Bubba Pollard says he has no intentions to appeal his five-race CARS Super Late Model Tour suspension, despite feeling the punishment was a steep one for his actions.
The penalties come following a post-race altercation between Pollard and Jeff Craig, the father of race winner Matt Craig. A Facebook video that has since gone viral shows Pollard throwing punches at the elder Craig following the race.
Appearing on Speed51’s The Morning Bullring on Monday, Pollard explained that he received a hand gesture and an “f you'” from Jeff Craig after the conclusion of the race, which led to the physical altercation.
Race22 first reported Pollard will be suspended five races and fined his winnings from Saturday’s event at Hickory Motor Speedway (which were $1,500 according to event registration forms). This information was shared with teams via a memo attached to registration information for the series’ upcoming Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Pollard understood that he would likely be suspended for his actions following Saturday’s race, but felt five races was a long punishment.
“I don’t really know how I feel about it,” Pollard told Speed51. “I understand that something has to be done about the situation, how it was handled. Five races is a little steep.
“It goes to show you racing has forgotten where it come from,” Pollard added. “We didn’t use cars as a weapon. You look at Jason Myers and what happened at Bowman Gray [with Jonathan Brown], those guys were using cars as weapons and running all over each other, and NASCAR gives you one race and CARS gives me five.
“I know things have to be done, I had to be suspended,” Pollard concluded. “It is what it is. It’s part of racing, part of the circumstances. I think it’s a little steep.”
The five-race suspension is consistent with the suspension initially issued by the CARS Tour to Brandon Setzer following another post-race incident at Hickory during the 2018 season. Setzer appealed that decision, which was reduced to one missed event before returning to action, winning later in the season when the series returned to Hickory for last year’s Throwback 276.
However, Pollard says he is unlikely to appeal the suspension.
“We’ll take it and go on. Probably, looking back, we’re not going to appeal it,” Pollard said. “There’s plenty of places to race out there. We’ll just keep on going.”
Only two races remain on the CARS Tour schedule for the 2019 season, so the suspension will carry over to the first three races of the 2020 season if it is not appealed or an appeal is unsuccessful. Depending on the CARS Tour’s 2020 schedule, that could impact Pollard’s ability to compete in co-sanctioned events such as the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), where the suspension would still be in effect.
Nonetheless, Pollard isn’t concerned about that possibility, as he doesn’t compete for points in any of the series involved in events such as the Nashville race – the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour or Southern Super Series.
“It doesn’t really bother me,” Pollard said. “I don’t race for points. Nobody pays me to show up. I can go race where I want to, when I want to and have fun. There’s plenty of racing left. We can go race the dirt car, we can do anything we want. We’ll keep racing.”
The CARS Tour’s next event is the Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway (NC) on Saturday, August 24.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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