The 2014 season could be over right now for Bubba Pollard and he would consider it a success. But there’s still more victories to be had and the 27-year-old from Senoia, Georgia almost had two more on Memorial Day weekend.
Pollard and his No. 26 team have rattled off a total of eight wins this season and added another at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, May 23. The Five Flags win was his fourth-straight Southern Super Series victory to go along with a Pro Late Model victory in the mix as well. He was looking to extend that win streak to six straight on May 24 at Mobile International Speedway, but came up just a bit short with a fourth-place finish.
Still, Pollard has been one of the hottest drivers to start off the 2014 season and is showing no signs of slowing down.
“All good things come to an end,” said Pollard. “To have cars as good as we have had this year has been a testament to how hard we are working. Five wins in a row, that means something. Now we want to get the car home and see what we can do win the next one.”
Pollard was in the right place at the right time at Mobile as he went for his fifth-straight SSS victory. He took the lead on lap 76 only be passed a lap later. The car continued to lose touch with leader Donnie Wilson and Pollard’s run came to an end with a fourth-place finish.
“The car was not as good as it was last night,” said Pollard after winning at Five Flags on Friday. “One win this weekend is good and we’ll built on that from here.”
Friday night’s win was perhaps one of his most epic victories in years. Pollard went toe-to-toe and door-to-door with Augie Grill as the two southeast super stars traded the lead six times over a period of 18 laps in the final stages. Pollard made the winning pass with seven laps to go.
“That was fun racing,” said Pollard. “I never realized how hard we were racing until I saw a tape the next day. It’s cool when you know you can race someone hard like that and push it to the limit.”
The Five Flags victory and fourth place run gives Pollard the point lead in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco. Pollard has won four races this season in the series and has won two pole awards.
Overall Pollard has eight wins this year in his last 11 starts. He has nine top five runs and 10 inside the top 10.
Pollard’s next race will be the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway (IN) as Pollard looks to chase down the $100,000 bonus for the CRA Triple Crown. The Redbud 300, Battle at Berlin 251 and the Winchester 400 make up the three race series. If a driver can win two race then they will get a $10,000 bonus and three wins will earn a driver $100,000.