Entering Saturday’s CRA SpeedFest 2018 at Crisp Motorsports Park, Bubba Pollard had won just about everywhere. But one event he had not won was a Pro Late Model race at SpeedFest. Saturday afternoon Pollard was able to cross that one off his list after taking the lead late from Justin South.
South had led much of the 125-lap affair, but Pollard was able to get by the Alabama native with less than 40 laps to go. South still had a couple of chances as a result of a few late cautions, but Pollard’s No. 26 was too much for South’s No. 43 machine.
“Bubba is really good. I knew we were going to have to beat him and we didn’t,” said a dejected South after the race. “Last year it was Casey that I had to beat and I ended up getting wrecked. The year before that it was something else. This year, Bubba ends up running the Pros again. And that’s a good thing because I want the competition. But I think that we were absolutely the best that we could be. We just got beat.”
Pollard is now three-for-three with this particular Pro Late Model with wins coming at the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway, the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway and now at CRA SpeedFest.
“It was pretty good (today),” Pollard said. “We were a bit tight so when we got behind guys it was hard to pass. We had to run a little harder than we wanted to, but it was good out front.”
Following his Pro Late Model win, Pollard dominated much of the ARCA/CRA Super Series 200 at SpeedFest. That was until a bump from another car sent him spinning with less than 50 laps to go. Pollard rebounded to finish second.
The driver of the No. 26 will be back in action next weekend when he travels to Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) for the $10,000-to-win Greenville Meltdown.