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Racing kicks off at Lanier

Auto racing fans can get an early fix this weekend at Lanier National Speedway, which hosts SpeedFest, an event that moved to the Braselton track from its previous home in Lakeland, Fla.

The weekend features open practice on Friday, practice and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday - the 200-lap CRS Super Series Super Late Model race and the 100-lap Georgia Asphalt Series Pro Late Model race.

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, Sunday's grand marshal, will send his Bill Elliott Driver Development Team to the races with drive Casey Roderick, a Gwinnett native.

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is entered in the 200-lap feature in his own No. 51 Super Late Model. Speed TV personality Bob Dillner and Penske Racing's David Stremme also will send teams with young drivers. John Wes Townley, a rookie of the year candidate on last year's Nationwide Series, also is scheduled to race.

For more information on the event, visit www.lanierspeedway.com or www.Speed51.com, the official Web site of SpeedFest.