Bubba Pollard: Southern Super Series needs one singular leader

Matt Weaver

Bubba Pollard says confusion is generated by the Southern Super Series having a leadership by committee as opposed to one singular voice at the top.

NASHVILLE-- With the first Southern Super Series season successfully completed, championship runner-up Bubba Pollard would like to see the promotion consider a variety of changes before next season.

Topping his list was the suggestion for the track promoters to elect the singular head of the series as opposed to the committee of four that currently lead the Southern Super Series. That current leadership group includes Tim Bryant (Mobile/Pensacola), Tony Formosa (Nashville), Paul Boswell (Montgomery) and a soon to be named promoter at Gresham Motorsports Park.

"To me, it doesn't matter if it's someone already in the group or an outsider but we really need one voice at the top to make this thing grow," Pollard said after the All-American 400. "Because as it stands now, I don't know who to go to whenever I have a question.

"We have Ricky [Brooks] when there are technical questions but who do we go to when we have a question about the series? They haven't made that clear."

This echoes a previous statement made by Mike Garvey in September when he also urged that the Series hire a singular voice to manage the day-to-day operation of the Southern Super Series.

"The one thing I would change is the leadership structure," Garvey said. "I wish there was one clear person to talk to when we had questions or concerns -- a lot like NASCAR teams have with France, Helton and Pemberton."

Pollard was also critical of the ARCA/CRA Tour's involvement in the All-American 400 this past weekend, saying that they weren't needed to draw cars to one of the country's top four Super Late Model events.

The CRA (Champion Racing Association) was brought in to co-promote the race as a non-points event and the track used the CRA's head official, Eddie Chew in addition to several scoring officials in the tower.

Pollard says that wasn't necessary.

"The prestige of the All-American 400 would have drawn just as many cars to the track in my opinion," Pollard said. "I like the CRA. I've enjoyed going up and racing for them but having both the CRA and Southern Super Series here this weekend created a lot of confusion."

Pollard would also like to see the individual race purses grow but conceded that the races needed greater viability to make that happen. In an ideal world, Pollard said he would like to see the Southern Super Series air races on online television to help attract sponsors.

Pollard plans to back next season to run the full schedule and is likely set to join a roster that includes Garvey, Augie Grill, Hunter Robbins and Donnie Wilson. The 2014 Southern Super Series schedule is expected to be released prior to the Snowball Derby on December 8.

Complete Southern Super Series coverage can be found on SB Nation's Ranting and Raving Short Track Blog.

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