Roderick’s 18 wins lit a fire under Pollard, and motivated him to show he still was the king of Deep South Late Model racing.
After a convincing win in Saturday’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, Pollard showed the world that Five Flags Speedway is still his playground.
“To tell it like it is, we built this car because the 18 of Casey Roderick won every Pro race there was this year,” Pollard told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We feel like we can compete with them, so we built this car. We have won the last two races we have run with it, so yeah; it’s pretty good.”
For much of the race, Jeff Choquette nipped at Pollard’s rear bumper – and even got around the No. 26 machine for a portion of the race. However, when money time came late in the race, Pollard showed he was in complete control of the race, no matter what the running order was.
Through a run of restarts in the second half of the race, Choquette challenged briefly but Pollard always pulled away when the cars got up to speed. It was all part of the plan.
“I determine if I go inside or outside based on what the car behind me has done previous,” Pollard explained. “I wanted to see what Choquette had, and I went to the outside. I could tell he was getting a little tight on restarts down on the bottom and he couldn’t keep it down. I knew on the last couple of restarts, that I had to take the bottom. I knew he would get tight off two and wouldn’t be able to get a run.”
Pollard has enjoyed this Snowball Derby weekend more than any other he has ever run. He has been seen lounging in the shade of the hauler and playing with his young daughter. He never practiced his Pro Late Model on Friday.
He is taking the successful weekend in stride and not getting tense about the possibilities of reaching racing immortality. Per the wheelman himself, it’s all due to the rocket he straps in to.
“When you have good race cars, things tend to be a little easier for you,” Pollard said. “The guys are confident, and I am confident. We have had a great weekend on both cars. It has gone smooth because of how good our cars are.”
One thing is clear. No matter how many, or few, asphalt races he runs. The Deep South is still Bubba’s world. Everyone else is just living it.