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.”
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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Watermelon Capital Speedway
SpeedFest ARCA/CRA Super Series Starting Lineup – Invert = 5
|1||8||John Hunter Nemechek|
|8||7||Paul Shafer, Jr.|
|12||07||Austin Wayne Self|
|15||5||Dominique Van Wieringen|
JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour Starting Lineup – Invert = 10
|1||01||Derek Scott Jr.|
|10||8||John Hunter Nemechek|
|12||07||Austin Wayne Self|
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