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In the Zone: SpeedFest 2023 at Crisp Motorsports Park

Statistics to note and storylines to follow for this year's SpeedFest.


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SpeedFest 2023 kicks off Friday from Watermelon Capital Speedway at Crisp Motorsports Park. Here are statistics of note and storylines to follow going into this weekend's event in Cordele, Georgia.

- Bubba Pollard is a three-time SpeedFest Super Late Model Pole sitter. Pollard has won the pole every other year and is due to be on top this year if the pattern repeats.

- Chase Elliott makes his return to SpeedFest having won six races between Pro and Super Late Model. Elliott has won his last two starts and led 170 laps in events at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

READ MORE: Why 2023 Was Right for Chase Elliott Late Model Comeback

- Elliott is not the only name from the NASCAR ranks at SpeedFest as his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. William Byron will also take on the SpeedFest event. Two-Time SpeedFest pole sitter Johnny Sauter will also be racing this weekend.

READ MORE: William Byron to Race at Watermelon Capital Speedway’s SpeedFest

- This will be the 18th running of the SpeedFest Super Late Model event. Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch each have three wins in this event. The Pro Late Model race started in 2009, and this will be the 14th running.

- Another return is that of William Sawalich, who was sidelined last season after an incident in the All American 400. Sawalich did finish third a few weeks back at the Red Eye 50 lapper. This Saturday event will be his first extra distance test since last season.

- The ASA/CRA Super Series and ASA Southern Super Series will go for 150 laps on Saturday with the JEGS All-Stars Pro Late Models having the undercard with a 100-lap race. Local classes will include Outlaws, Legends and Bandoleros.

- SpeedFest has long been a tradition in Georgia and the Georgia drivers have had their way there in recent years. Overall, Peach State drivers have logged a total of six wins in the Super Late Model race and six in the Pro Late Model race.

- Local Georgia driver and NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Ragan is also back behind the wheel this weekend at SpeedFest. He last ran Super Late Models at SpeedFest in 2015. He last ran Pro Late Models at SpeedFest when it was run at Lanier in 2011. In all, he has six top five runs in seven starts.

READ MORE: NASCAR Veteran David Ragan to Compete in SpeedFest 2023

Watch all the action live on Racing America this weekend, as the entire show will be seen flag-to-flag. All you need is a Racing America subscription to catch the action.

READ MORE: How to Watch SpeedFest 2023 on Racing America

SpeedFest Super Late Model Winners

2022 Bubba Pollard
2020 Corey Heim
2019 Connor Okrzesik
2018 Chandler Smith
2017 Harrison Burton
2016 Bubba Pollard
2015 Chase Elliott
2014 Chase Elliott
2013 Jeff Choquette
2012 Kyle Busch
2011 Chase Elliott
2010 Kyle Busch
2009 Kyle Busch
2008 Jeff Choquette
2007 Eddie Hoffman
2006 Mike Fritts
2005 Charlie Menard

SpeedFest Pro Late Model Winners

2022 Michael Hinde
2020 Stephen Nasse
2019 Casey Roderick
2018 Bubba Pollard
2017 Casey Roderick
2016 John Hunter Nemechek
2015 John Hunter Nemechek
2014 John Hunter Nemechek
2013 Chase Elliott
2012 Chase Elliott
2011 Chase Elliott
2010 Greg Simpson
2009 Greg Simpson

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