HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — For second consecutive year in a row, Georgia’s own Bubba Pollard finished off the Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway sitting in victory lane.
“It’s fun to come back here two years in a row and the first one was cool, but the second one is unbelievable,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “To be able to come back and do it against such great cars and competition, it was fun racing there at the end. I thought the race worked out good with tires and strategy. I thought it was a lot of fun.”
Starting fifth following qualifying, Pollard ran in the top-five throughout the race, jumping out into the lead following the race’s first caution. Although he dropped back a few spots through the middle portion of the event, he’d make his way back forward, passing Eddie MacDonald for the lead with 15 laps to go, pacing the field the rest of the way en route to the victory.
“Just be there at the end, that was the biggest thing,” Pollard said of his strategy. “It doesn’t matter who leads throughout the race, you just have to be there at the end. That’s what we needed to do – just kind of ride there and not show everybody what you got too early so they start working on their cars and if paid off for us today.”
Although MacDonald crossed the finish line second in his first ever Nationals appearance, he was disqualified post-race for a ignition box violation. Current APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour points lead Matt Pritiko was credited with second, followed by J.R. Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick led the most laps through the middle portion of the feature, but credits a bad right front tire for falling back at the end. Colin Garrett and Brandon Watson rounded out the top-five.
Derek Ramstorm finished sixth, followed by Patrick Laperle, Dawson Fletcher, Andrew Gresel, and Chris Davidson.
Several front runners saw their days end early, as result of various incidents around the oval over the course of the 250 laps. Brian Campbell and Albert Francis qualified third and fourth respectively, but were caught up in separate accidents on-track. Cayden Lapcevich started sixth, but finished 35th following motor issues and contact.