A driver on his way to creating a legendary career of his own will drive another legend’s race car during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Bubba Pollard, a driver who many consider to be one of the top short track stars in the country, will drive the legendary No. 11 owned by Florida racing legend David Rogers for seven nights of racing beginning Thursday.
“I am really excited. Growing up I always went to Speedweeks during February with my dad and Richard that helps us on the race car now. I never thought I’d be able to run a full week,” Pollard told Speed51.com. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m just fortunate to be able to do it with a great group of guys with David Rogers, TM Ranch and everybody involved with that race team. They’re a great group of guys that we’ve built a great relationship with over the years. I’m just excited to get the race week going. If we do all the right things and stay out of trouble, I think we can do and win a bunch of races.”
Rogers, the 1994 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, has not missed a World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing since the 2003 season. According to track officials, he will be unable to drive this year due to a minor surgical procedure.
That has opened up the door for Pollard to attempt something that he’s never done before. It’s an opportunity that the Senoia, Georgia driver is grateful for, and one that he hopes to make the most of.
“David has been around a long time. Everything he’s accomplished with NASCAR championships and races that he’s won, there’s just so many things he’s been able to accomplish in his career. To listen to him tell his stories of when he raced back in the day and the things he’s done, it’s awesome to be able to drive for him and hopefully represent him well. It’s a pretty cool opportunity to do this. David is just a great person and he’s had a real successful career, and to be able to drive his car is pretty cool and pretty special to me and my family.”
Outside of his Southern Super Series championship in 2014, Pollard has never been a driver to chase championships; instead focusing on winning big races throughout the country. Although his philosophy isn’t changing when it comes to chasing wins first, he’s hoping that few trips to victory lane will put him in contention to add a championship to his resume.
“I think if we can win some races, we’ll definitely be able to put ourself in a position to win the championship,” Pollard said. “That’s the goal is first to win races, but along with winning races a championship would come. I’d love to add that to the resume and be able to do it with them. I know David has won it before and it would be cool to do that. We’re definitely going down there to win races and win the championship. That’s the plan.”
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing kicks off Friday, February 8 at New Smyrna Speedway. The Super Late Model division will race seven times in nine days, with their only off days coming on February 10 and February 15.
Speed51.com will have Trackside Now coverage for 10 consecutive days beginning with Thursday’s practice day at the New Smyrna Beach, Florida oval.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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