Who is Bubba Pollard?
Meet Bubba Pollard
Home: Senoia, GA
Birthday: March 16th, 1987
Andrew “Bubba” Pollard is one of the most successful short track racers this decade. It’s not a boastful statement. The statistics prove it. Pollard’s victories, which have come frequently throughout his career, plus championships and track records are accomplishments that few drivers, past or present, have equaled.
Pollard, a third-generation racer, is determined to continue his family tradition of excellence. With his family home just beyond the tree line of the racing action, Pollard literally grew up trackside. Pollard’s grandfather, Hence Pollard, built and managed Senoia Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt oval in Pollard’s hometown of Senoia, Georgia, up until his death. Pollard’s father, Sonny, also spent time behind the wheel at their home track, winning many races and further immersing his son in the sport of racing. After his grandfather’s death, Senoia Speedway was sold and paved transforming the track into “The Fastest 3/8 Asphalt Oval in Georgia.”
As soon as Bubba Pollard was of age, he began finding his own way around that asphalt oval. But his first taste of racing competition came as he won local bicycle races piloting a two-wheeled racing bike that he built himself! From there, Pollard progressed through the ranks of Legends Cars and into the world of Late Models.
From 1999 to 2001, Pollard amassed over 50 Legend Car wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Watermelon Capital Speedway and Senoia Speedway. Then, in 2002, Pollard stepped into the seat of a Pro Late Model at Senoia Speedway where he went to victory lane six times and was crowned the track champion!
Pollard’s first year in the Super Late Models was 2003. He stepped out of his comfort zone and began traveling with the Southern All Stars Series. In 2004, he racked up two Southern All Stars victories at South Alabama Speedway and Lanier National Speedway as well as a 100-lap main event victory at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
In 2005, Pollard caught the eye of legendary NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, who invited him to be a part of Roush Racing’s “Driver X” tryouts aired on The Discovery Channel. Pollard competed against 25 of the best drivers in the country for a shot to drive in one of the “Big Three Series.”
Following his stint on this hit reality show, Pollard made three ARCA Racing Series starts in 2005 for
Tri-State Motorsports, as a teammate to Frank Kimmel. Pollard out-qualified the nine-time series champion in all three starts, once at Kentucky Motor Speedway and twice at Michigan International Speedway. He finished 20th, 11th and 28th respectively.
Victory lane welcomed Pollard three times in 2005 as he returned to South Alabama Speedway for a win, Montgomery Motor Speedway for the Super Late Model events and then posted a win in the Georgia Asphalt Series at Watermelon Capital Speedway.
In 2006, Pollard continued to focus on his successes in the Georgia Asphalt Series taking three wins that season, two at Peach State Speedway and one at Anderson Motor Speedway. Pollard then posted two more series wins in 2007 at Peach State Speedway and his home track Senoia Speedway.
When 2008 came around, Pollard was ready to branch out into new territory. He took the checkered-flag three more times in the final season of the GAS Series at Peach State Speedway and Watermelon Capital Speedway and in Super Late Model competition in the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway and in Miller Lite Series Competition at Mobile International Speedway.
Teaming up with short track veteran Ronnie Sanders for the 2009 racing season, Pollard drove the Sanders #18 machine to 12 wins. The checkered-flag waved Pollard home in The Pro Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway, the CRA South event at Watermelon Capital Speedway, two Miller Lite Series races at Mobile International Speedway, one Blizzard Series 100-lap event at Five Flags Speedway, all five Viper Series shows at South Alabama Speedway, a 100-lap Pro Late Model event at Five Flags Speedway and the Lee Fields Memorial at Mobile International Speedway. The team also took both the South Alabama Viper Series and the Mobile International Speedway Miller Lite Series titles in 2009.
Pollard posted nine late model victories in 2010 around the Southeast region. He claimed the Ice Cold Shrine Bowl at Lanier National Speedway, four Viper Series events and the Alabama 200 at South Alabama Speedway, one Blizzard Series race at Five Flags Speedway as well as a Miller Lite Series show and the Lee Fields Memorial at Mobile. Pollard also took the Gresham Motorsports Park Super Late Model title in 2010.
Driving a dream season in 2011, Pollard won a total of 19 races, the Sunoco Gulf Championship, as well as the Miller Lite Series, Viper Series and the CRA South titles. He won all five races in the Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Speedway (AL), the Beau Slocumb Memorial at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) and ended the season by breaking the 31-year-old track record at the 44th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The biggest wins of the year came when Pollard was chosen as the inaugural Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year and voted as the Speed51.com Driver of the Year by fans across the country.
2012 saw Pollard add to his already impressive list of racing accomplisments. He won the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in March to prove to the doubters, the few that remain, that he could run the extra distance races. Pollard also brought home top five finishes in three of Late Model racing’s crown jewel events: the World Crown 300, All-Amercian 400 and Winchester 400.