Bubba Pollard has been the dominant force in Southeastern Super Late Model racing in recent seasons, having won big races and series championships against some of the toughest short track talent in the country.
But one title that still eludes Pollard is the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway.
Pollard of Senoia, Georgia will be looking to change that on November 23 when he travels south to compete in the 49th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200.
“I’m really excited to be going down there,” said the 2014 Southern Super Series champion. “They’ve really stepped it up down at New Smyrna and made the Governor’s Cup worth coming to with the purse. It’s just a big race.”
A big race brings big time competition, which means other top talent from Super Late Model touring series from coast to coast, as well as the Central Florida regulars that are always tough at their home track of New Smyrna. That doesn’t bother Pollard though. The 27-year-old driver knows that he has his program at the top of its game going into this year’s Governor’s Cup.
“You really have to have a good program and a good group of guys that you’re able to work with on your team,” said Pollard. “It is a lot of fun going to different places with a good group of guys and seeing how you stack up against everyone else in the racing world.”
Pollard finished fifth in last year’s Governor’s Cup and admitted to learning a lot from last year’s run. But there’s one big difference this year compared to last year.
“I think we learned a lot from it with the track conditions at night, but now it’s a day race so that changes things a little bit,” he said. “But I think we’ll be able to practice a little bit during the day, so we’ll get a good feel.”
Pollard said the biggest thing he’s looking to take out of this race is momentum, to help him as he gears up for another run at the biggest race in short track racing.
“Going down there and having a good run will definitely give us some momentum heading into the Snowball Derby,” he said. “I just want to try to go down there and see if we can get some momentum for the rest of the year.”
Pollard said he expects guys like fellow SSS competitor Augie Grill, a two-time winner of the race, and Travis Cope to be tough to beat, but he’s still very confident he can finally score that elusive New Smyrna win.
“I feel like our team is capable of having a good showing and having a good run,” he said. “Our main goal every time we go on the race track is to win so I’m going out to win.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Long Island, CT and NJ) -Twitter: @RobBlount
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