Shaking off bad luck from the past few months, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard bided his time Sunday afternoon at New Smyrna Speedway, capturing the lead late and winning his first career Florida Governor’s Cup 200. The win was an emotionally heavy triumph in honor of New Smyrna legend David Rogers.
“It feels good. I may be emotional, but its been tough the last couple of months,” Pollard said in victory lane. “But we never give up. That’s part of racing. I got a good group of guys, good group of people. Can’t say enough. We’ve been struggling, I’ve had a tough couple of weeks, and it’s part of racing, dig through it.”
Adding to the emotion was Pollard also winning his first race at New Smyrna since the passing of friend and legendary driver David Rogers back in March. Pollard carries the colors and logo of Roger’s longtime sponsor TM Ranch on the hood of the No. 26, with many of Roger’s crew augmenting the Pollard camp over the weekend.
“It feels good, all of those guys are here. They mean a lot to us and David. All of his guys helped me out, couldn’t do it without them. I got guys back at home that weren’t able to make it, and this is for them. They know who it is. We needed the win today.”
Next up on the big race calendar for the Super Late Models is the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, December 2-6. Race fans will be able to watch it live on Speed51.TV.