The #Forever11 100 at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Friday night already promised to be a special evening in tribute to Florida racing legend David Rogers. The evening has now gained even more sentimental value, as Bubba Pollard will be piloting Rogers' famed TM Ranch No. 11 in Friday's race in search of a sentimental victory.
Pollard, the leading all-time winner in the Blizzard Series with 20 career victories in the Super Late Model series at Five Flags, is honored to drive the famed machine. Last December, Rogers broke the record held by Red Farmer for most starts in the Snowball Derby before passing away due to complications from his battle with cancer in March.
“It is special for me. It’s an honor," Pollard told Speed51. "It’s hard to let people drive race cars. I’m very thankful and very honored that they think I should be a part of this deal and a part of this race team. With TM Ranch and all of their guys, it's been fun."
Pollard shook down the car Thursday during open practice for Blizzard Series competitors at Five Flags, posting one of the quickest laps of the afternoon. He was pleased with the car's speed off the trailer, giving him hope for a strong showing on Friday night.
“With it being a new race car, I really didn’t know what to expect or how it was going to drive. I just got a feel for things and I unloaded fast. That’s all you can hope for in a new race car.
“We made some adjustments to see what the car likes, know which way to go with the race car. I’ve had a lot of help this weekend, I’m just ready to get going.”
Pollard previously worked with the TM Ranch team throughout the 2019 season, most notably at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). There, Pollard won three races and claimed the Super Late Model championship for the event.
The Senoia, Georgia driver hopes to score one more victory for the team, in what he believes could be the car's final race before being retired out of respect to Rogers.
“Hopefully we can get a victory tonight, it would be very special. I think this will be the last time you see the 11 car on the race track, so hopefully we can get a win for them.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor - Twitter: @ztevans
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