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Bubba Pollard joins JR Motorsports for Martinsville 300

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UPDATE: Comments from Bubba Pollard on how he landed at JR Motorsports for Martinsville.

Bubba Pollard has joined JR Motorsports.

The dream pairing will take place at the biggest Late Model Stock race of the season as Pollard will race for the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway. Pollard will drive a No. 98 alongside full-time teammate Josh Berry in his flagship No. 88.

READ MORE: Breaking down Martinsville 300 changes | Race will allow duplicate numbers again

Pollard is the de facto face of Super Late Model racing in North America, having won nearly every major event outside of the Snowball Derby. He made his Late Model Stock debut at Martinsville last year with Jamie Yelton’s FatHead Racing and was in position to win the race in the closing laps before getting spun by Layne Riggs.

READ MORE: Earnhardt meets Pollard and Nasse at Lucas Oil

Earnhardt first watched Pollard race in person during Brickyard 400 weekend when he attended the 51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana.

“I shook his hand and said how much I enjoy what he does and how he goes about it,” Earnhardt told Short Track Scene last week. “That was the first time I got the chance to watch him race in person and thought it was cool that I could see him win in person.”

The race weekend is scheduled for October 4-5 with the main event taking place on that Saturday under the lights. C.E. Falk III is the defending race winner. The race will feature a record purse in 2019, with the winner taking home $32,000 with an overall field purse of $110,000. The race will air live on FansChoice.TV and the Motor Racing Network.

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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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