NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville has seen its fair share of history made on its legendary asphalt over the years.
It has seen monumental victories in some of short track racing’s most prestigious events, including the All-American 400. It has also seen some of the most prominent names in racing, like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip, go to victory lane.
On Saturday more history was made at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville when Senoia, Georgia driver Bubba Pollard earned the first-ever Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in the Nashville 125.
Pollard led 105 laps en route to his first career victory at Nashville and the famed guitar awarded to winners at the hallowed Tennessee track.
“It means a lot to win this first race, especially here at a place that means so much to our sport,” said Pollard in victory lane. “We have had success at Gresham, Pensacola, Mobile and Montgomery (the other four tracks that make up the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco schedule), so hopefully, if everything goes our way, we can add the first Southern Super Series champion to our list as well.
“Winning here at Nashville is a cool thing to have on your resume. We won the first CRA (Southern Series) race at Watermelon (Capital Speedway in Georgia) a few years back. That was cool then and this is awesome now. To win the first race and take that guitar trophy home will be something that I remember forever. It’s just awesome.”
Pollard took the lead from the initial green flag from pole-sitter Stephen Nasse. From there, the former Sunoco Gulf Coast Series Champion Pollard continued to lead throughout the first 75-lap segment of the 125-lap feature. An invert of six at the lap-75 competition caution period made Pollard earn his Nashville victory over the course of the final stages of the event.
Pollard took the lead from Daniel Hemric on lap 95 and never looked back to kick off the 2013 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season with a victory.