After a dominating leadoff performance by Kyle Busch from pole position, Bubba Pollard rose up to challenge the former NASCAR Cup Series champion late in the Money in the Bank 150 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway on Monday night.
It seemed as though Pollard was on course to win the $20,000 to win ARCA/CRA Super Series special for the second straight year, and complete his unprecedented three-race weekend sweep. That is until local favorite Brian Campbell entered the fray.
After getting by Busch, Campbell met Pollard to battle for the lead, with Pollard using the speed on the outside line, to stay ahead of Campbell who was trying to make the shorter inside line work. Just when it seemed Pollard had things under control under the green flag, a series of late yellow flags slowed the action with seven, six, and four laps to go respectively.
Pollard got superior restarts on the first two occasions, but the third would go in the favor of Campbell, as the former ARCA/CRA Super Series champion would pull away to take the big check, leaving a disappointed Pollard to finish second.
“Just disappointed. All those restarts there you’re bound to mess up some time. He got a good restart on that last one. It was kind of close there. He may have jumped, but he had a good car and it was good clean racing all the way,” Pollard told Speed51.com.
Indeed, it was Campbell’s timing that won him the race with four to go, as the No. 47 was able to pull even with Pollard’s No. 26 in turn one. The addition of a great inside run off turn two for Campbell doomed the hopes of the Senoia, GA driver of making a final clean getaway. The finish also rekindled some memories of a winning performance that also got away from Pollard last December at Five Flags Speedway (FL) during the Snowball Derby.
“The only way I could beat him was to keep him pinned down, and if I got good restarts I could do that. I knew I had to beat him off two and clear him to have a shot. That’s a tough one, the Snowball Derby and that; that’s racing I guess. It’s just tough.”
At the same time, Pollard was also thankful to have a chance at the win on the end of an already amazing weekend of racing.
He started off the weekend with a win across the State of Michigan at Birch Run Raceway in the Pro Late Model JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Masters of the Pros 200; then immediately proceeding to South Carolina overnight to compete in his second Super Late Model for the Southern Super Series/CARS Super Late Model Tour Border War 150 at Anderson Motor Speedway, taking down another dominating win.
“It makes you feel good. We’ve got a good program going with good race cars, good guys that help me, good sponsors that are on board. They make it possible to do everything we do, and I can’t thank them enough. It’s fun racing those guys. That’s what it’s all about. That’s a heck of a race right there, and that’s what you get at Berlin.”
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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