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Bubba Pollard withdraws from Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

Matthew Bishop | STS

The much ballyhooed Late Model Stock Car debut of Bubba Pollard will have to come later this summer.

The Super Late Model superstar was set to make his debut in a perimeter rail car on Thursday night at Langley Speedway in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown but opted to withdraw after a challenging test last week.

Fat Head Racing built the 31-year-old a brand new car over the winter but their shakedown did not go as anticipated.

“No, we weren’t ready,” crew chief and car owner Jamie Yelton said via text message on Thursday morning.

Pollard is set to run five races this season with Yelton, including the Valley Star Credit Union 300 in September at Martinsville Speedway.

“Man, we just ran out of time and weren’t prepared like I thought we needed to be,” Yelton added. “There’s no need to take it down there and race if we’re not ready. We’re still going to run five or more races. We just needed to be more prepared.”

The Denny Hamlin Showdown is set to take the green flag at 8:30 p.m. and will air live and for free on FansChoice.TV.

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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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