For the second night in a row, Bubba Pollard went to victory lane in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Pollard took the lead on Lap 34 of the 50-lap feature from pole-sitter Derek Kraus and withstood a late-race restart to score the victory, giving him two wins in three nights during his World Series debut.
Pollard was just as excited about win number two, driving for the legendary David Rogers while Rogers recovers from a minor surgical procedure.
“This is special,” Pollard told Speed51. “To be driving this car with this group of guys is cool. These are hard-working guys, they deserve it. Some of my guys came down and helped us out. They worked together really well.”
Pollard hopes to continue the hot streak and add on more wins moving forward in the World Series.
“As the race track changes, we just have to keep up with the race track, make the right calls throughout the day,” Pollard stated. “The car’s there, just minor things to keep up with.”
While Pollard pulled away on a late-race restart, the field scrambled behind him. Kraus restarted alongside Pollard but got loose and washed up the race track in turns one and two. Kraus nearly collected Dan Fredrickson, but the two maintained control of their cars and carried on.
Brad May escaped the chaos to come home second, finishing as the runner-up for the second night in a row. He restarted third but expected some aggressive driving and prepared accordingly.
“Everybody gets aggressive right at the end,” May said. “I was kind of expecting that. I hugged the bottom, saw them run in hard. I was able to stay on the bottom and stay out of the mess.”
Kraus fell to sixth in the final running order as a result. He knew the restart would be a challenge after Pollard took the high line, but was already looking ahead to tomorrow’s race.
“Restarting on the bottom is so tough here,” Kraus said. “In one and two, you can’t really make the bottom work. We just made a little contact in the corner. I got loose, then we were both sideways and I got into him a little bit. I guess that’s racing. We’ll come back and try again tomorrow night.”
Fredrickson, who led most of Monday’s feature race before a late-race miscue in turn three led to the Illinois driver collecting the wall, put his piece back together for another strong run and finished third. He was disappointed to not have a shot at the win but pleased to come home in one piece.
“I thought I was going to race Bubba for the win, but I got tagged in the door on the restart and lost a bunch of position,” Fredrickson explained. “It could have been worse. It could have been a big crash. I’d like to see the replay on that.”
Derek Griffith finished fourth, while Logan Seavey raced his way from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.
Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Tuesday night’s action at New Smyrna Speedway by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
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