On Tuesday, Bubba Pollard confirmed he would make the trip to Oxford, Maine for the 45th Annual Oxford 250. On Saturday night at South Boston Speedway (VA), he spun and won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Series 150-lap feature to lock his spot in the Oxford field.
With eight laps to go, Pollard spun in turn four while battling with Lucas Jones for the lead at the 0.400-mile oval. A spree of late cautions allowed Pollard to pick his way through the field, moving up to second with four laps to go. When the caution flew again as Logan Seavey and J.P. Josiasse collided in turn three, Pollard outdueled Jones for the win.
“I didn’t know if I had enough laps, but I knew I had the race car,” Pollard told Speed51.com. “I knew there were going to be more cautions. We had a good enough race car to do it, and things played our way.
“They didn’t race you with no respect tonight, that’s for sure,” Pollard added. “Run you into the outside fence, don’t give you a lane to race in. I don’t mind racing hard but give me a lane to race in and let’s race. The right front’s all bent up, but I had to get up on the wheel and get it done, make it happen.”
Pollard chalked up the incident to avoiding contact with Jones as they battled for the top spot.
“I was free in the whole race,” Pollard explained. “We kept working on it and working on it, and it got better. I didn’t want to get into him, that’s not how I race. I got into him one time, whoa’d up on the brakes and let him go. I just don’t race like that. I try to race people clean and how they race me.”
Through PASS’ “Roads to Oxford and Richmond” program, the top five finishers in tonight’s race are guaranteed spots in the field at either the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) or the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway (VA).
There was no question which event Pollard would be attending with his guaranteed spot.
“Oh, I’m definitely going to Oxford,” Pollard said. “That’s what I’ve worked all year for. It’s big. I’ve never been there before. I feel like as long as I can get in the race I can make a good showing. I feel like we’ve got a car, team, everything in place capable of winning. I’m excited for it and ready to go.”
Jones settled for a second-place finish, happy to survive the wild race and earn a guarantee of his own. The North Carolina driver says he will be going to Richmond with his bid.
“The last ten laps felt like 150 laps all over again,” Jones said. “There was like ten cautions in that last ten laps. That hurt us bad because we pushed into three and four. But we locked into Richmond and it was good racing with Bubba. I can’t wait for the next one.”
For Pollard, the win also marks another track on the list of venues where the veteran dominator of the Super Late Model ranks has visited victory lane. In tonight’s case, Pollard learned from watching the man whose name is engraved on the wall by South Boston’s victory lane earlier in the evening.
“I watched Philip Morris in the race earlier,” Pollard said, discussing the first of two 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock features in the program. “I felt like the bottom was the place to be, and that’s where he went around here. He’s the best around here. Never been here before, and we struggled. I’m not going to lie, we struggled all day. It feels good.”
-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor - Twitter: @ZTEvans
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
PASS South 150
South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia
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