It’s been over three years since Bubba Pollard has competed in an ARCA Racing Series event. That streak will come to an end on Saturday, April 11 when he will compete in both the ARCA Racing Series Start of the Troop Aid 200 and the Southern Super Series Super Late Model event.
“We have teamed up with Tracy Goodson and Mike Garvey to run the ARCA race at Nashville,” Pollard announced. “I am excited to make a start in the ARCA Racing Series again. I have raced in four ARCA races in the past and can’t wait to get back to race with them.”
This will be Pollard’s fifth start in the ARCA Racing Series. His last start came on March 10, 2012 when he finished 11th at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama. He made three starts in 2005.
Pollard said that the friendship between his team and Tracy Goodson’s team is what helped put this deal together.
“Just from talking with Mike and Tracy,” Pollard said when asked about how the deal came together. “We knew they were building a new car for this upcoming season. I told them I would like to do something with them and am very grateful for the opportunity at Nashville.
“I think its pretty cool to have a short track guy like Mike Garvey and a high caliber team like Tracy Goodson has assembled. Two Super Late Model teams to come together and do an ARCA race is awesome. We are going to do the best we can and I think it will be a lot of fun.”
Tracy Goodson is more than happy to team up with Pollard for their first ARCA event.
“Mike and I are really excited to have Bubba Pollard in our new ARCA car,” Goodson said. “Mike and everyone at the shop are busting their butts to get the car ready for Nashville. This is the first time we have built a car for the ARCA Racing Series and we can’t wait to get going with this program.”
Goodson said that ARCA’s new Ilmor 396 engine package along with the new Five Star Race Car Bodies composite body were major factors to building a car for the series.
“The engine and body package was definitely a big factor into our decision to build this car,” Goodson confirmed. “Their new combination makes a lot of sense economically for us to do this and it will allow us to go and have some fun.”
Goodson said that they have one car in their shop that they hope to compete with at the remaining ARCA Racing Series short track events in 2015, but hope to build a second car for the intermediate tracks.
“I think the ARCA Racing Series is the way to go now, especially with the variety of tracks they compete on,” Goodson explained. “We are going to take this one race at a time and grow with it. We may look at this as a developmental program down the road, but the first thing is getting the car ready for Nashville.”
Goodson also said that he is hoping to get his recognizable No. 1 on his ARCA car but may be going with No. 01.
Both Pollard and Goodson believe that having their respective teams come together for the ARCA race is a great combination and could help get their ARCA program off to a great start.
The Southern Super Series 100 will run prior to the ARCA Racing Series 200-lap event on Saturday, April 11th starting at 6pm central time.
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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