Bragging rights are not only on the line for drivers, but also for the staff during this year’s running of SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA).  Fourteen staff members throughout the United States have made their picks for both Late Model races that will be held on Sunday, January 31 and today we are releasing the picks for the 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series (Super Late Model) race.


Check out the picks below and be sure to watch the race live on Speed51 TV to see which, if any, of the staff members will have bragging rights when the checkered flag waves.  Keep in mind, there’s nothing like being at the track and because of that the live pay-per-view broadcast will be blacked out for those within a 200-mile radius of the Cordele, Georgia race track.


Without further ado, here are the picks:


Aaron Bearden – Midwest Correspondent

Pick: Kyle Busch

He’s the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and a monster in anything he chooses to race.


Aaron Creed – NY & PA State Editor

Pick: Kyle Busch

I am normally one that tries to be a little different when it comes to picking the winner, but how can you go wrong with the Kyle Busch Motorsports team right now?  Especially with the owner behind the wheel, the No. 51 is going to be tough to beat.


Allick Jorgensen – Deep South Correspondent

Pick: Cole Anderson

This young man may be a rookie but he races like a true veteran. He’s faced the likes of Bubba Pollard, Christian Eckes and Kaz Grala, and won twice already this season. There is no driver hotter this early in the season and he’s got the full resources of Anthony Campi Racing behind him.


Bob and Angie Dillner – Owners

Pick: Kyle Busch

Can anyone beat Kyle in a Super Late Model race?  Combine his talent behind the wheel, the technology behind the Super Late Model program at KBM and the fact that he loves Super Late Models and it’s a potent combination.  He can be beat, but it will be tough to do.


Brandon Paul – Editor

Pick: Kyle Busch

As much as I want to be different and pick an underdog for Sunday’s race, it’s too tough to pick against Kyle Busch and the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51.  The car is going to have plenty of speed and the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion certainly has the talent to wheel it to victory lane. It also helps that he has three SpeedFest victories to his resume.


Bruce Nuttleman – Photographer

Pick: Ty Majeski

Why not? He stood toe to toe with the best teams in racing at the Snowball Derby.  I believe he’s up for the challenge at Speedfest.


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Connor Sullivan – CT, Long Island, MA Editor

Pick: William Byron

Byron’s growth in the last two years has been nothing short of amazing. After his four win championship season as a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, he should be considered a favorite to win in any big short track event. Coming off a solid top-10 performance in his first Snowball Derby appearance, Byron’s move to KBM has only increased his chances for victory Sunday, and he will have an extra incentive with his new boss  joining an already stout field.


Elgin Traylor – Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Bubba is due. He’s been so close at SpeedFest so many times. He was second to Kyle the last time those two tangled for the win. It was an epic battle, but this will be the year for the Georgia driver.


Jana Wimmer – Midwest Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

You can never count Ty Majeski out when he’s on the track.  He’s definitely a driver to watch again and will make some noise down South this year.  He won the Governor’s Cup and was a contender to win the Snowball Derby, he’ll get it done this weekend in Cordele.


Mark Keeler – Deep South Editor

Pick: Cole Anderson

He comes in with the most momentum of anyone. Holding off defending winner Bubba Pollard to take the Red-Eye 100 and coming through the better part of the top 10 in the Orange Blossom to pass Stephen Nasse for the win with two laps to go. With a 2-0 start to his season after an impressive run in the FL Governor’s Cup to end last year, he has proven he can be patient when he needs to be and pull the trigger when the time is right.


Matt Kentfield – Executive Director

Pick: Kyle Busch

Because he’s Kyle Busch and everyone else isn’t.  Truth hurts.


Patrick Hahe – IN, MI, OH State Editor

Pick: Kyle Busch

Too much going for this team at the moment.  Reigning NASCAR Champion with his own team, which had a dominating race car all weekend at the Derby.  I expect 2016 to start off better for “Rowdy” than 2015.


Rob Blount – Southeast Editor

Pick: Zane Smith

He finished second in the biggest Super Late Model race of the year, the Snowball Derby, to Chase Elliott. He finished second because he checked up when he couldn’t see through the smoke.  It’s a mistake that Smith regrets, but one he says that he’s learned from. You can bet on Smith being near the front at the end of 200 laps this weekend, and if there is smoke, he’s going to pull a Days of Thunder and drive right on through.


Shari Garber – ID & WA State Editor

Pick: Kyle Busch

I have to go with the driver that has the most talent and arguably the best equipment.  Hopefully for Kyle Busch Motorsports sake they have better luck in post-race technical inspection than they did at the Snowball Derby.


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