6:25

We are going to pack up and head out. Be sure to come back tomorrow around 11 a.m. EST as both the ARCA CRA Super Series and JEGS CRA All-Stars will be in action. Congrats to Bubba Pollard (JEGS) and Johnny Sauter (CRA) on setting fast time.

Good night from Cordele!

 

6:23

The invert for the ARCA Super Series was 7, putting Travis Braden and John Hunter Nemechek on the front row.

 

6:13

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6:10

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6:10

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6:06

Eddie VanMeter is searching for answers as far as his chances of at least starting tomorrow’s race. The crew is working hard and trying to fix what is along the Indianapolis, Indiana veterans #23.

 

6:01

Johnny Sauter wins the ARCA/CRA Super Series Fast Qualifier Award for SpeedFest 2013. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

6:00

 

 

6:00

ARCA/CRA Super Series UNOFFICIAL Qualifying Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos. No. Driver Lap
1 5s Johnny Sauter 15.724
2 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.733
3 18 Hunter Robbins 15.779
4 5 Travis Sauter 15.790
5 83 Scotty Ellis 15.798
6 8 John Hunter Nemechek 15.845
7 01 Travis Braden 15.853
8 26 Bubba Pollard 15.856
9 9 Chase Elliott 15.868
10 29t Austin Theriault 15.871
11 4 Erik Jones 15.876
12 29 Anderson Bowen 15.885
13 41 TJ Reaid 15.891
14 51n Stephen Nasse 15.891
15 29c Jeff Choquette 15.910
16 1 Mike Garvey 15.916
17 2 Donnie Wilson 15.951
18 19 Zak Hausler 15.994
19 08 Jake Griffin 16.000
20 77 David Ragan 16.012
21 09 Randy Gentry 16.016
22 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.020
23 75 David Odell 16.034
24 41b Wes Burton 16.103
25 129 Spencer Davis 16.133
26 97 Jimmy Garmon 16.140
27 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.154
28 72 Scott Heckert 16.173
29 51 Brandon Oakley 16.274
30 84 Jay Niewiek 16.323
31 47 Allen Karnes 16.410
32 23 Eddie VanMeter 90.00

 

5:59

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5:59

Wes Burton
Lap 1: 16.248
Lap 2: 16.103
Best Lap:  16.103

 

5:57

Bubba Pollard
Lap 1: 15.939
Lap 2: 15.856
Best Lap: 15.856

 

5:57

“We bottomed out. Should have been a pole run.” Scotty Ellis relayed after his qualifying effort.

 

5:56

Zak Hausler
Lap 1: 16.009
Lap 2: 15.994
Best Lap: 15.994

 

5:55

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5:55

John Hunter Nemechek cracked the top five after sliding the tires prior to taking the green; “The car was terrible loose. ” Was his comment.

 

5:55

Scotty Ellis
Lap 1: 15.908
Lap 2: 15.798
Best Lap: 15.798

 

5:54

John Hunter Nemechek
Lap 1: 15.951
Lap 2: 15.845
Best Lap: 15.845

 

5:54

Last minute chat for Bubba Pollars as he looks for a second Fast Qualifier award this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:53

Nemechek is up next, and on his warm up lap he slid the tires and came to a stop. He is now backtracking and trying to gain momentum.

 

5:53

Last minute check on the Nemechek machine. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:52

Stephen Nasse rolls up. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:52

Stephen Nasse
Lap 1: 16.017
Lap 2: 15.891
Best Lap: 15.891

 

5:51

David Odell
Lap 1: 16.058
Lap 2: 16.034
Best Lap: 16.034

 

5:50

 

 

5:49

David Ragan
Lap 1: 16.147
Lap 2: 16.012
Best Lap: 16.012

 

5:49

Local favorite David Ragan. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:49

Chase Elliott in his backup car. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:48

Chase Elliott
Lap 1: 16.060
Lap 2: 15.868
Best Lap: 15.868

 

5:47

Brandon Oakley
Lap 1: 16.396
Lap 2: 16.274
Best Lap: 16.274

 

5:47

Brandon Oakley. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:46

Jay Niewiek
Lap 1: 16.622
Lap 2: 16.323
Best Lap: 16.323

 

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5:44

Allen Karnes
Lap 1: 16.602
Lap 2: 16.410
Best Lap: 16.410

 

5:44

Jay Niewiek gets set. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:44

Karnes heads out. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:43

Brandon Hermiller
Lap 1: 16.043
Lap 2: 16.020
Best Lap: 16.020

 

5:42

A thumbs up from Brandon Hermiller. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:42

Anderson Bowen
Lap 1: 16.117
Lap 2: 15.885
Best Lap: 15.885

 

5:42

2012 ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year, 18-year-old Travis Braden timed in fifth; “Little to tight, but still good enough for a top 10 I believe. ” He said.

 

5:41

Anderson Bowen rolls to the front of staging. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:41

Spencer Davis
Lap 1: 16.133
Lap 2: 16.199
Best Lap: 16.133

 

5:40

Spencer Davis’ nose piece says it all “FUN”! (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:39

Travis Braden
Lap 1: 15.998
Lap 2: 15.853
Best Lap: 15.853

 

5:38

Donnie Wilson
Lap 1: 16.119
Lap 2: 15.951
Best Lap: 15.951

 

5:38

Braden is ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:38

Travis Braden rolls up. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:37

“It was a little tight, but I think we’ll be alright.” Reported Austin Theriault after his qualifying effort.

 

5:37

Donnie Wilson rolls to the point. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:37

Andrew Morrissey
Lap 1: 16.295
Lap 2: 16.154
Best Lap: 16.154

 

5:36

Austin Theriault
Lap 1: 15.871
Best Lap:  15.871

 

5:36

Johnny Sauter may have even more for his competitors on Sunday as he states that; “The car is faster than what it qualified.” after seeing fast time to this point.

 

5:35

Austin Theriault. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:34

Scott Heckert
Lap 1: 16.464
Lap 2: 16.173
Best Lap: 16.173

 

5:34

“This is awesome. We were fast. We have a great car for this weekend.” Kyle Benjamin said after his effort.

 

5:33

There are some heavy hitters near the rear of the qualifying line up. With the sun setting behind the grandstand, a fast lap may come late. Elliott, Ragan, Nasse Nemechek and Pollard all go out in the last handful of cars.

 

5:33

Johnny Sauter
Lap 1: 15.809
Lap 2: 15.724
Best Lap: 15.724

 

5:33

BJ McLeod and driver Scottt Heckert await their turn. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:33

Johnny Sauter strapped in for Qualifying. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:32

14-year-old Jake Griffin has struggled qualifying in both divisions as he spun during both attempts.

 

5:32

Kyle Benjamin
Lap 1: 15.918
Lap 2: 15.733
Best Lap: 15.733

 

5:31

Jake Griffin
Lap 1: 16.167
Lap 2: 16.000
Best Lap: 16.000

 

5:30

Kyle Benjamin looks ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:30

Jake Griffin spins on his warm-up lap. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:30

“Best car we’ve had all weekend. We’ve struggled today so this makes me happy.” Travis Sauter remarked after setting fast time to this point.

 

5:28

Jimmy Garmon
Lap 1: 16.140
Lap 2: 16.282
Best Lap: 16.140

 

5:28

Jimmy Garmon’s No. 97. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

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5:28

Defending Snowball Derby Winner, Erik Jones was p1 briefly; “We haven’t concentrated on qualifying trim all weekend so our time was a pleasant surprise “

 

5:27

Hunter Robbins
Lap 1: 15.931
Lap 2: 15.779
Best Lap: 15.779

 

5:26

Hunter Robbins will be up next. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:25

Travis Sauter
Lap 1: 16.076
Lap 2: 15.790
Best Lap: 15.790

 

5:25

Sauter awaits the “Go” sign. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:24

After T.J. Reaid posted quick time to this point, he said that the car was; “Pretty good, should be top 5.”

 

5:24

Erik Jones
Lap 1: 15.876
Lap 2: 15.951
Best Lap: 15.876

 

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5:23

The crew cleans the tires on Jones car just as he gets set to pull out. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:23

Mike Garvey
Lap 1: 16.157
Lap 2: 15.916
Best Lap: 15.916

 

5:22

Jeff Choquette
Lap 1: 16.061
Lap 2: 15.910
Best Lap: 15.910

 

5:21

Erik Jones is focused and ready for his qualifying run. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:21

TJ Reaid
Lap 1: 16.090
Lap 2: 15.891
Best Lap: 15.891

 

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5:19

They have completely closed off the nose of Garvey’s machine now and he sits ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:18

Mike Garvey calls over a crew member at the last minute to get extra tape on the nose of his Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:17

Jeff Choquette gets set for his first qualifying run since finishing second in the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:15

 

 

5:15

Bubba Pollard wins the JEGS/CRA Fast Qualifier Award. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:14

TJ Reid gets pushed to the point. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:13

Randy Gentry
Lap 1: 16.280
Lap 2: 16.016
Best Lap: 16.016

 

5:12

Right behind Gentry will be Eddie Van Meter. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:11

Pollard drew an 8, putting Kyle Bryant and Cody Coughlin on the front row for tomorrow.

 

5:11

Randy Gentry gets pushed to the grid for Super Late Model qualifying. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:10

 

 

5:10

JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour UNOFFICIAL Qualifying Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos. No. Driver Lap
1 42 Bubba Pollard 15.984
2 9 Chase Elliott 16.110
3 43 Justin South 16.115
4 18 Hunter Robbins 16.168
5 23 Dalton Grindle 16.194
6 1G Mike Garvey 16.205
7 1 Cody Coughlin 16.237
8 79 Kyle Bryant 16.239
9 5 Alex Roberts 16.246
10 12 Harrison Burton 16.284
11 04 Jerrod Foley 16.289
12 08 Jake Griffin 16.312
13 41 Brandon Johnson 16.323
14 98 Justin Ashburn 16.335
15 66 Korey Ruble 16.395
16 29G Allen Gordon 16.445
17 15 Mason Massey 16.455
18 16 David Hodges 16.499
19 8 Eric Stokes 16.499
20 17 Marty Wood 16.522
21 129 Matthew Wragg 16.586
22 61 TW Fisher 16.595
23 5n Shane Nalley 16.645
24 22 Kevin Herbert 16.657
25 51 Joel Anderson 16.695
26 28 Tom Schuette 16.695
27 21 Eric Gerchak 16.716
28 2 Kyle McCallum 16.851
29 36 Rodney Benefield 16.852
30 21m Chris McKeehan 16.972
31 27 Joe Ross 17.043
32 12w Ronnie Whitlock 17.386

 

5:07

Chris McKeehan
Lap 1: 17.078
Lap 2: 16.972
Best Lap: 16.972

 

5:07

Final Pro Late Model to take time will be McKeehan. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:06

“We’ve got room for improvement. We can be better.” Bubba Pollard stated after. becoming the first JEGS/CRA car to break into the 15s all weekend.

 

5:06

Alex Roberts
Lap 1: 16.306
Lap 2: 16.246
Best Lap: 16.246

 

5:06

Alex Roberts is another driver that has been quick throughout practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:05

Tom Schuette
Lap 1: 16.695
Lap 2: 16.699
Best Lap: 16.695

 

5:04

Pollard carries an in car camera during qualifying. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:04

Surprisingly Justin South was not happy with his qualifying. effort. despite. timing. in second. quick; “Not very good, we’ve got work to do.” The Hueytown, Alabama driver said.

 

5:04

Bubba Pollard
Lap 1: 16.108
Lap 2: 15.984
Best Lap: 15.984

 

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5:02

TW Fisher
Lap 1: 16.871
Lap 2: 16.595
Best Lap:  16.595

 

5:02

South has been fast all weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:01

Justin South
Lap 1: 16.255
Lap 2: 16.115
Best Lap: 16.115

 

5:01

After Qualifying fifth fastest up to this point, Cody Coughlin reported that; “The car was a little bit tight, but we should stay in the top 10.” as he climbed from his #1 JEGS machine.

 

5:00

Benefield is yet another car that has to get turned back around. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

5:00

Rodney Benefield
Lap 1: 16.862
Lap 2: 16.852
Best Lap: 16.852

 

4:59

Rodney Benefield spins coming to the green flag. He’s going back around to get some speed built up.

 

4:58

Ross gets some assistance to get his car fired. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:57

Joe Ross
Lap 1: 17.043
Lap 2: 17.073
Best Lap: 17.043

 

4:56

Cody Coughlin
Lap 1: 16.448
Lap 2: 16.237
Best Lap:  16.237

 

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4:55

The JEGS Team is ready to roll with Cody Coughlin. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:54

Mason Massey
Lap 1: 16.620
Lap 2: 16.455
Best Lap: 16.455

 

4:54

Massey is next up. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:53

Eric Gerchak
Lap 1: 16.716
Lap 2: 16.742
Best Lap: 16.716

 

4:52

Last minute air pressure adjustment on Eric Gershak’s car just seconds before he was pushed off for qualifying.

 

 

4:52

Justin Ashburn
Lap 1: 16.368
Lap 2: 16.335
Best Lap: 16.335

 

4:52

Kyle Bryant after his wild qualifying effort. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:51

Ashburn is locked and loaded in the 98 car. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:50

Shane Nalley
Lap 1: 16.825
Lap 2: 16.645
Best Lap: 16.645

 

4:49

Kevin Herbert
Lap 1: 16.657
Best Lap: 16.657

 

4:49

After flying of the backstretch, Kyle Bryant still qualified fifth quick; “I just lost it and then I just told myself to stay calm and we got a pretty good lap out of it!” He laughed.

 

4:49

Shane Nalley’s team awaits their turn. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:47

The 22 car of Herbert all taped up and ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:47

Bryant turns it back around. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:47

Kyle Bryant
Lap 1: 1:30
Lap 2: 16.239
Best Lap: 16.239

 

4:46

Kyle Bryant got off the track on his first lap. He has returned and is backing up to make a run at lap two.

 

4:45

The Bryants are ready to qualify. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:44

Eric Stokes
Lap 1: 16.878
Lap 2: 16.499
Best Lap: 16.499

 

4:44

Eric Stokes awaits the track crew finishing before he heads out. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:44

Ronnie Whitlock got off the track on his second lap.

 

4:43

Ronnie Whitlock
Lap 1: 17.386
Best Lap: 17.386

 

4:43

After timing in sixth fastest so far, Jerrod Foley said that the car was “A little loose, but really fast.”

 

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4:41

Ronnie Whitlock had engines troubles earlier in practice but has everything ready for his qualifying laps. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:40

Jerrod Foley
Lap 1: 16.439
Lap 2: 16.289
Best Lap: 16.289

 

4:39

Kentucky’s Jerrod Foley ready to roll. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:39

Korey Ruble
Lap 1: 16.456
Lap 2: 16.395
Best Lap: 16.395

 

4:39

12-year-old Harrison Burton became the youngest driver in CRA history to attempt to Qualify for an event. “The car was the best its been all day. We’ll be good tomorrow, said Burton.”

 

4:38

Ruble’s 66 car is up next. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:38

Mike Garvey
Lap 1: 16.294
Lap 2: 16.205
Best Lap: 16.205

 

4:37

Mike Garvey talks things over just before hitting the track. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:37

Harrison Burton
Lap 1: 16.475
Lap 2: 16.284
Best Lap: 16.284

 

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4:35

Young second generation driver Harrison Burton set his qualifying runs. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:35

Allen Gordon
Lap 1: 16.570
Lap 2: 16.445
Best Lap: 16.445

 

4:35

An unhappy Jake Griffin reported that the car was “A little loose” after his adventurous qualifying run.

 

4:34

Matthew Wragg
Lap 1: 16.703
Lap 2: 16.586
Best Lap: 16.586

 

4:34

Allen Gordon’s “Corn Whiskey” machine is ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:33

Jake Griffin
Lap 1: 16.402
Lap 2: 16.312
Best Lap: 16.312

 

4:32

Jake Griffin gets turned bak around. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:32

“It want perfect but we’ll take it.” Said Chase Elliott after his provisional pole run.

 

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4:31

Jake Griffin spun coming to the green and is going back around to get the car wound back up.

 

4:31

Matthew Wragg sits patiently awaiting his turn. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:30

Joel Anderson
Lap 1: 16.695
Lap 2: 16.775
Best Lap: 16.695

 

4:30

After timing in fast time before Chase Elliott went out, Hunter Robbins stated that; “I think it’ll be good enough for the to five. We’ll see though.”

 

4:29

Illinois Jake Griffin is ready. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:29

Joel Anderson waits in line. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:29

Chase Elliott
Lap 1: 16.110
Lap 2: 16.156
Best Lap: 16.110

 

4:28

Chase Elliott is next out! (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:28

” Felt really good, I need a change of luck and this is a good start.” Dalton Grindle said.

 

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4:27

Hunter Robbins
Lap 1: 16.192
Lap 2: 16.168
Best Lap: 16.168

 

4:26

” A little tight, hopefully we can stay nest the top.” Stated David Hodges after his two laps.

 

4:26

Marty Wood
Lap 1: 16.603
Lap 2: 16.522
Best Lap: 16.522

 

4:26

Marty Wood rolls off. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:25

Dalton Grindle
Lap 1: 16.357
Lap 2: 16.194
Best Lap: 16.194

 

4:25

Griddle ready to roll. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

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4:24

“Bottomed out real bad, but otherwise a decent lap.” Reported Brandon Johnson after his qualifying run.

 

4:24

David Hodges
Lap 1: 16.499
Lap 2: 16.503
Best Lap: 16.499

 

4:22

Kyle McCallum
Lap 1: 17.163
Lap 2: 16.851
Best Lap: 16.851

 

4:21

Brandon Johnson
Lap 1: 16.415
Lap 2: 16.323
Best Lap:  16.323

 

4:21

David Hodges has been fast all weekend in JEGS/CRA practice and hopes to carry that momentum over in Qualifying. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:18

Brandon Johnson will be out on sticker tires for the first time this weekend.

 

4:18

Kyle McCallum will roll of second in JEGS/CRA qualifying. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:16

Longwood, Florida driver, Brandon Johnson will be the first qualifier of SpeedFest 2013. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

4:16

We are a few minutes form the start of time trials. JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour drivers will be up first.

 

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4:10

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3:22

We’re going to take a 30 minute break to refuel and rest before qualifying this afternoon.

 

3:21

 

 

3:21

ARCA/CRA Super Series Overall Weekend Practice Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos No. Name BestTm
1 5 Travis Sauter 15.719
2 29t Austin Theriault 15.772
3 8 Jake Griffin 15.797
4 1 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 83 Scotty Ellis 15.920
12 77 David Ragan 15.939
13 5s Johnny Sauter 15.983
14 1 Mike Garvey 15.983
15 51n Stephen Nasse 16.004
16 41 T. J. Reaid 16.017
17 26 Bubba Pollard 16.070
18 2w Donnie Wilson 16.072
19 41B Wes Burton 16.074
20 29 Anderson Bowen 16.093
21 18 Hunter Robbins 16.110
22 19 Zak Hausler 16.110
23 51 Brandon Oakley 16.159
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 75 David Odell 16.266
29 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.267
30 9 Randy Gentry 16.310
31 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.337
32 84 Jay Niewiek 16.484
33 97 Jimmy Garmon 16.495

 

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3:17

JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Overall Weekend Practice Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos No. Name BestTm
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 16.11
6 41 Brandon Johnson 16.124
7 16 David Hodges 16.300
8 29G Allen Gordon 16.303
9 12 Harrison Burton 16.308
10 43 Justin South 16.337
11 42 Bubba Pollard 16.348
12 27 Joe Ross 16.350
13 23 Dalton Grindle 16.354
14 66 Korey Ruble 16.356
15 15 Mason Massey 16.390
16 8 Jake Griffin 16.408
17 129 Matthew Wragg 16.426
18 36 Rodney Benefield 16.442
19 28 Tom Schuette 16.465
20 8 Eric Stokes 16.469
21 17 Marty Wood 16.495
22 61 T. W. Fisher 16.507
23 79 Kyle Bryant 16.509
24 21 Eric Gerchak 16.521
25 12w Ronnie Whitlock 16.575
26 4 Jerrod Foley 16.582
27 98 Justin Ashburn 16.589
28 22 Kevin Herbert 16.608
29 21M Chris McKeehan 16.636
30 5n Shane Nalley 16.649
31 2 Kyle McCallum 16.679
32 51 Joel Anderson 16.733

 

3:13

 

 

3:13

ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice #2 Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 01 Travis Braden 15.834
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek 15.864
3 29t Austin Theriault 15.872
4 71 Kyle Benjamin 15.996
5 5s Johnny Sauter 16.000
6 29c Jeff Choquette 16.022
7 41 T. J. Reaid 16.058
8 2w Donnie Wilson 16.072
9 1 Mike Garvey 16.072
10 5 Travis Sauter 16.072
11 8 Jake Griffin 16.08
12 4 Erik Jones 16.083
13 29 Anderson Bowen 16.093
14 19 Zak Hausler 16.110
15 18 Hunter Robbins 16.112
16 77 David Ragan 16.139
17 26 Bubba Pollard 16.169
18 83 Scotty Ellis 16.173
19 9 Chase Elliott 16.192
20 51n Stephen Nasse 16.235
21 75 David Odell 16.266
22 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.325
23 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.329
24 41B Wes Burton 16.338
25 72 Scott Heckert 16.343
26 9 Randy Gentry 16.385
27 129 Spencer Davis 16.428
28 47 Allen Karnes 16.434
29 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.442
30 84 Jay Niewiek 16.484
31 97 Jimmy Garmon 16.495
32 51 Brandon Oakley 16.533

 

3:13

For the record, John Hunter Nemechek turned the most laps of Practice for the ARCA/CRA Super Series between yesterday and today with 255 total laps while Eric Stokes went around the Cordele, Georgia speedplant the most amongst the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour teams with 250 circuits over the two-day span.

 

3:12

It has been announced by Champion Racing Association (CRA) Officials that ALL Teams on the grounds WILL start either the SpeedFest 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the Premier Building Systems 100 for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance tomorrow afternoon.

 

3:10

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3:08

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3:08

Fans and racers alike are encouraged to use #SpeedFest all weekend long on Twitter. Tweets relating to #SpeedFest will appear on the right side of the Trackside Now page all weekend long thanks to the support of Five Star Race Car Bodies. Check out Five Star’s line of the industry’s toughest bodies, plus their new “Ultraglass” line, visit www.fivestarbodies.com

 

3:06

Travis Braden, who now has the fastest Super Late Model practice lap of today, has reported to 51 that this is the best Super Late Model he feels he has ever driven and he really feels like he has a legitimate shot at the victory tomorrow afternoon.

 

3:04

That will also conclude all practice sessions this weekend and next on the schedule will be JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour qualifying at 4:15pm.

 

3:03

The checkered flag is in the air and that will conclude this round of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice.

 

3:02

Fans of all ages are here enjoying SpeedFest 2013 this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

3:00

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3:00

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BJ has taken his knowledge and talent from behind the wheel and formed a driver development team that will prepare a driver for success in the sport of asphalt oval track racing. The program utilizes up-to-date equipment and technology to ensure top performance and safety for the drivers. The team’s performance, dedication, and organization have enabled us to stand out among other programs.

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3:00

JEGS/CRA teams have started to make their way to Qualifying Tech.

 

2:56

Hunter Robbons gets ready to climb out of the car and is done practicing for today. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:55

Both Sauter’s ready to roll. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:54

Looks like the same one!

 

2:54

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A Mallet? Is Steve Wallace in the house? 😉

 

2:54

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Love the throwback numbers Niewek’s familiar Senneker 84, Johnny Sauter’s 5 like his dad ran in the early 70s and Odell’s retro gold leaf appearing machine turned motif 75.

 

2:53

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2:53

In June of 1953, Herb Thomas spoiled a dominant effort by Lee Petty to win a race in the series now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at a newly-opened Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Now nearly 60 years later, NASCAR racing will be back at Five Flags.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first-ever NASCAR event held at Five Flags, the legendary half-mile track will see the debut of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at the track April 12 and 13. See all the rising stars of NASCAR racing at Five Flags for the first time ever in the NAPA 150. Advanced reserved tickets are now available by calling the Five Flags Speedway box office at 850-944-8400 and more information can be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com

 

2:53

The defending Snowball Derby champion waits his turn to go out. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:51

Busy track late in the session. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:50

TJ Reaid and Andrew Morrisey make their way through turn one at full song. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:49

The green flag is back out for the final 10 minutes of this session.

 

2:47

When asked if he was playing the role of crew chief or Dad with Harrison Burton this weekend, Jeff Burton said, “a little bit of both but Dad is way less stressful.”

 

2:46

Debris on the backstretch as a mallet has come off a car. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:45

The yellow is in the air for debris on the backstretch.

 

2:44

David Odell comes in for adjustments before going out as time is running out on final practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:42

Chase Elliott has three cars on the grounds as the primary Super Late Model is done for the weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:42

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2:42

Austin Theriault waits to go back out. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:41

As the teams make adjustments throughout this final session, the times have come down drastically as Travis Braden has turned in a lap almost a full tenth quicker than anyone from the earlier session.

 

2:39

Travis Braden has been fast all weekend as the 2012 ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year looks to make the trip from Wheeling, West Virginia worthwhile. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:33

Currently only two cars are in the 15 second bracket as opposed to the top five cars in the first practice session. We’ll have a complete rundown on the final practice times once this session is complete.

 

2:32

We have noticed that practice times this session are quite a bit slower as this is the first practice of the weekend under fully sunny skies. 51 asked Bubba Pollard about eh effects of the sun here at Watermelon Capital and he said, “That’s just the way this place is. It slows way down when the sun comes out.” And 51 reporters noted Pollard’s stress on the word “way”.

 

2:31

Andrew Morrissey looks to turn done extra laps with 30 minutes left. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:30

Just as quickly as John Hunter Nemechek took the top spot away from Jeff Choquette, Travis Braden took it away from him and now sits at the top of the charts with a lap of 15.834.

 

2:29

Fans, be sure to check out the new online home of Champion Racing Association, www.cra-racing.com. The new site launched Thursday and will continue to be developed in the coming days and weeks. Also, be sure to follow CRA on Twitter with their new Twitter handle, @CRAracing

 

2:25

Anderson Bowen works the corner. He has been dealing with a tight condition all day. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:23

Jimmy Garmon on track for the first time all weekend. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

2:22

Johnny Sauter waits to head out for more laps here in Cordele, Georgia. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:22

 

 

2:22

JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #2 Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 5 Alex Roberts 16.220
2 18 Hunter Robbins 16.241
3 1 Cody Coughlin 16.309
4 23 Dalton Grindle 16.354
5 42 Bubba Pollard 16.369
6 43 Justin South 16.384
7 12 Harrison Burton 16.390
8 41 Brandon Johnson 16.416
9 15 Mason Massey 16.438
10 16 David Hodges 16.487
11 66 Korey Ruble 16.502
12 79 Kyle Bryant 16.509
13 21 Eric Gerchak 16.521
14 12w Ronnie Whitlock 16.575
15 129 Matthew Wragg 16.582
16 22 Kevin Herbert 16.608
17 8 Eric Stokes 16.609
18 5n Shane Nalley 16.649
19 17 Marty Wood 16.652
20 27 Joe Ross 16.686
21 28 Tom Schuette 16.692
22 8 Jake Griffin 16.696
23 51 Joel Anderson 16.733
24 98 Justin Ashburn 16.741
25 61 T. W. Fisher 16.761
26 29G Allen Gordon 16.775
27 2 Kyle McCallum 16.817
28 36 Rodney Benefield 16.856
29 21M Chris McKeehan 16.928
30 1G Mike Garvey NO TIME
31 4 Jerrod Foley NO TIME
32 9 Chase Elliott NO TIME

 

2:21

To clarify the situation on the Elliott car. The did practice the primary car in today’s first practice session. They are on track now for the first time in the backup car.

 

2:21

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2:20

Travis Sauter heads out for the final practice laps of the day. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:20

the final practice of the weekend is on the track.

 

2:19

Jay Niewiek will be the first car to go out for the final ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:17

JEGS Practice has come to an end. The final CRA practice will be up in a minute.

 

2:14

Hunter Robbins and Cody Coughlin are the second and third-place machines.

 

2:13

We are into the final minutes of this JEGS practice and Alex Roberts still leads practice.

 

2:12

Dalton Grindle was quick in this final JEGS/CRA Practice. (Speed51.con Photo)

 

 

2:09

Chase Elliott prepares to head out for the final ARCA/CRA practice of the day in a back up car. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:08

Chase Elliott has switched to a backup car for the ARCA/CRA Super Series after turning in the ninth quick time in yesterday’s practice session. They discovered a rear-end problem with the primary car and have chosen not to take any chances. Elliot was sixth in today’s first practice with the second car.

 

2:06

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2:05

The sun has come out for the first time today.

 

2:04

Cody Coughlin has been fast all weekend and are preparing for a mock qualifying run. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:01

Chris McKeehan’s body on the passenger side of the car came loose and the car “felt like an airplane taking off.” (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

2:00

A close call for Chris McKeehan as the bottom right-side rivets came off the body. The entire right side flew up like a wing. McKeehan went high in turn two and while trying to slow and bring his 21M car to pit road was almost clipped by another car. Mckeehan is back safely in his pit as the crew begins some cosmetic work to get him back out.

 

1:53

Spencer Davis reported to 51 that their weekend has not gotten any better. They are now on their fifth different set of shocks trying to find any speed they can on the 29 car.

 

1:52

Scotty Ellis, who was fastest in the first Super practice has said they went back to a setup they ran here in October and they are happy with the car. They have no plans to make anymore big changes.

 

1:50

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1:50

Old School” is the approach the Southern Super Series is taking in their debut season of 2013. The 16-race slate brings together five racetracks in four different states and will include such legendary races as the World Crown 300 and the All American 400. Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Montgomery Motor Speedway, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park and Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville make up the facilities that some of the best Super Late Model racers will compete on with the series this coming year.

The inaugural season’s opener comes on Saturday, April 6th at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. For more details on this event visit www.southernsuperseries.com and http://www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com/

 

1:49

 

 

1:49

ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice #1 Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

1. 83 Scotty Ellis 15.920
2. 01 Travis Braden 15.935
3. 29t Austin Theriault 15.938
4. 4 Erik Jones 15.953
5. 5s Johnny Sauter 15.983
6. 9 Chase Elliott 16.049
7. 5 Travis Sauter 16.074
8. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.076
9. 08 Jake Griffin 16.100
10. 71 Kyle Benjamin 16.130
11. 2w Donnie Wilson 16.145
12. 26 Bubba Pollard 16.159
13. 41 T.J. Reid 16.186
14. 51n Stephen Nasse 16.189
15. 29 Anderson Bowen 16.200
16. 77 David Ragan 16.218
17. 29c Jeff Choquette 16.224
18. 18 Hunter Robbins 16.228
19. 1 Mike Garvey 16.254
20. 19 Zak Hausler 16.257
21. 41b Wes Burton 16.291
22. 39 Andrew Morrissey 16.299
23. 75 David Odell 16.326
24. 23 Eddie Van Meter 16.375
25. 6 Brandon Hermiller 16.403
26. 09 Randy Gentry 16.413
27. 129 Spencer Davis 16.420
28. 51 Brandon Oakley 16.447
29. 72 Scott Heckert 16.454
30. 47 Allen Karnes 16.462
31. 84 Jay Niewiek 16.559
32. 97 Jimmy Garmon NO TIME
33. 98 Russell Fleeman NO TIME

 

1:48

We are back to action in the final JEGS practice.

 

1:48

The Burton car has refired and is back in line.

 

1:46

Justin South waits on word to head back out for the final JEGS/CRA Practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:45

He did not hit anything.

 

1:45

Harrison Burton spins around in the fourth turn. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:45

YELLOW: Harrison Burton spins coming off turn four.

 

1:44

Alex Roberts currently has the quick time over Cody Coughlin and Hunter Robbins.

 

1:44

Ragan looks over the left front of his No. 77. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

1:43

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1:43

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1:42

Herbert pointed in the wrong direction after a spin. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

1:41

We are back to green.

 

1:41

Several cars had to avoid him as all cars got away clean.

 

1:41

YELLOW: Kevin Herbert spins in turn four.

 

1:40

Hunter Robbins takes his JEGS/CRA car out for the first time today. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:38

Alex Roberts has also been one of the leading chart toppers in JEGS/CRA Practice all weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:37

The JEGS / CRA All-Stars are on the track for their final round of practice.

 

1:37

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1:37

Super Late Models and Pro Late Models from across the country will battle for the famed Rattlesnake Trophy during the 37th Annual Rattler 250 weekend at South Alabama Speedway, March 15, 16 and 17. Some of short track racing’s biggest names have put their name in the Rattler 250 record books over the years and this year many Super Late Model racers will try to do the same. Pro Late Model racers will also have a major part in Rattler weekend with their 100-lap feature. For more details on Rattler weekend, visit www.southalabamaspeedway.com.

 

1:37

David Hodges has been fast all weekend in JEGS/CRA Practice, but that doesn’t stop the Lake Park, Georgia driver from searching for even more speed from his #16. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:30

This round of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice is now in the books. We will post the times as soon as they become available. Up next will be the second and final round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour practice which will run for 45 minutes until 2:15.

 

1:29

Fresh tires can be your friend here. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:29

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1:29

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1:24

Just over 5 minutes remaining in this ARCA/CRA Super Series first Practice (Top 5):

1. 83 Scotty Ellis 15.920
2. 01 Travis Braden 15.935
3. 29t Austin Theriault 15.938
4. 4 Erik Jones 15.953
5. 5s Johnny Sauter 15.983

 

1:21

97 Jimmy Garmon got here a little bit late here this morning and has just gone through Tech. However the team is saving their equipment for the second and final ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice later this afternoon.

 

1:17

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1:16

Chase Elliott, Scott Heckert, David Odell and Anderson Bowen are now among the cars on track.

 

1:16

Ricky Turner makes an adjustment on the right-front of Chase Elliott’s car. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

1:15

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1:11

08 Jake Griffin and 5s Johnny Sauter have cleared tech and are getting ready to head out with just under 20 minutes left in Practice.

Only 97 Jimmy Garmon is still in Tech as everyone else has cleared.

 

1:09

51 Brandon Oakley has cleared tech and has joined the pack out on the race track.

 

1:08

Halfway through ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice #1 (Top 5):

1. 83 Scotty Ellis 15.920
2. 01 Travis Braden 15.935
3. 29t Austin Theriault 15.938
4. 4 Erik Jones 15.953
5. 9 Chase Elliott 16.049

 

1:07

Scotty Ellis chats with Bubba Pollard. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

1:04

09 Randy Gentry and 72 Scott Heckert have both passed tech and are now on the track turning laps.

 

1:03

83 Scotty Ellis to the top of the charts with a 15.920.

 

1:00

Spring Change for the 29 of Anderson Bowen. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

1:00

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1:00

Today’s Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage is presented by BJ McLeod Motorsports Driver Development Program.

Owned and operated by BJ McLeod, a stock car racer who has over 80 Super Late Model wins, several championships and track records across Florida and the Southeast, the program provides a turn-key racing program that allows the driver to focus on driving in a professional atmosphere for entertaining sponsors, family and friends. BJ works to achieve each individual’s specific goals, while preparing them for a career in the sport of asphalt oval track racing.

BJ has taken his knowledge and talent from behind the wheel and formed a driver development team that will prepare a driver for success in the sport of asphalt oval track racing. The program utilizes up-to-date equipment and technology to ensure top performance and safety for the drivers. The team’s performance, dedication, and organization have enabled us to stand out among other programs.

BJ has personally tackled the racing ladder and is currently driving in a limited schedule with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With his racing knowledge behind the wheel as well as under the car, BJ can tailor a program to fit your personal goals.

Please contact BJ McLeod at 863-602-4842 or visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com for for further information regarding the Driver Development Program.

 

12:59

15 Minutes in – 30 Minutes to go in ARCA/CRA Super Series Practice #1 (Top 5):

1. 01 Travis Braden 15.935
2. 29t Austin Theriault 15.938
3. 4 Erik Jones 15.953
4. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.087
5. 5 Travis Sauter 16.113

 

12:59

Scotty Ellis ponders his set up. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:58

 

 

12:58

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12:58

Buggy watches his driver make laps. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:56

Jake Griffin in tech. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:55

Hunter Robbins, who was the only car that didn’t hit the track in JEGS CRA Pro Late Model practice, is one of the first machines out in this ARCA/CRA Super Series practice.

 

12:55

Randy Gentry has a special message for his competition.(Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:52

 

 

12:52

JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #1 Results presented by Racecar Engineering:

Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 9 Chase Elliott 16.196
2 16 David Hodges 16.300
3 1 Cody Coughlin 16.319
4 1G Mike Garvey 16.345
5 5 Alex Roberts 16.348
6 42 Bubba Pollard 16.348
7 43 Justin South 16.373
8 41 Brandon Johnson 16.382
9 23 Dalton Grindle 16.447
10 129 Matthew Wragg 16.463
11 66 Korey Ruble 16.478
12 12 Harrison Burton 16.482
13 61 T. W. Fisher 16.507
14 17 Marty Wood 16.510
15 8 Eric Stokes 16.576
16 15 Mason Massey 16.599
17 79 Kyle Bryant 16.603
18 8 Jake Griffin 16.619
19 36 Rodney Benefield 16.637
20 27 Joe Ross 16.641
21 29G Allen Gordon 16.646
22 28 Tom Schuette 16.647
23 98 Justin Ashburn 16.655
24 22 Kevin Herbert 16.670
25 2 Kyle McCallum 16.679
26 5n Shane Nalley 16.690
27 12w Ronnie Whitlock 16.701
28 4 Jerrod Foley 16.750
29 21 Eric Gerchak 16.785
30 51 Joel Anderson 16.800
31 21M Chris McKeehan 16.874
32 18 Hunter Robbins NO TIME

 

12:52

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12:52

Gresham Motorsports Park is ready to kick off its 2013 season in a big way on March 30th with the Larry Fleeman Memorial Race when Mini Stocks, Renegades, Sportsman, Trucks, Outlaw Late Models and Pro Late Models return to GMP. The Larry Fleeman Memorial features a 198-lap, two-segment Pro Late Model event that will draw some of the best short trackers in the country to the Jefferson, Georgia half-mile. For more details on the Larry Fleeman Memorial, visit www.racegmp.com

 

12:51

This Practice Session, the first of two for the ARCA/CRA Super Series is scheduled to go from 12:45-1:30pm.

 

12:49

As the ARCA/CRA Super Series first Practice Session starts, there are still several cars in the Tech Line and they include; 5 Johnny Sauter, 08 Jake Griffin, 09 Randy Gentry, 51 Brandon Oakley, 72 Scott Heckert and 97 Jimmy Garmon

 

12:49

Cars roll out for practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:47

Remainder of the Schedule of Events for Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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

 

12:46

Practice is about to begin for the Supers, but a handful of them haven’t cleared tech yet. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:46

JEGS/CRA Practice #1 Results will be available shortly.

 

12:45

The checkered flag is in the air for this session.  Up next will be 45 minutes of ARCA/CRA Super Series practice.

 

12:45

Mike Garvey hustles his SLM to the trailer to get ready for practice. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:44

On track now in his No. 42 JEGS CRA Pro Late Model machine, Bubba Pollard got loose coming off of turn four a few moments ago and narrowly avoided making contact with the outside wall before getting it corrected.

 

12:43

Comment From Dale Hodges 

David Hodges, good Luck Qualifing.

 

12:43

Jeff Choquette prepares for Super Late Model practice. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:42

42 Bubba Pollard has hit the track for the first time today in his JEGS/CRA car.

 

12:42

Kyle Bryant put his right sides off the backstretch off turn two but was able to make it back onto the asphalt without issue.

 

12:42

All types of cool cars on the property. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:42

The green flag is back in the air with about five minutes left in this session.

 

12:40

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12:40

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12:39

McCallum goes for a spin. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:39

The yellow flag is back in the air for the No. 2 machine of Kyle McCallum who went off the back straightaway and slid all the way to turn three outside the track.

 

12:39

David Hodges and Brandon Johnson race off of two. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:37

Kyle Bryant with a determined state. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:37

Comment From Donahue motorsports 

Alex Roberts keep up the good work.

 

12:36

With 10 minutes remaining in this session, Jerrod Foley, Allen Gordon, TW Fisher and Joel Anderson make up the cars on track.

 

12:35

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12:35

Speed51.com is the official photographer of SpeedFest 2013. Photo galleries of from yesterday’s SpeedFest Practice Day have been posted to www.speed51photos.com and more galleries will be added throughout the weekend. Fans and racers can purchase any of the photos contained in those galleries through the site, as well.

 

12:34

Bubba Pollard checks the weight on his Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:33

18 Hunter Robbins and 42 Bubba Pollard are the only JEGS/CRA teams to have not Practiced today.

 

12:31

Still a line for ARCA / CRA tech. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:31

After 30 minutes we are now 2/3 of the way through this session and Kyle Bryant, Dalton Grindle and Kevin Herbert are now making laps.

 

12:30

15 Minutes Remaining in the first JEGS/CRA Practice of the day (Top 5):

1. 9 Chase Elliott 16.196
2. 16 David Hodges 16.300
3. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.319
4. 1g Mike Garvey 16.345
5. 5 Alex Roberts 16.348

 

12:29

Comment From cody fan! 

cody your car looks great! go get’em man!

 

12:28

Ronnie Whitlock looks under the hood a bit perplexed. He’s got a brand new motor in the #12 car he said just started “spitting out oil” bringing out the earlier caution. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:24

Wes Burton, Alex Roberts, David Hodges, TW Fisher, Harrison Burton, Justin Ashburn, Joel Anderson and Joe Ross are now among the cars on track.

 

12:23

Thanks for tuning in, it’s a family affair!

 

12:22

Comment From Mike 

Little Bro also watching #27 Joe Ross from KC. Good job Speed51!

 

12:22

Just about halfway through this first JEGS/CRA Practice (Top 5):

1. 9 Chase Elliott 16.196
2. 16 David Hodges 16.300
3. 1 Cody Coughlin 16.319
4. 1g Mike Garvey 16.345
5. 5 Alex Roberts 16.348

 

12:21

The track has been cleared and we are back under the green flag.

 

12:19

The yellow flag is in the air for what we believe is debris from the No. 12w machine of Ronnie Whitlock.

 

12:17

Race fans of all ages are in Cordele this weekend. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:17

Fans, be sure to check out the new online home of Champion Racing Association, www.cra-racing.com. The new site launched Thursday and will continue to be developed in the coming days and weeks. Also, be sure to follow CRA on Twitter with their new Twitter handle, @CRAracing

 

12:12

Thanks for joining us!

 

12:12

Comment From jim 

dad from kc watching son joe ross

 

12:12

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Saturday Practice #1 Early Top 5:

1. 9 Chase Elliott 16.196
2. 5 Alex Roberts 16.348
3. 1g Mike Garvey 16.350
4. 43 Justin South 16.373
5. 41 Brandon Johnson 16.382

 

12:11

David Hodges and Korey Ruble have now made their way on track.

 

12:11

Working to get the scoreboard working. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:10

Jake Griffin, Mason Massey, Marty Wood, Alex Roberts, Harrison Burton, Eric Stokes and Jerrod Foley are now making laps during this session.

 

12:09

Augie is here serving as the crew cheif for Spencer Davis’ No. 129 ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model machine.

 

12:09

Comment From Guest 

where is Augie Grill this weekend?

 

12:07

Scott Heckert watches PLM practice. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:06

Chase Elliot and Rodney Benefield come up to speed or practice in turn two. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:04

The green flag is in the air and the first round of JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour practice is underway and will run until 12:45pm.

 

12:03

The first JEGS CRA Pro Late Models have pulled on track to kick off three hours of practice this afternoon.

 

12:03

Alex Roberts gets strapped in for practice. He was fourth in the day yesterday for the JEGS/CRA cars. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

12:01

Rodney Benefield gets suited up for practice. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

12:00

Kyle McCallum will be the first car to post for Pro Late Model practice. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:59

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11:58

Friends Mike Garvey (left) and Chris Davidson talk about Garvey’s PLM. Davidson elected to not race this weekend. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:57

Matthew Wragg discuses his No. 129(Speed51.com photo).

 

 

11:56

Four minutes from the start of PLM Practice with plenty of Supers in the tech line. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:54

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11:54

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11:51

Tire pickup has begun. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:47

The Huntersville, North Carolina teenager is just 12 years old and is the youngest driver on the grounds this weekend.

 

11:46

Comment From Lenny 

How old is Harrison Burton?

 

11:45

Deep South regular Allen Karnes. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:44

Harrison Burton watches dad Jeff tune his No. 12 Pro Late Model. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:43

Watermelon Capital Speedway is a D-shaped 3/8-mile oval.

 

11:43

Comment From dan 

What is the length of the track?

 

11:40

Comment From Jason 

I’m calling Pollard for both poles

 

11:38

The Brandon Hermiller crew is using a live stream system that will allow family and friends back home to be part of the action. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:33

Bubba Pollard finds a new use for a jack stand. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:32

R.J. Scott (Left) and Adam Mackey (Right) go over todays Qualifying order. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:32

Hunter Robbins just told 51 that he his beginning his toughest semester of college this month, but doesn’t expect it to shorten his racing schedule. Robbins is an engineering major at Auburn.

 

11:29

Comment From den 

from snow covered indiana would like to say good luck to jake griffin and the team,thanks for all the great coverage from speed 51 would be losy without you!!

 

11:28

Comment From Guest 

My Prediction: Travis Sauter & Jeff Choquette will set the front row.

 

11:28

Driver’s meeting over. Now crews go back to work. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:28

JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour Premier Buildings Systems 100 Qualifying Order

Pos. Car # Driver
1 41 Brandon Johnson
2 2 Kyle McCallum
3 16 David Hodges
4 23 Dalton Grindle
5 17 Marty Wood
6 18 Hunter Robbins
7 9 Chase Elliott
8 51 Joel Anderson
9 08 Jake Griffin
10 129 Matthew Wragg
11 29G Allen Gordon
12 12 Harrison Burton
13 1G Mike Garvey
14 66 Korey Ruble
15 04 Jerrod Foley
16 12w Ronnie Whitlock
17 8 Eric Stokes
18 79 Kyle Bryant
19 22 Kevin Herbert
20 5n Shane Nally
21 98 Justin Ashburn
22 21 Eric Gerchak
23 15 Mason Massey
24 1 Cody Coughlin
25 27 Joe Ross
26 36 Rodney Benefield
27 43 Justin South
28 61 T.W. Fisher
29 42 Bubba Pollard
30 28 Tom Schuette
31 5 Alex Roberts
32 21m Chris McKeehan

 

11:27

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11:27

David Martin (Left) and Dave Bowen (Right) talk about this weekends races. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:26

ARCA/CRA Super Series Speedfest 200 Qualifying Order

Pos. Car # Driver

1 09 Randy Gentry
2 23 Eddie Van Meter
3 41 T.J. Reaid
4 29c Jeff Choquette
5 1 Mike Garvey
6 4 Erik Jones
7 5 Travis Sauter
8 18 Hunter Robbins
9 97 Jimmy Garmon
10 08 Jake Griffin
11 71 Kyle Benjamin
12 5s Johnny Sauter
13 72 Scott Heckert
14 29t Austin Therault
15 39 Andrew Morrissey
16 2 Donnie Wilson
17 01 Travis Braden
18 129 Spencer Davis
19 29 Anderson Bowen
20 6 Brandon Hermiller
21 47 Allen Karnes
22 84 Jay Niewiek
23 51 Brandon Oakley
24 9 Chase Elliott
25 77 David Ragan
26 75 David Odell
27 51n Stephen Nasse
28 8 John Hunter Nemechek
29 83 Scotty Ellis
30 19 Zak Hausler
31 26 Bubba Pollard
32 41b Wes Burton

 

11:26

Drivers Meeting has let out.

 

11:25

Comment From noble 

Its snowing up here in PA,so its a perfect day to follow the coverage. Thanks speed51 and to all the sponsors

 

11:24

The drivers meeting has concluded and next on the schedule is JEGS/CRA practice #1 which will roll off at 12pm and conclude at 12:45pm.

 

11:23

Scott Heckert made the long haul from Ridgefield, CT to be a part of SpeedFest 2013 this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:22

Ride along with Stephen Nasse during yesterday’s practice.

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11:21

Florida drivers Jeff Choquette (left) and Brandon Johnson (right) at the Drivers meeting. Both drivers finished yesterday’s practice in the top ten of their respected division. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:20

2012 Snowball Derby Winner, Erik Jones listens in on todays order of events. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:17

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11:17

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11:16

Stephen Nasse (left) and John Hunter Nemechek (right) listen to CRA’s Glenn Luckett at this morning’s Drivers Meeting. (Speed51.com Photo)

 

 

11:03

Brett Ragan addresses the crews on how to park the rigs tomorrow morning. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

11:01

David Odell’s car goes through tech, while the driver’s meeting gets started. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

10:59

CRA officials have now made the announcement that the drivers meeting is beginning in the pit area here at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

 

10:58

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10:58

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10:54

We are now just a few moments away from the 11am driver’s meeting.

 

10:52

Mike Garvey’s Super Late Model is currently last in the tech line. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

10:50

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10:50

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10:49

Comment From Basil Parker 3 

Man, It would have been nice to have had Casey Smith, running this weekend.He alway’s run’s good in the deep south.

 

10:47

Comment From Mike Ray 

Thank you Speed51.com for this Weekends Coverage!

 

10:45

What CRA flag man Robert Tower’s view looks like. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

10:44

The north end of the infield towards the watermelon patch. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

10:43

After engine troubles yesterday, Russell Fleeman has withdrawn and gone home. RS Senter and Casey Smith have also been removed from the entry list as they has chosen not to make the trip this weekend.

We have, however, gained one JEGS CRA Pro Late Model machine in the No. 5N of Shane Nalley.

 

10:42

Some fans have already claimed seats for the day. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

10:41

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10:41

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10:39

Teams are now making their way through tech and selecting their tires.

 

10:28

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

 

10:27

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

 

10:23

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

 

10:23

Welcome to Speed51.com’s live Trackside Now of the 2013 edition of Speedfest at Watermelon Capital Speedway presented by BJ McLeod Motorsports. We will be with you all afternoon for all the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour final practice and qualifying action.

 

10:22

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Trackside Now: Speedfest Qualifying – Watermelon Capital Speedway – 1/26/13