A rough and tumble Snowball Derby left many Late Model drivers entering the winter break eager to avenge themselves at the first major race of the new year, CRA SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway. Now, the wait is almost over as the Cordele, Georgia oval opens its gates this Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25.
One of the drivers most eager to get back on the race track is one of the Peach State’s own, Kyle Plott. Plott Brothers Racing has been hard at work since returning from the Florida Panhandle, getting both their Super and Pro Late Models ready for competition. Despite things at Five Flags Speedway not going to plan in December, their efforts over the entire week have prepared them for the new year.
“I can’t wait, ready to get back after it. We tried a lot of stuff in practice at the Derby, and that track changes so much in the winter time with how much grip there is. I feel like the stuff we learned during practice is going to help us not just for Cordele, but the entire year. It just comes down to making some minor tweaks when we’re at the track,” Plott told Speed51.
Not only does Plott boast a home pavement advantage, he also has wins in both a Super and Pro Late Model at Watermelon Capital to back it up. Plott has not had the best of runs at SpeedFest over the years, but he feels that the time to turn that around may just be now.
“We got a pretty good notebook for there, even though we pretty much stunk last year. I want to make it right again. But, the last time we were there with the Pro car I won. I feel pretty confident, we got the cars done ahead of time so we’re not rushing at the last minute. I feel pretty good about both again.”
Running both the 125-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series races on Saturday, in addition to all the practice and qualifying on Friday is quite the daunting task. But with the No. 4 team doing as much prep work as they have done, the marathon weekend is not as intimidating as it may be to other drivers.
“It’s quite the day, but as long as you got good driving racecars it doesn’t matter how many laps you run. SpeedFest is always a tough race, there’s a bunch of good people that come out. You got to have your stuff right and be fast like every other race you go to. We’ve been off for a few weeks now and ready to get back to the track and go after some wins.”
As for Plott’s plans beyond SpeedFest, not much is known past March with still many details to sort out.
“For the Super after SpeedFest, it’s looking like the Rattler, but we’re also looking at going to Montgomery before then with the Pro for the Alabama 200. After that we’re not really sure, I just got my work schedule done a few days ago, so we’re still figuring it out.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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