Since its inception in 2005, SpeedFest has traditionally been the early-season highlight on the asphalt Late Model racing schedule. From its beginnings at Florida's USA International Speedway, to its second home at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia and to its current home at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia, SpeedFest, has marked the first opportunity for many Super Late Model teams to start the new season in January while much of the country is still in a deep freeze.
Speed51.com Powered by JEGS, the nation's leading asphalt short track racing news website, has been a part of the SpeedFest event from the beginning. When this year's SpeedFest event goes green January 25 and 26, Speed51.com will be there once again as the Official Live Coverage Provider of SpeedFest 2014. 51's signature brand of Trackside Now updates, unique photography and more will bring fans both at the track and at home closer to the action of the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Powered by JEGS and its ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour during SpeedFest weekend.
“We are very excited to have Speed51.com as the Official Live Coverage Provider of SpeedFest 2014,” said Glenn Luckett, CRA Series Director. “Speed 51 is by far the best with its coverage of short track racing both on the event side and for the racers competing in those events.
“We greatly appreciate the partnership we have developed with Speed 51. They have helped us promote not only SpeedFest but all the big CRA events we have each season. We look forward to working with them again at SpeedFest and throughout the 2014 season.”
SpeedFest annually attracts talented drivers in the Late Model ranks and more from all points on the map. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner and local fan favorite David Ragan has entered this year's SpeedFest event. Also throwing their hat into contention at SpeedFest 2014 are NASCAR multi-generational drivers Harrison Burton and John Hunter Nemechek. Late Model standouts Donnie Wilson of Oklahoma, Alabama's Hunter Robbins and Georgia's Anderson Bowen are among the first entrants to the event and more entries will be announced in the coming days.
"SpeedFest is annually one of the most anticipated short track events we cover on Speed51.com because it officiallly kicks off the season for so many drivers from around the country," said Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager. "CRA's ability to draw cars from the Midwest, the Southeast and beyond has kept SpeedFest one of the biggest events not just of the early season, but the entire year. 51 is proud to have a longstanding partnership with CRA and the SpeedFest event and we look forward to continuing to raise the exposure level for all the competitors at Watermelon Capital Speedway later this month."
Fans have eagerly been anticipating this event since packing the speedway’s grandstands in the event’s debut at WCS in 2012 and 2013. The fans at the track, in the pits and those unable to make it to Cordele, Georgia for SpeedFest 2014 can obtain the same in-depth news and information via Speed51.com's Trackside Now live coverage, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews, lap time and scoring updates, unique photography and more.
Some of the most notable names in short track racing and beyond have visited victory lane in SpeedFest events since Charlie Menard went to victory lane in the inaugural event. NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch leads the SpeedFest all-time win list with three victories, including his 2009 and 2010 triumphs at Lanier and in 2012 at Watermelon Capital. Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, has a Super Late Model SpeedFest victory in 2011, plus three consecutive Pro Late Model victories in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Other drivers that have gone to victory lane in SpeedFest events in the past include popular Florida racer and 2013 winner Jeff Choquette, noted Midwestern short track racer Eddie Hoffman, New England Super Late Model standout Ben Rowe and multiple-time Florida Super Late Model champion Wayne Anderson.
SpeedFest 2014 weekend kicks off with an optional practice day on Friday, January 24. The on-track action officially kicks off with practice and qualifying events for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour on Saturday, January 25. Then on Sunday, January 26, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour kicks off the racing action with their 125-lap feature, followed by the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models’ 200-lap SpeedFest event.
Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the home for short track news, behind-the-scenes stories and in-depth race coverage and radio broadcasts of series all around the country, from ARCA and NASCAR's Touring Divisions, to the Super Late Model and Modified series and much more. 51 is the Official News Website of such major short track racing events as the Snowball Derby, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna, SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital and the Howie Lettow Memorial at Milwaukee. Speed 51 Radio is also the exclusive production team for NASCAR Home Tracks Radio.
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