ANDERSON, S.C. - Bubba Pollard went two-for-two on Saturday night.
Just 24 hours after taking the win in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Masters of the Pros 200 at Birch Run Speedway in Michigan, Pollard and the entire No. 26 team landed in South Carolina with little sleep, but a big goal of winning their second race of the weekend.
The Senoia, Georgia speedster did just that, as he took down a convincing victory in the Southern Super Series/CARS Super Late Model Tour Border War 150 at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, South Carolina.
Pollard started the day off by qualifying second alongside polesitter and fellow Georgian Kyle Plott.
After a rocky start to the race, in which a missed shift by Plott stacked up the field, Pollard got the lead on lap 6, going on to control much of the race. But he got a stiff challenge from Lawrenceville, Georgia’s Casey Roderick, who tailed Pollard for much of the race’s second half.
Despite some pressure from Roderick, Pollard felt he still had some extra speed in reserve.
“I had a little left in the tank. I didn’t really wanna use it because you never know when the caution is gonna come back out,” Pollard explained after the race. “He had a good car. I thought he was getting some good restarts there, maybe jumping a little bit. The last restart we were able to get clear on the outside.”
While Roderick came up short, he has been happy with the gains the Ronnie Sanders Racing Super Late Model operation has made.
“I could really roll into the center good but I couldn’t get in the gas like (Bubba) could, Roderick said. “Being a crate car you need to keep your momentum up and just not being able to get the throttle down was just killing us up off the corner. He would just little by little get an edge on us. I’m proud of our progress. I feel like I’ve learned a lot the last few weeks and I’ve been able to apply that everywhere we go. We’re getting better. We’re not quite there yet but we’re getting better. Just gotta race a lot and work hard and that’s what we’re doing.”
Behind Pollard and Roderick, Kyle Plott made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Southern Super Series and the State of Georgia, as he fought back through the field to finish third. Raphael Lessard came home in fourth, followed by Matt Craig in fifth.
Preston Peltier, Matt Wallace, Molly Helmuth, Scotty Ellis and Anthony Cataldi rounded out the top ten.
The Southern Super Series will have a weekend off before traveling to Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Friday, June 22.
For more information, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com.
Southern Super Series/CARS Super Late Model Tour
Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC
Border War 150 – June 9, 2018
Unofficial Race Results
1. Bubba Pollard
2. Casey Roderick
3. Kyle Plott
4. Raphael Lessard
5. Matt Craig
6. Preston Peltier
7. Matt Wallace
8. Molly Helmuth
9. Scotty Ellis
10. Anthony Cataldi
11. Tim Hollis
12. Corey Heim
13. Steve Wallace
14. Jared Fryar
15. Jeff Batten
16. Chad McCumbee
17. Greg Burgress
18. Shane Chastain
19. Lance Moss
20. Lee Tissot
21. Connor Okrzesik
22. Anthony Sergi
23. Collin Allman
24. Hudson Halder
25. Jett Noland
26. Harold Crooms
27. Darrell Gilchrist