HAGERSVILLE, ON – Perennial Late Model heavyweight Bubba Pollard utilized a sound strategy of patience and equipment preservation to claim his second consecutive Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway on September 2nd.
The 250-lap event was delayed 24-hours by rain, but by the time the dust had settled on Monday evening, Pollard had outlasted a late challenge from current APC United Late Model Series champion Matt Pritiko as well as a very spirited battle with reigning APC Series champion JR Fitzpatrick who ultimately settled for third.
Post-race, Pollard praised Jukasa’s ownership and fan base for the events atmosphere as well as its record-setting $75,000-to-Win purse.
“It takes owners and promoters like the ones at Jukasa to keep this sport alive,” said Pollard. “The purse they put up and the event they held this weekend was amazing. I’m glad I had the chance to come back and win again. It’s unbelievable. We weren’t playing around, we came here to give it our all because we knew we had a car that could win.”
In the 50-lap Super Stock portion of the event, former Sunset Speedway champion Lane Zardo dominated. Driving a Bester Forest Products-sponsored ride normally campaigned by veteran Kenny Grubb to earn his first career Jukasa triumph.
“I can’t thank Kenny and his crew enough for giving me the opportunity to drive for them,” beamed Zardo upon clearing post-race technical inspection. “This car is always bad-fast. Winning at Jukasa for them is an incredible feeling.”
“Jukasa puts up the most money and draws the top talent in the province. So, when you win here, you know that you’ve done something special.”
Earlier in the weekend, Michigan native Phil Bozell improved upon his podium finish from one year ago, winning the $10,000-to-Win Outlaw Shootout for the Outlaw Super Late Models and OSCAAR Hot Rod Series championship contender Steve Book tallied his first career Jukasa victory.