Fans watching Bubba Pollard dominate Saturday’s Thomas Automotive 200 may have figured the “26P” car was a regular at Jennerstown Speedway, but don’t let that fool you: it was Pollard’s 10th win at a track he had never previously been to.
Pollard saved his equipment early, moving up to the lead for the first time following a hard crash by a frontrunning Trevor Noles. He would relinquish the lead and let Chris Davidson take control until lap 85.
Despite a few challenges after that, Pollard used a combination of setup changes and clean restarts to drive away from his competitors to score the $20,000 victory.
When asked about why he is so good at new tracks, Pollard responded with a laugh.
“We just don’t complicate it.” Pollard replied. “We get out here and get the car driving good. Knowing what it’s supposed to feel like. Could drive this car about wherever I wanted to.”
Pollard has a soft spot for winning at Jennerstown, a facility that has seen major races and touring series events over the years.
“I grew up watching this place with the ASA, Pro Cup days, but never got a chance to race here. To finally come here and get a win is just awesome.”
The Super Late Model feature was co-sanctioned by the CARS Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series, giving Pollard his second CARS Tour win this season (of three total races) and $20,000.
Also scheduled for the event was the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, giving the Pro Late Models a chance to race for 100 laps.
Cody Coughlin and his JEGS team appear to have regained their moment from their 2016 double-championship run, as the No. 1 car returned to victory lane for the second time this season. Coughlin was able to take advantage of misfortune for other front runners early in the event, before running away from second-place Josh Brock for the victory.
“Even though there wasn’t any restarts to make me sweat, the 17 (Josh Brock) was coming,” Coughlin explained in victory lane. “It feels like it should be every time we go to the track. When I was doing the NASCAR stuff, we got behind on the late model program. We got new technology, we have more heads put together, we’ve got better setups, and I’m doing alright too as a driver so it’s good.”
The ARCA/CRA Super Series has its next event on Monday, July 13 in Anderson, IN for the annual Redbud 400. The CARS Tour has its next event at Hickory on August 1 for the Hickory 250. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour is scheduled to race on Saturday, July 18 at the famous Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for the 2020 edition of Masters of the Pros.
– Story by: Patrick Hahe, Speed51 Regional Editor
– Photo credit: Speed51