NEXTEL Cup Star David Stremme Commits to CRA’s 2007 Winchester 400
One of NASCAR’s Fastest Rising Stars Returning to his Short Track Roots With His Own Late Model Team
Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Winchester Speedway officials announced today that the NASCAR Nextel Cup star, David Stremme, will be racing in the 36th Annual Winchester 400 presented by Ed Martin AutoGroup and Renegade on Sunday, October 14th. Stremme, who has been in the top 12 in points all but one week of the season, positioning him for the Chase for the Championship, will bring his own team to Winchester in his return to his short track racing roots.
The popular Indiana native raced many times at Winchester Speedway during the development of his career when racing with CRA and the American Speed Association. Stremme is also a former track record holder at Winchester and has a CRA Super Series victory at the similarly high-banked Salem Speedway.
David Stremme (right) has a passion for short track racing, as does fellow NASCAR racer Johnny Benson (left), as evident when both ran an ASA Late Model event last year. Stremme will be at the Winchester 400, could some of his other NASCAR buddies be there too?. (51 Photo)
Stremme will have his hands full racing with the stars of the CRA Super Series in Winchester.
Adding to additional excitement and interest in this year’s Winchester 400 is its inclusion in CRA’s Super Late Model $50,000 Triple Crown. One driver could take home a $50,000 bonus if he wins all three legs of the Triple Crown: September 22nd in the Circle Track Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, October 14th in the Winchester 400 at Winchester, and November 4 in the All-American 400 at Music City Motorplex in Nashville. If no driver is able to win all three, there is a $10,000 bonus for any driver that wins two of the three. Complete details on the $50,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown are available at www.craracing.net .
The 36th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend features three days of racing, from October 12th to the 14th, culminating on Sunday, in the only true 400 lap Super Late Model event in short track racing throughout the country. Preliminary events held on Friday
“I couldn’t be more excited about getting to go back to Winchester with our late model team,” Stremme noted from his home in North Carolina. “Through the years, either as a kid growing up, or as a young racer, the Winchester 400 has always been the pinnacle of short track racing in the Midwest. A victory in the 400 would make for a special trophy on my mantle. Plus, the Winchester 400 has always been a great year end celebration for the fans, so it will be fun to visit with them before the race.”
Stremme, driver of the Nextel Cup Series’ #40 Coors Light Dodge, is currently in the midst of his breakout year with NASCAR. He has also been ranked in nascar.com’s “Top 10 Power Rankings” most of the season and is currently in position to be part of the NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship. Where his new Super Late Model team is concerned, Stremme will run a Robert Hamke Chassis, powered by the economical McGunegill Sealed Engine; the same power utilized by last year’s Winchester 400 pole sitter/track record holder Danny Jackson, and eventual race winner Scott Hantz.
Winchester Speedway owner Charlie Shaw expects Stremme to use that equipment to be a legitimate contender for the 2007 Winchester 400 title, and is happy to have the
young star back at his track. “It’s exciting for all of us, especially our fans, to have David back here racing again,” Shaw noted. “I’ve been a big Stremme fan since the early days of his career, when we became good acquaintances through mutual friends. He’s a great racer, made even more evident by his recent successes, and he’ll bring even more excitement to 400 Weekend.”
Through the years, the Winchester 400 has been one of the Crown Jewels of all of Short Track racing. The 400 laps on the fastest ½ mile in the world has helped prepare some of the best racers in the world. Drivers like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle and many, many more have all been part of the history of the 400 at Winchester. Last year’s event was won by 2-Time CRA Super Series Champion Scott Hantz, one of the most respected drivers in all of short track racing. Hantz thanked Speedway owner Charlie Shaw in his comments at the Series’ year-end awards banquet for “having the Daytona 500 of Short Track racing at his track.”
and Saturday include feature events for the Midwest’s top Compact F.W.D., Street Stock, Sportsman, Crate Late Model, and Open Wheel Modified racers. Camping, music and the Cup Race Big Screen TV Party, have all added to the allure of the Winchester 400 Weekend for race fans. Tickets for the Winchester 400 Weekend and all of the 2007 Winchester Speedway events are on sale now a. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 3rd. The Winchester 400 is a “reserved seat” event and tickets must be purchased through the website.
The 2007 Winchester Speedway season gets underway on Sunday, April 22, with a Sprint and Late Model double-header. The USAC National Sprint Cars will be featured in the Rich Vogler Classic, while the CRA Super Series Late Models will be featured in the Manning Service 100. CRA Street Stocks and F.W.D Compacts will also be in action.