A total of 26 cars submitted entries for the CARS Solid Rock Carriers Tour’s Late Model Stock event at Ace Speedway, taking place Friday, June 5. However, there was one big name surprise to show up Thursday when teams pulled into the Altamahaw, North Carolina bullring for practice.
Super Late Model star Bubba Pollard has joined forces with Reynolds Racing Chassis this weekend to add another Late Model Stock Car start to his resume. It’s a partnership that has been forming for a considerable amount of time.
“We’ve been putting this deal together now for quite a while,” Pollard told Speed51. “Me and Forrest Reynolds with Reynolds Racing Chassis, he built us a car. It’s turned out very nice and we’re excited to work with these guys and see what we can do.”
While the negotiations have been ongoing, a final decision wasn’t reached until Wednesday, just two days before race day for the CARS Tour at Ace. Still, Pollard left the practice day confident in the car.
“It was a last minute, unexpected deal to come race. We didn’t know for sure we were going to race until yesterday. Everything went well. I feel like we’ve got a good piece. We’re just getting experience in these cars, getting laps with these guys at a place we’ve never been before. We’re just going to have some fun, that’s the big thing.”
The partnership could be a very potent one. Reynolds Racing Chassis has enjoyed considerable success in Late Model Stock racing, with drivers such as Philip Morris, Mike Looney and Ryan Repko winning numerous races in Reynolds’ chassis during the 2019 season.
“Between his knowledge and my little bit of racing experience I’ve got, I think we can make something happen.”
With a day of practicing and learning the tricky Ace Speedway’s long straights and tight turns, Pollard believes he will have a shot to run up front with the best in Late Model Stock racing on Friday night.
“It’s a fun little place. Long straightaways, quick turns. It’s got some character to it, with the bumps off of four. It’s another track where you’ve got to figure out how to make it turn and drive off the corner. We made some changes today, and I think we’ll be pretty good tomorrow.”
Speed51 will provide coverage of the CARS Tour’s Race at Ace 125, the series’ first event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down racing throughout the country.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans