Friday at South Alabama Speedway, Senoia, Georgia driver Bubba Pollard may have floundered in 30th place on the practice charts, but he never flinched. His qualifying run on Saturday afternoon showed why.
Pollard turned a lap of 15.082-seconds to claim the pole position for Sunday’s Hardee’s Rattler 250, the first race of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.
“If it doesn’t drive good, there is no reason to put tires on it (in practice),” Pollard said. “Tires are a fix-all. We just worked on race runs all day Friday, just to make sure it was driving good. We put ourselves in position to have a good starting spot and it worked out for us.”
Pollard is no stranger to success at South Alabama Speedway, having captured multiple wins and poles in a variety of divisions at the 4/10-mile oval between Opp and Kinston, Alabama.
With nearly two decades of racing under his belt, Pollard felt that his base setup is the deciding force in his Deep South dominance.
“When you’ve been racing 20 years, you better have a good baseline,” Pollard said. “The tires change and the racetrack changes, so you try to keep up with those all weekend. The key is to have a good package when you unload and everything comes easier.”
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver William Byron qualified second with a lap of 15.085 seconds. Kyle Grissom, Harrison Burton and Kyle Plott rounded out the top five.
The 40th Annual Rattler 250 is scheduled for a 2 p.m. CST start Sunday afternoon. Fans unable to make it to South Alabama Speedway can watch the race via a live television-style broadcast on Speed51.com (The race is subject to blackout with 150 miles of South Alabama Speedway).
40th Annual Rattler 250 Qualifying Results
Southern Super Series
South Alabama Speedway
March 19, 2016
|20||01||Derek Scott Jr||15.325|
|33||X2||Dennis Reno Jr||15.696|
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