A big win on the West Coast, a SpeedFest triumph at Watermelon Capital Speedway and an All-American 400 victory at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., propelled Senoia’s Bubba Pollard to his second Driver of the Year Award from the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Pollard, who has more than 90 career Super Late Model victories and countless others in different divisions, started his season in a winning way by taking the Super Late Model headliner of SpeedFest. He then won the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., in February. That victory was his second in a row in the West Coast equivalent of the Snowball Derby and earned him a cool $40,000. In October, Pollard won the All-American 400 at the historic oval in Nashville, pocketing another $16,000.
Throughout the summer months, the third-generation racer began racing Crate Late Models at Senoia Raceway, the dirt track co-founded by his late grandfather Hence Pollard. Despite his lack of dirt experience, the 29-year-old driver reeled off seven victories there, which pushed his total win count to 13 on the season, including a Southern Super Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in September.
Pollard, who won the inaugural Driver of the Year Award from the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, lives in Senoia with his wife Erin and daughter Elizabeth McMillan Pollard.