“If I’m going to win a pair of boxing gloves, I might as well put it on them.”
Bubba Pollard delivered a performance worthy of the sweet science in winning the Rumble by the River 125 for the third time in his career on Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Central Alabama.
The 33-year-old was surgical in his approach like a Mayweather, Pacquiao or Monzon.
The victory wasn’t flag-to-flag in nature, but one that required a tactical approach instead. Pollard posted the quickest speed in time trials but was forced to start sixth due to a pill redraw.
He took his time in working his way towards the front, even as the likes of Augie Grill and Connor Okrzesik drove by him on the outside. Hunter Robbins led for much of the first half but suffered a mechanical failure. Grill completely lost the handling of his car in the second half. Okrzesik faded late.
Pollard didn’t lead until Lap 100 but led the remaining 25 laps and collected $10,500 — plus his third set of Rumble by the River 125 boxing gloves.
He put it on ‘em.
“You can’t practice up there during the day because it’s so slick,” Pollard said of the high side. “But once the sun goes down, you can move up. Augie jumped up there really quick and was real tight.
“I waited for the track to come to me. You have to have a car that will turn good on the outside. That’s what we had tonight.”
In a season that has already featured so much success, Pollard won twice in three races over the past seven nights earning a combined $30,500 between winning the American Freedom 200 at Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania and The Rumble by the River.
He struggled in the Slinger Nationals on Wednesday but responded with a victory that paid $5000 plus an additional $5000 for the Double Down in the Next Town bonus for participating in the previous Southern Super Series race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.
The win was the 71st Super Late Model triumph of his career and 113th feature victory when adding his Pro Late Model wins over the past 16 years since he started racing in 2004.
Robbins led the most laps, 54, but was eliminated on Lap 95 while leading. For the second time in three Southern Super Series race, Kyle Plott led, but also was eliminated due to a mechanic issue near the midway point. Plott led the the first 41 laps.
Okrzesik took over the top spot when Robbins fell off the pace and beat Pollard off a restart with 31 laps to go. Pollard got beat off the next restart with 25 to go, but moved to the outside and simply drove by the youngster from Mobile, Alabama.
Jackson Boone and Jake Garcia got by Okrzesik in the final laps to complete the podium.
The Southern Super Series season will resume on July 31 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola with the third Blizzard Series race. Pollard extended his championship lead over Stephen Nasse, who missed the race to compete in Monday’s Redbud 400. Garcia took over second with his third place finish.
The complete results can be found below.
- Bubba Pollard
- Jackson Boone
- Jake Garcia
- Connor Okrzesik
- Casey Roderick
- Dawson Fletcher
- Jeremy Pate
- Michael House
- Daniel Dye
- John Bolen
- Augie Grill
- Kyle Plott
- Colin Allman
- Hunter Robbins
- Kyle Bryant