Bubba Pollard made his return to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night with the Southern Super Series. The Senoia, Georgia driver was hoping to make it two-in-a-row at the Florida track after winning the SSS race in April, but came up just one position short after a valiant effort.

After earning the fast time award in qualifying and being part of the top-eight redraw, Pollard knew his car was fast and was determined to get his Anderson’s Maple Syrup No. 26 into Victory Lane.

He took the lead on a lap 44 restart before giving it back up two laps later when he entered tire conservation mode.

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At the end of the race Pollard felt like he left a little too much on the race track as he said a lot of his race was about strategy.

“We were tit for tat,” Pollard said of his battle with race winner Jeff Choquette. “I don’t know if I had stayed out front if he would have passed me. We were equal. We both had good cars tonight.”

Pollard thought that maybe a little different strategy could have been the deciding factor for the evening’s results.

“I should have charged a little harder there at the beginning. It’s all about strategy.”

At the end of the night, though just shy of the win, Pollard and his team considered it a successful race.

“This is just a taste of what is to come the rest of the year and we are excited to have Anderson’s Maple Syrup on board for all the wins that are coming soon.”

Pollard will be back in action on Saturday, June 10 when the Southern Super Series visits Anderson Speedway in South Carolina.