After quickly getting to the lead from his fourth-place starting position it seemed like Bubba Pollard was going to dominate the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 on Sunday afternoon at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). But as the race went on Pollard’s car went to the tight side. The Senoia, Georgia driver fought hard in the closing laps to score a fourth-place finish at the end of 200 laps.


“Just too tight,” Pollard said after the race.  “I felt like we were good and the caution came out there.  We took back off and we had some things going on in the front end bump stop wise that changed the race car throughout the race and that hurt us.  The car was tight all day and we couldn’t make anything happen.”


Pollard jumped out to the lead on lap 12 and stayed out in front until lap 59.  He spent the remainder of the race battling within the top-five, but a number of cautions slowed the pace and presented him with less than ideal situations on the restarts.


“On the restarts there it’s so tough because the outside gets the run and we seemed to get stuck down on the bottom a lot.  That’s tough and just makes it a long day.”


Throughout the weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Pollard was behind the wheel of his white and black No. 26 car, the same car he won both the Winter Showdown and Summer Showdown in.  His goal for the weekend was to determine whether he would race that car or a different car from his stable during the upcoming Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).


Unfortunately, Pollard’s run didn’t help him to decide on which car he will take to the prestigious Super Late Model race.


“We haven’t decided,” he said.  “That’s why we wanted to bring this car here today to see what we were bringing to the Derby.  We still aren’t sure so we’ll go test and see which one has raw speed.


“We’ll go there and try to go test to see what we’ve got.  We’ve been good there the last two races, so I’m looking forward to it.  It’s a long week and it’s tough.  We’ll see what we can do.”


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Pollard Leads Laps; Fights to Top-Five Finish in Gov Cup