On a night with a new qualifying format for the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL), it was a familiar sight at evening’s end – Bubba Pollard triumphant in victory lane.
The Senoia, Georgia driver scored his 20th career Blizzard Series win and 100th Late Model win of the past decade, out-dueling the likes of Donnie Wilson and Casey Roderick in the 75-lap event at the famed Pensacola half-mile.
The shorter feature-race length stemmed from the unique format of Friday’s event, with a trio of 10-lap heat races replacing the standard single-car time trials to set the field. It created an exciting, dynamic event, but in the end the cream rose to the top.
“It was a good race,” said Pollard in victory lane. “It was tough. We were real free, we had been fighting free all weekend. I enjoyed the heat races, I think it mixed some things up. I think it was good for racing. I hope the fans enjoyed it. It feels good to win a race and turn around here and see the fans happy to see you win.”
The win is yet another in a busy year for Pollard, giving him two on the season in the Southern Super Series. That, along with triumphs in events such as the Joe Shear Classic, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and the Masters of the Pros 125 gives Pollard a head of steam entering a busy late-summer slate.
“We’ve been traveling on the road,” said Pollard. “It’s been tough, it’s been hot. We’ve got another six, seven weeks straight year, running some big races. I’m looking forward to it, we’ve got a shot to win all of them.”
Race fans who missed Friday’s Blizzard Series event can watch an on-demand replay of Speed51’s Summer Thunder broadcast of the race by clicking here, or view live updates from the night on Trackside Now by clicking here.
With three races complete, just the Blizzard Series finale remains for Super Late Model competitors at Five Flags Speedway ahead of the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby. The Blizzard Series championship night is scheduled for Saturday, September 21.
The Southern Super Series returns to action August 10 at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) for the Lyle Farms 125.