Pollard Fills In To Win at Peachstate by Allison Fulson
Takes #42 From Pole to Victory Lane on Owner's 42nd Birthday
In the hills of North Georgia this weekend, a familiar sound arose from Peachstate Speedway. The Georgia Asphalt Series returned to their home track for a 100 lap feature building up to the World Crown 300.
After a blazing qualifying time of 18.019 seconds, Bubba Pollard took the pole for the 100 lap feature at the half-mile facility.
Point leader Ryan Seig began his night in the 18th starting position while an inversion of seven put 16-year-old Legend car sensation Casey Roderick on the pole and veteran Ronnie Sanders outside.
At the drop of the green flag, a fierce battle ensued as Sanders mirrored Roderick into turn one. Several laps later, Larry Jordan and Nick Potts brushed in turn one, which resulted in Jordan spinning and brought out the first caution of the night.
On the restart, Paul Kelley and Taylor Satterfield were able to sneak by Ronnie Sanders on the inside. As they exited turn four Slocumb utilized the inside line as well and drove inside Sanders, who grabbed the front straightaway wall. As he bounced off the wall, he slid down over Slocumb and was hidden in a cloud of smoke where he and David Elliott collided at the end of the front straightaway. Sanders and Elliott finally came to rest near the end of the pit road wall.
As they took the green once more, Kelley and Satterfield teamed up to take over the top positions. As they broke away from the pack, Bubba Pollard, in Tony Clark's 42 machine, battled Roderick as the only front runner on the bottom. While Kelley and Satterfield argued over the top spot, Russell Fleeman made his way from last to challenge Roderick for fourth.
As the halfway flags flew, Kelley, Pollard, and Fleeman were making strides on Satterfield. When they reached lapped traffic, Kelley began to pressure Satterfield just as Pollard was pressuring him. Kelley and Pollard both made it by on the inside to take away the lead.
On lap 77, the caution waved again for an altercation between the #5 of Ashley Freiberg and the #45 of Nick Potts. As they restarted, the 22 of Larry Jordan spun into the pit entrance wall. On the fifth restart of the night, the #31 of Tyler Millwood and #5 of Freiberg performed a synchronized spin into turn one. They finally succeeded on the third attempt at the lap 77 restart. As the green flag waved Kelley and Pollard said goodbye to fourth place Max Gresham as he passed third place Russell Fleeman.
Bubba Pollard (#42) takes the low lane to get ahead of Paul Kelley's #43. (GAS Photos)
Bubba Pollard in victory lane.
On lap 85, Pollard moved his 42 machine beneath Kelley's 43, normally driven by David Watters, and a battle of the borrowed cars began as they ran side by side for two laps until Pollard took the lead on lap 87. Due to lapped traffic, Kelley was able to get back by Pollard on the outside. Again, they battled side by side until Pollard was able to drop down and get a solid run off turn four with seven laps remaining. Soon, Pollard was five car lengths ahead and growing.
With five laps to go, Pollard smoothly negotiated the lapped traffic he encountered and sailed away from Kelley to win this GAS event at the Peachstate Speedway.
“There at the end I thought the lap cars were going to cause a bit of a problem but everyone worked out good and we were able to pull away to win,” Pollard later stated.
“We sat on the pole and I knew I had a good car. I wanted to save my tires as much as
much as I could because I knew we had to be there at the end of the race.”
And there he was, with a pass for the lead with just a mere seven laps to go.
“Tony Clark wanted me to drive his car for the weekend and I’m glad we were able to get a win for him on his birthday,” Pollard noted proudly.
His car owner for the evening, Tony Clark, celebrated his 42nd birthday as his number 42 car crossed the finish line in first with Bubba behind the wheel.
“It feels good to get win #5 this year. Peachstate is one of my favorite tracks and I think we put on a great race tonight” Pollard noted. The fans enjoyed a night of excitement filled with flips, flops, and plenty of bang for their buck.
Going into the event, Ryan Sieg held a ten point lead over former GAS champion Russell Fleeman. Due to an eleventh place finish, Sieg now trails Fleeman by five points with only two races left in the season.
The Georgia Asphalt Series will be back in action at the New Senoia Speedway on September 20th.