The key to being great is never being satisfied. So many legendary teams and racers have proven that. Those who win a championship are immediately looking to the next season so they can taste victory all over again. That’s why Bubba Pollard has been at the top of his game for so long. He and his team never stop trying to improve.
While it seems like the Senoia, Georgia driver can win any time and any place, the veteran racer told Speed51.com that the plan for 2018 is to be more prepared overall. After a disappointing finish in the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) earlier in the month, Pollard is looking to CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia to quickly turn things around.
“We came to the Red Eye to test some different things to get better for 2018,” explained Pollard. “There’s a lot of guys who have gone to work and gotten better at some different things so I feel like we need to step our program up a little bit.”
Pollard led some laps early before breaking a left front upper A-frame during the race. While mechanical failures are a part of racing, Pollard said he’s now placing his attention on SpeedFest, and he’s trying to make sure that he and his crew do things correctly to be in contention for a win.
“We need to do the right things in the shop to make sure we’re prepared for the 2018 season. I guess that’s all you can do is take it one race at a time and see how things go. Preparation is the key to winning races, so we’ll just do the best we can and make sure our cars are prepared and see how it goes.”
Between the Super Late Model 200-lap race and the Pro Late Model 125 at SpeedFest, Pollard has made 15 starts. Ten of those starts have come at the 1/3-mile D-shaped Crisp Motorsports Park, formerly known as Watermelon Capital Speedway. Shockingly, Pollard has scored just one victory at SpeedFest. That victory came in 2016. He led just two laps in that race.
Pollard will be pulling double-duty at SpeedFest this year in the hopes of changing that stat and adding a couple more numbers to his SpeedFest win total.
The last time Pollard was at this track was Labor Day Weekend of 2017 for a Southern Super Series race. Pollard won that event against many of the same drivers he will face this weekend in both races.
“We’ve had our ups and downs at SpeedFest. We’ve been fast and other times we’ve struggled. Last time we were there with our good car we felt really good about how we ended.”
Pollard acknowledged that running two races in one day can be a challenge, but he believes that he and his team know how to carry themselves at the track to be ready for it.
“It’s tough running two cars but I feel like sometimes it’s better for us so we don’t overthink things," he explained. "We built (the Pro Late Model) right before the Governor’s Cup and won the Snowflake with it so we’re two-for-two with it. I really feel good about where our Pro Late Model program is right now. I’m really excited about it and really looking forward to getting to Cordele. Maybe we’ll win that race and have some momentum going into the Super race right after it.”
CRA officials announced Monday afternoon that CRA SpeedFest will now be run on Saturday, January 27 instead of Sunday the 28 due to a poor forecast.
Race fans will still be able to watch all of the action live on Speed51.com on Saturday from Cordele, Georgia. For those who want to follow the action but can’t make it to Crisp Motorsports Park, be sure to purchase your live video ticket by clicking here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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