GAS Race Will Provide Big Thrills on SpeedFest Weekend by SpeedFest / 51 Sports PR
Paul Kelley Will Be One to Watch as He Races Close to Home
SpeedFest has always been an event to break up the winter for the best Super Late Model competitors across the land. This year, though, that CRA Super Series event is going to have the added bonus of a $3,000-to-win Georgia Asphalt Series Pro Late Model event on the same racing card. Racing fans who flock to Lanier National Speedway (GA) on January 23rd-25th are going to get to see two nail-biting races as part of the weekend.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Pro Late Models to be part of such a big race weekend. That type of racecar has been enjoying surging popularity in recent seasons in the Georgia region.
“This is going to be a good opportunity for the Pro Late Models and the GAS Series to showcase what they have and to truly take a step forward,” said Terry Roberts, General Manager of Lanier National Speedway and promoter of the Georgia Asphalt Series.
One driver who has experienced firsthand the Pro Late Model serge of popularity is Georgian hotshoe Paul Kelley, who is already making his SpeedFest plans.
“We usually don’t get started until April or so,” said Kelley. “To run a race in the middle of the winter is a good way to get the season started and sharpen your skills after you’ve been out of the driver’s seat for a little while.”
Kelley is no stranger to running well at Lanier – and that might make him an early favorite for the race.
“It’s in our backyard and it is one of our home tracks,” said Kelley. “We always run well there, so I think that we’ll have a really good chance of winning it. I know that there will be a lot of guys coming from out of town and a lot of tough competition, but I think we’ll have a good car for them. If luck is on our side, I think things will go our way.”
Home track pride is something that is very strong for Kelley, as teams from all over get ready to visit Lanier for SpeedFest weekend.
“I think that they will be impressed when they pull into Lanier for the first time,” said Kelley. “I think that they will say, ‘Wow…this is a top-notch facility. The track is deceiving. It looks really easy, but it’s tricky. It’s a tight little track.”
Although Lanier is a staple of the GAS schedule, you can expect some new faces for the SpeedFest weekend Pro Late Model race. Even though the SpeedFest event is a GAS race, it will likely draw dozens of non-regulars to the entry list.
“The race has GAS rules and Five Flags rules, but it’s truly an open race,” said Roberts. “It just happens to fall at the home track for GAS.”
Kelley is also one of the drivers considering doing double duty in both the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model races at SpeedFest. If one of those drivers can win both events, they can pocket a cool $10,000 bonus.
SpeedFest 2009 weekend will kick off with an open practice day on Friday, January 23rd, at Lanier National Speedway for all Pro and CRA Super Series Super Late Model competitors. More practice and qualifying events for both divisions will take place on Saturday, January 24th, with the 200-lap CRA Super Series Super Late Model and the 100-lap Pro Late Model events going green on Sunday, January 25th.
Entry forms for the CRA Super Series Super Late Model portion of SpeedFest weekend are currently available on both craracing.net and lanierspeedway.com, as well as Speed51.com, the official website of SpeedFest 2009. Entry forms for the Pro Late Model portion of the weekend will be released soon.
More bonuses and other big news regarding SpeedFest 2009 will be announced in the coming days.
For more information on SpeedFest 2009, be sure to check out speed51.com, craracing.net and lanierspeedway.com. If you have any questions regarding the event, please call the respective series or track representative.
Paul Kelley's #23 Pro Late Model.