On top of many race victories on Bubba Pollard’s list of accomplishments, the Senoia, Georgia native can now add “Slinger Nationals Champion” to his growing resume.
Slinger Speedway (WI) produced yet another fantastic and intense day of racing where Super Late Model drivers can either have an appreciable day, or seem to struggle all day long. Pollard fell under the positive side, but had to put up a fight to get to victory lane.
During the halfway break in the 200-lap feature, while other drivers cooled down, Pollard could be found underneath the car making a gear change in the short 10 minutes that he had.
“I couldn’t beat (the other drivers) from the center off,” Pollard told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “I felt like I needed a little bit more motor, and the gear change was the right call.”
With 50 laps to go, Pollard put the heat on Ty Majeski, who is still looking for his first Slinger Nationals win, and the two battled until Pollard completed the pass nine laps later.
A restart with 32 to go brought the field together, and the two leaders also came together in turn 4, resulting in Pollard spinning off the front of Majeski. The field narrowly avoided him, and chunks of the crowd hurled insults toward Majeski. On the next lap however, Majeski tapped his hood, accepting fault for the incident. That meant that Majeski would go to the rear of the field, while Pollard would have his spot back.
“Me and him have raced a lot together. We give each other a lot of respect. He’s the best in the Midwest,” Pollard said of Majeski and the incident. “It happened so fast. He kind of likes to charge the corner and I lift early so it all of a sudden happened.”
2016 Kulwicki Driver Development Program champion Alex Prunty surprised many by finishing a strong second, but some problems held him back as he alluded to when asked if he had the car to beat Pollard.
“I did. We had a really good car. I lost power steering with about 50 to go, and it was just too little too late,” Prunty said. “I thought I could maybe get him on the bottom, but all in all, second place finish I am really happy.”
After leading a large part of the race, Steve Apel wound up finishing third just ahead of Ty Majeski. Brad Keith came back from his struggles, which included a spin, to finish fifth.
-By Caleb Slouha, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
-Photo credit: Bruce Nuttleman/Speed51.com
Slinger Nationals Unofficial Results
Slinger Speedway – July 18, 2017
|14||7D||John DeAngelis Jr.|
|16||10R||Jon Reynolds Jr.|