Pollacheck wins first PSM race at 2020 US Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Strutmasters.com Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck had a special weekend at the biggest race of the season. He picked up his second career No. 1 qualifier on Saturday. 

Then, on Sunday, he won the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. He defeated Andrew Hines in the final round. 

Strutmasters Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals
Scotty Pollacheck racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Central Point, Oregon native went 6.790 at 200.53 mph to claim the Wally. The Avon, Indiana native went 6.914 at 197.10 mph.

“There’s so many people that put in so much work and effort to help get us here,” Pollacheck said. “My wife, Susan, has really pushed me, and Matt and Angie Smith have given me an amazing bike. Michael Ray, my crew guy, he’s the baddest man on the planet. This bike was just flawless all weekend. This is like the biggest thing ever. I can’t even believe it. It’s just awesome.”

Before this final round, Hines held a 24-5 advantage over Pollacheck. However, this was the first-time that they faced each other in a final round. 

Pollacheck was in his seventh career final round before claiming his first Wally. Hines made his 98th final round and has 56 career wins. 

The Oregon native had a better reaction time, as he was 0.033 off of the starting line. Hines was behind with a 0.048 reaction time. 

He was able to pull away after getting the early lead in the race. He surpassed 200 mph for the second-time this weekend. 

Pollacheck won the race by 0.1393 seconds, or approx. 40 feet.

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