Officials from the CRA Super Series and Lanier National Speedway announced today that SpeedFest 2011 would take place again at Lanier National Speedway on January 28, 29 and 30, 2011. The event is held each year on the weekend before the Super Bowl. The traditional season opening North-South Super Late Model battle began seven years ago at the now closed USA International Speedway in Florida. With USA International Speedway’s closure, teams and fans were looking for a new home for the event and found it beginning in 2009 at Lanier National Speedway located just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
“We are pleased to be able to announce that SpeedFest 2011 will return to Lanier National Speedway,” said Lanier National Speedway owner Donnie Clack. “We look forward to some great racing that weekend, like we have had at the past two events. This is a great opportunity for fans to come see some of the best racers in the country and get an early start to the 2011 race season!”
NASCAR Star Kyle Busch has put his name in the record books as the first two-time winner of SpeedFest, taking the wins in both the last two SpeedFest Super Late Model events held at Lanier National Speedway. Busch led 214 laps in last season’s event, getting the win over NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Steven Wallace in a star filled lineup that included David Stremme, Cale Gale, Bobby Gill, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Johanna Long, Jason Hogan, Jeff Fultz, Bubba Pollard and Johnny VanDoorn. Other past event winners of SpeedFest includes Charlie Menard in 2005, Mike Fritts in 2006, Eddie Hoffman in 2007 and Jeff Choquette in 2008.
Kyle Busch battled local start Casey Roderick for the lead in last seasons Pro Late Model event until contact late in the event from Busch caused Roderick to spin, resulting in both cars going to the tail. Greg Simpson inherited the lead and cruised to the win, giving him his second straight SpeedFest Pro Late Model victory.
The SpeedFest 2011 event will see the Super Late Models compete in a 200-lap event under the direction of CRA’s staff. The Pro Late Models will have a 150-lap event, the staff at Lanier National Speedway will direct the Pro Late Model portion of the event using the same Pro Late Model rules as the Snowflake and the Super Six Series at Lanier. Both events will have halfway breaks. More details of each event will be released at a later date with the event entry forms.
There will be an open practice on Friday, January 28th, pits will open at 10am with rotating practice from 12 to 5pm. Practice and qualifying will take place on Saturday, January 29th, with feature events for Legend cars that evening. The SpeedFest 2011 feature events will be ran on Sunday, January 30th beginning at 1pm with the 150 lap Pro Late Model race, which will be followed by the 200 lap SpeedFest Super Late Model race. More information on SpeedFest 2011 and information on the Pro Late Model portion of the event will be available at www.lanierspeedway.com. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.