After an engine failure during Practice Day ahead of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Bubba Pollard’s Tour-type Modified debut will have to wait.
In an interview with Speed51 on Friday morning, Pollard confirmed he would not compete during the 2020 World Series. Pollard was slated to compete in a Modified fielded by NASCAR Cup Series competitor and former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece before the mechanical issue early during Thursday’s practice.
“We are done,” said Pollard. “It sucks, but it’s part of it.”
The Late Model standout won the 2019 World Series’ Super Late Model championship driving for Florida legend David Rogers during his fight with cancer. However, Pollard says he has no intentions of joining the Super Late Model field for this year’s event in light of Thursday’s development.
“Nope, nothing,” Pollard said when asked about any plans to race. “Nothing exciting.”
While Pollard’s 2020 World Series appears to be over, the Georgia racer said he and Preece have already discussed the possibility of giving Pollard another shot in a Modified in 2021.
“He said something about possibly trying again next year. We’ll see what we can do.”
Racing begins at the 2020 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on Friday, February 7. Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, with racing beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Tour-type Modifieds will kick off their racing schedule with a 50-lap feature on Monday, February 10, in companion with the ARCA Menards Series East 175-lap season opener at the Florida half-mile.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued coverage throughout the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo