Pollard makes impressive run at Michigan ARCA Super Series event
A day before the big boys took to the track at Michigan International Speedway, Senoia’s Bubba Pollard also made quite a run a night earlier during a third-place finish in the ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.
Pollard’s JEGS.com No. 26 Super Late Model was one of the most potent racecars at Berlin throughout 251 laps, on Saturday- but he simply ran out of laps in the race’s stretch run while still managing to continue his recent string of strong finishes.
“We had a good racecar,” said Pollard after climbing from his car at Berlin. “We were a better racecar on the long run. We needed green-flag laps. The way these races play out, we had 50 laps to go and I think we ran 10 of them under green. We just needed more laps to possibly run second or race with Johnny (VanDoorn, race winner) at the end.”
Pollard has continued to prove to be one of the most versatile racers in the country. He and his family team race both in his home territory, the Southeast, as well as several major Midwestern events such as the Battle at Berlin 251. Pollard is always tough to beat at some of his home tracks and has found the Midwest locals tough to beat at their tracks.
“This is a local track. Johnny should win here. If he didn’t, something’s wrong,” Pollard said. “He should run good at Winchester, Anderson and all those other places too. Maybe he needs to come down south and run with us a little bit. We come up here, but none of those guys ever come down there. It’s tough running against the local guys, but we did the best we can. We struggled a little bit all weekend, but we never gave up.
“I think it’s just making laps around this place. It took me all day Friday, half of Saturday and half of Sunday to get comfortable. It’s all about making laps around here and finding out what you need. This place is tough.”
Still, Pollard’s third-place run placed him within striking distance of a large payday offered up by the ARCA/CRA Super Series presented by JEGS if he can have the highest average finish between Berlin and two events still to come this season.
“I think we have a good shot,” added Pollard. “We’ll have a good chance of winning that. I felt like we had a good shot to win this weekend, but we’ll see what we have in the next two races.”
Pollard’s schedule is just ramping up. Up next is the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Gulf Coast Doubleheader between Five Flags Speedway in Florida on Friday and Mobile International Speedway in Alabama on Saturday.