Reaid pulled under Pollard at the lap-100 mark, but after two laps of side-by-side racing, he had to pull back in line. From there, Reaid kept the pressure going all the way to the white flag but could never put a bumper inside Pollard’s quarter panels.
It was the frantic restart after the mid-race break that Pollard pointed to as the key to victory.
“That’s [good restarts] the key to winning these races,” added Pollard. “You have 50 laps to go and everyone has two fresh tires. You have to go because everyone’s car is feeling good. I think the key to the race was getting up there first and staying out front of him [Reaid]. If we had let him by, we’d have never gotten back by him. This place is tough to pass and being up front is important.”
Reaid settled for second, but remained positive after a great night of racing.
“I was trying to pick the perfect moment to take my chance and try to make a pass on him,” said Reaid. “We were so close there that I felt like if I made a hard run on him, it might have taken us both out. I didn’t to do that because we had run the last 45 laps there nose-to-tail. I tried to make a run on him and size him up early so I could see where I was going to have to make a run on him later.”
The two leaders wound up pulling away from the rest of the field in the final 25 laps despite their torrid battle. Daniel Hemric ultimately took the final place on the podium with a third-place finish. The 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion still had his hands full over the closing laps after another tight and clean battle with Russell Fleeman.
“We were really close the first run and I felt we were one good adjustment from running with T.J. and Bubba,” Hemric said after climbing from his Carswell Motorsports entry. “We probably went a little too far at the break to give us the forward drive that we needed. So we came up a little short tonight and congrats to Bubba Pollard on his second win. He’s got it figured out and here especially he’s as good as it gets.”