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 2018. The prestigious pre-season event featuring Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be held on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th. As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year. This will be the 7th straight year that SpeedFest has been held at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway, which is located in Cordele, Georgia.


“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.”


300x250 2017.07.28 FFSThis will be the fourth 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 2018 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. “I’m pleased to announce that for CRA SpeedFest 2018 we will pay the Super Late Model event winner $10,000 and second $5,000. We are also raising the Pro Late Model event winner’s purse to $5,000.”


CRA SpeedFest 2018 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 2018 will be released at a later date.


2018 will be the 14th 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 and 2017’s winner Harrison Burton.


2018 will be the seventh 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 and 2017’s winner Casey Roderick.


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-CRA Press Release. Photo credit: Lawson

Officials Announce Details for CRA SpeedFest 2018