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Southern Super Series sets Speedfest as points opener

The Southern Super Series will get off to an early start in 2024.

In addition to the previously announced ASA STARS season opener on February 13 at New Smyrna Speedway, which will also count towards Southern Super Series points, the season opener will now be Speedfest on January 20 at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

Speedfest, which has been held at the Cordele, Georgia track since 2011, was long a non-points exhibition under the Champion Racing Association banner. With Track Enterprises purchasing the CRA and Midwest Tour, along with entering in a strategic partnership with the Southern Super Series, it makes turning this into a points a race a viable option.

The 150-lap race will be co-sanctioned by the CRA as a non-points exhibition.

“We are excited to be starting our 2024 season at SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway at Crisp Motorsports Park once again,” said Southern Super Series General Manager Tim Bryant in a press release. “It will be a new wrinkle for the teams chasing our points championship, but it will also allow for more drivers to get exposure with our series. This is just the first of a busy 2024 season for the Southern Super Series.”

The points-paying race replaces the annual Georgia Spring Nationals, which has taken place in March and April in recent years but the Georgia Summer Nationals will remain on the SSS schedule with a yet to be announced date.

In addition to the Super Late Model main event, a non-points 100-lap Pro Late Model race will also remain on the Speedfest schedule.

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 also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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