With a Southern Super Series victory on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, Bubba Pollard recaptured lost momentum and reestablished himself as the current standard-bearer in southern Super Late Model racing.
The winningest driver of the summer suffered a bitter defeat last weekend in the CARS Tour Mid-Atlantic Classic but continued his hot stretch with a victory in the Universal Fabricators 100 on the Gulf Coast.
The Georgia native now has wins in the prestigious Slinger Nationals and Money in the Bank 100 to go along with a pair of Southern Super Series races at Pensacola and another one co-promoted with the CARS Tour at Anderson Speedway.
Like each of these victories, Pollard faced a solid field, this time 25 drivers to post his sixth Super win of the season.
“It’s been pretty good,” Pollard said in Victory Lane regarding his recent hot stretch. “This is actually a different car from what we’ve been racing all year. It just goes to show you that we have good race cars.
“It speaks a lot to Senneker Performance, Hamner Racing Enginers and Five Star Bodies, Anderson Maple Syrup — everyone on this car. There’s a bunch of people involved in this.”
Reigning Southern Super Series champion Donnie Wilson took the lead from pole-sitter Cole Williams on Lap 5 and led until Lap 46 when he got trapped behind Logan Boyett and Kyle Bryant at the tail end of the lead lap.
Pollard capitalized, swinging to the top side and taking the lead, even carrying Stephen Nasse with him to second. From there, Pollard never surrendered the lead.
The race stayed green until Lap 90 when Johanna Long spun on the frontstretch. Wilson spun his tires on the ensuing restart and Pollard led the rest of the way.
“I know that was a bit of a boring race, but I just appreciate the fans for coming out,” Pollard said. “It’s always good to see this many people at a short track race these days.”
As exuberant as Pollard was, Wilson was left equally irritated at Boyett and Bryant for holding him up. Wilson ultimately finished third behind Jeff Choquette.
“Well, some of those stupid lap cars don’t pay attention to the leaders,” Wilson said. “They’re supposed to get down and let the leaders get by instead of race side-by-side for five laps. But I guess you can’t fix stupid.
“It was a good run for us to finish second and now third in these two Blizzard races so we’re getting closer. Congrats to Bubba and Jeff, they had a little better car than us, and we’ll be back.”
Stephen Nasse finished sixth, which was two spots better than Chandler Smith. The two entered the race in a dead tie for the Southern Super Series championship so Nasse was able to escape Pensacola with some degree of separation.
The next Southern Super race is the Lee Fields Memorial 100 on August 19 at Mobile International Speedway.
The complete unofficial results from Pensacola can be found below.
- Bubba Pollard
- Jeff Choquette
- Donnie Wilson
- Christian Eckes
- Casey Roderick
- Stephen Nasse
- Kason Plott
- Chandler Smith
- Garrett Jones
- Kyle Plott
- David Rogers
- Casey Smith
- Michael Atwell
- Paul Kelley
- Connor Okrzesik
- Jesse Dutilly
- Chris Davidson
- Johanna Robbins
- Augie Grill
- Logan Boyett
- Trevor Noles
- Kyle Bryant
- Logan Bearden
- Derrick Griffin
- Cole Williams
Note: Short Track Scene was not at this event but watched online via the Speed 51 Pay-Per-View broadcast