Bubba Pollard will be spending his Easter weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The Super Late Model veteran from Senoia, GA will be making the trek to the “Birthplace of NASCAR Stars” to compete in the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150.
Pollard has made a handful of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) starts throughout his career, but on Saturday he’ll be looking to make his first Easter Bunny 150 start and his first PASS start since 2012. Although his name has yet to appear on the official entry list for the event, Pollard recently confirmed his plans to enter the race.
In addition to chasing the Easter Bunny trophy and $5,000 payday, Pollard looks forward to gaining experience racing against competition that he plans to race against during one of Super Late Model racing’s crown jewels later this year.
“I’m excited to race them. For one reason, if I’m not mistaken, this is a race that could guarantee us into the Oxford 250. That’s big for us because we plan to go up to the Oxford 250 this year,” Pollard told Speed51.com. “Not only if we win do we get a starting spot there, it’s important for that, but just racing against some of the Northern guys that are coming down and getting experience racing against those guys so we can take it into Oxford.
“It will be big to know what we’re up against and racing with the PASS series because we’re not as familiar with the rules and what they have going. It will be big for us to get some seat time against the competitors and with the series.”
Pollard has one previous start at Hickory Motor Speedway, a fourth-place finish in a CARS Tour event last August. The history, prestige and character of the facility makes it a track that he’d like to pull his No. 26 Super Late Model into victory lane at.
“It has a lot of history over the years,” Pollard began. “It’s got character to the race track. It’s bumpy, it’s rough, it’s flat. It’s everything that I like racing on. It’s one of the cool tracks that I’ve never won at, so hopefully we can check it off the list. It has a lot of history with Cup going there back in the day and it would be cool to get a win there if we could.”
One of the strongest competitors sitting in Pollard’s path to victory lane is two-time defending PASS South champion Matt Craig. The Easter Bunny 150 will be the first race that both Craig and Pollard will be attending since their run-in at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) in February.
Although he’s still not happy with how thing went down, Pollard will be focused on one thing when the green flag waves on Saturday.
“I’m there to win races,” he said. “I’m not going for him. You’ll never forget it, that’s for sure. It’s always in the back of your mind, but I’m there to win races.”
After staying close to home last weekend to celebrate Easter early, Pollard will be bringing his family to Hickory and hopes to win his daughter the stuffed Easter bunny that comes with the trophy.
“We kind of did Easter last weekend and we’ll make it back on Sunday to go to church and enjoy it with the family,” Pollard said of his Easter plans. “They sacrifice a lot for me to race so it would be cool to win it with my family there.”
Race fans will be able to watch Pollard and the rest of the PASS competitors via a live pay-per-view video stream of the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150. Live video tickets can be purchased today for $19.99 by clicking here.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor