MOBILE, Ala. – Strategy was the name of the game for Bubba Pollard Saturday night at Mobile Int’l Speedway in Alabama. Pollard made a late pit stop that proved to be the winning plan in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series’ combination Mobile Lumber 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems event.
After several teams made the call to pit while under yellow for an extended caution at lap 63, Pollard, who was leading at the time, elected to stay out and wait for the scheduled lap-75 caution. It was a move that required a lot of confidence in his car, but it paid off when Pollard was able to move back through the field after his pit stop to score the victory.
Saturday’s win at Mobile completed the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series weekend sweep on the heels of his victory in the Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 presented by JRi Shocks Friday night at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.
“We had a good racecar from the beginning,” Pollard said. “We just didn’t know how much to save with this tire. I just didn’t know what to expect really, but man, we had an awesome racecar. I had these guys working their tails off all day and we made it work. It’s fun coming here and having the strategy like that that plays into it. I felt like tires were going to be the key at the end of the race and I felt like we had a good enough car to make it to the lap 75 and be able to get back through the field.”
Casey Smith brought home second in his No. 99 Chevrolet, marking his best finish of the season thus far after swapping cars after last night’s Mountain Dew Kick Start 125 at Five Flags Speedway.
“Last night at Five Flags we were fighting motor issues,” Smith said. “The car was awesome but we were having major motor problems with that other car. And then tonight I think I over drove it a little bit because my warm up lap was faster than my qualifying lap. We got a little bit tight in that first run and burned up the right front. We came in early, 10 laps before that break, and took our tires and made a bunch of changes that helped a lot.”
Bubba Pollard, Casey Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Donnie Wilson, Mike Garvey, Daniel Hemric, Kyle Grissom, Jake Perkins, Augie Grill, Kyle Bryant, Josh Bragg, Will Gallaher, Justin South, Landon Cling, Chet Morrison, Hunter Robbins, Anderson Bowen, Chris Davidson, Logan Boyett, Stephen Nasse, Jeremy Pate, Allen Karnes