Most racing enthusiasts consider Bubba Pollard to be the top Late Model driver from the state of Georgia. But before he became a national star, he chased Fredrick Moore all over the southeast.
Moore won 14 Georgia Asphalt Series races over a four-year run, and on this date in 2006 he topped a young Bubba Pollard at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC). Moore led all 100 laps from the pole as Pollard charged from sixth to finish second.
The Georgia Asphalt Series was super competitive that year, with eight different winners including young drivers like Bubba Pollard, Matt Hawkins, Korey Ruble and several others. Moore was consistent during the season, which saw several drivers get disqualified in the early days of Pro Late Model racing.
Pollard was a quick learner and when the tour went back to Anderson in July, he won with Moore finishing behind him in third.
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Other Racing Events on This Date
1956: Ralph Earnhardt, father to Dale Earnhardt and grandfather to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., won a NASCAR Sportsman race at Hickory Motor Speedway over Bobby Waddell and Ned Jarrett. This helped kick off a run to the national championship for Earnhardt, the first for the historic racing family.
1977: Harry Gant scored a victory at Kingsport Speedway (TN). Before Gant made it big in the NASCAR Cup Series, he chased points on the short tracks in the Late Model division. Gant finished second in points three time in the division, and 1977 was third time he did that.
1990: Jeff Purvis won a 400-lap race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. For those who have been to the Snowball Derby, the thought of 400 laps seems unreal, but this All Pro Race happened in 1990. Purvis beat out Rich Bickle for the win, and Rick Crawford was third as the top six cars made the 400-lap distance.
2001: The NASCAR All Pro Series kicked off the season with Scott Carlson dominating the 200-lap race at Mobile International Speedway (AL). This was the last NASCAR Late Model race run at Mobile.
2017: Matt Craig wins the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway over Ben Rowe and Preston Peltier. VIDEO: PASS South Highlights from Orange County Speedway
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com "Stat Boy"
-Photo credit: Georgia Asphalt Racing Series