Bubba Pollard added yet another track to his list of conquered venues Saturday night, winning the CARS Super Late Model Tour feature at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) to bring his total to 24.
Pollard outdueled Matt Craig in the closing laps to take the victory, Pollard’s third on the CARS Tour in as many starts in 2019.
Craig took the pole for the race, with Pollard starting alongside him on the front row. Pollard and Craig both led throughout the event, but it was Pollard ultimately prevailing in the battle for the win.
“We had a good, solid night,” Pollard told Speed51. “We unloaded fairly decent off the trailer for a place we’ve never been to. Just couldn’t get it quite where we needed to be. Race time, we qualified good. We rode as long as we could, saved our equipment, made a run with about 50 to go and got back around him.”
The win continued Pollard’s run of perfection in the CARS Tour. The only CARS Super Late Model Tour event Pollard has not won in 2019 was the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville – the same day he won the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway (WI).
Even with missing a race, Pollard comes out of Saturday’s event at Motor Mile within striking distance of the CARS Tour championship. However, he says he will not be able to compete for that honor, with schedules conflicting over the second half of the season.
“To come to these races, it’s a lot of fun,” said Pollard. “I think CARS does a great job promoting and what they do. They do the best they can to put fans in the seats, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s pretty awesome to get three out of the four they’ve won. I wish we could finish it off with a championship run, but we’ll miss some races with events like the Oxford 250.”
Pollard now has eight wins in 2019 across five states and six different tracks – even on the dirt at Senoia Raceway (GA). It’s an accomplishment he doesn’t take lightly, proving he can compete with the best racers in the country.
“After getting so many wins in the Deep South, it’s fun to get a win at a little different part of the country, being able to win in the Carolinas, Virginia, it’s really cool. It makes you feel good that your team is capable of winning, I think anywhere in the country. I enjoy going to new places, facing new guys. It’s fun to see new faces and win races.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Motor Mile Speedway Twitter