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Kyle Busch enters CRA Speedfest Super Late Model race in Cordele

The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion likes to race Late Models as much as possible …

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Kyle Busch likes to begin each season with a Super Late Model race before the NASCAR season starts and 2019 will be no different.

The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will look to win Speedfest for fourth time in his career, having accomplished the feat twice at Lanier National Speedway and one other the event’s current home at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.

The 2019 Speedfest event takes place on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

“SpeedFest attracts some of the top veteran Super Late Model drivers like Bubba Pollard, Jeff Choquette and Casey Roderick and then when you mix in up-and-comers like Harrison Burton and Chandler Smith and put everyone on a challenging 3/8-mile, high-speed short track it makes for a great show,” Busch said in a Speed51 news and/or press release piece. “Not only is it exciting for the fans in attendance, but fans that have been hungry for some good racing all winter and can’t make it out to the track can watch it live via pay per view on like I have the last few years.”

Busch made his last start at Cordele in 2016 at Speedfest but didn’t make it to the finish.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to win the event both at Lanier National Speedway, and at the current location, Crisp Motorsports Park,” he said. “We had a rough go of it the last time we were down there in Cordele in 2016. Hopefully we can redeem ourselves from that and add another marquee win to the KBM Super Late Model resume.”

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As has been common in recent years, a Busch Super Late Model appearance means fans will have the opportunity to take part in a meet-and-greet with the NASCAR star. Busch calls it the ‘Rowdy Round-Up.’

Tickets for that meet-and-greet will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in the fan zone and can be purchased for $125. That entitles each fan to getting two items autographed, a picture taken with Busch with their own device and admission into the general setting area for the race.

It’s also worth mentioning that the KBM Super Late Model program does not currently have a full-time driver. The team has fielded cars in recent years for the likes of Raphael Lessard, Noah Gragson, Christopher Bell and Erik Jones, but no such funded driver has presented themselves.

The ‘Rowdy Roundup’ ticket can be purchased at or at the Crisp Motorsports Park ticket office.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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  1. Ted Roberts

    December 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Can Short Track Scene be purchased in Canada, we are starved for racing info since we lost Nascar Illustrated?

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