Saturday, 6:35pm ET – Bob Varney led start-to-finish in the caution-free 50-lap USPRO "Sneak Peak 50" at Winchester. Varney got the jump on polesitter Michael Gaier, caught Varney, but fell out of the event on lap 28. From there, Varney pulled away.
1. Bob Varney
2. Wes Griffith Jr.
3. Al Cook Jr.
4. Kevin Todd
5. Royce Mason II
6. Robert Maynor
7. Jack Varney Jr.
8. Pat Zorn
9. Tommy Cook
10. Lonnie Saumier
11. Michael Gaier
Saturday, 6:00pm ET – It's a "Southern Sweep" here at Winchester Speedway in CRA Super Series qualifying.
Texas-native Ryan Lawler set a new track record for Super Late Models at Winchester, winning the pole for Sunday's 36th running of the Winchester 400. Lawler's lap of 15.189 seconds just topped the lap of Danny Jackson from last year's Winchester 400. Jackson's old record was 15.192 seconds.
Fellow Southern driver driver Brian Scott qualified second, over a tenth slower than Lawler. Scott turned the half-mile at 15.350. Florida driver Justin Drawdy qualified third. Robbie Pyle and Brian Rievley rounded out the top-five.
SLM Qualifying Results
1.Ryan Lawler15.189 2.Brian Scott15.350 3.Justin Drawdy15.386 4.Robbie Pyle15.420 5.Brian Rievley15.424 6.John VanDoorn15.446 7.Jeff Lane15.451 8.Rick Turner15.464 9.Scott Hantz15.493 10.Chris Gabehart15.499 11.JR Roahrig15.519 12.Jeff Fultz15.592 13.Boris Jurkovich15.593 14.Stanley Smith15.611 15.Danny Jackson15.612 16.Andy Hanson15.625 17.John Belott15.635 18.Terry Fisher, Jr.15.672 19.Jason Dietch15.680 20.Tommy Cook15.707 21.Jay Middleton15.727 22.Kenny Tweedy15.733 23.Chet Blanton15.754 24.Auggie Grill15.768 25.Sean Matthis15.776 26.Jason Shively15.779 27.Tommy St. John15.785 28.Dennis Schoenfeld15.807 29.Jim Crabtree, Jr.15.837 30.Bull Baker15.848 31.Jack Smith15.853 32.Dave Wilson16.120 33.Robert Maynor16.188 34.Adam Purdy16.355 35.Rich Segvich16.489 36.Donald Karr16.753 37.Justin Alsip17.178 38.David Stremme No Time 39.Kyle BuschNo Time 40.Scott WhitehouseNo Time
Saturday, 4:45pm ET – Qualifying for the CRA Super Series is up next, scheduled to go off at 5pm or a little there after.
Rick Boyer was the fastest of the 26 cars that took qualifying time for the CRA cars.
CRA Street Stock Qualifying Top Five
1. Rick Boyer 19.007
2. Jeff Perry 19.191
3. Carl Muffley 19.265
4. Calvin Parham 19.304
5. Steve Blair 19.316
Saturday, 4:15pm ET – Michael Gaier kept the theme of the final guy qualifying setting quick time, as he won the pole for tonight's USPRO 50-lapper. There are 11 cars that took time for the USPRO cars.
USPRO Qualifying Top Five
1. Michael Gaier 16.170
2. Bob Varney 16.189
3. Wes Griffith Jr. 16.223
4. Royce Mason II 16.585
5. Al Cook Jr. 16.636
CRA Super Series qualifying is set for 5pm.
Saturday, 4:00pm ET – We were able to catch up with a very tired Justin Drawdy following CRA Super Series practice. Drawdy, who raced last night in the Blizzard Series event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, made the trip up to Winchester for the 400.
Drawdy had sent one hauler up to Winchester with one car and another hauler to Pensacola with another car. A few team members headed to Winchester to prepare that car, while the rest of his guys went to Pensacola.
Drawdy told us he boarded a plane about 30 minutes outside of Pensacola at 2:30am last night and got to Winchester around 6am Saturday morning. He was able to get to the hotel and shower and was at Winchester at 8:30am this morning.
"I'll sleep good tonight," said a very tired Drawdy.
Saturday, 3:55pm ET – Jeff Lane was able to get his #11 machine fixed and took some hot laps right before the start of USPRO Qualifying. The team practically repleaced everything in the right front of the car.
Saturday, 3:45pm ET – Harold Scott was the last driver to qualify for the Modified "Run for the Gun" 50-lapper on Saturday night. And of the 31 cars that qualified, Scott was the fastest.
Modified Qualifying Top-Five
1. Harold Scott 16.519
2. Kyle Jones 16.662
3. Dave Stacy 16.668
4. Jeff Weston 16.704
5. Mark Timmerman 16.738
Saturday, 2:45pm ET – Kenny Tweedy drew the #1 qualifying position for tonight's CRA qualifying. Qualifying is set for 5pm.
CRA Qualifying Order
1.Kenny Tweedy 2.Boris Jurkovic 3.Jason Shively 4.Stanley Smith 5.Dave Wilson 6.Tommy St. John 7.Dennis Schoenfeld 8.Danny Jackson 9.Chris Gabehart 10.Rich Segvich 11.Jack Smith 12.John Van Doorn 13.Tommy Cook 14.Adam Purdy 15.Sean Matthuis 16.Andy Hanson 17.Augie Grill 18.Ryan Lawler 19.Brian Rievley 20.Bull Baker 21.Jeff Fultz 22.Brian Scott 23.Jay Middleton 24.Justin Drawdy 25.Terry Fisher Jr. 26.JR Roahrig 27.Johnny Belott III 28.Robbie Pyle 29.Donald Karr Jr. 30.Chet Blanton 31.Jim Crabtree Jr. 32.Jason Dietsch 33.Scott Hantz 34.Justin Alsip 35.Jeff Lane 36.Rick Turner 37.Robert Maynor 38.David Stremme 39.Kyle Busch 40.Scott Whitehouse
Saturday, 2:30pm ET – There are a couple of interesting notes from around the pit area.
There are some familar faces here in the pits at Winchester... some that would normally be behind the wheel, but instead, are helping out. Mike Cope, and his son Travis, are both here helping out fellow Florida driver Jay Middleton. Cope is a former Winchester 400 winner. In fact, he's won the event multimple times.
Also here in the pits is Jack Landis. Landis, who has competed in the Winchester 400 before with both the ASA National Tour and the CRA Super Series, is helping out Danny Jackson.
David Stremme's #40 Hamke Race Cars and Park machine, which Stremme will pilot in the 400 on Sunday, is here at the track and unloaded, up on jack stands. Kyle Busch's #51, is not unloaded yet. Both Busch and Stremme will compete in tomorrow's event after flying into Winchester on Sunday morning following tonight's Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
SLM driver Scott Whitehouse was at the track on Friday and practice, but blew an engine in a big way. Whitehouse left the track and is going to try and make it back for the Winchester event, but isn't sure of his prospects.
As of right now, only 39 Super Late Models at at Winchester. The race calls to start 36, but CRA officials will likely not run a Last Chance race tonight and start everyone in attendance.
There are only nine USPRO cars here for the race tonight. There are 30-plus Modifieds.
Saturday, 1:55pm ET – Justin Drawdy is hoping to have more fun than he had last night... and he's well on his way. Drawdy made the long trip from Pensacola, Florida (he came via plane) to Winchester after racing in the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway on Friday night, where he wrecked and lost a shot at the Blizzard Series title after coming in second in the points.
Drawdy was fastest in the second round and final round of practice for the Super Late Models. The day's fastest in the first session, Brian Scott, didn't go out to practice this time around.
There were no major incidents, but a couple of guys for a "Winchester stripe" after hitting the wall. The groove here at Winchester is right against the outside wall, much like at the famed Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Sean Matthis was one of those guys, who hit it pretty hard.
SLM Practice 2 Results
1.Justin Drawdy15.648 2.Robbie Pyle15.679 3.Ryan Lawler15.713 4.Tommy St. John15.731 5.Jeff Fultz15.740 6.Boris Jurkovich15.759 7.Chris Gabehart15.806 8.Brian Rievley15.809 9.Rick Turner15.851 10.Tommy Cook15.857 11.Andy Hanson15.869 12.Jay Middleton15.875 13.John VanDoorn15.877 14.Jason Shively15.913 15.JR Roahrig15.914 16.John Belott15.921 17.Jack Smith15.931 18.Terry Fisher, Jr.15.962 19.Bull Baker15.967 20.Dennis Schoenfeld15.971 21.Jason Dietch15.982 22.Kenny Tweedy15.985 23.Danny Jackson16.037 24.Jim Crabtree, Jr.16.053 25.Scott Hantz16.154 26.Auggie Grill16.164 27.Stanley Smith16.197 28.Chet Blanton16.217 29.Sean Matthis16.296 30.Robert Maynor16.468 31.Rich Segvich16.595 32.Adam Purdy16.743 33.Donald Karr16.890 34.Dave Wilson16.919 35.Justin Alsip17.372 36.Brian ScottNo Time 37.Jeff LaneNo Time
Saturday, 1:00pm ET – Just a note to bare with us today at Winchester everyone. Out in rural Eastern Indiana, internet signal is sometimes sketchy at best. We will try and keep the website updated as much as possible.
The CRA Super Late Models will have another practice starting at 1:15 for 45 minutes. We'll have the rundown after is all over.
Saturday, 12:45pm ET – Here are some brief practice times from the other divisions that have already went out today thus far.
USPRO Practice Top Three
1. Wes Griffith Jr. 16.434
2. Michael Gaier 16.458
3. Tommy Cook 16.508
Modifieds Practice Top Three
1. Mark Timmerman 16.643
2. Dave Stacy 16.672
3. Mike Stacy 16.695
Saturday, 12:30pm ET – There was some action at the track last night (Friday night), as the CRA Sportsman and CRA
In the CRA Sportsman Series, Charlie Hanna won the 50-lap event and also clinched Rookie of the Year. Billy Hutson won the series 2007 Championship.
In the CRA FWD (Front Wheel Drives), Greg de St. Jean wrapped up title by winning Friday night’s 20-lap event.
Saturday, 12:15pm ET – The USPro Series is wrapping up its first of two practice sessions here today. The CRA Super Late Models and Modified have already each had a practice session.
There was one incident in the morning’s CRA event that had some major implications. Jeff Lane, one of the quickest cars in the field, blew a tire and hit the wall. The team is currently working on repairing the car.
SLM Practice 1 Results
1.Brian Scott15.519 2.Ryan Lawler15.554 3.Chris Gabehart15.622 4.Robbie Pyle15.645 5.Jeff Lane15.669 6.Scott Hantz15.681 7.Rick Turner15.697 8.John VanDoorn15.745 9.Tommy St. John15.811 10.Jason Dietch15.836 11.Justin Drawdy15.856 12.John Belott15.907 13.Terry Fisher, Jr.15.916 14.Auggie Grill15.927 15.Jason Shively15.929 16.Tommy Cook15.934 17.Andy Hanson15.936 18.Jeff Fultz15.942 19.Jay Middleton15.943 20.Danny Jackson15.973 21.Bull Baker16.003 22.Brian Rievley16.051 23.Jim Crabtree, Jr.16.060 24.Boris Jurkovich16.142 25.Chet Blanton16.161 26.Dennis Schoenfeld16.170 27.Stanley Smith16.230 28.JR Roahrig16.323 29.Sean Matthis16.412 30.Adam Purdy16.512 31.Kenny Tweedy16.584 32.Robert Maynor16.682 33.Dave Wilson16.741 34.Rich Segvich16.777 35.Donald Karr16.791 36.Justin Alsip31.028
Saturday 12:00pm ET – Here we are at the famed Winchester Speedway in Indiana for the Winchester 400 weekend. It’s beautiful here, with temps in the upper 50s and low 60s and just a few clouds in the sky.
The campground is also packed with campers, which is a large tradition here at the Winchester 400 dating back to the days when this was an ASA National Tour event and the likes of Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and others partied in the campgrounds after the day’s events.
Today is actually the second day of the weekend’s events, but Friday consisted of nothing by practice for Sunday’s 400-lap affair for the CRA Super Late Models. Today, the Super Late Models will also be practicing and qualifying, as well as running a last chance race if need be.
Currently, there are 39 Super Late Models here with several outsiders as well. Those include Brian Scott, Ryan Lawler, Justin Drawdy, Dennis Schoenfeld and Augie Grill just to name a few.
But Super Late Models isn’t all that on the docket for today. The USA Modifieds
(IMCA style Asphalt Modifieds), USPro Series (another division of the ASA Late Model Series) and the CRA Street Stocks are here as well.