6:29
Thanks for joining us for the kick off of Speedfest 2013 and we will be back with you for all the practice and quailfying action tomorrow from Watermelon Capital Speedway.

Goodnight! 

6:28
Also keep in mind that following all the Pro and Super Late Model action this weekend, all photos will be uploaded to Speed51Photos.com and will be available for purchase.
6:27
Don’t forget that more information and a detailed weekend schedule of all the Speedfest action from Watermelon Capital Speedway can be found on the new home of CRA, www.cra-racing.com.
6:25
Fast Times of SpeedFest 2013 – Day I

ARCA/CRA Super Series: 5 Travis Sauter – 15.719

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance: 18 Hunter Robbins 16.045 

6:20
Here is the Schedule of Events for Day II of SpeedFest 2013

Schedule of Events for Saturday, January 26th, 2013

8:30am – Pits Open/Tech Lines Open
JEGS/CRA Tech ONLY until 10:45am
10:15am – ARCA/CRA Tire Selection (8 Tires)
11:00am – Drivers Meeting
11:15am – JEGS/CRA Tire Selection (4 Tires)
12:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #1
12:45pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #1
1:30pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #2
2:15pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #2
ARCA/CRA Race Set released for scuffing
JEGS/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
2:45pm – JEGS/CRA to Qualifying Tech
3:00pm – Practice Ends
ARCA/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
3:30pm – ARCA/CRA to Qualifying Tech
4:15pm – JEGS/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
5:00pm – ARCA/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
6:00pm – ARCA/CRA Tires returned to impound
7:00pm – Track Closes 

6:10
6:10
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Overall Practice Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.719
2. 29t Austin Theriault 15.772
3. 08 Jake Griffin 15.797
4. 01 Travis Braden 15.826
5. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 15.840
6. 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.856
7. 4 Erik Jones 15.861
8. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.902
9. 9 Chase Elliott 15.902
10. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.912
11. 77 David Ragan 15.939
12. 1 Mike Garvey 15.983
13. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.004
14. 5s Johnny Sauter 16.015
15. 41 TJ Reaid 16.017
16. 83 Scotty Ellis 16.046
17. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.070
18. 41b Wes Burton 16.074
19. 2w Donnie Wilson 16.078
20. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.110
21. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.140
22. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.159
23. 19 Zak Hausler 16.162
24. 129 Spencer Davis 16.186
25. 72 Scott Heckert 16.203
26. 47 Allen Karnes 16.220
27. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.236
28. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.267
29. 09 Randy Gentry 16.310
30. 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.337
31. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME
32. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
33. 75 David Odell NO TIME 

6:09
6:08
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #6 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 4 Erik Jones 15.861
2. 29t Austin Theriault 15.902
3. 9 Chase Elliott 15.902
4. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.000
5. 5 Travis Sauter 16.036
6. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.070
7. 51n Stephen Nasse 16075
8. 5s Johnny Sauter 16.091
9. 08 Jake Griffin 16.092
10. 41 T.J. Reid 16.138
11. 29c Jeff Choquette 16.153
12. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.186
13. 129 Spencer Davis 16.186
14. 83 Scotty Ellis 16.190
15. 77 David Ragan 16.214
16. 19 Zak Hausler 16.239
17. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.267
18. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.308
19. 09 Randy Gentry 16.315
20. 72 Scott Heckert 16.342
21. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.354
22. 47 Allen Karnes 16.434
23. 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.564
24. 1 Mike Garvey NO TIME
25. 01 Travis Braden NO TIME
26. 2x Donnie Wilson NO TIME
27. 29 Anderson Bowen NO TIME
28. 41b Wes Burton NO TIME
29. 71 Kyle Benjamin NO TIME
30. 75 David Odell NO TIME
31. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
32. 98 Russell Fleeman NO TIME
33. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

6:07
Travis Sauter recorded the fastest lap of the day in the second ARCA/CRA practice. Its his first time here and he states that; “This place is awesome! Reminds me of Marshfield going down the back stretch because of no walls here, but more like the Dells or Elko in the corners. This will be fun.” 
6:03
Today’s SpeedFest Trackside Now is presented by The Eliminator chassis setup machine from BJ McLeod Motorsports.

A machine built to “eliminate the impossible,” The Eliminator allows motorsports teams the ability to simulate on track suspension travel at the shop or at the track with this cost-effective, portable machine. The Eliminator’s unique design will enable your team to have a distinct advantage over the competition!

With The Eliminator you will be able to accurately check the following, without having to remove shocks and springs: square all four wheels at ride height, full travel or anywhere in between, check rear steer, bump steer curve, caster curve, camber curve, simulate tire deflection, suspension travel for clearance, body clearance for tire rubs, accurately align the drive line, use your shock travel indicators to set your bump stops and have your cross member heights set before you leave the shop, ackerman and toe-in.

For more on The Eliminator, call BJ McLeod Motorsports at (863) 602-4842 or visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com

5:59
The white flag is in the air for the final round of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice. We will have the results from this session as well as the overall results shortly. 
5:53
Just over 5 Minutes remaining in ARCA/CRA Super Series Final Practice and the last one of the day overall (Top 5):

1. 4 Erik Jones 15.861
2. 29t Austin Theriault 15.902
3. 9 Chase Elliott 15.902
4. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.000
5. 5 Travis Sauter 16.036 

5:53
Chase Elliott, Allen Karnes, Anthony Morrissey, Hunter Robbins and Scott Heckert are now among the cars on track. 
5:48
2012 Snowball Derby Winner, 4 Erik Jones makes his first appearance on top of the leaderboard with a 15.861. 
5:46
15 Minutes Remaining in Practice (Top 5):

1. 29t Austin Theriault 15.902
2. 9 Chase Elliott 15.902
3. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.000
4. 5 Travis Sauter 16.036
5. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.070 

5:43
Harrison Burton is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton. 
5:43
Comment From noble 

Is harrison burton related to ward and jeff burton? 

5:42
5:42
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Overall Practice Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.045
2. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.096
3. 1G Mike Garvey 16.098
4. 5 Alex Roberts 16.105
5. 9 Chase Elliott 16.110
6. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.124
7. 16 David Hodges 16.302
8. 29G Allen Gordon 16.303
9. 12 Harrison Burton 16.308
10. 43 Justin South 16.337
11. 27 Joe Ross 16.350
12. 66 Korey Ruble 16.356
13. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.364
14. 15 Mason Massey 16.390
15. 08 Jake Griffin 16.408
16. 129 Matthew Wragg 16.426
17. 36 Rodney Benefield 16.442
18. 28 Tom Schuette 16.465
19. 8 Eric Stokes 16.469
20. 17 Marty Wood 16.495
21. 61 TW Fisher 16.533
22. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.537
23. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.582
24. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.589
25. 21M Chris McKeehan 16.636
26. 21 Eric Gerchak 16.638
27. 42 Bubba Pollard 16.705
28. 51 Joel Anderson 16.759
29. 22 Kevin Herbert 16.916
30. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME
31. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
32. 10 RS Senter NO TIME

5:42
29t Theriault and 9 Elliott are tied for quick time at the moment both with a 15.902. 
5:40
20 Minutes to go in the final Practice of the day for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Top 5):

1. 29t Austin Theriault 15.902
2. 9 Chase Elliott 15.902
3. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.000
4. 5 Travis Sauter 16.036
5. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.070 

5:39
David Ragan at speed in the final practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:37
Quite a few ARCA/CRA teams have decided to load up and call it a day, but a rough estimate of about half of those teams are taking advantage of the track time for the final time today. 
5:35
The ARCA/CRA Super Series is on the track for the Final Friday Practice session of the day. 
5:34
5:34
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Final Friday Practice Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.096 – 89.463mph
2. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.241
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.328
4. 43 Justin South 16.337
5. 66 Korey Ruble 16.359
6. 12 Harrison Burton 16.364
7. 16 David Hodges 16.416
8. 08 Jake Griffin 16.422
9. 8 Eric Stokes 16.469
10. 17 Marty Wood 16.514
11. 15 Mason Massey 16.516
12. 129 Matthew Wragg 16.542
13. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.563
14. 21m Chris McKeehan 16.636
15. 29g Allen Gordon 16.644
16. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.658
17. 51 Joel Anderson 16.759
18. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.762
19. 22 Kevin Herbert 16.932
20. 28 Tom Schuette 31.095
21. 04 Jerrod Foley NO TIME
22. 5 Alex Roberts NO TIME
23. 9 Chase Elliott NO TIME
24. 10 R.S. Senter NO TIME
25. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
26. 18 Hunter Robbins NO TIME
27. 21 Eric Gerchak NO TIME
28. 23 Dalton Grindle NO TIME
29. 27 Joe Ross NO TIME
30. 36 Rodney Benefield NO TIME
31. 42 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

5:31
One fan has already claimed a camping spot in the parking lot. (Speed51.com photo)
5:28
The final round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model practice has concluded and we will have the times shortly. 
5:27
Less then five minutes to go in Final JEGS/CRA Practice for today (Top 5):

1. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.096
2. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.241
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.328
4. 43 Justin South 16.337
5. 66 Korey Ruble 16.359 

5:26
66 Korey Ruble gets back into the top five with a 16.359. 
5:25
Smoke pours off the right front of Jake Griffin’s car. (Speed51.com photo)
5:24
With five minutes remaining in this session Mason Massey, Allen Gordon and TW Fisher are among the cars on track.
5:24
1 Coughlin was on a “mock” Qualifying run. 
5:23
Then he drops it down even more with a 16.096. 
5:23
1 Cody Coughlin to the top of the Practice charts with a 16.114. 
5:23
43 Justin South reclaims fourth with a 16.337. 
5:22
Here is the Schedule of Events for Day II of SpeedFest 2013

Schedule of Events for Saturday, January 26th, 2013

8:30am – Pits Open/Tech Lines Open
JEGS/CRA Tech ONLY until 10:45am
10:15am – ARCA/CRA Tire Selection (8 Tires)
11:00am – Drivers Meeting
11:15am – JEGS/CRA Tire Selection (4 Tires)
12:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #1
12:45pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #1
1:30pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #2
2:15pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #2
ARCA/CRA Race Set released for scuffing
JEGS/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
2:45pm – JEGS/CRA to Qualifying Tech
3:00pm – Practice Ends
ARCA/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
3:30pm – ARCA/CRA to Qualifying Tech
4:15pm – JEGS/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
5:00pm – ARCA/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
6:00pm – ARCA/CRA Tires returned to impound
7:00pm – Track Closes 

5:20
12 Harrison Burton is now in fourth with a lap of a 16.364. 
5:18
ARCA/CRA Super Series competitor, Jay Niewiek has finally arrived to the track after hauler problems delayed him from getting here on time today. The Cutlerville, Michigan driver has elected to not participate in today’s final Practice for the Super Late Models scheduled to go from 5:30-6:00pm. 
5:16
1g Mike Garvey to second quick at a 16.328. 
5:15
15 Minutes in – 15 Minutes to go (Top 5):

1. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.241
2. 43 Justin South 16.337
3. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.391
4. 66 Korey Ruble 16.405
5. 16 David Hodges 16.416 

5:14
The caution flag is in the air for a spin on the back straightaway for the No. 8 machine of Eric Stokes. 
5:14
This is the Final Friday Practice Session for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance for today. 
5:14
Brandon Hermiller gives a quick smile before sliding in his machine. (Speed51.com photo)
5:13
43 Justin South now to third at a 16.405. 
5:13
08 Jake Griffin climbs up to fourth with a 16.461. 
5:12
41 Brandon Johnson rockets to the top of the charts with a 16.315. 
5:11
Justin South doesn’t look too happy with his car. (Speed51.com photo)
5:11
Early Top 5:

1. 66 Korey Ruble 16.405
2. 16 David Hodges 16.416
3. 17 Marty Wood 16.514
4. 15 Mason Massey 16.516
5. 43 Justin South 16.530 

5:10
Debris on the track, we’re back under Green. 
5:10
5:10
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #5 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 29t Austin Theriault 15.772
2. 01 Travis Braden 15.826
3. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 15.840
4. 77 David Ragan 15.959
5. 5 Travis Sauter 15.972
6. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.004
7. 5s Johnny Sauter 16.015
8. TJ Reaid 16.041
9. 29c Jeff Choquette
10. 1 Mike Garvey 16.084
11. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.086
12. 9 Chase Elliott 16.132
13. 41b Wes Burton 16.137
14. 19 Zak Hausler 16.162
15. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.167
16. 83 Scotty Ellis 16.181
17. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.201
18. 129 Spencer Davis 16.240
19. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.276
20. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.280
21. 47 Allen Karnes 16.337
22. 72 Scott Heckert 16.396
23.6 Brandon Hermiller 16.423
24. Eddie Van Meter 16.478
25. 2w Donnie Wilson NO TIME
26. 4 Erik Jones NO TIME
27. 08 Jake Griffin NO TIME
28. 09 Randy Gentry NO TIME
29. 71 Kyle Benjamin NO TIME
30. 75 David Odell NO TIME
31. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
32. 98 Russell Fleeman NO TIME
33. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

5:09
Yellow flag is out. 
5:07
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance teams are on the track for their Final Friday Practice Session of the day. 
5:00

Today’s SpeedFest Trackside Now is presented by The Eliminator chassis setup machine from BJ McLeod Motorsports.

A machine built to “eliminate the impossible,” The Eliminator allows motorsports teams the ability to simulate on track suspension travel at the shop or at the track with this cost-effective, portable machine. The Eliminator’s unique design will enable your team to have a distinct advantage over the competition!

With The Eliminator you will be able to accurately check the following, without having to remove shocks and springs: square all four wheels at ride height, full travel or anywhere in between, check rear steer, bump steer curve, caster curve, camber curve, simulate tire deflection, suspension travel for clearance, body clearance for tire rubs, accurately align the drive line, use your shock travel indicators to set your bump stops and have your cross member heights set before you leave the shop, ackerman and toe-in.

For more on The Eliminator, call BJ McLeod Motorsports at (863) 602-4842 or visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com

5:00
This round of ARCA/CRA practice has concluded and we will post the times as soon as they become available. 
4:57
David Ragan and Zak Hausler are now the only two cars on track as we close in on the end of this session. 
4:54
With about five minutes left in this practice session Brandon Oakley, Anderson Bowen, Wes Burton, Spencer Davis and Chase Elliott are all making laps. 
4:53
Scott Heckert’s BJ McLeod Motorsports car gets some fine tuning. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:52
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4:51
All business in the pits…until the last checker flies. (Speed51.com photo)
4:49
The tech station is getting prepped for tomorrow morning’s round. (Speed51.com photo)
4:47
Stephen Nasse surveys adjustments on his car. “We are decent but could be better,” said Nasse. (Speed51.com photo)
4:45
Garvey likes his ride. (Speed51.com photo)
4:45
Brandon Hermiller waits on the word to head back out for more Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:45
After his last trip out Bubba Pollard reported that he got in the dirt of the backstretch with his right side tires. Although he’s got a lot of laps around this place, Pollard said he’s a little rusty. This comes after Pollard made contact with the inside wall with the drivers side of his machine earlier today. 
4:43
Jake Griffin goes over notes from the last ARCA/CRA Practice where he topped the charts. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:42
Spencer Davis has reported that his crew chiefs Augie Grill and David Ray have just arrived at the Speedway. They are changing both front shocks in an attempt to find any extra speed they can. 
4:42
Austin Theriault prepares to go out for more laps. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:41
Allen Karnes, Chase Elliott and Travis Sauter are the only three machines on track as we approach halfway in this practice session. 
4:41
4:41
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Practice #5 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.045
2. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.226
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.300
4. 66 Korey Ruble 16.356
5. 16 David Hodges 16.361
6. 43 Justin South 16.367
7. 129 Matthrew Wragg 16.426
8. 12 Harrison Burton 16.436
9. 17 Marty Wood 16.495
10. 27 Joe Ross 16.496
11. 15 Mason Massey 16.516
12. 28 Tom Schuette 16.526
13. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.589
14. 8 Eric Stokes 16.627
15. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.641
16. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.679
17. 29g Allen Gordon 16.680
18. 21 Eric Gerchak 16.753
19. 51 Joel Anderson 16.803
20. 1 Cody Coughlin NO TIME
21. 04 Jerrod Foley NO TIME
22. 5 Alex Roberts NO TIME
23. 08 Jake Griffin NO TIME
24. 9 Chase Elliott NO TIME
25. 10 RS Senter NO TIME
26. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
27. 21m Chris McKeehan NO TIME
28. 22 Kevin Herbert NO TIME
29. 23 Dalton Grindle NO TIME
30. 36 Rodney Benefield NO TIME
31. 42 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME

4:39
Comment From frank 41

Tj reaid must have found something! 

4:38
Crew Chief, Gary St. Amant makes final adjustments on his driver, Brandon Oakley’s machine before sending him back out. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:37
Practice action for the Supers. (Speed51.com photo)
4:36
ARCA/CRA Super Series practice round five is now underway. 
4:33
Spencer Davis. (Speed51.com photo)
4:32
JEGS practice has ended. We will have the times soon. 
4:31
Allen Gordon changes a gear looking for more launch off the corner. (Speed51.com photo)
4:31
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star, Johnny Sauter works on the left rear of the car before he heads out for the first time today. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:28
Two of racing’s brightest young stars: Elliott and Nemechek. (Speed51.com photo)
4:28
They will clear the infield before the race. 
4:28
Comment From vintage 

will haulers be inside the track for the races sunday? 

4:26
2012 ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year, Travis Braden has been fast all afternoon in Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:24
We are back to caution in this practice. 
4:24
Russell Fleeman has loaded up with engine trouble and is done for this weekend.
4:22
David Odell’s car has been in the hauler all day as the Winder, GA driver is at work and is due to arrive by tomorrow morning. 
4:22
Hunter Robbins makes some adjustments before the next ARCA/CRA Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:20
Now and John Hunter Nemechek discuss their latest practice session. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:20
Bubba Pollard watches Pro Late Model practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:17
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #4 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 08 Jake Griffin 15.797
2. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.941
3. 77 David Ragan 15.952
4. 5 Travis Sauter 15..988
5. 4 Erik Jones 15.994
6. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.003
7. 41 T.J. Reid 16.017
8. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.030
9. 71 Kyle Benjamin 16.035
10. 5s Johnny Sauter 16.049
11. 29t Austin Theriault 16.051
12. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.080
13. 41b Wes Burton 16.112
14. 1 Mike Garvey 16.120
15. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.145
16. 9 Chase Elliott 16.151
17. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.204
18. 47 Allen Karnes 16.220
19. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.268
20. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.284
21. 09 Randy Gentry 16.310
22. 19 Zak Hausler 16.320
23. 72 Scott Heckert 16.331
24. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.363
25. 129 Spencer Davis 16.372
26. 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.562
27. 01 Travis Braden NO TIME
28. 2w Donnie Wilson NO TIME
29. 75 David Odell NO TIME
30. 83 Scotty Ellis NO TIME
31. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
32. 98 Russell Fleeman NO TIME
33. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME

4:15
Scotty Ellis told us that his crew is him and his dad this weekend. They are just trying to have fun. They have a little support from Bubba Pollard as they look to run as well as they did here last fall. 
4:14
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4:13
Scotty Ellis with a little engine work. (Speed51.com photo)
4:13
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4:12
Eric Gerchak went for a wild ride in JEGS/CRA Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:10
We are under yellow for a wreck in turn four. We can’t see it from the tower. 
4:08
Tough break for Russell Fleeman who was a top five car all day in Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:08
JEGS Pro Late Models are on the speedway for their fifth round of practice. 
4:05
Family time – Nemechek style. (Speed51.com photo)
4:04
Choquette and crew debrief after practice. (Speed51.com photo)
3:59
This round of ARCA/CRA practice has concluded and we will have the times up shortly. 
3:58
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3:57
Stephen Nasse, TJ Reaid, Chase Elliott and Jeff Choquette have now joined them on track as we near the end of this session. 
3:54
There are just five minutes left in this ARCA/CRA Super Series practice session as Kyle Benjamin and David Ragan make their way around the track. 
3:54
Just over five minutes left in ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #4 (Top 5):

1. 08 Jake Griffin 15.797
2. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.941
3. 77 David Ragan 15.952
4. 5 Travis Sauter 15.988
5. 4 Erik Jones 15.994 

3:53
08 Jake Griffin to the top of the charts with a 15.797. 
3:51
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3:49
10 minutes remain in this ARCA/CRA Super Series practice session. 
3:47
Donnie Wilson goes off track in practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:46
15 Minutes in – 15 Minutes to go in Friday Practice #4 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Top 5):

1. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.941
2. 77 David Ragan 15.952
3. 5 Travis Sauter 15.988
4. 4 Erik Jones 15.994
5. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.003 

3:43
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3:43
David Ragan and Chase Elliott are now making their way out of the pits to take part in this practice session as well. 
3:39
Erik Jones, TJ Reaid, Travis Sauter, Johnny Sauter, Austin Theriault and Spencer Davis are among the Super Late Models on track early in this session. 
3:37
The fourth round of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice is now rolling onto the track. 
3:36
3:36
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Practice #4 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.110 – 89.385mph
2. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.206
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.214
4. 9 Chase Elliott 16.234
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.301
6. 29g Allen Gordon 16.303
7. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.306
8. 12 Harrison Burton 16.308
9. 27 Joe Ross 16.350
10. 66 Korey Ruble 16.363
11. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.364
12. 43 Justin South 16.446
13. 28 Tom Schuette 16.465
14. 08 Jake Griffin 16.485
15. 15 Mason Massey 16.495
16. 17 Marty Wood 16.498
17. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.537
18. 36 Rodney Benefield 16.538
19. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.540
20. 8 Eric Stokes 16.637
21. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.669
22. 21 Eric Gerchak 16.672
23. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.674
24. 51 Joel Anderson 16.778
25. 22 Kevin Herbert 16.916
26. 21m Chris McKeehan 17.010
27. 10 R.S. Senter NO TIME
28. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
29. 16 David Hodges NO TIME
30. 42 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
31. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME
32. 129 Matthew Wragg NO TIME 

3:34
Brandon Johnson’s crew continues to make adjustments to his Pro. The Longwood, Florida driver is not happy with his car even with his top five time in the most recent session. “It’s just really tight. I’m surprised we were that fast. I’m just real
3:30
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3:30
Practice #4 for JEGS/CRA is complete, Times are coming in just a few minutes.

The fourth ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice will roll out here in just a little bit. 

3:29
Travis Sauter and crew make a camber adjustment. When asked if his good was good he wouldn’t answer. But with a sheepish grin said “It’s not bad!” (Speed51.com Photo)
3:29
The white flag is waving on the fourth round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour practice. 
3:28
Just a couple of minutes left in this fourth JEGS/CRA Practice. 
3:26
Here is the Schedule of Events for Day II of SpeedFest 2013

Schedule of Events for Saturday, January 26th, 2013

8:30am – Pits Open/Tech Lines Open
JEGS/CRA Tech ONLY until 10:45am
10:15am – ARCA/CRA Tire Selection (8 Tires)
11:00am – Drivers Meeting
11:15am – JEGS/CRA Tire Selection (4 Tires)
12:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #1
12:45pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #1
1:30pm – JEGS/CRA Practice #2
2:15pm – ARCA/CRA Practice #2
ARCA/CRA Race Set released for scuffing
JEGS/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
2:45pm – JEGS/CRA to Qualifying Tech
3:00pm – Practice Ends
ARCA/CRA Qualifying Tires Released
3:30pm – ARCA/CRA to Qualifying Tech
4:15pm – JEGS/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
5:00pm – ARCA/CRA Qualifying (2 Laps)
6:00pm – ARCA/CRA Tires returned to impound
7:00pm – Track Closes

3:26
Dawsonville, Georgia driver Spencer Davis. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:24
Mason Massey and Cody Coughlin have now joined Garvey and Griffin on track. 
3:23
Mike Garvey and Jake Griffin are now the only two machines on track as we close in on the end of this session. 
3:23
Russell Fleeman’s car is getting a lot of attention under the hood. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:22
Cup star David Ragan takes in some Pro Late Model practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:22
Jeff Choquette is happy with his SLM for day one. This is Choquette’s first time back at this track since he ran here a few years back with the old Varney Late Model Series. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:21
10 minutes remaining in JEGS/CRA Practice #4 (Top 5):

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.110
2. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.206
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.232
4. 9 Chase Elliott 16.234
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.301 

3:21
With 10 minutes left in this practice session Korey Ruble, Brandon Johnson and TW Fisher are making their way around the speedway. 
3:20
Jake Griffin’s Pro Late Model get a quick gear change during this practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:15
18 Robbins moves up to second quick with a 16.206. 
3:13
Just over 10 minutes into Practice #4 for JEGS/CRA (Top 5):

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.110
2. 1g Mike Garvey 16.232
3. 9 Chase Elliott 16.234
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.256
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.301 

3:12
Alex Roberts has now made his way back on track for the first time since leading an earlier session in his No. 5 machine. 
3:08
Mason Massey, Chase Elliott, Justin South, Joel Anderson, Allen Gordon and Jerrod Foley are among the cars currently on track. 
3:06
3:06
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #3 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.856 – 90.817mph
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.912
3. 01 Travis Braden 15.913
4. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 15.937
5. 5 Travis Sauter 15.968
6. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.996
7. 9 Chase Elliott 16.028
8. 4 Erik Jones 16.047
9. 29t Austin Theriault 16.058
10. 41b Wes Burton 16.074
11. 2 Donnie Wilson 16.081
12. 08 Jake Griffin 16.098
13. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.110
14. 83 Scotty Ellis 16.145
15. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.157
16. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.187
17. 72 Scott Heckert 16.203
18. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.236
19. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.238
20. 129 Spencer Davis 16.239
21. 41 T.J. Reaid 16.241
22. 47 Allen Karnes 16.324
23. 09 Randy Gentry 16.385
24. 19 Zak Hausler 16.391
25. 23 Eddie VanMeter 16.468
26. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.569
27. 1 Mike Garvey NO TIME
28. 5s Johnny Sauter NO TIME
29. 51 Brandon Oakley NO TIME
30. 75 David Odell NO TIME
31. 77 David Ragan NO TIME
32. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
33. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

3:05
The green flag is in the air. 
3:05
The first few Pro Late Models have made their way onto the track. 
3:04
A report from the pits says the wind has picked up here at Watermelon Capital Speedway. 
3:03
We already have a few JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour cars lined up ready to go out for their fourth round of practice until 3:30pm. 
3:00
Remainder of the Schedule of Events for Friday, January 25th, 2013

3:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 4
3:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 4

4:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 5
4:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 5

5:00pm – JEGS/CRA Final Practice
5:30pm – ARCA/CRA Final Practice

6:00pm – Rotating Practice Ends
7:00pm – Track Closes 

3:00
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2:59
We are now halfway through Day I of SpeedFest 2013 here at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.

Both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance each have three Practice Sessions left. 

2:59
The white flag is in the air signaling that we are nearing the end of the third round of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice. 
2:58
TJ Reaid is now the only SLM on track in his No. 41 machine. 
2:58
Judging by the look on his face, Mason Massey is happy with his car. (Speed51.com photo)
2:56
8 John Hunter Nemechek climbs to fourth fastest with a 15.937. 
2:55
Five Minutes left in this third ARCA/CRA Friday Practice (Top 5):

1. 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.856
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.912
3. 01 Travis Braden 15.913
4. 5 Travis Sauter 15.968
5. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.996 

2:55
Jeff Choquette, Anderson Bowen, Scott Heckert and Wes Burton are now among the cars on track. 
2:55
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2:54
Spencer Davis and crew are waiting on the crew chiefs to show up. David Ray and Augie Grill are stuck at the crossover gate and can’t get in until this session ends. 
2:54
Brandon Hermiller (6) makes his way out of turn four with Donnie Wilson (2). (Speed51.com Photo)
2:51
Supers are on track but lots of work in the PLM pits. (Speed51.com photo)
2:49
10 Minutes remaining in the third (of six) scheduled Friday Practice Sessions for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Top 5):

1. 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.856
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.912
3. 01 Travis Braden 15.913
4. 5 Travis Sauter 15.968
5. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.996 

2:46
01 Braden moves up to third quick with a 15.913. 
2:46
Halfway through this session Anderson Bowen, Hunter Robbins, Travis Braden and Travis Sauter are all on track. 
2:44
Donnie Wilson waits while his crew makes an adjustment. (Speed51.com photo)
2:43
2:43
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2:43
ARCA/CRA officials are reporting that there are 31 ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models and 30 JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models on the grounds here at Watermelon Capital Speedway. 
2:43
10 Minutes in – 20 Minutes to go in ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #3 (Top 5):

1. 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.856
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.912
3. 5 Travis Sauter 15.968
4. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.996
5. 01 Travis Braden 16.004 

2:40
Erik Jones, TJ Reaid, Jeff Choquette, Stephen Nasse, Donnie Wilson and Kyle Benjamin are among the heavy hitters on track now. 
2:40
Word from the road, 84 Jay Niewiek, the three-time Cometic Gaskets Hard-Charger Award Winner in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, had some issues with their hauler on the way down and were stopped for a lengthy period of time.

As of 2:30pm, the Jay Niewiek Motorsports team is roughly two hours away from the track and hope to get here in time to get in some hot laps during the final ARCA/CRA Practice Session scheduled for 5:30pm. 

2:38
2:38
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Practice #3 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 1g Mike Garvey 16.098 – 89.452mph
2. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.124
3. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.283
4. 16 David Hodges 16.302
5. 12 Harrison Burton 16.363
6. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.381
7. 43 Justin South 16.400
8. 08 Jake Griffin 16.408
9. 15 Mason Massey 16.425
10. 36 Rodney Benefield 16.442
11. 17 Marty Wood 16.555
12. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.574
13. 27 Joe Ross 16.622
14. 21 Eric Gerchak 16.638
15. 29g Allen Gordon 16.665
16. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.696
17. 42 Bubba Pollard 16.705
18. 29 Tom Schuette 16.734
19. 129 Matthew Wragg 16.772
20. 8 Eric Stokes 16.777
21. 21m Chris McKeehan 17.509
22. 51 Joel Anderson 17.573
23. 66 Korey Ruble 19.692
24. 5 Alex Roberts NO TIME
25. 9 Chase Elliott NO TIME
26. 10 R.S. Senter NO TIME
27. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
28. 18 Hunter Robbins NO TIME
29. 22 Kevin Herbert NO TIME
30. 61 T.W. Fisher NO TIME
31. 98 Justin Ashburn NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

2:37
Ricky Turner keeps an eye on Elliott. (Speed51.com photo).
2:36
The track is full of Super Late Models again for this session. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:36
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2:35
This will mark Pollard’s first trip out onto the track of the day in this No. 26 Super Late Model machine. 
2:34
The first few ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models including Spencer Davis, Bubba Pollard, Chase Elliott, Russell Fleeman, Austin Theriault and Travis Braden have made their way on track for their third practice session of the day. 
2:34
Scott Heckert checks the Trackside Now coverage in between sessions. (Speed51.com photo)
2:33
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2:30
The third (of six) JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Practice Session is now complete. Those times are coming very soon.

The third ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice Session of the day is rolling out momentarily. 

2:30
The white flag is in the air for this round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model practice. 
2:29
When asked how the tire combination compares to the or he used to, Travis Sauter said “I don’t know. I’m not a tire guy. Just bolt them on and let me drive it.” 
2:28
Comment From Jegs fan 

Go Cody Coughlin 

2:28
Comment From TMC 

Thanks speed51 Alex should be good. Gene has been around for alot of years 

2:27
Justin South, Harrison Burton and Rodney Benefield are now the three cars on track with about three minutes remaining in this session. 
2:27
Less than 5 minutes left in this session (Top 5):

1. 1g Mike Garvey 16.098
2. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.124
3. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.283
4. 16 David Hodges 16.302
5. 12 Harrison Burton 16.363 

2:25
Ruble brought back a souvenir from his off track excursion. He said the throttle hung at the end of the straightaway. He said that they can fix it but is thankful for the runoff area. (Speed51.com photo)
2:25
Alex Roberts is Gene Roberts son. 
2:25
Comment From TMC 

Who is this Alex Roberts from Monroe Ga.? Any relation to Gene Roberts from Social Circle Ga? 

2:24
Kyle Bryant and Rodney Benefield are the first two drivers back on the track to break the silence. 
2:22
The track is now empty with 10 minutes remaining in this round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Pro Late Model practice. 
2:20
Both Brad Keselowski Racing cars getting some attention in the pits. (Speed51.com photo)
2:20
Harrison Burton, Mike Garvey and Cody Coughlin are now among the cars on track. 
2:19
12 Harrison Burton is now in the top five with a 16.363. 
2:19
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2:19
1 Cody Coughlin has moved up to fourth fastest with a 16.349. 
2:19
1g Mike Garvey has jumped to the top of the charts with a 16.147. 
2:18
A brief cloud cover has come and gone and it’s mostly sunny now here in Cordele, Georgia as the temperatures have climbed up to the low 60s. 
2:18
Comment From Derek Pernesiglio 

How’s the weather looking down there? It’s cold and wet here in Charlotte. 

2:17
Cody Coughlin gets gloved up for a run. (Speed51.com photo)
2:17
Bubba Pollard has made his way onto the track in his Tony Clark-owned No. 42 JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model. 
2:17
08 Griffin was briefly knocked out of the top five, but came right back with a 16.442.
2:16
15 Minutes in – 15 Minutes to go in Practice #3 for JEGS/CRA (Top 5):

1. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.183
2. 16 David Hodges 16.302
3. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.381
4. 15 Mason Massey 16.425
5. 08 Jake Griffin 16.442

2:15
43 Justin South is up to fourth with a 16.515 while 08 Jake Griffin has cracked the top five for the first time today with a 16.616. 
2:15
After spinning late in the last practice, Joel Anderson has made his way back on track during this session. 
2:14
Crew chief Josh Hamner keeps an eye and watch on Justin South. (Speed51.com photo)
2:14
So is the south side. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:13
The north side of the infield is full of race teams. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:12
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2:12
Allen Gordon dives in to turn three. (Speed51.com photo)
2:12
We are back under green. 
2:11
Early Top 5:

1. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.266
2. 16 David Hodges 16.403
3. 17 Marty Wood 16.760
4. 29g Allen Gordon 16.767
5. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.805 

2:09
66 Korey Ruble off of turn four. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:09
TJ Reaid looks over his machine. He said they are still working the bugs out of the car after rebuilding it after the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com photo)
2:08
The caution flag is in the air for Korey Ruble who took a spin off the track in turns three and four. 
2:08
Justin South has come to the track for his first run of the afternoon. 
2:07
The JEGS All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models have now taken the green flag for their third practice session of the afternoon. 
2:06
Korey Ruble, who broke some ribs during Snowflake 100 at Five Flags last month, says he feels great and that he had to “break the ice” on his last run. 
2:05
2:05
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #2 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.719 – 91.609mph
2. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.902
3. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.925
4. 1 Mike Garvey 15.983
5. 29t Austin Theriault 15.986
6. 77 David Ragan 15.999
7. 4 Erik Jones 16.010
8. 01 Travis Braden 16.041
9. 83 Scotty Ellis 16.046
10. 9 Chase Elliott 16.060
11. 2 Donnie Wilson 16.078
12. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.116
13. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.127
14. 41b Wes Burton 16.137
15. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.150
16. 71 Kyle Benjamin 16.155
17. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.159
18. 08 Jake Griffin 16.160
19. 41 T.J. Reaid 16.240
20. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.268
21. 72 Scott Heckert 16.288
22. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.318
23. 23 Eddie VanMeter 16.337
24. 47 Allen Karnes 16.353
25. 19 Zak Hausler 16.423
26. 5s Johnny Sauter NO TIME
27. 09 Randy Gentry NO TIME
28. 26 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
29. 39 Andrew Morrissey NO TIME
30. 75 David Odell NO TIME
31. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME
33. 129 Spencer Davis NO TIME 

2:04
Russell Fleeman dives into turn one. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:04
Pros lined up and ready to go. (Speed51.com photo)
2:01
As a late addition to the entry list, 2011 ARCA Midwest Tour champion Andrew Morrissey has joined us here at Watermelon Capital Speedway and will compete in Sunday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the event.
2:00
Round #2 for Friday Practice is now complete for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Those times will be available soon.

The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will roll out next for their third Practice Session of the day. 

1:57
Hunter Robbins and John Hunter Nemechek have now made their way to the track with a few minutes remaining in this session. 
1:55
5 Minutes remaining in the second Friday Practice for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Top 5):

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.719
2. 29c Jeff Choquette 15.902
3. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.925
4. 1 Mike Garvey 15.983
5. 29t Austin Theriault 15.986 

1:54
With about five minutes left in this session Austin Theriault, Allen Karnes, Kyle Benjamin and TJ Reaid are all making laps. 
1:53
Comment From Renee 

Good luck Anderson Bowen, from your #1 Michigan fan 

1:49
Scotty Ellis, Brandon Hermiller and David Ragan are now making their way back out on track. 
1:49
Mike Garvey has been quick in both his Pro and Super Late Models so far. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:49
29 Anderson Bowen, was originally one of our double duty drivers scheduled to run both races this weekend. However, the team has withdrawn from the JEGS/CRA portion of the weekend. So the 15-year-old from Suwanee, Georgia will concentrate solely on the ARCA/CRA Super Series car. 
1:47
Anderson Bowen and Russell Fleeman are now making their way out on track. 
1:47
Jeff Choquette said his team has made no big changes since his second place finish at the Snowball Derby. He has been inside the Top Ten throughout these early practice sessions. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:47
15 minutes in for the second ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice (Top 5):

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.719
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.925
3. 1 Mike Garvey 15.983
4. 29t Austin Theriault 15.986
5. 77 David Ragan 15.999 

1:45
Stephen Nasse, Austin Theriault and Brandon Hermiller now complete the cars on track halfway through this ARCA/CRA Super Late Model practice session. 
1:44
Comment From Nashville Tn 

Is Marvin Ragan…related to David Ragan the Nascar driver ? 

1:44
Yes, Marvin Ragan is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan’s uncle. 
1:42
John Hunter Nemechek looked on during first round practice but is on track now for the first time today. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:42
Stephen Nasse is now rolling out for his first practice run of the afternoon in his No. 51 Super Late Model machine. 
1:41
1 Mike Garvey to third with a 15.983. 
1:41
5 Travis Sauter to the top of the charts once again with a 15.719, the fastest lap of the day. 
1:39
ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice #2 early Top 5:

1. 98 Russell Fleeman 15.925
2. 77 David Ragan 15.999
3. 4 Erik Jones 16.010
4. 29c Jeff Choquette 16.041
5. 29t Austin Theriault 16.069 

1:38
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1:37
David Ragan has now come to the track for the first time today. 
1:36
Allen Karnes and Kyle Benjamin have now made their way on track as several of the first cars out have now made their way to the pit area. 
1:35
1:35
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Practice #2 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.105 – 89.413mph
2. 9 Chase Elliott 16.110
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.134
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.148
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.226
6. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.263
7. 16 David Hodges 16.352
8. 15 Mason Massey 16.390
9. 66 Korey Ruble 16.431
10. 12 Harrison Burton 16.441
11. 129 Matthew Wragg 16.497
12. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.533
13. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.582
14. 29g Allen Gordon 16.613
15. 36 Rodney Benefield 16.635
16. 23 Dalton Grindle 16.637
17. 21 Eric Gerchak 16.670
18. 27 Joe Ross 16.678
19. 08 Jake Griffin 16.682
20. 17 Marty Wood 16.691
21. 28 Tom Schuette 16.693
22. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.698
23. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.709
24. 8 Eric Stokes 16.751
25. 22 Kevin Herbert 17.078
26. 51 Joel Anderson 18.146
27. 21m Chris McKeehan 35.157
28. 10 R.S. Senter NO TIME
29. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
30. 42 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
31. 43 Justin South NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

1:34
The green flag is in the air. 
1:34
Eddie VanMeter, Brandon Hermiller, Russell Fleeman, Austin Theriault, John Hunter Nemechek, Travis Braden, Scott Heckert, Jeff Choquette, Wes Burton and Brandon Oakley make up the first cars to take to the track to kick off this practice session. 
1:30
Next up will be the second round of ARCA/CRA Super Late Model practice, which will run until 2:00pm. 
1:29
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #2 is done. Those Practice results are coming in a few minutes.

Now it’s time for Practice #2 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. 

1:29
The checkered flag has waved and the second round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model practice has concluded. We will post the times as soon as they become available. 
1:28
Jasper, Florida’s Marty Wood gets laps in JEGS/CRA Pro Late Model practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:28
The white flag is in the air for this practice session. 
1:24
Five minutes remain in this second round of JEGS Pro Late Model practice. 
1:23
98 Justin Ashburn breaks a power steering hose earlier today in Practice. He has since been back out. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:22
JEGS/CRA Practice #2 – Less than 10 minutes to go (Top 5):

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.105
2. 9 Chase Elliott 16.110
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.134
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.148
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.226 

1:21
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1:19
The green flag is back out. 
1:19
The yellow flag is out with just over 10 minutes remaining in this session. Joel Anderson spun his No. 51 machine off turn four and came to rest on the front stretch after barely making contact with the outside wall. 
1:19
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1:18
Hunter Robbins is on the track with Pro Late Model for the first time and is up to fourth on the speed charts so far. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:17
15 Minutes to go in this second JEGS/CRA Practice (Top 5):

1. 5 Alex Roberts 16.105
2. 9 Chase Elliott 16.110
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.134
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.148
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.226 

1:16
9 Chase Elliott up to second quick at a 16.110 while 1g Mike Garvey is third at a 16.134 and 18 Hunter Robbins is fourth with a 16.148. 
1:15
Hunter Robbins, Chase Elliott, Mike Garvey and Cody Coughlin now complete the cars on track as we approach halfway in this JEGS Pro Late Model practice session. 
1:13
5 Roberts even quicker with a 16.105. 
1:12
5 Alex Roberts right up to the top of the charts on his very first lap with a 16.149. 
1:12
41 Brandon Johnson up to the top of the charts at a 16.226. 
1:12
Korey Ruble, Mason Massey and Rodney Benefield have now made their way on track as well. 
1:11
16 Hodges up to the top of the charts with a 16.352. 
1:11
16 David Hodges moves up to fifth with a 16.626. 
1:10
Early Top 5:

1. 12 Harrison Burton 16.483
2. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.581
3. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.582
4. 29g Allen Gordon 16.613
5. 36 Rodney Benefield 16.635 

1:10
Chase Elliott was the fastest car in the first round of JEGS Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:09
Dalton Grindle, Harrison Burton, Jerrod Foley, Allen Gordon, Kyle Bryant and TW Fisher are now among the cars on track. 
1:07
Comment From Racer47 

Good luck to JLJ Motorsports #04 and driver Jerrod Foley…RWI 

1:07
We are back under green for a backed track of 15 cars beginning this session. 
1:06
The yellow flag was almost immediately in the air for a spin by the No. 21 machine of Chris McKeehan off turn four. 
1:06
Travis Sauter led the first practice for the CRA Super Series. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:06
1:06
ARCA/CRA Super Series Friday Practice #1 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.747 – 91.446mph
2. 01 Travis Braden 16.082
3. 9 Chase Elliott 16.096
4. 1 Mike Garvey 16.116
5. 98 Russell Fleeman 16.132
6. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.140
7. 71 Kyle Benjamin 16.167
8. 29t Austin Theriault 16.193
9. 2 Donnie Wilson 16.208
10. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.232
11. 29c Jeff Choquette 16.291
12. 41b Wes Burton 16.338
13. 72 Scott Heckert 16.345
14. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.353
15. 09 Randy Gentry 16.441
16. 41 T.J. Reaid 16.475
17. 129 Spencer Davis 16.491
18. 19 Zak Hausler 16.597
19. 23 Eddie VanMeter 16.630
20. 47 Allen Karnes 16.716
21. 4 Erik Jones NO TIME
22. 5s Johnny Sauter NO TIME
23. 8 John Hunter Nemechek NO TIME
24. 08 Jake Griffin NO TIME
25. 26 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
26. 51 Brandon Oakley NO TIME
27. 51n Stephen Nasse NO TIME
28. 75 David Odell NO TIME
29. 77 David Ragan NO TIME
30. 83 Scotty Ellis NO TIME
31. 84 Jay Niewiek NO TIME
32. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME 

1:05
The green flag is in the air. 
1:04
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With The Eliminator you will be able to accurately check the following, without having to remove shocks and springs: square all four wheels at ride height, full travel or anywhere in between, check rear steer, bump steer curve, caster curve, camber curve, simulate tire deflection, suspension travel for clearance, body clearance for tire rubs, accurately align the drive line, use your shock travel indicators to set your bump stops and have your cross member heights set before you leave the shop, ackerman and toe-in.

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1:04
JEGS Pro Late Models are now rolling onto the track for their second round of practice for the afternoon. This practice will run until 1:30pm. 
1:00
The first ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice is now complete. Those results are coming in just a few minutes.

The second JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will be rolling out shortly. 

1:00
The flagman has given the two laps remaining signal as we reach the conclusion of this practice session. 
12:59
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12:57
With two minutes left in this practice session Hunter Robbins is bringing his No. 18 Super Late Model machine on track for the first time. 
12:57
Comment From Old Man Richard 

Hello to everyone == It’s finally here == To Speed51/Trackside & gang looking forward the weekend coverage == Thanks to all the drivers & teams – The racetrack & staff – And especially the Sponsors – For bringing it to us here at home == To Marvin == Get well == Thanks & enjoy and may everyone be blessed & be safe == Conyers, Ga. == Start your engines !!! == 

12:56
5 Travis Sauter has lowered his fast lap from a 15.973 to an impressive 15.747 in his first ever appearance in Cordele, Georgia. 
12:56
5 Minutes left in Practice #1 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series (Top 5):

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.747
2. 01 Travis Braden 16.082
3. 9 Chase Elliott 16.096
4. 1 Mike Garvey 16.116
5. 98 Russell Fleeman 16.132 

12:54
Five minutes remain in this round of ARCA/CRA Super Late Model practice. 
12:52
Donnie Wilson comes to the pits as Zak Hausler makes his way onto the track. 
12:52
01 Braden moves up to second fastest with a 16.082. 
12:51
Chase Elliott is now back on track and is joined by Donnie Wilson, Wes Burton, Brandon Hermiller and Travis Braden. 
12:51
Erik Jones (left) is sitting out practice for now. Jones said they are waiting for the track to get cleaned off a bit and to see what the weather will do. With the sun peaking in and out, Jones said the up to 5° temperature fluctuations will make
12:50
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12:50
10 Minutes Remaining in this first ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice (Top 5):

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.973
2. 1 Mike Garvey 16.116
3. 9 Chase Elliott 16.131
4. 98 Russell Fleeman 16.132
5. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.140 

12:49
Comment From Deanna Irwin 

Love the great coverage!! It makes me feel like i am there. Go Joe Ross # 27!!!!! 

12:49
29 Bowen to fifth at a 16.153. 
12:48
1 Garvey to second fastest at a 16.117. 
12:47
Mike Garvey, Anderson Bowen, Scott Heckert, Jeff Choquette and Randy Gentry are now on track. 
12:46
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12:45
15 minutes remain in this initial round of Super Late Model practice. 
12:45
Allen Karnes team changing a right rear shock after seeing the track for the first time today. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:45
71 Benjamin up to fourth with a 16.167. 
12:44
Benjamin is now alone on track in his No. 71 machine. 
12:42
9 Elliott’s moves up to second quick with a 16.131. 
12:42
The pits have filled back up momentarily as teams make their initial adjustments. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:42
Comment From luke 

Thank you for all the great coverage really enjoy it . A Big Time Fan !!! 

12:41
Early Top 5:

1. 5 Travis Sauter 15.973
2. 98 Russell Fleeman 16.132
3. 9 Chase Elliott 16.238
4. 29t Austin Theriault 16.284
5. 29c Jeff Choquete 16.291 

12:41
Chase Elliott and Kyle Benjamin have now joined Theriault on track with their Super Late Model machines. 
12:39
As many of those cars have made their way to the pit area, Austin Theriault now has the track to himself. 
12:38
Donnie Wilson, Scott Heckert and Wes Burton have also now joined the first few drivers on track. 
12:38
The Super Late Models up to speed in turn three. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:36
The green flag in in the air and the first ARCA/CRA practice of the day is underway. 
12:36
Jeff Choquette, Russell Fleeman, Brandon Hermiller, Travis Braden, Allen Karnes, Spencer Davis and TJ Reaid are among the first cars on track. 
12:36
12:35
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Friday Practice #1 Results Presented by Racecar Engineering

1. 9 Chase Elliott 16.134 – 89.253mph
2. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.200
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.209
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.315
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.320
6. 12 Harrison Burton 16.377
7. 15 Mason Massey 16.571
8. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.583
9. 28 Tom Schuette 16.640
10. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.677
11. 17 Marty Wood 16.753
12. 04 Jerrod Foley 16.755
13. 8 Eric Stokes 16.830
14. 29g Allen Gordon 16.898
15. 98 Justin Ashburn 16.959
16. 27 Joe Ross 17.009
17. 08 Jake Griffin 17.181
18. 5 Alex Roberts NO TIME
19. 10 R.S. Senter NO TIME
20. 12w Ronnie Whitlock NO TIME
21. 16 David Hodges NO TIME
22. 21 Eric Gerchak NO TIME
23. 22 Kevin Herbert NO TIME
24. 23 Dalton Grindle NO TIME
25. 21m Chris McKeehan NO TIME
26. 36 Rodney Benefield NO TIME
27. 42 Bubba Pollard NO TIME
28. 43 Justin South NO TIME
29. 51 Joel Anderson NO TIME
30. 66 Korey Ruble NO TIME
31. 99 Casey Smith NO TIME
32. 129 Matthew Wragg NO TIME 

12:32
Justin Ashburn’s car lost a power steering hose in the final laps of PLM practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:31
The ARCA/CRA Super Late Models are now staging for their first practice session of the afternoon which will run until 1:00pm. 
12:30
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #1 is Complete…. Those Times are coming momentarily. 
12:30
Yes, Robbins is in Sanders’ No. 18 machines in both events. 
12:30
Comment From luke 

Is Hunter Robbins driving for Ronnie Sanders this weekend 

12:28
In a span of about 45 seconds, 1 Coughlin, 1g Garvey, and 9 Elliott all traded the top spot in Practice #1 before Elliott emerged on top to this point. 
12:26
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12:26
Bubba Pollard watched Cody Coughlin’s practice run from turn three. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:26
5 Minutes Remaining in the first JEGS/CRA Practice:

1. 9 Chase Elliott 16.152
2. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.200
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.209
4. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.315
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.320 

12:25
Chase Elliott, Mason Massey and Harrison Burton have now joined Coughlin on track. 
12:24
Cody Coughlin is back out and is now the only car on track with five minutes remaining in this practice. 
12:23
Speed51.com is the official photographer of SpeedFest 2013. Later today, www.speed51photos.com will feature photo galleries of Practice Day action from the track and the pits. Fans and racers can purchase any of the photos contained in those galleries through the site, as well. New photos and galleries will be uploaded and available for purchase throughout SpeedFest weekend. 
12:23
18 Robbins up to fourth fastest with a 16.315. 
12:23
Comment From Alabama 

Go Garvey. Now that is what I call fast right off the truck. 

12:22
1 Garvey to the top of the charts with a 16.209. 
12:22
Mike Garvey looks strong in the early going here. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:22
Unofficially we are up to 32 JEGS/CRA teams either on the grounds or pre-entered. So far everyone on the entry list has arrived. 
12:21
1 Mike Garvey climbs to fourth quick on his very first lap and then jumped to third fastest on his second lap with a 16.317. 
12:20
Hunter Robbins has now pulled his No. 18 Pro Late Model from the pit area and taken to the track. 
12:20
Marty Wood, TW Fisher, Harrison Burton and Mike Garvey are now making laps as we close in on 10 minutes remaining in this session. 
12:20
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin traveler; 28 Tom Schuette up to fifth fastest with a 16.640. 
12:18
12 Harrison Burton up to fourth quick with a 16.568. 
12:17
Early Top 5:

1. 1. Cody Coughlin 16.229
2. 9 Chase Elliott 16.242
3. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.320
4. 61 T.W. Fisher 16.668
5. 79 Kyle Bryant 16.677 

12:14
Cody Coughlin, Brandon Johnson and Jerrod Foley are now among the cars on track. 
12:14
Although we didn’t catch who it was, someone dipped off the backstretch and stirred up the dust a few moments ago… which is not uncommon here at Watermelon Capital Speedway. 
12:14
Chase Elliott 9 and Justin Ashburn 98 up to speed in turn two. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:13
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12:12
28 Tom Schuette has joined the pack. 
12:11
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12:11
The green flag is in the air and the first practice of the day is officially underway. 
12:10
Cars on the track includes; 29s Allen Gordon, 27 Joe Ross, 1 Cody Coughlin, 61 T.W. Fisher, 79 Kyle Bryant, 04 Jerrod Foley, 98 Justin Ashburn, 9 Chase Elliott, and 41 Brandon Johnson. 
12:09
Cars are now on the race track and SpeedFest 2013 has officially started. 
12:09
Pro Late Models lined up in the pits here at WCS. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:08
Just to remind everyone, today’s practice sessions are optional for all competitors. 
12:07
Remainder of the Schedule of Events for Friday, January 25th, 2013

12:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 1
12:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 1

1:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 2
1:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 2

2:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 3
2:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 3

3:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 4
3:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 4

4:00pm – JEGS/CRA Practice 5
4:30pm – ARCA/CRA Practice 5

5:00pm – JEGS/CRA Final Practice
5:30pm – ARCA/CRA Final Practice

6:00pm – Rotating Practice Ends
7:00pm – Track Closes 

12:07
Young Harrison Burton looks as he gets ready to climb behind the wheel of his Pro Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:06
Cody Coughlin and TW Fisher have also joined Gordon in line to take to the track for the first session which will run until 12:30pm. 
12:03
Allen Gordon has his Pro Late Model at the head of the line to lead off the first PLM practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:03
Allen Gordon’s No. 29 machine is the first car lined up to take to the track when this practice session kicks off. 
12:01
Several engines have fired in the pit area as the JEGS machines prepare to take the track. 
11:59
The engine has fired in TJ Reid’s Super Late Model for the first time this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:58
The flagman has climbed into the flagstand and we will begin with JEGS/CRA All-Stars tour practice promptly at 12 noon. 
11:56
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11:55
Justin South and David Hodges, who were not on the original entry list, have both joined us with their Pro Late Model machines. 
11:53
ARCA/CRA Super Series officials are now giving teams their final reminder to pick up their transponders before we roll off for the first round of practice in just over five minutes. 
11:53
Racers from across North America are ready to fire up their 2013 seasons at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway February 15-23. It’s eight nights of racing over nine total nights with Super Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, Florida/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro Late Models Pro-Trucks and the USAC Midgets, who will be making their first-ever trip to the high-banked half-mile. It’s an action-packed week-plus of gritty short track racing.

For more details on the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

11:51
Cody Coughlin’s JEGS entry waits on Practice tires. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:51
BJ McLeod (right) and driver Scott Heckert (middle) discuss their plans and expectations for their first practice of the weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:49
John Hunter Nemechek and crew prepare to unload their machine for todays activities. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:48
Jeff Choquette getting tires bolted on for his first practice run. Jeff said “It snows up North this time of year!.” He is anxious to get back behind the wheel. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:48
Bubba Pollard’s ARCA/CRA car comes off the trailer. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:47
No rain here. We’re currently at about 46 degrees and rising as the sun comes out. 
11:47
Comment From Kyle J 

Its sleeting in north georgia, is the sun shining in south ga? 

11:46
Justin South is one of those drivers that wasn’t on the pre entry list. He’ll be competing in the JEGS/CRA portion of the weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:46
We are now about 15 minutes away from the start of a full afternoon of rotating practice here at Watermelon Capital Speedway. 
11:42
JEGS/CRA All-Stars competitor, Jerrod Foley will be one to watch this Sunday. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:40
Erik Jones under the hood of his machine after unloading this morning. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:38
14-year-old Jake Griffin is another double duty driver here in the Peach State. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:36
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, David Ragan is the home track favorite from near-by Unadilla, Georgia. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:34
The last time Anderson Bowen raced here he visited victory lane for the first time in his Late Model career back in October. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:32
Chase Elliott is one of several drivers doing “double duty” this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
11:32
We are 30 minutes from the first practice here at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA). 
11:28
11:28
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11:27
Haulers continue to roll in as most teams are now parked and have unloaded their cars. 
11:24
Both CRA divisions are the only ones here this weekend as there are no other support divisions on the grounds. 
11:22
It’s a comfortable 58 degrees at the moment here in Cordele, Georgia. The temps are expected to climb up into the upper 60s / low 70s all three days this weekend. 
11:21
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11:21
Comment From Randy 

Thanks for the coverage guys. So much for getting anything done at work today. Need to leave early anyway, you know how North Carolina reacts to a little snow and ice……..starting to fall now. 

11:18
After this weekends festivities, both of which are “Non-Points” races, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance won’t be in action again until both of their official 2013 Season Openers.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series begins their 2013 season on Saturday, April 13th at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana.

The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour opens up a week earlier on a special Sunday afternoon, April 7th at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana. 

11:15
Today’s SpeedFest Trackside Now is presented by The Eliminator chassis setup machine from BJ McLeod Motorsports.

A machine built to “eliminate the impossible,” The Eliminator allows motorsports teams the ability to simulate on track suspension travel at the shop or at the track with this cost-effective, portable machine. The Eliminator’s unique design will enable your team to have a distinct advantage over the competition!

With The Eliminator you will be able to accurately check the following, without having to remove shocks and springs: square all four wheels at ride height, full travel or anywhere in between, check rear steer, bump steer curve, caster curve, camber curve, simulate tire deflection, suspension travel for clearance, body clearance for tire rubs, accurately align the drive line, use your shock travel indicators to set your bump stops and have your cross member heights set before you leave the shop, ackerman and toe-in.

For more on The Eliminator, call BJ McLeod Motorsports at (863) 602-4842 or visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com

11:12
In addition to the Pre-Entry list, we’ve seen at least a couple of teams pull in that are not on either entry list. We will have the updated list as soon as we get settled in here at the track. 
11:08
Today is all about Practice as both divisions will get ample time to get acclimated to the fast 4/10s (0.400) mile semi-banked paved oval here in Cordele, Georgia. 
11:03
ARCA/CRA Super Series Pre-Entries (32)

Car # Driver Hometown
1 Mike Garvey McDonough, GA
01 Travis Braden Wheeling, WV
2 Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, OK
4 Erik Jones Byron, MI
5 Travis Sauter Prairie Du Sac, WI
5s Johnny Sauter Necedah, WI
6 Brandon Hermiller   Walker, MI
8 John Hunter Nemechek Mooresville, NC
08 Jake Griffin Quincy, IL
9 Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA
09 Randy Gentry Easley, SC
18 Hunter Robbins Montgomery, AL
19 Zak Hausler Tomball, TX
23 Eddie VanMeter Indianapolis, IN
26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA
29 Anderson Bowen Suwanee, GA
29c Jeff Choquette West Palm Beach, FL
29t Austin Therault Fort Kent, ME
41 T.J. Reaid Acworth, GA
41b Wes Burton Kannapolis, NC
47 Allen Karnes Sharpsburg, GA
51 Brandon Oakley Beavercreek, OH
51n Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL
71 Kyle Benjamin Easley, SC
72 Scott Heckert Ridgefield, CT
75 David Odell Winder, GA
77 David Ragan Unadilla, GA
83 Scotty Ellis Forsyth, GA
84 Jay Niewiek  Cutlerville, MI
98 Russell Fleeman Dacula, GA
99 Casey Smith Austin, TX
129 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA

11:02
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pre-Entries (27)

Car # Driver Hometown
1 Cody Coughlin   Delaware, OH
1g Mike Garvey McDonough, GA
04 Jerrod Foley Williamsburg, KY
5 Alex Roberts Monroe, GA
08 Jake Griffin Quincy, IL
9 Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA
10 R.S. Senter Oakwood, GA
12 Harrison Burton Huntersville, NC
12w Ronnie Whitlock Colleyville, TX
15 Mason Massey Douglasville, GA
18 Hunter Robbins Montgomery, AL
21 Eric Gershak Burrells Inlet, NC
21m Chris McKeehan Winder, GA
23 Dalton Grindle Flowery Branch, GA
27 Joe Ross Kansas City, MO
29 Anderson Bowen Suwanee, GA
29g Allen Gordon Albany, GA
36 Rodney Benefield Flowery Branch, GA
41 Brandon Johnson Longwood, FL
42 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA
51 Joel Anderson Dawsonville, GA
61 T.W. Fisher Goodletsville, TN
66 Korey Ruble Headland, AL
79 Kyle Bryant Navarre, FL
98 Justin Ashburn Goodletsville, TN
99 Casey Smith Austin, TX
129 Matthew Wragg Gainesville, GA

10:59
There are 32 ARCA/CRA Super Series Pre-Entries and 27 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pre-Entries for this years version of SpeedFest. 
10:57
Schedule of Events for Friday, January 25th, 2013

10:00am – Pit Gates Open
12:00pm – Rotating Practice Starts
6:00pm – Rotating Practice Ends
7:00pm – Track Closes 

10:55
The ARCA/CRA Super Series headlines this weekends racing action with the running of the SpeedFest 200 while the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will race in the Premier Building Systems 100. Both events are non-points races for both tours. 
10:53
Good Morning and Welcome to Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia for the first major short track racing weekend of the 2013 racing season; SpeedFest 2013! 
10:52
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Trackside Now: Speedfest Practice – Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) – 1/25/13