Bubba Pollard has won the 2019 edition of the Canadian Short Track Nationals (CSTN) along with a cheque for $75,000.00. It is Pollard’s second trip to Victory Lane at the 1/2-mile Jukasa Motor Speedway oval with his first visit coming in the inaugural edition of the CSTN in 2018. Pollard, from Senoia, Georgia and one of the best-known short track racers in North America, took the lead on lap 238 of the richest short track race in Canada and then stretched his lead over Eddie MacDonald (Rowley, MA), the polesitter for the race, who crossed the finish line second.
Macdonald, however, was disqualified in post-race tech for an ignition box infraction, moving Matt Pritko (London, ON) into the second-place finish – the top finishing Canadian in the 41-car field. JR Fitzpatrick (Cambridge, ON) was third, Colin Garrett (South Boston, VA) fourth, and Brandon Watson (Stayner, ON) rounded out the top five finishers.
The starting lineup (left side) and race results (right side) follow:
Winners of the Pro Late Model qualifying heat races earlier in the day were Jake Sheridan (Mt. Brydges, ON) Chris Davidson (Pearland, TX), and Chris Reid (Fort McMurray, AB). Shae Gemmell (Dorchester, ON) won the Last Chance race. Taylor Holdaway (Orillia, ON) won the first heat race, held Saturday before rain moved in and postponed the balance of the show to Monday.
Besides Pollard, the other big winner on the day was Lane Zardo (Brampton, ON), taking home a $5,000.00 cheque after winning the Saugeen Shores Transmission Super Stock 50. Shawn Chenoweth (Plattsville, ON) was second, Trevor Coliver (Lucan, ON), third, Brandon McFerran (Acton, ON) fourth, and Kent Nuhn fifth.
Management at Jukasa Motor Speedway now turns their focus to the month of September which includes a stop by the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience on September 14 and then the facilities season finale weekend on September 26-27, kicking off with a concert September 26 with Canadian country music star Larry Berrio and on September 27 the Pinty’s Fall Brawl championship-deciding race for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. More information, as well as ticket purchase and camping reservations, can be found at www.JukasaMotorSpeedway.com.