If you’re headed to Montgomery Motor Speedway in Alabama on Saturday and you’re looking for Bubba Pollard, you’ll have a tough time finding him in his familiar black and yellow No. 26 machine. Instead, you’re going to need to be on the lookout for a yellow car with a No. 1 on the doors as Pollard will be piloting Tracy Goodson’s machine in the Rumble by the River 100 for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.
“I think this is a good opportunity for us to do something different and have some fun,” Pollard said. “We wanted to make Montgomery happen because we like running the Southern Super Series. With racing Berlin on Tuesday night and our truck having to leave for Washington on Sunday it’s tough to get things turned around.”
Pollard finished 11th in the Battle at Berlin 251 this past Tuesday, but suffered some damage in a big crash. He’ll be racing in the Northwest part of the country next week when he heads to Washington to run the Summer Showdown 200. Because of that, the scheduling was just too difficult to allow Pollard to race his own car at Montgomery.
But his relationship with Goodson and Mike Garvey through racing a couple ARCA Racing Series events with them opened the door for him to still race on Saturday night.
“We were talking with them and they want to race and I like racing and we all enjoy racing,” he said. “So having that relationship with the ARCA car did help put this together.”
While he’s raced Goodson’s stock cars before, Pollard has never even sat in one of Goodson’s Late Models.
“We are going to try to go test on Friday afternoon at the open test that they’re having,” said Pollard. “I see no reason as to why we can’t compete for a win.”
Even though Friday will be the first time he sits in one of their cars, Pollard doesn’t foresee much of an adjustment period, if any at all.
“I don’t think so. They’re all pretty much the same,” he said. “They’ve got to turn left to win so if we get it to turn left then we’ll be just fine.”
Garvey is the normal driver of Goodson’s Late Model program, but when he steps out of the driver’s seat he usually steps onto the pit box and into the crew chief role. That will be the case on Saturday and that has Pollard excited and confident that he can win, even though he’ll be in someone else’s equipment.
“Goodson Racing has good equipment,” he said. “And you won’t find anyone much better than Mike Garvey as crew chief. You put all that together and I think it will be really good for us.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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