When someone thinks about Super Late Model racing, the first name that comes to mind is Bubba Pollard. The Senoia, Georgia driver has been one of the most dominant drivers in the sport in recent years, winning just about everywhere he goes. But this year, Pollard is going to try something different. He’s going to get behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock Car owned by Jamie Yelton’s Fathead Racing in 2018.
When asked why he’s decided to run a Late Model Stock Car, Pollard said, “To race the best.”
Pollard said currently the plan is to race the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Virginia’s Langley Speedway on Thursday, April 19, and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, September 29.
The 30-year-old driver has made a career out of racing Super and Pro Late Models. He’s also dabbled in stock cars with a few ARCA Racing Series starts, and lately he’s also been racing Dirt Late Models. He said that running a Late Model Stock Car at Martinsville and Langley is just something he’s really been wanting to do.
“It’s just been on the bucket list,” Pollard told Speed51.com on Tuesday morning. “Just like I want to race a NASCAR Modified, and run some Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races and World of Outlaw Dirt Late Model races.”
Pollard said he is aware that racing a Late Model Stock will be a different challenge, and he said that’s why he’s glad to be doing these two races with Fathead Racing.
“It’s important to team up with Fathead Racing for the knowledge and experience they have with Late Model Stocks,” he explained. “The stocks are so much different than what I am use to. I’ve never even sat in one. It’s going to be a challenge. It’s not going to be easy. These guys are good. I will have to adjust my driving and just do the best we can.”
Pollard said he is looking forward to getting the chance to race against drivers like Lee Pulliam, Josh Berry and Philip Morris, drivers that he’s either raced against only a handful of times or none at all because they race different styles of Late Models.
He also said that he knows it’s going to be a big challenge to walk out of Langley with a trophy or out of Martinsville with a clock.
“It would be cool (to win), but I’m just grateful for the opportunity that I get to do what I love to do every weekend,” said Pollard. “My family works hard during the week so we can go do this as a family and have fun.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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