Bubba “Redneck Jesus” Pollard didn’t win any of the PepperJack Twin Kennels to Five Speedway Flags on Saturday, but he was consistent enough to be rewarded with a Superstar racing experience ride. He finished fourth and second in both races for a 3.0 average, the best of anyone who ran both races to secure a spot in the June 18 SRX race at Five Flags.
Pollard is one of the best late model race drivers with major wins like the All 400 Americans in 2016 and Slinger Nationals in 2017; the first is held at Nashville Fairgrounds Motor Speedwaywhich hosts SRX on July 9, while Super Speedway Slinger had an SRX date in 2021. Despite his regional successes, the grassroots nature of the short track world is more than enough for him to have no interest in settling in NASCAR. Nevertheless, he sometimes participated in higher regional championships like the ARCA Ménards Serieswhere he has five career starts between 2005 and 2015.
With SRX televised nationally and featuring a host of big names like NASCAR champions and Hall of Fame inductees, the departure will give Pollard a chance to perform on a much bigger stage than usual. . This was the case of the six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Cobywho won the inaugural SRX race in 2021, which he turned into a one-off Camping World Truck Series race later that year.
“I am delighted to have earned a place in the SRX Racing series,” Pollard posted on social media. “It will be fun to compete against the legends of our sport on one of my favorite tracks. See you here at Five Flags Speedway in June.
Derek Thorn won race #1 but finished eighteenth in the second, while Stephane Nasse won race #2 but trailed by an eighth in the first event. Although he failed to qualify for the Five Flags SRX field, he still has a chance to run a race in the series if he wins the fan vote for the Fairgrounds race. To do so, however, he would have to beat five other drivers, including Pollard, who is presumably still eligible despite already having an SRX slot; voting closes May 7.
SRX frequently has guest cars for local track stars to participate, and other tracks on the 2022 calendar use their events to determine who gets it. Besides Five Flags, Stafford (which has a July 2 race) plans to give a seat to whoever wins the Spring Sizzler on April 24.
Five Flags, located in Pensacola, Florida and a new addition to the SRX schedule, will open the 2022 season.