Bubba Pollard Hopes Road to GAS Title Starts at Birmingham
Georgia Young Gun Hopes to Shake Bad Luck at BIR for First Race of 2007
When the Georgia Asphalt Series season started in 2006, points were the furthest thing from Bubba Pollard’s mind. In fact, the young Georgia driver did not even enter last year’s GAS season opener at Lanier National Speedway.
But a second-place finish in the next race at Anderson Motor Speedway got the ball rolling on Pollard’s 2006 season. Despite having two fewer starts than his competition, Pollard finished as the runner-up in the 2006 GAS point standings.
Now for 2007, Pollard is starting out the season hunting down a championship. His #26 Pollard Motorsports team plans to run the entire GAS schedule starting this weekend at Birmingham International Raceway.
“Last year, we missed two races and finished second in points,” said Pollard. “This year, we felt that with the points fund being more money, $20,000 for the champion, that we would stick with the GAS Series. They are going to get a lot of publicity and have some good racing, so we’re going to try and run all of their races this year.”
Pollard is looking forward to being a full-time GAS driver, and he feels that the series will have a great season.
Pollard's #26 GAS Entry (51 Photo)
“There will be some great racecar driving coming in to compete with the GAS Series. It will be some good and interesting racing and I think that we’ll have a chance to run with them.”
Because of his previous record of bad luck there, Pollard might not be quite as excited about going to Birmingham. He likes the track, but has had his share of bad days there.
“It’s been a couple of years since we went to Birmingham,” said Pollard. “I’m not really looking forward to going back because we’ve had some trouble and bad luck there. We ran well, but it seems like with five or 10 laps to go, somehow or another we always get caught in a wreck. We’ve seen the wall a few times.
“It’s different from any other track that you go to. You go into the corner low and wash up towards the wall. You run around the outside wall. A lot of guys are intimidated by Birmingham. I like the track, we just haven’t ended up finishing well there in the past. I hope that will change after this weekend.”
Practice and qualifying for the Early Bird 100 Georgia Asphalt Series event at Birmingham International Raceway takes place Saturday, February 24th. The 100-lap feature event will be the feature attraction that also includes six divisions of the best short track racing in the Southeast.