Before Bubba Pollard strapped into his Super Late Model at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) for the All American 400, he made a quick trip to victory lane by winning the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model 100 Sunday.
Pollard took the lead from defending Pro Late Model track champion Michael House on lap 62 of the 100-lap event and led the rest of the way to take the $6,500 winner’s payday.
Pollard admitted it was a bit of a learning curve running against the local shoes who compete for the track’s Pro Late Model track championship, but the Georgia driver worked his way to the front after starting third.
“That was a fun race,” said Pollard in victory lane. “I didn’t really know how the cautions were going to play out. We were riding there at the beginning, letting the tires come up. I haven’t raced against a lot of these guys in the Pro division, see how they restart and things like that.
“When we got going, I didn’t feel like I was in the position I needed to be in. I felt like I needed to get to the front a little quicker, so that’s what I did.”
House held on to second position to close out the 2019 season for the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Models, as the race counted as the season finale for the track championship. House was pleased to be able to compete with Pollard throughout the race and prove he could race with the best Late Model racers in the country.
“I just hung on there. To be able to run with Bubba at the end like that, he’s about the best there is right now in Late Model racing.”
Stephen Nasse completed a podium of racers composed entirely of double-duty racers competing in both the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model races for the All American 400. Nasse felt he had the speed to compete with Pollard, but could only make his way up to third after starting 11th.
“It was a long day out there, a lot of caution laps,” said Nasse. “To come home third is pretty good. I thought we had a really fast car. I just didn’t have the right gear in it, I was hitting the chip down the backstraightaway about halfway. I really felt like we had something for Bubba, we just didn’t have a chance to show it.”
Jackson Boone finished fourth, claiming the 2019 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville championship in the process. The Franklin, Tennessee native hopes to carry the championship and strong showing on Sunday into Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 in December.
“I lacked a little bit in the center. I needed a little bit more drive on exit, but we’re going to find that. We’re going to go to the Snowflake, and we’re going to the Snowflake to win. We’re taking this race as a learning curve, and we’ll regroup and get them. I know we can get these people. I’m driving for one of the best teams in the country. These guys are smart enough, so we’ll get there, I’m not worried.”
Unofficial Results – Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model 100
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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