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Bubba Pollard Stays Consistent in ‘Fun’ Nationals at Orange County

Short track superstar started and finished seven in the Old North State Nationals

Andy Marquis | STS

ROUGEMONT, NC – Bubba Pollard went to Orange County Speedway to have fun, and that’s exactly what he did.

Pollard started and finished the 200-lap, $30,000-to-win Old North State Nationals in the seventh position.  After the race, which was his fourth Late Model Stock Car start and his second in the Late Model Stock side of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour, short track racing’s most recognizable star was all smiles.

“With a good bunch of guys,” Pollard told Short Track Scene.  “I really had fun with Marcus [Richmond], Justin [Johnson], Jason [Stanley] and Chase [Janes], all their guys done a great job to make me feel at home and have fun this weekend.  That’s what it’s all about.  They’re a great group of guys and just lucky for them to let me be a part of it.”

The solid showing at Orange County Speedway comes after Pollard finished the 2020 season on the Super Late Model side in a slump.  On Sunday, he felt good all day about the car and his chances to have a strong result.

“They brought me a good piece,” Pollard said.  “I felt really good about the racecar all day all weekend.  Then, when we got to race there, we were tight and never could get that tightness out of it.  I don’t know if it was tires or what went wrong or air pressures or something.  Track position is so important.  These guys run so close, so good.  It’s fun racing with this group of guys.  All in all, it’s a good weekend, have fun, hopefully come back and do it again.”

Along with racing with the CARS Tour regulars, Pollard also raced against Stephen Nasse and Jared Fryar, two drivers he’s raced against before in Super Late Models.  Pollard commended them, and other drivers in the tour, for the respect they showed on track.

“It’s always fun racing these grown guys who have respect for each other and race hard,” Pollard reiterated.  “That’s what it’s all about.  I learned a lot today, hopefully take it and run a lot more of these races.”

When it comes to the Super Late Model program, Pollard said he is working on a “game plan” and should be ready to go racing within a couple months.

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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