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Kevin Harvick got outdrank by Bubba Pollard, open to 2025 Snowball

The 2014 Cup champion had fun despite several reasons not to

Kevin Harvick really enjoyed his debut at Five Flags Speedway in the ASA Southern Super Series race last weekend and also his first time in the modern Super Late Model platform, even if the results did not look that impressive.

The 2014 Cup Series champion finished 15th and one lap down.

“It’s fast,” Harvick told Short Track Scene after the race on Friday. “You burn the back tires off it when you’re not right. I want to run the races with these guys in it because I really like these racers. I like our CARS Tour and Late Model Stock guys too but I really like Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick. This is my idea of fun right now. And yeah, we struggled a little bit but I also need a project like this, something to work on and get better at in this stage of my career, and I’m going to get better running against the guys because they are the best at what they do.”

After a couple of days to think about it, Harvick also addressed the event on his Happy Hour podcast.


“It was fun. I had a blast,” Harvick said on his show. “Learned a new racetrack, learned a new car, got my butt kicked by Bubba Pollard, Bubba Pollard lapped me, so that made me feel pretty good. We went to Pensacola, Florida to Five Flags Speedway. I think they had almost 6,000 people show up to the race, which is the track where they have the Snowball Derby.”

He really enjoyed the Florida half mile and the platform.

“I’d never been there, I’ve hadn’t driven the car,” Harvick said. “You’re racing against the best of the best Super Late Model guys in the country. They can go anywhere in the country, that group of guys, and win races. But that’s how I wanted to do it. I wanted to step away outside of my comfort zone to be able to say okay, these are the cars I want to race. I need to go race against the best guys, because that’s how you get better quicker.”

He said he felt okay on a night where the heat indices were in the triple digits … until his alternator failed and shut off his cool suit.

“I felt good until about Lap 50,” Harvick said. “It was hot. I decided, I’ll put this cool shirt in and it’s going to be the best Late Model race ever and guess what happened? It failed. Alternator went out right before halfway. All the gauges turned off. All the fans went off and I was like, oh my god, I’m going to die. It was panhandle Florida hot.”

Harvick then said he got beat by Pollard in the beer drinking department too.

“Stuck around after the race and signed autographs for about an hour and a half with the fans, which led to a beer-drinking competition that I’ll always lose against Bubba Pollard,” Harvick said. “Thank God it rained because that would have been a disaster. It started down-pouring, and we had to leave.”

Pollard, Nasse and Roderick marvel on NASCAR night at Five Flags

Snowball Derby?

Harvick said from the beginning that he doesn’t see himself running the Snowball Derby … but did leave some wiggle room.

“Not this year,” Harvick told Short Track Scene. “Ryan Preece is going to come down here and run and William Sawalich is going to come down here and run. They’re going to run. For me, I want to run as many of the Blizzard races as I can. Go to New Smyrna and run 10 races next year. And then come to the Derby.”

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 also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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