One of the biggest early-season Late Model races takes place this weekend with CRA SpeedFest 2018 getting underway in Cordele, GA. We get you ready for the big event at Watermelon Capital Speedway in this edition of “By the Numbers” on


2 – Harrison Burton will seek a second straight win at SpeedFest.  Earlier in the week, caught up with him to discuss his chances at going back-to-back.


6 – Chase Elliott has six wins at SpeedFest, three in the Super Late Model division and three in Pro Late Models. Elliott has yet to file an entry for this year’s event, but still has six wins in a total of nine starts. He has also completed every lap he’s ever run at SpeedFest.


9 – Watch the No. 9 car of Jeff Choquette, who comes to SpeedFest a perfect two-for-two this year with wins at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in the Red Eye 100 and the Marion Edwards Memorial.  Choquette has two wins at SpeedFest in the past as well.


15 – The 2013 Pro Late Model version of SpeedFest featured some amazing numbers. A total of 15 lead changes were recorded between five different drivers.


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108 – Casey Roderick led 108 laps last year to score the win and capture his first victory at SpeedFest.  


125 – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model race will be 125 laps again this season. The distance has been as high as 150, but it’s at 125 again this season.


200 – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model race will be 200 laps this season. It has been at this distance for all but one SpeedFest event, when the race was ran as a 250-lap feature.


234 – John Hunter Nemechek has led the most in the Pro Late Model race with 234 circuits led.  


375 – Chandler Smith has run this race some three times and he has run all 375 Pro Late Model laps and finished strong each time out.


400 – Kyle Busch has led 400 laps in the Super Late Model portion of SpeedFest. He led a record 216 laps of the 250 in 2010.


$10,000 – The Super Late Model race joins the ranks as another big money show after upping their purse for the 2018 season.


Double Up: Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick, Jeff Choquette, Steve Dorer, Josh Brock, and Jack Dossey III are the drivers scheduled to run both races at SpeedFest.  In 2011, Chase Elliott won both races, which was the only time the event had a double winner.


Champions Roll Call:  2017 Southern Super Series Champion Stephen Nasse, 2017 Blizzard Series Champion Bubba Pollard, 2016 CARS Tour  Super Late Model Champion Raphael Lessard, 2016 Blizzard Series Champion Casey Roderick and 2017 Southern National Track Champion Mason Diaz are just a few of the championship drivers that will be on hand this weekend.


Hail Georgia: Twelve teams on the Pro Late Model side have drivers from the home state.  Look for to put the faces to these names in this weekend’s coverage.


Pole Winners

Bubba Pollard – 3 (2 SLM, 1 PLM)

Johnny Sauter – 2 (SLM)

John Hunter Nemechek – 2 (PLM)

Casey Roderick – 2 (SLM, PLM)

Steve Wallace (SLM)

Paul Kelley (SLM)

David Ragan (SLM)

Brandon Johnson (PLM)

Dwayne Buggay (PLM)

Chase Elliott (PLM)

Jeff Cannon (PLM)

Zane Smith (SLM)

Erik Jones (SLM)


For the record Georgia, drivers have won 8 of the last 16 pole awards.


SpeedFest Super Late Model Winners

2017 Harrison Burton

2016 Bubba Pollard

2015 Chase Elliott

2014 Chase Elliott

2013 Jeff Choquette

2012 Kyle Busch

2011 Chase Elliott

2010 Kyle Busch

2009 Kyle Busch

2008 Jeff Choquette

2007 Eddie Hoffman

2006 Mike Fritts

2005 Charlie Menard


SpeedFest Pro Late Model Winners

2017 Casey Roderick

2016 John Hunter Nemechek

2015 John Hunter Nemechek

2014 John Hunter Nemechek

2013 Chase Elliott

2012 Chase Elliott

2011 Chase Elliott

2010 Greg Simpson

2009 Greg Simpson


-By Elgin Traylor, Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor

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By the Numbers: An In-Depth Look at SpeedFest 2018