Bubba Pollard continued his Baby Rattler 125 dominance Saturday night by winning the Pro Late Model event for a record-extending fifth time. After starting on the outside of the front row, he rode in second for much of the race before making his move with 35 laps to go.
He and Stephen Nasse traded the lead back and forth early before Nasse secured the lead on lap 31. He would lead the most laps in the race before Pollard went around Nasse on the outside to take the lead on lap 90. Once taking the lead, Pollard was nearly untouchable through several restarts to score the win.
Proving to be the first asphalt Late Model win of 2020 for the Georgia driver, Pollard entered Sunday’s Rattler 250 with even more confidence after putting his Super Late Model on the pole for the event.
“It was probably the easiest way that it handled, so we did it the hard way. When you have a good race car you’re able to do that,” Pollard said on the Speed51 broadcast. “We’ve been working hard the last couple months, our program just hasn’t been where it needed it to be.”
In 13 starts in the Baby Rattler, Pollard has now won the event five times and has finished on the podium eight times. His 2009 triumph was the first marquee victory he scored in what has been an illustrious career, and has added four more trophies in the years since.
“We’ve had some good luck. I’ve been coming down here since I was 14 years old. Almost 20 years, I’m getting old. It’s been fun, I enjoy this place and I call it home.”