“You hope to have a car this good at all the races,” added Pollard. “I couldn’t have asked for a better-driving racecar tonight. We fought this thing in practice for most of the weekend, but found something that worked in the final minutes. We came here with the set up that we finished second in the All-American 400 with and the car was not that great. My guys never gave up all weekend, and made the car better and better. Their work ethic made the difference. We could have settled for what we had, but they never gave up and paid off with the trophy.”
Hemric, the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion, led following the invert at lap 75 and showed the way until Pollard bested him on the inside groove at lap 95. Hemric would keep up with Pollard down the stretch and had to hold off a hard-charging Donnie Wilson for the runner-up position at the checkered flag.
“We were definitely one short all night,” said Hemric. “We were about a fifth or sixth-place car in the first run. We came down pit road at the break and (crew chief) Scott Neal made some great adjustments. We were just not quite as good as Bubba. He was the class of the field and on rails tonight. I have to tip my hat to him and (Pollard’s crew chief) Ricky Turner and that whole team.”
Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, kicked off his bid for the 2013 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship with a third-place finish. Wilson edged out Augie Grill for third on the final lap.
“To start this series off with a solid top-five finish means a lot,” said Wilson. “We were a good top five or six car all race long. We had some good, hard racing all night and with Augie (Grill) there coming to the line. We got the spot and I will gladly take it. Bubba was in another zip code tonight, that’s for sure.”
Grill slid across the start-finish line at the checkered flag in fourth. Nasse, the first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco pole winner, finished fifth.