PENSACOLA, Fla. – Saturday night will mark the end of the season for both the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway.
But for Bubba Pollard, it marks the beginning of a very busy stretch of racing after two months away from asphalt super late model racing.
During that time off, the Senoia, Ga., driver has seen additions to his family and racing operation.
“We took some time off here, got a house built, had a little girl, but very excited to get back racing,” Pollard said. “We’ve been working really hard over the last two months; building some new race cars, and getting ready for the end of the year here. We got three big races the next three weeks. We’re looking forward to it.”
Pollard’s return to the late model fray on Saturday will lead into two long distance races over the following two weeks: the All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (Tenn.) and the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
Over the course of the summer, Pollard made just one major asphalt start in an outlaw late model at the Kalamazoo Klash in Kalamazoo, Mich. Outside of that one start, Pollard has spent the majority of his racing time in his native Georgia on the dirt at Senoia Raceway, where he has found success in the track’s crate late models.
“We’ve been doing a lot of dirt racing,” he explained. “We won the last couple of weeks in a row, just had our seventh dirt win of the year right here at Senoia, our home track. We’ve had a lot of fun doing that. Staying in the seat, even if it is dirt, still being in the race car helps a ton. Really having fun doing a different type of racing.”
Although Pollard has spent time away from the asphalt recently and goes into Saturday with new equipment, he feels he has as good of a chance as ever to visit victory lane. Given his 11 career wins at Five Flags, including the 2014 Snowflake 100, it is not hard to imagine why. It is only a matter of being properly organized going into the weekend.
“I think we got a shot every time we go to the race track,” Pollard stated. “We got some things worked out, I think our asphalt program has been a little off this year. Just been tough, had a lot going on, we’ve been working hard. I think our team is capable of winning week in, week out everywhere we go.”
While Pollard is looking forward to getting much needed seat time in advance of the 49th Snowball Derby Dec. 1-4, he knows from past experience that building a notebook for the Derby in late September may not be a wise decision.
“This race track changes so much every year when we get from now to the Derby. You can get a baseline setup, but when it comes to Derby time the racetrack is totally different, race cars drive different. Other than getting seat time down there and a baseline, that’s about it.”
CREDIT: Southern Super Series