Bubba Pollard is widely considered as one of the best active Super Late Model racers in the entire country. He’s won big races such as the All American 400, Winter Showdown and Battle at Berlin 251. But there’s one race he’s missing from his resume and it’s one of the biggest of them all: The Snowball Derby.
Bubba Pollard busted out a few tricks during the final laps of Saturday’s Pro Late Model 100 during Governor’s Cup weekend at New Smyrna Speedway. Those tricks turned into treats when the Senoia, GA driver made a pass for the lead with five laps to go and pulled away to score the victory.
“Oktoberfest has just always been one of those races that’s been on the bucket list and we have been pretty good at crossing a lot of those off of the list this season,” Pollard told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Stephen Nasse held on for 125 laps in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco finale, finishing second to race winner Bubba Pollard and securing his championship title.
“It feels good to get the Southern Super Series championship,” Nasse told Speed51.compowered by JEGS. “We could’ve been one spot better tonight, but we’ll take the overall points victory.”
Nasse struggled throughout the feature, admitting during the competition caution that he wouldn’t be in contention for a win.
The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco held its penultimate event of the 2017 season Saturday night at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA). Continuing an indomitable hot streak, it may be fitting that a Peach Tree State driver parked his car in victory lane, accomplishing yet another milestone in his long-held career.
Bubba Pollard climbed out of his No. 26 machine to celebrate a well-earned win in the Watermelon 125. The occasion marked the Senoia, GA driver’s 100th Late Model victory in extended-distance races of 100 laps or more, a sentimental feat he was glad to accomplish in the place he calls home.
Mobile International Speedway hosted its second of only two Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events of the 2017 season Saturday night. Sixteen Super Late Models battled it out around the Alabama half-mile, but the victory came down to a wrestling match of horsepower between two strong machines.
Stephen Nasse and Bubba Pollard played a game of cat and mouse as the laps wound down in the Lee Fields Classic 150. Nasse had managed to fend off the No. 26 throughout the later stages, but a move with less than five laps to go netted Pollard his sixth victory in the race.
“I had Bubba pressuring me for about 20 to 30 laps there towards the end,” Nasse said. “It definitely made it a little tough behind the wheel.”
Five Flags Speedway (FL) hosted its third Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event of the 2017 season Friday night. A talented field of 25 Super Late Model drivers made their way to the Pensacola half-mile oval, but at the end of the night it was one driver in a league of his own.
Bubba Pollard made the 125-lap race look easy as he cruised under the checkered flag, claiming his 15th career Southern Super Series win. Pollard took over the lead just before the race reached the halfway mark and never bothered looking back.
“This is actually a different race car than what we’ve been racing all year,” Pollard said. “It just goes to show you that we have good race cars. We’ve just got a really good piece right now.”
On top of many race victories on Bubba Pollard’s list of accomplishments, the Senoia, Georgia native can now add “Slinger Nationals Champion” to his growing resume.
Slinger Speedway (WI) produced yet another fantastic and intense day of racing where Super Late Model drivers can either have an appreciable day, or seem to struggle all day long. Pollard fell under the positive side, but had to put up a fight to get to victory lane.
During the halfway break in the 200-lap feature, while other drivers cooled down, Pollard could be found underneath the car making a gear change in the short 10 minutes that he had.
“I couldn’t beat (the other drivers) from the center off,” Pollard told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “I felt like I needed a little bit more motor, and the gear change was the right call.”
Bubba Pollard will take to the dirt this Saturday, July 1 at his hometrack of Senoia Raceway in Georgia to compete in the Southern All-Stars Dirt Late Model race.
Pollard, on pavement, scored a $20,000 Super Late Model triumph recently at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI in the Anderson’s Pure Maple Strup No. 26 machine.
This weekend Pollard will pilot his new family owned Racecar Engineering / PFC Brakes No. 26 Dirt Late Model. Pollard was victorious in Crate Late Model competition at Senoia Raceway in 2016.
“We are looking forward to it; racing dirt is a lot of fun and it’s right in my backyard so we’ll have a lot of family and friends there,” said Pollard. “I’m really fortunate to be able to race on both pavement and dirt.”
Stop by Senoia Raceway this Saturday to cheer Bubba Pollard on.
Bubba Pollard earned another five-figure check Monday evening in Marne, Michigan. Pollard of Senoia, Georgia inherited the lead after contact with Carson Hocevar on lap 133 and pulled away late to win the $20,000-to-win Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway.
Pollard’s $20,000 win on Monday night will be placed next to a pair of $25,000 Winter Showdown wins and a $35,000 Summer Showdown win on his resume.
The inaugural Money in the Bank 150 saw many drivers in the field taking as many dips and rises as the stock market, with competing pit strategies and multiple yellows keeping teams guessing. After Johnny Van Doorn and Kyle Busch led sizable portions of the race, a late competition yellow with 18 laps to go saw many teams make pit stops. That put Hocevar, Steven Wallace and Pollard in the top three.