CORDELE, GA - For the second year in a row Watermelon Capital Speedway, located ¼ mile west of I-75 exit 101 in Cordele, GA will host SpeedFest which features some of the best Pro Latemodel and Super Latemodel drivers in the United States along with some big name NASCAR stars.
Sanctioned by the Champion Racing Association, the event will consist of a 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series event and a 100 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance special event. Both events will only count green flag laps, a change from previous seasons. There will be a halfway break at lap 100 for the 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series event.
Just as in years past, both races will feature some of the best latemodel race car drivers from throughout the United States along with some NASCAR drivers as well as up and coming second generation NASCAR drivers.
Highlighting the list of early entrants for the ARCA/CRA Super Series include NASCAR driver and Unadilla, GA native David Ragan, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Johnny Sauter, 2011 ARCA/CRA Super Series Southern Tour Driver Champion Bubba Pollard, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2012 Rookie of the Year Award winner Anderson Bowen and ACRA Midwest Tour competitor Travis Sauter of Wisconsin.
For the 100 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour early entrants include 2011 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Award winner Cody Coughlin from Ohio, also Georgia natives Dalton Grindle, Mason Massey and Matthew Wragg and Florida competitor Kyle Bryant. Second generation NASCAR stars that have already entered include Chase Elliott son of NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek son of NASCAR driver John Nemechek and Harrison Burton son of NASCAR driver Jeff Burton.
SpeedFest weekend will kick off on Friday January 25th with an optional practice day while Saturday January 26th will consist of practice and qualifying for both divisions and Sunday January 27th will feature the running of SpeedFest 2013.
Friday schedule of events has gates opening at 10am with practice from 12pm until 6pm. On Saturday, gates will open at 8:30am with practice beginning at 12pm and qualifying at 4:15pm.
The weekend concludes on Sunday which will have the pit gates opening at 7:30am with grandstand gates opening at 9:30am. At 12:30pm an on-track autograph session with both divisions will take place and will include NASCAR legends Rex White and Bill Elliott as well as current NASCAR stars including Ragan, Joe Nemechek and Jeff Burton. Driver introductions will take place at 1:30pm and racing will begin at 2pm. Rapping up the weekends festivities will be a fireworks display following the conclusion of the racing program.
Grandstand tickets for SpeedFest 2013 may be purchased in advance by calling (478) 396-0056. The prices for Sunday tickets purchased in advance are $20 for general admission seating for adults with children ages 6 to 12 $10 while reserved seating for Sunday will be $25 and upper reserved seating $30 if purchased in advance with children 6 to 12 $15. Grandstand tickets sold on race weekend will be $25 for general admission seating for adults and reserved seating will be $30 and upper reserved for $35. Tickets for Friday will be FREE and Saturday will be $10 for adults with children ages 6 to 12 $5. All grandstand tickets sold in advance will receive FREE admission Friday and Saturday.
Infield admission for SpeedFest 2013 may also be purchased in advance by calling (478) 396-0056. Prices for infield admission will be $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $35 on Sunday. Two day pit passes are available for $65 and three day pit pass for $85. New for SpeedFest 2013 will be infield parking on race day which will allow race fans to view the race from the infield as all race haulers will be removed on race day morning. Sunday vehicle passes will be available for $25 per vehicle along a pit pass for each person.
For more information on SpeedFest 2013 visit www.watermeloncapitalspeedway.com or for ticket information and to purchase in advance call (478) 396-0056 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and for general event and track information call (478) 952-3420.