POLLARD WINS PPG PAINTS TOP GUN SEALANTS 100 AT GMP
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JEFFERSON, GA (SEPTEMBER 13, 2014) " Bubba Pollard captured his second Pro Late Model event in as many tries at Gresham Motorsports Park this season winning the PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 100 Saturday evening.
The 100-lap classic was nearly a replay of the May 3 PLM battle when Pollard outdueled John Hunter Nemechek for the win.
I felt like I could run my car top, middle, or the bottom of the racetrack, said Pollard in Victory Lane afterward. We had a really good car and you don t get one very often as good as this one was tonight.
Throughout the day, it was Nemechek who had the best iron on the lot as he won the pole position and then promptly dominated the first 55 laps of the event on the GMP half-mile oval.
That s when a Turn 3 tangle between Daniel Keene, Jr. and Kyle McCallum brought out the first and only caution flag of the race. Unfortunately for Keene Jr. and McCallum, their cars sustained enough damage to send them to the pits for the rest of the evening.
Back at full speed on Lap 56, Pollard showed some muscle driving to the inside of Nemechek running side-by-side for a dozen laps before finally grabbing the lead for good with just 25 circuits remaining. The Senoia, GA driver then bolted away to a 10-car length advantage to seal the victory.
John Hunter started off at a pretty fast pace, said Pollard. I think all the experience I ve had here running longer Super Late Model races helped me because I was able to save my car a bit. Usually, the longer you run, your car gets looser. Tonight, I just saved my tires and that helped me a lot in the end.
When we got that caution, I knew that was going to be my chance, Pollard continued. I knew I would have to get by him then. I also knew it was going to take a lot to get by him, so I tried to get him pretty quick. It was fun to race with him there for quite a few laps and I think the crowd enjoyed it.
With Pollard in control, the battle for third between rising stars Harrison Burton and Riley Thornton proved to be the best race on the track in the final laps. The two drivers put on a great show down the stretch before Pollard took the checkered flag with the trio of teenagers " Nemecheck, Burton and Thornton " in tow.
Justin South utilized a mid-race free pass to get back on the lead lap to finish fifth with Fredrick Moore, Kory Ruble, Dalton Grindle, Josh Adkins and Jerrod Foley completing the Top-10 finishers.
Saturday s win in the PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 100 proved to be a bit of redemption for Pollard, who saw a victory in the World Crown 300 Super Late Model event at Gresham Motorsports Park slip through his fingers in the late going on August 9.
Yeah, this win makes up for that a little bit, Pollard stated of the disappointment at this year s Crown. It s tough losing one the way we did here last month. We ve been trying to win the World Crown for a long time and we have come so close the last couple of years. It s been a heartbreaker for us, but it is still good to come out here and show people we can win with good, fast racecars.
In the PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 30-lap Outlaw Late Model event, Lee Langford continued his late season heroics rolling to a win over fast qualifier Russell Fleeman.
Russell Shore, Stuart Dutton and David Murphy rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the event.
Saturday s PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 30-lap Pro Truck main event saw Matt Vassar capture his sixth GMP Truck Series main event of the year. Vassar dominated the race from start to finish with Jami Weimer posting a season-best second-place effort.
Kevin Vassar, Dawson Gay and Matt Wortman completed the Top-5.
The PPG Paints Top Gun Sealants 100 will be televised on a tape-delayed basis to over 100-millon households on multiple networks later this fall. Veteran motorsports announcer Rick Benjamin and NASCAR racing legend Kenny Schrader will host the one-hour program.
Next up at Gresham Motorsports Park will be the final race of the 2014 season on Saturday, September 20. It ll be Fan and Sponsor Appreciation Night with everyone all fans receiving FREE general admission to the GMP Main Grandstand and Trackside Parking areas.
Pit admission will still be $20 while all unreserved Trackside Parking spots will be sold for $15 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Fan and Sponsor Appreciation Night program will feature seven divisions of race " Legends, Bandoleros, Front-Wheel Drives, Sportsman and Renegades on the GMP quarter-mile oval and the Outlaw Late Models and Pro Trucks on the high-speed half-mile track.
There will also be dozens of fan prizes and giveaways from several GMP season sponsors including Budweiser (Leon Farmer and Associates), Bell s Food Stores and Papa John s Pizza.
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 with the first race rolling off at 7:15 p.m.
PPG PAINTS TOP GUN SEALANTS 100 PRO LATE MODEL EVENT
1. Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA 100 Laps
2. John Hunter Nemechek Mooresville, NC 100 Laps
3. Harrison Burton Huntersville, NC 100 Laps
4. Riley Thornton Peach Tree City GA 100 Laps
5. Justin South Leeds, AL 100 Laps
6. Fredrick Moore Gainesville, GA 100 Laps
7. Korey Ruble Dothan, AL 100 Laps
8. Dalton Grindle Gainesville, GA 100 Laps
9. Josh Adkins Cumming GA 100 Laps
10. Jerrod Foley Williamsburg, KY 99 Laps
11. Emilee Riley Canton, GA 98 Laps
12. Matt Craig Kanapolis, NC 97 Laps
13. Warren Mobley Griffin, GA 96 Laps
14. J.R. Bolden Calera, AL 95 Laps
15. Matt Wallace Concord, NC 93 Laps
16. T.J. Reid Ackworth, GA 91 Laps
17. Daniel Keene, Jr. Weeki Wachi, FL 55 Laps
18. Kyle McCallum Lizella, GA 55 Laps
Average Speed: 79.591 Miles Per Hour
Margin of Victory: 1.490 Seconds
PPG PAINTS TOP GUN SEALANTS 30 OUTLAW LATE MODEL EVENT
1. Lee Langford
2. Russell Fleeman
3. Russell Shore
4. Stuart Dutton
5. David Murphy
6. Marlin Gunter
7. Alex Leverett
8. Shawn Simpson
PPG PAINTS TOP GUN SEALANTS 30 PRO TRUCK RACE
1. Matt Vasser
2. Jami Weimer
3. Kevin Vassar
4. Dawson Gay
5. Matt Wortman
6. Ronnie Wehunt
7. Kristin Wallace
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