“Good, hard, clean racing” is the story from the Pro Late Model 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Saturday night. In a field filled with young shoes and wily veterans, Bubba Pollard showed the young Cole Anderson a few tricks with a late-race pass for the win.
After leading 95 laps en route to his second-place finish, Anderson got caught in lapped traffic and Pollard pounced to take the win. Though it wasn’t without leaving a good impression with one of short track racing’s most respected drivers.
“I was really riding behind him there,” Pollard told Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “I was going to make a move with about 25 laps to go and I thought he was burning the right rear tire off of it. I stayed right there and it never really went away on him. So, I figured he would make a mistake and he never did. It was good hard clean racing. I had to make stuff happen with five to go but we never touched and it was a lot of fun.”
Anderson walked away from the situation with a mutual admiration of Pollard as well.
“We had a good car. We fought our hardest all race. Bubba got us at the end. He’s a little better at saving his stuff and got us when we were in lapped traffic but I always love racing Bubba. He’s a clean racer. He’ll race you hard and he makes it awesome to be racing out here at New Smyrna Speedway.”
Young gun Matt Mead came home third on the evening. After his Anthony Campi racing teammate Giovanni Bromante had trouble around the halfway point in the race, Mead worked his way through the field methodically to impress his team and himself in the process.
“It was a race of endurance for sure. I wasn’t the fastest driver all weekend but we were up there when it counted most. I didn’t have enough to keep up with the top two, but I think for my first 100-lap race it is still something to be proud of.”
This all comes with 200 laps of Super Late Model action left to be had on Sunday afternoon during the 52nd Annual Florida Governor’s Cup, where Bubba Pollard can attempt to sweep the weekend in Late Model action. Though, he will have to battle hard with two time defending winner Ty Majeski, young Harrison Burton and several of short track racing’s best.
The pre-race festivities pick up at 1:00pm and can be followed live on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage.
More information, highlights, and interviews from Saturday night’s full slate of racing action at New Smyrna Speedway can be seen by visiting 51’s Trackside Now.
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-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24