Bubba Pollard Is Finally “The Bride” at Peachstate Speedway
Rain Doesn’t Wash Away the Dawn Communications 100 at Series’ Home Track
Bubba Pollard was in GAS victory lane for the first time in 2007 (51 Photos)
“I told my crew, we can’t finish second again,” joked Pollard. “We were holding back a little bit through most of the race. We were trying to save our tires. Fleeman jumped out there, and he wanted to run faster than I did at the beginning of the race. I told my guys that I wasn’t going to run that fast. Heck, I am not even sure I could have run that fast.”
Qualifying was rained out due to a lengthy thunderstorm that saturated the Northeast Georgia area, and the field was set by current GAS points. That put Russell Fleeman on the pole, but after the inversion (the top-five cars were inverted) Greg Motes was set to start out front.
When the green flag waved, Motes was able to take advantage of his position and lead for a few laps, but the point leader Russell Fleeman was quickly working his way up from the fifth position and by lap 15 he was out front.
Motes was able to hang around the top-five until a broken sway-bar late in the race would ruin any chance he had of vying with Pollard and Fleeman for the win.
”We had a good car from the word go,” said Fleeman. “We have been doing some testing up here the past few weeks, trying some different shocks and springs to get ready for this race. I knew that we had a good car on the short runs and I expected Bubba to be good on the long runs. I just came up a little short. I thought that I could hold him off, but Bubba did a good job getting by me and we still had a lot of fun out there racing for the win. It’s always fun racing with these great drivers.”
For most of the race it looked as though it may be Fleeman’s night, but Pollard wasn’t going to settle for finishing second again. He started in the third position and quickly was up to second. It looked as though that was his place to be, but Pollard knew he would just ride until the end. And on lap 92 he set his sights on getting out front and was able to get by Fleeman coming out of turn four.
There is an old saying, ‘Always the bridesmaid and never the bride’. Well, Bubba Pollard knows that story well all too well. Heading into last weekend’s event at Peachstate Speedway, he had finished in the runner up spot twice in the 2007 Georgia Asphalt Series season. But finally, on Saturday night, Pollard became “the Bride” by putting that legend to rest as he was able to slip by Russell Fleeman with eight laps to go and claim his first victory this year in the Dawn Communications 100 at the northern-Georgia speedplant.
Fleeman was fast, but not fast enough to hold off Pollard.
Even though it was only for eight laps, once Pollard was out front, there was no catching him as he went on to claim his first victory of the season.
“I think Fleeman just burned the tires off of it,” added Pollard. “My car was better on the long runs and then he was good on the shorts runs. I was afraid the caution was going to come out towards the end of the race and that it was going to hurt us, but it stayed green and I was able to get by him.”
Local underdog Joel Anderson had worked his way up front and was giving Fleeman a run for his money for the second spot, but the GAS point leader was able to hold him off to finish second in the event. Anderson finished third, followed by David Elliott and Michael Pope who rounded out the top-five.
The next race for the Georgia Asphalt Series will be a return to the home track of GAS, Peachstate Speedway on Saturday May 26, 2007.