Bubba Pollard has made it a habit of winning big money races during maiden trips to race tracks around the country. He continued that theme Saturday night against a field of Super Late Model all-stars in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The Senoia, Georgia driver made an early statement by passing multi-time LOR winner Brian Campbell on his way to winning Segment #1 presented by PFC Brakes. A wild Segment #2 presented by JEGS saw him move through the field from the 12thstarting spot to a fourth-place finish, with three-wide racing in and around him throughout. His two segment finishes earned him the pole for the final 25 laps, leading all but one lap during the final run to the checkered flag.
“That was the best car I’ve had all year,” Pollard told Speed51.com. “I’ve never been here before and this is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. I was telling the guys this was the most fun I’ve had racing in a long time. To come here and be able to move and dice it up, it’s always fun when you have a good race car.”
It was Pollard’s second major payday in a five-day span, coming off a $75,000 (CAD) Canadian Short Track Nationals win at Jukasa Motor Speedway on Monday. He earned another $11,500 by winning the Super Select, bringing his total winnings to $87,500 over five days of racing.
“I can’t thank everyone enough, we’ve been on the road for a while and I know it’s tough on my guys and my family and everybody,” he said. “It’s been an unbelievable last two weeks and hopefully we can keep it going into the future.
“They’re going to have to drive home on their own,” he joked in victory lane. “They’ve worked hard, if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here. I’ve been busy at work and these guys have made it possible for me to go to work and them to get the race car ready. I got a guy back home, he’s not here but he’s a part of everything and I couldn’t do it without all these guys. We’ve got people from TM Ranch and David Rogers’ crew that volunteer to come help us and that’s awesome. We didn’t have much help to come up here and those guys are awesome. We made a relationship there and I can’t thank them enough.”
Race fans can watch a full on-demand replay from Saturday night’s race anytime on the Speed51 Network as a premium subscriber.