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Bubba Pollard, Jamie Yelton prepare for Martinsville debut together

Matthew Bishop | STS

It’s coming a little later than intended but Bubba Pollard is as prepared as he’s going to get for his Late Model Stock debut.

The Super Late Model superstar was supposed to enter the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown back in April with Jamie Yelton’s Fat Head Racing but they were not satisfied with a test the week before the Langley Speedway charity race and ultimately withdrew their entry.

Since then, he’s traversed the continent, winning races from Cayuga, Ontario-to-Pensacola, Florida. Over the past two weeks alone, the 31-year-old has collected over $65,000 after winning the prestigious Oxford 250 and the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals.

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Next up for Pollard is the $25,000-to-win ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on September 29. It’s the biggest race of the year and only 42 will start out of the 70-plus expected to enter. So Pollard and Yelton will have to be at their usual best to make the show.

“They’re working on it,” Pollard said.

Pollard and Yelton are expected to be in attendance for the September 19 practice day.

“We’re going to run it and test it,” Pollard said. “We’ll get it better. Hopefully we can run it some the next couple of weeks and get it ready. If it is, we’ll run it and if it ain’t, we’ll just wait until another day.”

Speaking to Race22.com last month, Yelton said he expects to be ready for Martinsville.

“We’ll be just fine,” he said. “We’re going to be ready to race. If they beat us, it won’t be because of lack of preparation, it’ll be because we got beat.”

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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