Race fans and race teams can find pertinent information about this weekend’s CRA SpeedFest 2019 at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) in 51’s Fast Facts below. 


Dates: January 25 – 26


Track: Watermelon Capital Speedway (3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval)


Location: 385 Farmers Market Rd. Cordele, GA 31015


Sanction: Champion Racing Association (CRA)


Purse: $10,000 to Win (SLM), $5,000 to Win (PLM)


Last Year’s Winners: Chandler Smith (SLM) and Bubba Pollard (PLM)


Media Coverage: Speed51.com will provide a live, pay-per-view broadcast of Saturday’s feature races. Live video tickets can be purchased for $24.99 by clicking here.  There will also be a broadcast available to 51 Network Premium Members for Friday’s Late Model qualifying sessions, as well as the feature races that evening.  Broadcasts are subject to a 100-mile blackout radius.  Speed51 will also provide Trackside Now coverage on both Friday and Saturday from Crisp Motorsports Park.


Track Phone: (229) 938-8814


Track Website: www.crispmotorsportspark.com


Fast Facts: CRA SpeedFest 2019 will consist of 325 laps of feature racing, 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Super Late Models) and 125 for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour (Pro Late Models).  As of January 19, 50 Late Models were entered between the two divisions. As of right now, it appears there will not be a back-to-back winner in either division.  Chandler Smith, the defending winner of the Super Late Model race, announced earlier this week that he would not be able to participate due to obligations with school.  Bubba Pollard, the defending winner of the Pro Late Model race, is currently only entered in the Super Late Model portion of the event. A stout field of Super Late Model drivers is expected to compete in the $10,000-to-win race.  Harrison Burton, the CRA SpeedFest 2017 Super Late Model winner, will be looking to make it two wins in three years at Watermelon Capital Speedway.  Casey Roderick, the 2018 Southern Super Series champion, will also be searching for his second win in there years while also looking for his first Super Late Model win at the event.  Kyle Busch, the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion who needs no introduction, will be competing in the event after two years away.  Other notable entries include the always-entertaining Stephen Nasse, 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock, five-time Snowball Derby winner Rich Bickle and 2018 Money in the Bank 150 winner Brian CampbellSteve Dorer will be the busiest man in Cordele, Georgia as he plans to compete in both Late Model races and organize the series he owns, the Wheelman Racing Series, as it opens up the 2019 season.


Former SpeedFest SLM Winners:

2018 Chandler Smith

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


Former SpeedFest PLM Winners:

2018 Bubba Pollard

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


SpeedFest ARCA/CRA Super Series Entry List (As of 1/19/18):

4 Kyle Plott
4M Kyle McCallum
5 Jerry Artuso
8 Tate Fogleman
9 Chris Dilbeck
10 Steve Dorer
12 Harrison Burton
14 Connor Okrzesik
17 Josh Brock
18 Casey Roderick
20 Anthony Sergi
22 Brandon Herbert
26 Bubba Pollard
33 Daniel Webster
34 Nolan Pope
45 Rich Bickle
47 Brian Campbell
47K Allen Karnes
51 Kyle Busch
51A Michael Atwell
51N Stephen Nasse
54 Jeff Fultz
56 Robert Ford
57 Jeff Gordon
58 John Coffman
58C Cody Coffman
78 Corey Heim
79 Kyle Bryant

SpeedFest JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Entry List (As of 1/19/18):

4 Hunter Byrd
5 Blaise Rutherford
9 Drew Dollar
10 Steve Dorer
11 Stacy Crain
11A Willie Allen
11M Jordan McCallum
14 Michael House
17 Blaise Hetznecker
18 Casey Roderick
22 Brandon Oakley
27 Joe Ross
32 Harold Crooms
35 Jake Garcia
41 Taylor Holdaway
43 Daniel Dye
43S Justin South
67 Aaron Williamson
71 Dawson Fletcher
72 Bruce Griffith
87 Scott Tomasik
114 Sterling Marlin


CRA SpeedFest 2018 Event Schedule: 

Friday, January 25 (All Times Local)

8 a.m. – Pits Open

10 a.m. – Drivers Meeting

10:30 a.m. – Late Model Open Practice

12:30 p.m. – Late Model Pre-Tech Opens

2:30 p.m. – Late Model Open Practice Ends

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Legends & Bandoleros Practice

2:45 p.m. – Super Late Model Final Open Practice

3 p.m. – Pro Late Model Happy Half Hour

3:30 p.m. Super Late Model Happy Half Hour

4 p.m. – Legends / Bandolero Qualifying

Wheelman Sportsman Practice/Qualifying

Souther Pro Trucks Practice/Qualifying

4:15 p.m. – Pro Late Models to Tech

5 p.m. – Super Late Models to Tech

5:30 p.m. – Pro Late Model Qualifying

6:15 p.m. – Super Late Model Qualifying

7 p.m. – Qualifying Ends

8 p.m. – Legends Last Chance Race

Southern Pro Trucks 50

Wheelman Sportsman 50


Saturday, January 26 (All Times Local)

7 a.m. – Gates Open

8 a.m. – Hauler Removal Begins (All haulers must be removed by 9:30 a.m.)

9:30 a.m. – Pro and Super Late Model Drivers Meeting

10 a.m. – Super Late Models to Tech

10:30 a.m. – Chapel Service

11:45 a.m. – All Cars Must Be Gridded

12 p.m. – Autograph Session

1 p.m. – Driver Introductions

1:30 p.m. – Racing Begins

Legends Feature (20 Laps or 20 Minutes)

Bandolero Feature (15 Laps or 15 Minutes)

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model Feature (125 Laps)

ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model Feature (200 Laps)


-Text by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Fast Facts: CRA SpeedFest 2019 at Crisp Motorsports Park