Local & National Pro Late Model Stars Entered for SpeedFest 2023

Twenty-three cars have entered the 100-lap Pro Late Model race, representing seven states and one Canadian province.

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Nashville, TN (Thursday, January 19, 2023) – JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance officials have released the entry list for SpeedFest 2023. SpeedFest, the traditional season opening event, is Saturday afternoon, January 28th at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA. Twenty-Three cars have entered the 100-lap Pro Late Model race, representing seven states and one Canadian province.

Former NASCAR Cup Series regular and local hero, David Ragan, from nearby Unadilla, Georgia has filed his entry, driving the no. 17 Byron Outdoor Superstore Chevrolet. Ragan is a multi-time race winner during his 13 full seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series. Ragan has competed in SpeedFest before, qualifying on pole in 2012 and placing himself on the Super Late Model podium in 2012 and 2015.

Katie Hettinger is the lone female driver on the current entry list. Hettinger became the youngest female feature winner at Hickory Motor Speedway last year and earned NASCAR’s Wendall Scott Trailblazer award at season’s end. The Dryden, Michigan racer will be piloting the no. 81 entry for Anthony Campi Racing.

Two-time and defending Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) Pro Late Model Track Champion, Dylan Fetcho has entered his US Tank / Hunter Industrial Fans no. 89 Ford. Fetcho’s team car, driven by 2021 NFS Rookie of the Year, Bryson Shaffer has also entered for SpeedFest. Nashville’s Robby Taylor, Joey Meyer, and the Rackley WAR entry of Dawson Sutton will be making their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour debut.

The event’s home state is well represented in the Pro Late Model field. Nine drivers reside in the peach state including Benjamin Jones, Brett Suggs, David Ragan, Cody Hall, Seth Christensen, Josh Hicks, Joe Dixon, Cale Hall, and Warren Mobley.

Defending race winner Michael Hinde and late model racing veteran Steve Dorer join young Gavin Graham in representing the sunshine state.

SpeedFest 2023 is Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th. Friday is practice and qualifying day with all racing activities taking place on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 1:00pm. The event features Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Southern Outlaw Late Models, Legends Cars, and Bandoleros. Crisp Motorsports Park, the home of Watermelon Capital Speedway, is located in Cordele, Georgia; exit 104 on I-75.

Advance tickets are available now at www.TrackEnterprises.com, or by calling (217) 764-3200. Fans who can’t attend the race in person can also find live coverage of the event on RacingAmerica.TV. For more on Speedfest 2023 or Champion Racing Association, log onto www.CRA-Racing.com, or find and follow CRA on Facebook.

To learn more about the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, visit cra-racing.com.

SPEEDFEST 2023 PRO LATE MODEL ENTRY LIST

08 - Spencer Bragg
08 - Nicholas Naugle
10 - Steve Dorer
10 - Benjamin Jones
12 - Bryson Shaffer
15O - Brian Demland
15 - Brett Suggs
17 - David Ragan
26 - Dawson Sutton
28 - Cody Hall
43 - Justin South
45 - Seth Christensen
58 - Johnny Aramendia
62 - Josh Hicks
66 - Robby Taylor
67K - Joe Dixon
69 - Michael Hinde
70 - Gavin Graham
77 - Cale Hall
81 - Katie Hettinger
89 - Dylan Fetcho
95 - Warren Mobley
121 - Joey Meyer

-CRA Racing Press Release
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Jan 28, 2023