Officials from Winchester Speedway and track managers Champion Racing Association (CRA) have released the 2005 schedule for the legendary high banked ½ mile track in Indiana. Speedway owner Charlie Shaw recently secured CRA to promote and manage the Speedway in 2005, and CRA leaders R. J. Scott and Glenn Luckett have prepared a diverse and entertaining six-race schedule for the coming year.
For decades, Winchester Speedway fans have been a mix of open wheel and/or stock car traditionalists. With that in mind, officials have scheduled the Sunday, April 24th Grand Re-Opening event to be enjoyed by both groups. The USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series and the CRA Super Series Late Models will headline the show. The open wheel cars have brought some of the greatest names in racing to the fabled high banks as recent stars like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne all honed their racing skills at Winchester Speedway. On the stock car side, NASCAR stalwarts like Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and late Champion Alan
Kulwicki all used the high banks at Winchester to prepare themselves for success at racing’s highest level. USAC and CRA Super Series officials are pleased to be part of the track’s Grand Re-Opening Day and recall that the only other event they co-headlined together was very successful. The CRA Street Stocks will also be on hand to round out the day’s racing.
The second event in 2005 will be known as “The King of the Wings”. The Sunday May 22nd event will be a co-sanctioned Outlaw Winged Sprint “Super Show”. The best drivers from across the country are expected, as the all the top winged sprint organizations have included Winchester’s “King of the Wings” event on their schedule as a non-points, special event. The key organizations being recognized in the race are the Auto Value Super Sprints, Hoosier Outlaw Super Sprints, the TBARA Sprints, and the USCS Sprints. Special bonus programs are being laid out for the drivers from each group. The USA Modifieds will also be part of the racing program on that day.
It has been a few years since the CRA Super Series cars have seen the high banks of Winchester Speedway. (Wright Photo)
Event number three in 2005 will be on Sunday, June 12th and features another USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series race with support from area SuperTrucks and the CRA Street Stocks. The fourth event of the year will take place on Sunday, August 14th. Winchester Speedway fans will get to see the long awaited return of the Outlaw Super Late Models to the high banks. The Main Event Racing Series leads the group of racecars that many Winchester fans will remember as the old Magnum Oil Super Late Models. With dirt style outlaw bodies and unlimited engine rules, these machines will once again be the fastest stock cars to take to the track in 2005. Also headlining that event will be the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck
The USAC Sprints will return to the asphalt of Winchester Speedway.
Series. These quick and nimble late model trucks are one of the up and coming divisions for the well respected ARCA sanctioning body. CRA Street Stocks will once again round out the show.
The 2005 schedule is highlighted by the return of the Labor Day weekend tradition that has been a favorite of stock car fans throughout the Midwest since its inception. The historic World Stock Car Festival returns to the high banks on Labor Day Weekend and will feature a great combination of racing, camping, music and parties. Saturday, September 3rd will be an open practice day for all cars and the grandstands will be free to the public. Sunday and Monday, September 4th & 5th will see at least six different stock car divisions compete for their World Stock Car Festival crown. The CRA Super Series Late Models will headline the action, along with the Outlaw Super Late Models. The weekend will also include racing for the USA Modifieds, Sportsman, area SuperTrucks and CRA Street Stocks. These six groups will practice, qualify and race in qualifying races (where applicable) on Sunday to set the fields for “Features Only” on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Over 300 laps of feature action will make Monday the “Don’t Miss” event of the year.
The 2005 season at Winchester Speedway concludes on Sunday, September 18th with the CRA Street Stocks in a 200 lap, $5000 to win race that is expected to see 75 to 100 cars take the green flag for one of the most exciting races of the season. These popular season-ending events have become a great part of the schedules at Anderson and Salem Speedways, and Winchester officials are honoring the requests of the fans and competitors alike with the 200-lap season ending blow out!
Winchester is one of the most famous short tracks in all of America.
On April 23rd, just prior to the year’s opening event, there will be an open practice to ALL teams planning to compete at Winchester Speedway during the 2005 season. The grandstands will be open and free for all fans.
CRA has already begun discussions with the ARCA Re/Max Series and the USAR Hooters Pro-Cup Series to bring back their great events in 2006. Both organizations were disappointed about not being able to be at Winchester Speedway in 2005 due to previously announced schedules, and look forward to the possibility of being part of the Speedway’s 2006 schedule. Speedway officials are also considering the return of the Winchester 400 for 2006 as well.
Details on season tickets and rules for the CRA Street Stocks, Sportsman and SuperTrucks, will be posted on the Winchester Speedway and CRA websites in late January. For more information about the Speedway please visit www.winchesterspeedway.com or call 812-883-0455.
To contact CRA about marketing or racing opportunities at Winchester Speedway, interested parties can call the CRA office at 812-883-0455.