Bubba Pollard and John Hunter Nemechek each led qualifying for Sunday’s SpeedFest 2015 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.


Pollard led the way with a fast lap of 15.613 seconds in ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS qualifying.




The Senoia, Georgia driver wasn’t sure if going as the last car was going to work in his favor as the sun was setting over the 3/8-mile D-shaped oval.


“It was a pretty good lap. I wasn’t too sure about going out that late since it got so cold and slick,” Pollard said. “But we were able to have a good race car and get a good lap.”


John Hunter Nemechek (8) is the fast qualifier for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 125 on Sunday.  (Speed51.com photo)

John Hunter Nemechek (8) is the fast qualifier for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 125 on Sunday. (Speed51.com photo)

Pollard is fresh off his first victory of 2015 after winning the Red Eye 100 a few weeks ago at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He feels he has some good momentum coming into Sunday’s 200-lap race.


“We started off 2015 with a great win, so we have a some momentum coming into this race,” Pollard said. “We enjoy coming here and supporting CRA (Championship Racing Association). We are ready to get going tomorrow. I think we have a good racecar and can’t wait to see what we got for the race.”


Scotty Ellis surprised many with his run to qualify second with a lap time of 15.726. David Ragan was third quick with a lap time of 15.732. Chase Elliott was fourth with a time of 15.734 and Nemechek rounded out the top five with a time of 15.753.


Pollard pulled the #5 pill to create a five-car invert for the 200-lap main event. Nemechek and Elliott will lead the field to the green flag.


Nemechek was the fastest in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour qualifying with a lap time of 15.900 seconds. With his pill draw, the top-ten in qualifying will be inverted for the 125-lap race on Sunday afternoon.


“I thought we would have had a little bit more, to tell you the truth,” Nemechek said after qualifying. “I have to thank my guys back at the shop. We had a little incident here earlier in the week and we had to fix that car before we came back and so I give it up them for their hard work.”


Pollard was second with a 15.988 with Korey Ruble qualifying third with a time of 16.009. Dalton Grindle was fourth with a time of 16.181 and Riley Thornton rounds out the top five with a 16.186.


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SpeedFest 2015

Watermelon Capital Speedway

Cordele, GA

SpeedFest ARCA/CRA Super Series Starting Lineup – Invert = 5

1 8 John Hunter Nemechek
2 9 Chase Elliott
3 77 David Ragan
4 83 Scotty Ellis
5 26 Bubba Pollard
6 8 Jordan Pruitt
7 31 Kyle Grissom
8 7 Paul Shafer, Jr.
9 4P Kyle Plott
10 12 Harrison Burton
11 57 Cole Timm
12 07 Austin Wayne Self
13 1 Mike Garvey
14 29 Anderson Bowen
15 5 Dominique Van Wieringen
16 4 Dalton Armstrong
17 98 Todd Gilliland
18 79 Kyle Bryant
19 2 Kyle McCallum
20 98 Russell Fleeman
21 18 Jordan Ives
22 42 Chad Finley
23 51 Brandon Oakley
24 15 Ron Young
25 98 Justin Ashburn
26 02 Steve Renner
27 78 Madeline Crane
28 58 John Coffman


JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour Starting Lineup – Invert = 10

1 01 Derek Scott Jr.
2 98 Justin Ashburn
3 6w Matt Wallace
4 12 Harrison Burton
5 9 Chris Dilbeck
6 21 Riley Thornton
7 23 Dalton Grindle
8 18 Korey Ruble
9 26 Bubba Pollard
10 8 John Hunter Nemechek
11 4 Chris Hacker
12 07 Austin Wayne Self
13 30 Fredrick Moore
14 1 Josh Adkins
15 4G Kody Evans
16 26s Chandler Smith
17 2 Luke Christian
18 24 Christopher Tullis
19 16 David Hodges
20 3 Jordan McCallum
21 43 Justin South
22 94 Quinnton Bear
23 27 Joe Ross
24 17 Marty Wood
25 61 T.W. Fisher
26 5 Bret Holmes


Photo Credit: Speed51.com

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