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Broken water pump belt derails Bubba Pollard’s All-American 400

Pollard was unable to secure a clean sweep of both All-American weekend races on Sunday

Jeff Ames | STS

Bubba Pollard rolled his Senneker Performance Super Late Model behind the wall just around 100 laps into Sunday’s All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

He had noticed smoke from his hood just as he cracked the top-five and was attempting to hold on for a caution that never came. He saw debris that he suspected could give him the break he needed but it just didn’t play out that way.

“We broke a water pump belt,” Pollard said after going behind the wall. “I thought we were going to get a caution there, a piece of debris fell right there getting in one, I was going to try to ride it around a couple of laps to see if we were going to get a caution, but we never did. Just hate it, I thought we had a good car.

“I just needed an adjustment there, work on it a little bit, and I think we would have been fine. I just hate it. We didn’t get to see what we had.”

Bubba will have to settle with just one guitar instead of two this year, which is an accomplishment in its own right, having won the 100-lap Pro Late Model prelude earlier in the afternoon.

Next up for Pollard is the last remaining crown jewel for his resume, the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

“Yeah, we tried some new packages here,” Pollard said. “I think it’s going pretty good so we can take it and go test and see how we do.”

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