The Lanier National Speedway, located at 5309 Winder Highway in Braselton, Georgia, is to be the venue for SpeedFest 2009. Pro Late Model teams, Super Late Model teams and crowds of fans will gather for the fifth annual SpeedFest at the state-of-the-art facility on 24-25 January. With the closure of the USA International Speedway in Florida, officials from Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series and the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS) needed to find a new home for the event, and Lanier National Speedway fits the bill perfectly.
Lanier National Speedway recently purchased the GAS series, which complements the CRA series, enabling organizers to combine the two groups into a major national event. Super Late Models will be competing in the 200-lap event for the winner’s purse of $10,000, while Pro Late Models will be competing to win $3,000 in their 100-lap event. Building up to the excitement of the weekend, fans must listen out for announcements by track officials in coming weeks with regard to bonuses for winning drivers. Terry Roberts, General Manager of Lanier National Speedway, noted that SpeedFest had found a great home and they consider it an honor to host the top Super and Pro Late Model teams in the “traditional battle of North and South drivers.”
SpeedFest 2009 is an open weekend, with teams and different organizations being welcomed from all over the country. On-track activities for the Super Late Model event will be managed by CRA’s Glenn Luckett and R.J. Scott, with the GAS Series officials directing the Pro Late Model event. Scott emphasized that with this type of special event, they will make every effort to be accommodating to racers from all different series.
Lanier National Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8 mile stock car racing track. Events are held at the track every Saturday night from March through to October. Auto racing has not been immune to the negative effects of the current economic downturn, but Lanier National Speedway is pulling out all the stops to ensure that drivers and fans are able to continue to enjoy this fast-paced sport – so make a plan to be at SpeedFest 2009.