Saturday’s Meltdown Race at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) ended up being as wild as they come, with an incident taking place between Bubba Pollard and Matt Craig that will be replayed for years to come.
By now you’ve probably already seen video of the incident, but if not, we’ll recap it for you.
On a restart with 22 laps to go, Pollard restarted first in the inside lane with Craig right on his bumper. Entering turn one, Craig made hard contact with Pollard. Pollard went backwards into the outside wall, pancaking the back of his black No. 26 machine. Pollard was then slammed by Donnie Wilson who spun out trying to avoid the incident.
The crash left Pollard’s car totaled and Pollard himself fuming.
Craig was parked by race officials for his role in the crash and escorted off property in a white pickup truck to avoid any confrontation with Pollard.
Pollard didn’t say much after the race to reporters other than saying it was the hardest hit he’s ever taken.
Craig, the two-time defending Pro All Stars Series South champion, took to Twitter to take responsibility for the crash.
Craig said, “I did something I never wanted to do in my racing career. I wrecked someone I look up to in Super Late Model racing and I take full responsibility for the incident that occurred. I understand that I am responsible for my car. I am extremely sorry for all the damages this was in no way intentional.”
— Matthew craig (@matthewcraig54) February 4, 2018
Later that night, Pollard also tweeted about the incident saying, “All I got to say is one thing. I will be back and she will be faster #ItJustGotReal.”
All I got to say is one thing. I will be back and she will be faster. #itjustgotreal
— Bubba Pollard (@bubbapollard26) February 4, 2018
Full highlights from Saturday’s Meltdown race will be available later this evening.
The entire Greenville Pickens Meltdown is available on-demand for premium members of Speed51.com here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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