The second day of SpeedFest 2016 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia was full of surprises for everyone except Super Late Model fast-qualifier Zane Smith.  Smith said that he knew he would be fast and knew he’d have a car that could take the pole for Sunday’s 200-lap Super Late Model event.

 

graphic 51 tv speedfest 2016And that was exactly what Smith did.  Smith was the first qualifier in Super Late Model time trials and put down a lap of 15.698 seconds around the 1/3-mile D-Shaped oval, beating out 2014 Snowball Derby winner John Hunter Nemechek by about five one-hundreths of a second.  Nemechek’s lap was a time of 15.751 seconds.

 

“I knew we were going to be really good in qualifying,” Zane Smith said.  “I like going first.  (You) get it done, get it over with and I don’t have to deal with it anymore.”

 

William Byron, Cole Anderson and Ty Majeski completed the top five in qualifying.

 

“I’m just stoked,” Smith said reflecting back on a successful afternoon, “This is an awesome way to start out 2016, beating all these good guys here, it just means so much.”

 

Smith drew a five for the invert, so that will put two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Majeski at the front of the field for Sunday’s race which can be seen live on Speed51 TV by clicking here.

 

Harrison Burton will have to race his way into the main event through a last-chance qualifier on Sunday morning.  Burton was fast all day long, but a spin on his warm-up lap robbed him of the speed he needed to lock into the show.

 

Burton wasn’t the only one to do some off-roading on Saturday as Brennan Poole, Bo Lemastus and Quinnton Bear all took a detour down the backstretch at some point throughout the day.

 

John Hunter Nemechek looks to go three in a row in the SpeedFest Pro Late Model 125. (Heath Lawson/Speed51.com photo)

John Hunter Nemechek looks to go three in a row in the SpeedFest Pro Late Model 125. (Heath Lawson/Speed51.com photo)

In qualifying for Sunday’s Pro Late Model 125 it was Nemechek, the two-time defending winner of the event, setting fast-time on Saturday evening.  Nemechek’s time of 16.007 seconds won him the pole, but he will start from the ninth position on Sunday due to the invert.

 

“It definitely gives us confidence going into Sunday, but the race is totally different,” said Nemechek.  “I just have to be patient, listen to my guys and not use my stuff up.  We have time to get to the front.  We know we have a good car every time we bring this Pro Late Model out.”

 

Chandler Smith, Justin South, Casey Roderick and Zane Smith completed the top five in qualifying, but it will be Chris Dilbeck starting from the pole position after the invert.

 

For an on-demand replay of Saturday’s Trackside Now coverage presented by JRI Shocks and PFC Brakes, click here.

 

-By Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Contributor

-Photo Credit: Heath Lawson/Speed51.com

 

CRA Super Series SpeedFest Qualifying Results

1 77 Zane Smith 15.698
2 8 John Hunter Nemecheck 15.751
3 9B William   Byron 15.755
4 97 Cole Anderson 15.791
5 91 Ty Majeski 15.813
6 7R Casey Roderick 15.820
7 6 Brandon Setzer 15.821
8 5B Quinton Bear 15.833
9 15E Christian Eckes 15.856
10 51B Kyle Busch 15.857
11 26 Bubba Pollard 15.857
12 4 Kyle Plott 15.860
13 4M Kyle McCallum 15.887
14 9 Derek Kraus 15.898
15 83 Scotty Ellis 15.900
16 5 Brennan Poole 15.903
17 5G Noah Gragson 15.911
18 2W Donnie Wilson 15.919
19 5A Jerry Artuso 15.933
20 01 Derek Scott Jr 15.933
21 2 Bret Holmes 15.936
22 183 Joey Padgett 15.959
23 72 Scott Hantz 15.963
24 1 Mason Masey 15.985
25 10 Steve Dorer 15.991
26 12 Harrison Burton 15.997
27 42 Bo LeMastus 16.135
28 15 Brandy Boswell 16.153
29 7 Wes Griffith Jr 16.165
30 51 Brandon Oakley 16.353
31 79 Kyle   Bryant 16.492
32 32 Stuart Dutton 16.562
33 55 Todd Brown 16.830
34 58 John Coffman 17.586
35 29 Matthew Wragg 0.000

 

 

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour SpeedFest Qualifying Results

 

1 8 John Hunter Nemecheck 16.007
2 26 Chandler Smith 16.037
3 43 Justin South 16.078
4 18 Casey Roderick 16.157
5 77 Zane Smith 16.165
5 2 Bret Holmes 16.165
7 21 Riley Thorton 16.175
8 01 Derek Scott Jr. 16.197
9 9 Chris   Dilbeck 16.279
10 24 Christopher Tullis 16.281
11 1 Connor   Okrzesik 16.300
12 98 Justin Ashburn 16.324
13 5 Justin   Wakefield 16.326
14 23 Dalton Grindle 16.357
15 4 Jordan McCallum 16.362
16 1A Josh Adkins 16.397
17 83 Andy Bozell 16.412
18 10 Steve Dorer 16.429
19 30 Joshua James 16.490
20 04 Phil Bozell 16.523
21 198 Russell Fleeman 16.556
22 27 Joe Ross 16.642
23 19 Adam   Johnson 16.663
24 8H Hope Hornish 16.822

 

Smith Surprises Everyone But Himself With SpeedFest Pole