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.
Pollard qualified eighth for the 100-lap race and started from that same position. He patiently maneuvered through the field and made his way into the top five prior to the halfway mark.
On a lap 45 restart, Pollard used a strong move on the outside to take second and the battle for the lead was on from there. He stalked the back bumper of Cole Anderson’s No. 97 throughout much of the race’s second half before finally making the pass for the lead with five laps remaining.
“I was really riding behind him there,” Pollard said. “I was going to make a move with about 25 laps to go and I thought he was burning the right rear tire off of it. I stayed right there and it never really went away on him. So, I figured he would make a mistake and he never did. It was good hard clean racing. I had to make stuff happen with five to go but we never touched and it was a lot of fun.”
Another strong run was in store for Pollard in Sunday’s Florida Governor’s Cup 200. He qualified second for that race and battled near the front during the first half of the race. Pollard briefly took over the lead from eventual race winner Ty Majeski on lap 118.
After making a few adjustments on pit road during a competition caution on lap 122, the No. 26 Anderson’s Maple Syrup car was never the same. Pollard gave up the lead on lap 124 and settled for a runner-up finish.
“We just made some bad decisions on pit road,” Pollard stated. “We just didn’t adjust for the 75-lap run which was the part of the race he was better than us. It’s just a part of racing; we’ll see what we can do at the Derby.”
Pollard’s next race will be his biggest of the season when he travels to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 3. He’ll pull double duty by competing in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models on Saturday, December 2.
Race fans unable to attend the race can watch Pollard all week long via a television-style broadcast on Speed51.com.