Sauter, Pollard Lead SpeedFest Qualifying

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CORDELE, Ga. – Johnny Sauter set fast time during qualifying Saturday for the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

Sauter, a Wisconsin native, set fast time over defending ARCA/CRA Super Series Southern Series champion Kyle Benjamin and a 32-car field in a tight qualifying session.

Alabama racer and Auburn University student Hunter Robbins was third quick, followed by Johnny Sauter’s nephew Travis Sauter in fourth and Georgia racer Scotty Ellis in fifth.

A post-qualifying redraw found Sauter draw the seven-pill, which will put Travis Braden and John Hunter Nemechek on the front row Sunday.

In JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour pro-late-model qualifying, Pollard took fast time out of 32 entries.

Pollard, who has won just about every pro and super late model race in his career but SpeedFest, set fast time with his No. 42 Pro Late Model Saturday, touring the three-eighths-mile track with a lap time of 15.984-seconds.

Defending SpeedFest JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner Chase Elliott was second-quick, followed by Alabama racers Justin South and Hunter Robbins with Georgian Dalton Grindle rounding out the top five.

After qualifying, Pollard drew an eight for the invert, which will put a pair of young drivers, Floridian Kyle Bryant and Ohioan Cody Coughlin on the front row for Sunday’s 100-lap Premier Building Systems 100.