Bubba Pollard showed once again the Blizzard Series is his personal playground with his 22nd career win in the mini-series at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Friday night. The victory marked his second-straight Super Late Model win at Five Flags and makes four consecutive years where Pollard has won at least two Blizzard Series races.
Without the aid of a yellow flag during the 75-lap wire-to-wire affair, Pollard ran down race-long leader Kaden Honeycutt in the waning laps and made the winning pass with 13 to go. As it looked increasingly like it would be a caution-free affair while racing for position with Kyle Plott and Stephen Nasse, he was admittedly caught by surprise.
“The laps really snuck up on me, to be honest with you. We got to 30 to go there and I thought, oh hell, I’ve got to go,” Pollard told Speed51. “I didn’t know how far he was going to get out there when I was behind (Kyle) Plott. I could see him getting away from us a little bit, so I knew I had to step it up.
“I didn’t try to pick it up any, usually when you try to pick it up you overdrive and mess up. That’s the biggest thing, staying consistent, hitting your marks and try to run him down. I usually can get through lapped traffic pretty easily and tonight I just couldn’t. I felt like I could make up more ground in open racetrack than I was in traffic.”
The win not only pads his Blizzard Series points lead, but it also increases his lead in the Southern Super Series championship standings. After going into Friday night’s race with a 35-point lead over Jeremy Pate, he will likely have a commanding points lead with five races left in the Southern Super Series season.
After Friday night’s win, a run at the title now looks all but a certainty.
“At this point I feel like we’re going to run all the races. We’ve just got to keep going, the biggest thing to winning championships is winning races and that’s what we’ve got to do. Finishing and winning races, as long as we do that, we’ll be fine. We don’t points race much but we’d definitely like to win the points championship for a second time.”
It marks his fifth Super Late Model win in 2020, all coming since the start of June. Friday night saw a $15,000 payday after the Double Down at the Next Town bonus as well as a $5,000 bonus from Phoenix Construction, with another potential five-figure payday looming Tuesday night at the Dixieland 250.
“This race car’s been great for us the last couple weeks. It’s won a lot of money, a lot of races. There’s going to be a lot of good cars up there. Tough place to race, I’ve never been there before so I’m looking forward to it. The fans have been asking me to come for a while too so I’m excited about getting there, hopefully we don’t make a fool out of ourselves and have a good run.”
Honeycutt started on the pole after winning the first heat race and led the most laps before getting passed by Pollard late.
“He definitely had us beat on the long run. We had an incident between two lappers and messed up the right fender, it just got really tight right after that. You can’t have it in your control, it just happens,” Honeycutt said. “Bubba’s really good here so I’m not surprised, nobody’s really surprised. I think he had better drive than us at the end no matter if we hit a lapped car or not.”
Even with not getting the finish he had hoped for, the Texas driver could not have asked for much more in his first start with Donnie Wilson, which turned out to be a career-best performance in a Super Late Model.
“We really hope so, it just depends on how stuff lines out. They bring really good cars every week and everything they do. The first time with the team, they’re just getting to know me. It felt really good, the first time in a Super running competitively and actually leading a race. I wouldn’t say it went bad at all.”
A pair of Florida drivers and a Georgia racer rounded out the top-five, with Stephen Nasse, Jeremy Pate and Kyle Plott following Pollard and Honeycutt at the finish.
Click here to watch a replay of Friday night’s Blizzard Series Summer Sizzler 75 on Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV.
Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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Blizzard Series – Summer Sizzler 75 Results:
- Bubba Pollard
- Kaden Honeycutt
- Stephen Nasse
- Jeremy Pate
- Kyle Plott
- Casey Roderick
- Hunter Robbins
- Connor Okrzesik
- John DeAngelis Jr.
- Boris Jurkovic
- Jake Garcia
- Jett Noland
- Daniel Dye
- Kyle McCallum
- Logan Bearden
- Hudson Halder
- Chris Davidson
- Bob Lyon
- Michael House
- Kyle Bryant
- Willie Allen
- Lance Elliott