Posted: Wednesday, March 19th 2014 at 6:00am
Bubba Pollard takes Rattler 125 Pro Late Model win at South Alabama
By Mark Chisum
Bubba Pollard, seen here from earlier action, took the lead with four laps to go and went on to score the victory in the Pro Late Model Rattler 125 Saturday night at South Alabama Speedway. / Photo: Terry Spackman
KINSTON, AL - Defending race winner Korey Ruble dominated the South Alabama Speedway’s Grasshopper Pro Late Model Rattler 125 at the Kinston, AL speed plant Saturday night, but Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard made a late race charge, as he swept into the lead with four laps to go and went on to take the win.
Garrett Jones turned the fastest lap in qualifying with a lap of 15.434. Ruble was second with a lap of 15.492. Ruble got the jump on the drop of the green flag and took the early lead over Bayley Currey, Jones, Hunter Robbins, and Kyle Plott. Ruble led until the first caution flew on lap 11.
On the restart, John Hunter Nemechek, who started eighth, grabbed the top spot from the outside. Nemechek held the lead through numerous cautions in the next ten laps. When things settled down, Nemechek led Ruble, Jones, Pollard, and Harrison Burton.
Ruble regained the lead on lap 48 and the field settled in and got some laps in. Ruble led at the halfway point over Nemechek, Jones, Burton, and Pollard. Pollard switched places with Burton on lap 74, with Mike Garvey getting past Burton three laps later to move into the top five. Pollard continued his climb up the leader board on lap 88, getting past Jones. With 25 laps to go, Ruble led Nemechek, Pollard, Garvey, and Jones.
The running order stayed the same as laps ran down, but Pollard had something left for the last 10 laps. He moved inside of Nemechek on lap 116 to move into second and set his sights on Ruble. Ruble, meanwhile, had to deal with not only Pollard coming from behind, but also a lapped car just ahead. Pollard used the slower car to his advantage, running Ruble down and pulling even with five laps to go.
Pollard completed the pass the next lap and pulled away to win by a little over half a second.
It's the second career win for the Georgia speedster in the PLM event, having scored the victory in 2009 as well.
Nemechek, making his first start at South Alabama Speedway, came home third. Garvey was fourth with Plott fifth. Jones, Davey Coble, Burton, Derek Scott, Jr., and R.S. Senter rounded out the top 10.
South Alabama Speedway returns to action on Saturday with the rain delayed Rattler 250, the season opener for the Southern Super Series Super Late Model tour, which was originally slated to be run on this past Sunday afternoon.
South Alabama Speedway - Kinston, AL
Rattler 125 - March 15, 2014
1. Bubba Pollard
2. Korey Ruble
3. John Hunter Nemechek
4. Mike Garvey
5. Kyle Plott
6. Garrett Jones
7. Davey Coble
8. Harrison Burton
9. Derek Scott, Jr.
10. R.S. Senter
11. Steven Davis
12. Perry Patino
13. Brandon Brilliant
14. Bryce Duhlaban
15. Cole Rouse
16. Dwayne Buggay
17. Dalton Grindle
18. Josh Adkins
19. Bayley Currey
20. Ryan Redmon
21. Shane Nalley
22. Matthew Wragg
23. Hunter Robbins
24. Justin Ashburn
25. Rusty Sanford
DNS: Will Mack
Link: South Alabama Speedway
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