Earlier this year, Bubba Pollard was struggling to find the speed he wanted in his Super Late Model program, going several months without a trip to victory lane. Now, Pollard is on a roll with the Super Late Model headed into a major event he has won in the past, the prestigious Slinger Nationals at Slinger Speedway (WI).
For months, Pollard hoped to return to victory lane in his Super Late Model, going winless following his victory in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) last September. That dry spell ended in June with a CARS Tour victory at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).
After getting that win, Pollard has gone on a tear heading into the summer. The Senoia, Georgia driver won the second Blizzard Series event of the year at Five Flags Speedway (FL), then won in his first ever trip to Jennerstown Speedway (PA), collecting $35,000 in the process between those two wins.
Just that quickly, Pollard has transitioned from searching for speed to riding a wave of momentum into the Slinger Nationals, one of the biggest events in the Midwest. It’s momentum Pollard gladly welcomes heading into the marquee race, where he hopes to continue his winning ways.
“Any time you can get a win going into a big event like this [is good],” Pollard told Speed51. “This place is so tricky. It’s something we’re not used to, so we’ve just got to find what we need in the race car. Things can happen so fast here with traffic. There are so many good cars, and local cars, so much goes into this race.”
While the high-banked quarter-mile at Slinger Speedway is different from many of the bullrings of the south, it’s a place Pollard loves to race, both for the on-track excitement and the atmosphere. It’s also a place where he has won, taking the Slinger Nationals crown in 2017.
“I love this place. Getting the win back in ’17 was cool, especially in front of all these fans. That’s what makes it cool, the fans and the racetrack and the racing. Everything about Wisconsin and their love of racing. That’s what I like.”
Despite that past success, Pollard knows scoring a second Slinger Nationals win against a field of top touring Super Late Model stars and local standouts alike will be no easy feat.
“It’s going to be tough. There are a lot of good cars here. It seems like we’ve got a good race car, so we’ve just got to keep it going.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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