After a frustrating night in the Redbud 400, Bubba Pollard vowed to never again compete at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway.
After cashing $20,000 on Monday night in the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway, Pollard was used as a bowling pin on Saturday night, involved in several on-track incidents that left him peeved with the track and those who frequent it.
The 2014 Southern Super Series champion has always enjoyed decent success at the high-banked quarter mile but hasn’t been able to seal the deal. Pollard again had a fast car but the aggression level leading up to his elimination on Lap 360 has him not wanting to return.
“It was junk,” Pollard said of the competition. “Ain’t nobody out here got any respect for anybody. It’s a quarter mile bullring so what do you expect? I like (track president) Rick Dawson and his track, great show, but I ain’t coming back. Not with this group of guys. This is the worst group of guys I’ve ever raced against in my life.”
The frustration first materialized on a Lap 150 restart when Eddie VanMeter and Raphael Lessard got into him right after the green flag. The contact and subsequent stall cost him a lap. He eventually got it back, but had already broken a spindle and the car wasn’t the same.
Then on Lap 360, he was involved in a crash that began when Jack Dossey and Stephen Nasse got together. Pollard hit Dossey, whom was sideways in Turn 4. The damage ended his night.
“We bent a spindle when (VanMeter) wanted to door slam us,” Pollard said. “We fought that the rest of the day. People just ran into you like a ping pong ball. It’s just a part of racing and on a quarter-mile. There’s a lot of guys out here torn up. It’s part of racing against these guys here.”
So with that said, is this just a knee-jerk reaction from Pollard and something he’ll get over in a couple of weeks?
He says ‘no.’
“I’ve raced with Johnny (VanDoorn) for years, but he ran me like crap at Berlin. It’s the CRA drivers. They don’t have any respect for anybody.”