Salem, IN – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials and the management at Crisp Motorsports Park — Home of Watermelon Capital Speedway — have released the dates for CRA SpeedFest 2020. The prestigious pre-season event featuring Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be held on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, with Sunday January 26 as the events rain date.
As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year. This will be the ninth straight year that SpeedFest has been held at Crisp Motorsports Park, which is located in Cordele, Georgia.
The event’s schedule was changed in 2018 to a Friday and Saturday format leading up to the event when rain was forecast for Sunday. The racers, fans and officials liked the new format so much, the same format was used for CRA SpeedFest 2019 and will be used again for CRA SpeedFest 2020.
“We are very excited to have CRA SpeedFest once again at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway and to work with Promoter Wayne Lyle,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner with CRA. “Wayne and his crew do a great job and we are very pleased to go back to Cordele and interact with all the great staff, racers and fans.”
This will be the sixth year for speedway owner Wayne Lyle to host the CRA SpeedFest event at his facility. Each year he has made significant improvements to the facility to improve the experience for both the fans and the racers attending the event. Mr. Lyle has also made some positive changes for the upcoming 2020 event in order to keep it as one of the premier Late Model events in the country.
“Each year we look to continue to make this event one of the top late model events in the country,” remarked Mr. Lyle. The South Georgia businessman noted that CRA SpeedFest 2020 will continue with the increased purses introduced in 2018, with the Supers paying $10,000 to win and the Pros $5,000 to win. The reduced two-day official schedule of events with a built-in rain date on Sunday has appealed to most teams. For those that desire, practice through track rental is still available leading up to the event, including the Thursday prior.
CRA SpeedFest 2020 will once again consist of an ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS special non-points 200-lap Super Late Model event and a JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance special non-points 125-lap Pro Late Model event. Additional information about CRA SpeedFest 2020 will be released at a later date.
2020 will be the 16th SpeedFest event for ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models, past winners include: 2005 Charlie Menard, 2006 Mike Fritts, 2007 Eddie Hoffman, 2008 and 2013 Jeff Choquette, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Kyle Busch, 2011, 2014 and 2015 Chase Elliott, 2016 Bubba Pollard, 2017 Harrison Burton, 2018 Chandler Smith and CRA SpeedFest 2019 winner Connor Okrzesik who fought off Kyle Busch on a late restart to get that win.
2020 will be the eighth SpeedFest event for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models, past winners include: 2012 and 2013 Chase Elliott, 2014, 2015 and 2016 John Hunter Nemechek, 2017 and 2019 Casey Roderick and 2018 Bubba Pollard.
Additional track and event information can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com. For track rental prior to the event, interested parties can contact Ben at 229-938-8814.
Additional information on all the CRA Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com
-CRA Press Release
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