Lake City Fl. Adam Bedenbaugh started his 2013 season in pursuit of his fourth straight championship in style with a green to checkers run in the Late Model feature. David Crews Jr took the Open Wheel Modified win with Eddie Lake taking the Pure Stock checkers. In Street Stock action Grady Christian was declared the winner after first place finisher Richie Stephens failed post race tech inspection. Alvin Carter made his first NFS appearance a winning one in Sportsman. John Windham took two feature wins in Box Stock and Dave Wansley won Friday night's Limited Modified feature event.
This was the second year that Speedfest has been held at the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia. South Georgia welcomed fans and drivers alike with very agreeable weather, mostly sunny skies with the temperature in the upper 60s. That is fairly warm for this time of year. That may not be as surprising as how hot some of the drivers seemed to get as daytime turned to night.
Friday was a day of practice at Speedfest 2013. Saturday will include more practice and qualifying. 64 cars were on hand for Friday's practice. Check out some of the sights and sounds from that practice.
This weekend begins a three straight weekend shot at North Florida Speedway. Friday begins the festivities with heat races and features being ran in limited modifieds and box stock. Saturday will be the big money races and it looks like this weekend will be bringing many different names from all different states. The track owner Phil Guadagno has been hard at preparing his track for the three weekend spectacular by working on the race track by widening it and putting in new grandstands for the fans in general admission and stands around the track for fans in the pits.
The track is sure to be packed for all three weekends and the owners will be well prepared. Next weekend will be extremely special since Nascar driver Kenny Wallace will be racing at North Florida Speedway. He'll be driving in one of the UMP modified cars. One of the most personable people in NASCAR his appearance is sure to make many fans happy. The third and final weekend will be the big finaly. Super late models will be roaring in to take home a $5000 paycheck and these guys are no joke.
With all the hard work and sweat the owners have put into this track during the off season fans should be happy with the end results and drivers should be happy with a new track just waiting for them to come run on. The schedule has had a lot of thought and planning put into it and for those of us who have had serious withdrawals from racing's offseason this is like finally letting a long held breath out. Racing, how we have all missed you and to North Florida Speedway I say "YES!". You have returned our passion to us to start our brand new 2013 season. We can all now release that breath of relief together. Gentlemen start your engines.
Jefferson, GA (January, 24, 2013) – Gresham Motorsports
Park is at it again! With another
race season ahead, GMP has great things in store for fans and competitors! The season will kick off on March 30,
2013 with the Larry Fleeman Memorial Race when Mini Stocks, Renegades,
Sportsman, Trucks, Outlaw Late Models and Pro Late Models return to GMP.
This race event was originally designated to be a memorial race event. The passing of Beau Slocumb titled
GMP’s first and second memorial race.
GMP felt that the life of Larry Fleeman, an honorable partner and loyal
friend of GMP and the racing community, should be remembered and recognized. Because this race was not designated
for one particular driver or person, the memorial race will continue to
remember and honor those that have passed that were loved by all in the racing
community and the name of the race might stay the same for a couple of years or
it might change from year to year.
Southern Star Hungry
For The 2013 Edition at Watermelon Capital
Concord, NC (January 17,
2013) - Senoia, Georgia racer Bubba Pollard has accomplished just about
everything there is to accomplish in Super Late Model and Pro Late Model racing
in Southeastern United States. Name a marquee race or a race track in any state
south of the State of Kentucky and chances are Pollard has competed at and has
won at one time or another.
Very few signature events have eluded
the 25-year-old over the years. One of those can be potentially checked off the
list January 26 and 27 - SpeedFest.
Pollard will get two opportunities
to rectify his SpeedFest shutout at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele,
Georgia in SpeedFest 2013. Pollard will be competing in both the ARCA/CRA Super
Series sanctioned 200-lap headliner as well as the 100-lap main for the
companion JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet
Ellisville Speedway is located in Ellisville, Fl. about 10 miles south of Lake City. It's a half mile asphalt race track that had laid dormant until it was leased by Robert Ford Sr. from the owner of New Smyrna Speedway, Robert Heart. It had been closed for most of last season and opened back up in September 2012. This Saturday will be the tenth race since it's reopening. Robert Sr. has a history with the track being a driver at the track in the 90's. He drove a street stock with the number 66. Following in his footsteps, Robert Ford Jr. raced there also until it closed down.
The more I look at the entry list of who is coming to the Melon next weekend, the more excited I get. Lot's of next generation drivers with NASCAR pedigrees are on there and guess who is going to be on hand to sign autographs? That's right, their dads. How often do race fans in South Georgia have the opportunity to interact with some of their heroes like this? Not very dang often from what I have seen. Last year was the first time that the Watermelon Capital Speedway hosted Speedfest. It was a blast and all the fans got to see some exciting racing. You can expect the same or even better this year. I encourage you to go ahead and get your tickets because they are going fast. I know you don't want to be the one that somebody comes up to the next day and says "Boy, you should have been there last night!" Check out the information the Melon has posted on their Facebook page:
Still undecided about attending SpeedFest 2013? Need some help making the final decision? -100 Lap Pro Latemodel race -200 Lap Super Latemodel race -Autograph session featuring all SpeedFest 2013 drivers -Autograph session featuring NASCAR legends Rex White and Bill Elliott -Autograph session featuring NASCAR drivers David Ragan, Joe Nemechek and Jeff Burton -Live entertainment featuring Shailee Cole -Fireworks show to end the weekend Click here for ticket information and weekend schedule.
Deep Dixie Racing had our first Driver of the Year competition for the 2012 season and it was so close and there were so many drivers nominated and voted for. To get the driver of the year we counted 1/3 of the vote by the fans, 1/3 of the vote by the media, and 1/3 of the vote by the track and series owners, representatives and promoters to culminate into the final total.
Drivers that were nominated were (in alphabetical order):
Jimmy Sharpe Jr.
Kyle Van Sickle
Pearson Lee Williams
Russell Brown Jr.
Media and Track and Series Owners,representatives, and Promoters:
There were so many wonderful drivers nominated and it was a tough competition full of talented drivers. After all the votes were tallied the winner was...... MARK WHITENER! He will be presented with his award at the January 26th race at North Florida Speedway. Congratulations on a fantastic year Mark and thank you to all the voters!
North Florida Speedway has done alot since the last time Deep Dixie was there. New stands all the way around the track and new track surface will make for better racing and a more comfortable place to watch a race.
NFS will run for three straight weeks starting Jan 25 and 26. Kenny Wallace will make a appearance with his mod on the week of Feb 2. Then Feb 10 you can watch the UMP Super Late Models go at it.
Deep Dixie will have more info soon.
Golden Isles Speedway is proud to be one of only 55
tracks/series in the nation to have the prestigious Contingency Connection national
contingency program for our racers in 2013! Over 100 tracks applied
to participate in the program but Golden Isles Speedway was chosen because of
the importance we place on our weekly racing program.
(Cordele, GA) - For the second year in a row Watermelon Capital Speedway,
located ¼ mile west of I-75 exit 101 in Cordele,
GA will host SpeedFest which features some of
the best Pro Latemodel and Super Latemodel drivers in the United States
along with some big name NASCAR stars.
This time of the year, there is not an awful lot going on in the stock car racing world. In fact, just about every day, I see posts in social media where people are ready to get back to racing. Well, let me tell you, there may not be an awful lot of racing going on in stock cars this time of year but there sure is some action going on in kart racing. I had the opportunity to observe some of that action down at Valdosta Motor Speedway this past weekend. It was good stuff, let me tell you. What really surprised me was that I looked around and saw plenty of the same people I run into at stock car tracks all the time. I'm talking about drivers and fans. Anyway, I have already completed a couple of videos from those races. In the first one, I just recorded some of the sights and sounds at the track. The second video is the main feature which was run this past Saturday night. I think it paid something like $1500 to the winner. Other videos will be posted as they are completed.
Ronnie is the youngest driver on our list but what he lacks in the years of driving the other drivers have he makes up for in skill and success at such a young age. Running at tracks like Needmore, Golden Isles, and Douglas Motorsports Park he has shown serious aptitude and cunning in his sport. He had 7 wins at Needmore Speedway this year with 5 of them consecutive wins. Ronnie ran 16 races this year and only finished out of the top 3, three times.
I recently had an article up about Mark Whitener and the only thing I can say about his season is "whoa". He started the season out by breaking his back in an accident at North Florida Speedway and came back to win 14 features and 15 second place finishes and two separate championships in the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series and the Bubba Raceway Park Championship.
Roger Mckenzie is the second driver nominee in our Driver of the Year running. The Swainsboro, Ga. native has a driven his #733 pure stock to 13 wins this season. He raced at Swainsboro, 441 Speedway, and Savannah. Roger has 12 wins at Swainsboro this year and one at 441 Speedway. Out of those 13 wins he ran a 7 win streak at Swainsboro. He also drove a mini stock this year and won a race at Swainsboro and a superstreet car and won 2 races in that division too. Roger ended his season with the 2012 points championship at Swainsboro. It looks like whatever he puts himself in he can drive to the front and be dominant.
The beginning of the year started really great for this very popular Soperton, Ga. driver. He got the first win of the year at Dublin's 441 Speedway for their first race of the year. I think it's every driver's hope to win the first race of the season for a hot start right out of the gate. Along with driving at 441 Speedway, Jimmy drove at East Alabama Speedway, Cochran Speedway, North Florida Speedway, Screven and Gordon Park.
Any late model track champion that there track runs under NLMS series rules will have a chance at the provisional at Screven this weekend. If there are more than one your name will go in a hat and the winner of the draw will start in the race. If one show then they get in.
Kyle Busch is interviewed after winning at Speedfest 2012
Submitted by Glenn Luckett
IN (January 2, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor David Ragan tops the list
of early entries for SpeedFest 2013, which will take place at Watermelon
Capital Speedway on January 26th and 27th. Ragan, a
Georgia native, is a local racing hero with his David Ragan Ford located just a
few miles up the road from Watermelon Capital Speedway in Perry, Georgia. Ragan
looks to improve upon his third place finish in SpeedFest 2012 behind winner
Kyle Busch and second place finisher Bubba Pollard. Ragan will compete
full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup again in 2013 for Front Row Motorsports.