Pollard Holds Off Reaid At Gresham
JEFFERSON, Ga. – Two Georgia drivers battled under the lights Saturday night at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park, both desperately wheeling their cars to pick up the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in their backyard.
In the end, Senoia’s Bubba Pollard would win the Racing Radios 125 presented by Schoenfeld Headers after a fierce, but clean, battle with Acworth’s T.J. Reaid.
As a result, Pollard remains undefeated in Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco competition. He captured the inaugural race victory at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville three weeks ago and his win Saturday was a popular one judging by the warm ovation fans gave him as he climbed out of his No. 26 JEGS.com Ford.
“Racing clean, that’s what racing is all about,” a smiling Pollard said after hoisting the trophy in victory lane. “He (Reaid) bumped us a little bit through turns three and four coming to the checkered. That’s expected. That’s racing and that’s how I like to race. I have a lot of respect for him to race me that way.”
Pollard has plenty of respect headed his way after two strong showings to start the year. He gave the 31 Southern Super Series teams in attendance a taste of what was to come in time trials, turning in a 16.416-second lap to claim a $500 bonus for the pole award presented by Ford Racing, Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines and RW Engines. Reaid, as he did in the race, came in right behind Pollard with a 16.429-second circuit around the fast Gresham half-mile.
The invert for the start of the race was six, leaving Florida’s Travis Cope up front in his first Southern Super Series start. Cope pulled out of the race before the start due to a power steering leak and Georgia’s Russell Fleeman would lead the first few laps.
After starting fifth, Reaid made his way to the lead in just 12 laps and would pace the field from there until the lap-75 competition break. Daniel Hemric was second at that time with Pollard, Stephen Nasse and Mike Garvey also mixing it up and running at the front of the field.
After teams came in to change two tires and adjustments, another invert was done with the top six getting swapped around. Fleeman would lead the first two laps after that restart, but Pollard and Reaid made some gutsy moves to get to the front in a hurry. Pollard got to the front first, taking the lead for good at lap 78. Reaid moved into second two laps later and was never more than two car lengths from Pollard for the remainder of the race.