ARCA/CRA Super Series 200

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SpeedFest2016-Bubba Pollard

 

What Won the Race: A late race incident taking out leader John Hunter Nemechek and penalizing third-place runner William Byron allowed Bubba Pollard to hold on to the top spot in a last lap shootout against Harrison Burton.

 

The Finish:

1 26 Bubba Pollard
2 12 Harrison Burton
3 77 Zane Smith
4 5G Noah Gragson
5 97 Cole Anderson
6 15E Christian Eckes
7 5 Brennan Poole
8 83 Scotty Ellis
9 10 Steve Dorer
10 183 Joey Padgett
11 91 Ty Majeski
12 5B Quinton Bear
13 01 Derek Scott Jr
14 8 John Hunter Nemecheck
15 72 Scott Hantz
16 9B William Byron
17 4M Kyle McCallum
18 4 Kyle Plott
19 5A Jerry Artuso
20 79 Kyle Bryant
21 9 Derek Kraus
22 6 Brandon Setzer
23 7R Casey Roderick
24 51B Kyle Busch
25 2B Brady Boswell
26 7 Wes Griffith Jr
27 51 Brandon Oakley
28 2 Bret Holmes
29 32 Stuart Dutton
30 2W Donnie Wilson

 

The Skinny: Ty Majeski would start on the pole and lead exactly half of the ARCA/CRA Super Series 200 race before losing his position to Brandon Setzer, who advanced to the lead for only having changed one tire during the pit road break as opposed to Majeski’s two-tire strategy.

In another long green flag run, Setzer would manage to break away from the rest of the pack with a sizable lead until NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch went off into the creek before reentering the speedway to park his No. 51B machine in the pits for good.

On the restart, Setzer would battle briefly with Majeski before reclaiming the top spot.  A later incident taking out the two front runners would lead into a three-wide restart between William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith, Byron coming out on top.

Byron was eventually passed by Nemechek, who at five laps to go, seemed to have sealed the deal for a weekend sweep.  Contact between second and third place cars Bubba Pollard and William Byron, however, caused Nemechek to spin in turn two, ending his chances of success.

This left Pollard and a new contender for the lead, Harrison Burton, side-by-side for the restart.  There would be a little contact on the final lap to the checkered flag as Burton fought for the win, but Bubba Pollard would clench the victory.

 

Winning Quote: “You just can’t ever count that 26 car out,” said Bubba Pollard.  “It’s always lurking around.”

 

NotebookZane Smith set fast time in qualifying on Saturday afternoon, but will start fifth after the invert. That will move two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski to the pole position for today’s 200 lap race.

Harrison Burton failed to make the field from qualifying. He said he didn’t get enough heat in the tires on his warm-up lap and locked them up going into turn three.  He slid off the track and into the dirt when he was coming to take the green flag.  Burton will have to come from the last-chance race to transfer into the main event.  The last-chance race will be the first event of the day starting at 2 p.m. ET.

Ty Majeski pilots the field into turn one maintaining his lead for several laps before Donnie Wilson launched out into the watermelon patch bringing out the first caution of the race.

Race fans, there will be a replay of today’s SpeedFest 200-lap Super Late Model event available tomorrow on Speed51.com

Just a few laps before the halfway point, Ty Majeski weaves through heavy lapped traffic with Zane Smith right on his tail.

Coming back from the halfway break here at Crisp Motorsports Park, Brandon Setzer will be starting on the pole for the restart having taken only one tire.  Former leader Ty Majeski took two and will be restarting third behind Scott Hantz.

Brandon Setzer has not let go of his lead since leaving pit road at the halfway point.  130 laps in, we’ve been caution free up until NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch took an unwanted detour over the creek and into the field just past it.  Busch hasn’t run any higher during this race than approximately sixth place.  Laps count down under the yellow flag as he makes his way down a pedestrian road to reenter onto the asphalt in turn two.

Ty Majeski was able to get around Brandon Setzer on the restart but 165 laps in and Setzer has reclaimed his lead position.

Another restart of Brandon Setzer versus Ty Majeski.  Majeski spins the tires, Setzer with the advantage out of turn four in the inside groove, but doesn’t quite clear the No. 91 machine before drifting up and clipping Majeski’s nose, sending himself into the turn one wall.

Moving past the incident involving leaders Setzer and Majeski, a three-wide restart between William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith enabled Byron to propel out to the front of the bunch, leading confidently before Derek Kraus took the third venture of the day into the creek, bringing out the yellow turned red flag.

It will be a five lap shoutout for John Hunter Nemechek, who was able to pass Byron for the lead, allowing Bubba Pollard to drive up into the top three mix.  Nemechek and Byron will restart side-by-side.

One more restart, one more caution.  Nemechek and Byron shuffled back and forth for several laps before the yellow flag was displayed again.  A bundle of cars from the back of the pack had bunched up in turn four. The No. 8 machine will choose when to fire, John Hunter Nemechek having only two laps left to finish the job.  Reminiscent of the Pro Late Model race earlier this afternoon, it’ll be a green-white-checker.

On the restart, it was Nemechek with the advantage, Pollard moving to second with Byron close behind.  Into turn one, Byron was said to have made contact with Pollard after Officials reviewed replay footage, causing Pollard to shove into Nemechek, spinning the No. 8 out of the lead in turn two.  William Byron was penalized and sent to the rear with Nemechek.

Into overtime on lap 201, Bubba Pollard and Harrison Burton would now cross the start-finish line into turn one side-by-side for a green-white-checker. Pollard would ultimately take over the lead after some brief contact with Harrison on the last lap out of turn four coming to the checkered flag.

Car Count: 35 Super Late Models arrived at Crisp Motorsports Park.

 

Title Fight: This is a special-event, non-point race.  2015 rookie Grant Quinlan won the ARCA / CRA Super Series championship.

 

Winning Chassis: Hamke Chassis

Winning Engine: Hamner Racing Engines

Winning Shocks: JRI Shocks

 

Starting Line-Up:

1 91 Ty Majeski
2 97 Cole Anderson
3 9B William Byron
4 8 John Hunter Nemecheck
5 77 Zane Smith
6 7R Casey Roderick
7 6 Brandon Setzer
8 5B Quinton Bear
9 15E Christian Eckes
10 51B Kyle Busch
11 26 Bubba Pollard
12 4 Kyle Plott
13 4M Kyle McCallum
14 9 Derek Kraus
15 83 Scotty Ellis
16 5 Brennan Poole
17 5G Noah Gragson
18 2W Donnie Wilson
19 5A Jerry Artuso
20 01 Derek Scott Jr
21 7 Wes Griffith Jr
22 72 Scott Hantz
23 2 Bret Holmes
24 12 Harrison Burton
25 10 Steve Dorer
26 183 Joey Padgett
27 15 Brandy Boswell
28 51 Brandon Oakley
29 79 Kyle Bryant
30 32 Stuart Dutton

 

Fast Qualifier: Zane Smith (15.698 seconds)

 

Qualifying Events: Qualifying for CRA SpeedFest was a time-trial format with the best lap counting as the racer’s time. The top 20 qualifiers were locked into the 200-lap event.  The final six starting spots were determined  by the last-chance race.  The top five positions were set via an invert that the fast-time winner picked. The invert this weekend was five.

 

Who To Watch For: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch leads a stellar field of Super Late Models into the Peach-state for SpeedFest 2016.  Busch is a three-time winner of the event.  NASCAR K&N East Series champ William Byron will also be in a car out of the KBM stables.  This is one race that Super Late Model dominator Bubba Pollard has yet to win.  West-Coaster Noah Gragson will be in a Richie Wauters prepared machine for the first time, as will Quinnton Bear.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner John Hunter Nemechek will attempt to stop his string of bad luck in the Super Late Model portion of this event.  19-time Super Late Model winner in 2015 and ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski is a favorite for the victory.  14 year-old Derek Kraus is another Midwest representative.  One of the hottest Super Late Model drivers in the country right now is Cole Anderson.  He won both the Redeye 100 and Orange Blossom races at New Smyrna Speedway in FL to open 2016.  He will try to make it three consecutive victories on Sunday.

 

Former Winners: 

2015 – Chase Elliott

2014 – Chase Elliott

2013 – Jeff Choquette

2012 – Kyle Busch

2011 – Chase Elliott

2010 – Kyle Busch

2009 – Kyle Busch

2008 – Jeff Choquette

2007 – Eddie Hoffman

2006 – Mike Fritts

2005 – Charlie Menard

 

Green Flag: Approx. 3:30pm ET start for the Super Late Model portion of SpeedFest 2016 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, GA.

 

Weather: The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 71-degrees.

 

Next Series Race: The next event for the ARCA / CRA Super Series is a double-header with the Southern Super Series at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee on April 8-9.  The event will be the first points race of the 15 scheduled events for the series in 2016.

 

Watch It Live

You can watch all of the live video coverage of SpeedFest 2016 beginning at 1:30pm ET Sunday only on Speed51 TV.  To order the live pay-per-view broadcast for just $27.99, click here.  There is a 200-mile blackout radius surrounding Crisp Motorsports Park.

 

Entry Lists

ARCA/CRA Super Series Entry List

Car #DRIVER
1Mason Massey
1Derek Scott, Jr.
2Bret Holmes
2BBrady Boswell
2WDonnie Wilson
4Kyle Plott
4MKyle McCallum
5Brennan Poole
5BQuinnton Bear
5GNoah Gragson
6Brandon Setzer
7Wes Griffith Jr.
7RCasey Roderick
8John Hunter Nemechek
9Derek Kraus
9BWilliam Byron
10Steve Dorer
12Harrison Burton
15Ron Young
15EChristian Eckes
26Bubba Pollard
29Matthew Wragg
32Stuart Dutton
42Bo LeMastus
51Brandon Oakley
51BKyle Busch
51NStephen Nasse
55Todd Brown
58John Coffman
72Scott Hantz
77Zane Smith
79Kyle Bryant
83Scotty Ellis
91Ty Majeski
97Cole Anderson

 

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