JEFFERSON, Ga. – Two months ago, Preston Peltier was on the short track racing sidelines recovering from injuries sustained in a home accident. On Saturday, though, the pain from a fall at his house was eased simply by the placing of a golden crown atop his head.
Peltier was anointed the winner of the 30th Annual Slack Auto Parts World Crown 300 presented by Peach State Freighliner and Ford Power Stroke Diesel after conquering a hard-fought battle with Bubba Pollard at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park. For his victory, Peltier wore the traditional crown in Gresham’s victory lane that had been worn by past event winners such as Dick Trickle, Darrell Waltrip, Gary Balough, Mike Eddy and Bobby Gill.
The win marked Peltier’s first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in his first start. Peltier, a veteran of Super Late Model racing throughout the Southeast, battled door-to-door with two-time Southern Super Series winner Bubba Pollard in the waning laps before taking command for good with 24 laps remaining in the 300-lap affair.
“I’ve been sitting on the couch for two months after I fell out of the attic and my arm is still kind of hurting me tonight. I tried to race last week but it was just too much.
“I brought all my friends to help me tonight and I’d rather have them than a high-dollar pit crew any day. I’m worn out though. I’ve been telling these guys this thing is awesome and I think we showed it tonight.”
Peltier and Pollard traded the lead several times in the final 100 laps. The two battled side-by-side before making contact on the front stretch inside of 25 laps remaining. Pollard was forced to settle into second while Peltier sped away for the victory.
“We didn’t have any tires left in our pits,” said Peltier. “And I guess that’s a good thing since we never got the final caution I think a lot of people were thinking we would. We hung on to our tires until the last caution came out. And I’ve got to tell Bubba sorry for the deal on the front stretch. I don’t know if it was spotter or what but I didn’t know he was there.”