Pollard, who was the highest-finishing Southern Super Series regular in second, had his fate sealed in that last battle with Peltier.
“I think our cars were equal there at the end,” said Pollard. “I got by him and he put me into the outside wall on the front stretch. He hit me pretty good and I think it knocked the toe out of my car because it got really tight after that. And then it was just the story of this season. It’s hard to swallow when you’ve got one of the best racecars here. We learned a lot and we’ll take it and go on to the next one.”
T.J. Reaid, who had completed just 16 laps of a possible 600 in his last two appearances in the World Crown 300, turned his bad luck around at Gresham with a third place finish that included many laps led early in the race.
“We had a good car on the short run but it gave up on the long run,” said Reaid. “Hats off to Preston (Peltier) for coming down here and doing this, though. I guess we’ll just have to come back next year and try again. We didn’t have tires left and I was banking on a caution there late and we ended up going green. I like this format though; there’s so much that can play out. You have to race your own race.”
Chase Elliott edged Austin Theriault to round out the top-five. Augie Grill and Kyle Benjamin were sixth and seventh respectively, while Southern Super Series point leader Daniel Hemric was eighth. Anderson Bowen and Hunter Robbins rounded out the top 10.
Pollard earned the Southern Super Series fast time award in qualifying and scored a $500 bonus put up by McGunegill Engine Performance, Ford Racing, Hamner Racing Engines, RW Racing Engines and Progressive Racing Engines.