Bubba Pollard’s season of success added two more big notches in the win column Friday and Saturday nights.
The Senoia, Georgia Super Late Model racer swept both ends of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Gulf Coast doubleheader weekend between Friday’s event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.
Armed with a ton of confidence from his doubleheader sweep and more big-money short track victories in recent months, Pollard’s swagger is at an all-time high. Pollard is on top of his game and hopes to keep it that way in the prestigious late-season events such as the Snowball Derby.
“We’ve been really experimenting the first two (Five Flags Southern Super Series races). The biggest thing is we told ourselves we’d throw away those races if we could win the Derby,” Pollard said. “We’ve been testing. We’ve been working hard all year trying to find something. We’ve been good over the years, but we haven’t been good enough when it counts. Hopefully now we’re turning that corner.
“I can’t thank these guys enough. This was a brand new car that we broke out this weekend and it was really good both nights.”
Pollard led each of the 100 laps in Friday night’s Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series combination event at Five Flags. The following night, he scored his 10th career Southern Super Series victory with a performance that was a little harder-earned than Friday’s.
Pollard started fifth at Mobile and fought a pesky shifter inside his No. 26 Super Late Model throughout the 100-lap feature, both before and after he took the lead for good at the high-banked half-mile track.
“I knew it was going to be tough and we’d have to ride for the first part of the race,” said Pollard of his run at Mobile. “This place wears the right-rear tire out. I felt like those guys were running too hard at the beginning of the race, but off turn two, it came out of gear on me. I didn’t know what happened, but I shoved it back in gear and got it running again. I had to run most of the race holding it in gear.”
With still several regular-season Super Late Model races on his calendar, Pollard is starting to eye success when it comes to the granddaddy of all pavement short track races, the Snowball Derby at Five Flags in December.
The Snowball Derby has been a race that has been a bugaboo for Pollard in the past, but he’s now hoping that a successful 2015 season will continue for a few more months.
“We’ve been working hard the last few months digging on this thing. We threw everything at it, so hopefully we’ve found something we can stick with and carry on the rest of the year and hopefully win some of these big races.”
Pollard’s next run with the Southern Super Series will come on August 22 when the tour returns to Mobile for the Lee Fields Memorial 100. First, he will make the trip to Kaukauna, Wisconsin to compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour event at Wisconsin International Raceway on August 4.
For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26 and “Like” Bubba Pollard Racing on Facebook.
– 51 Sports press release
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