bests for ET and speed. His teammate, Rookie of the Year contender Chaz Kennedy, has also had
a strong start to his first full season of NHRA professional competition as he claimed his first Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM)
round win, set new career bests for ET and speed, and qualified at every event entered so far. Both drivers
are currently in the top 10 in the points standings.
This weekend’s race, May 16-18, will be the third of 16 events for the NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle
class after the teams received a ... Continue reading.
Star Racing continues No. 1 qualifier sweep at Charlotte Four-Wide
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
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
... Continue reading.
Star Racing claims No. 1 qualifier, low ET and top speed at
2014 NHRA season opener in Gainesville
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.
No. 1 Qualifier Michael Ray and Star Racing set new company and career best ET and speed
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 looks forward to a promising 2014 NHRA season with Ray and Kennedy
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.
“I think we’re always expected to come out and do well. I don’t think there’s any ..." Continue reading
Star Racing team seeks marketing partners to pursue 2014 NHRA Championship
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
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.
Competition Plus: Biker Ray Puts His Championship Chances Where His Mouth Is
Competition Plus: Julie Bryce Designing Her Own Drag-Racing Destiny
George Bryce's Pro Stock Motorcycle School: The Experience of a Lifetime
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.
Michael Ray finishes No. 2 in the NHRA Championship with 8th semifinal appearance at Pomona
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.
Sovereign-Star Racing looking for strong performance to wrap up successful season
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.
“We’re already prepared. Our truck and trailer are already out West with our"
... Click to continue reading.
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!
Michael Ray advances to No. 2 in the points, Chaz Kennedy makes first six-second pass at Vegas
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 point
s 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 ...
Sovereign-Star Racing betting on Vegas victory with two races left in the season
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
... Continue reading.
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Sovereign-Star Racing's Michael Ray qualifies No. 1, Chaz Kennedy has successful NHRA debut at Reading, Pa.
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.
Sovereign-Star Racing continues Championship run with Ray, introduces Kennedy at Reading, Pa.
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.
Michael Ray moves up to No. 4 in the Countdown after semifinals appearance at St. Louis
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
... Continue reading.
Sovereign-Star Racing's new entry denied for St. Louis
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.
'Business as usual' for Sovereign-Star Racing's Michael Ray
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.
Scotty Pollacheck resigns from Sovereign-Star Racing team
Through an unexpected Tuesday morning phone call, Sovereign-Star Racing team co-owner George Bryce was informed by two-year team race
r 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.
Since joining the Sovereign-Star Racing team
... Continue reading.
Strong performance by Sovereign-Star Racing overshadowed by second round losses at Dallas
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
... Continue reading
Sovereign-Star Racing's Michael Ray looks to defend Dallas title
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
..." Continue reading.
Sovereign-Star Racing teammates at No. 4 and No. 5 in NHRA Countdown after Charlotte race
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.
..." Continue reading.
Competition heats up as Sovereign-Star Racing enters Championship Countdown at Charlotte
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
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Sovereign-Star Racing teammates enter Countdown in top 6 after semifinal appearance at Indy
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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Sovereign-Star Racing sets sights on winning rounds at Indy
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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Sovereign-Star Racing team still in top 6 after challenging western swing
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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Sovereign-Star Racing's Michael Ray makes the cover of NHRA's National Dragster magazine!
Sovereign-Star Racing team getting back to basics at Sonoma
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 hold steady in points after tough Mile-High Denver race
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
Sovereign-Star Racing battles unique Mile-High Denver racing conditions
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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Sovereign-Star Racing claims No. 1 qualifier, advances to final round at Norwalk
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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Sovereign-Star Racing competes for first Norwalk win
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.
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Michael Ray claims 80th NHRA national event win for Star Racing
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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Sovereign-Star Racing hopes to ride wave of success to Chicago
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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Sovereign-Star Racing turns up the competition at Epping
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.
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Sovereign-Star Racing looking for another Wally at inaugural Epping event
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.
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Kenneth Vik debuts Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki for FIM competition
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)
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Michael Ray wins for Sovereign-Star Racing at Englishtown
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.
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Englishtown may set Sovereign-Star Racing apart from competition
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.
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