Champion Racing Association and Winchester Speedway officials have announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup stars Kyle Busch and David Reutimann will be competing in the 38th Annual Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 18th on the historic High Banks of Winchester Speedway. After three decades of having been one of short track racing's premier events, the Winchester 400 has again regained that status, with highly successful events the last three years. As a result, some of the best short track racers from around the country are making the Winchester 400 a “MUST” on their schedule each year.
NASCAR's Kyle Busch will return to compete in his fifth Winchester 400, looking to add his name to the list of event winners displayed annually on the Winchester 400 T-Shirt. Three of the previous events he ran were CRA sanctioned events and one was with the old ASA Touring Series. Busch finished second in last season's event to fellow NASCAR Cup driver David Stremme after leading 51 laps. Busch finished 36th in the event in 2007 after his day ended early with broken wheel studs. He finished 24th after being involved in an accident in 2003.
“I can't wait to get back to Winchester and race in the 400 again,” remarked Busch. “Winchester is one of my favorite tracks, the place will keep you on your toes the entire race, and there isn't really any time to relax. I want to win the Winchester 400 bad and get my name on that winner's shirt and take home that special Winchester Rifle trophy!”
Busch has 15 wins to date in NASCAR's top three series with four Cup wins were he is currently 14th in points, six Nationwide Series wins were he is the current points leader and he has five Camping World Truck Series wins in eleven starts this season. The 400 will be Busch's sixth start of 2009 with the CRA Super Series. Busch won the non-points SpeedFest event at Lanier National Speedway on January 25th and he won the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway on July 27th. Busch finished 5th in the non-points event at Berlin Raceway on June 10th, 23rd at the August 14th event at Toledo Speedway after contact with the backstretch wall and he finished 21st at Nashville on August 23rd after parking the car with handling problems.
David Reutimann will make his third start in the Winchester 400 and his first ever start with the CRA Super Series. The Zephyrhills, Florida native finished 22nd in 1997 and 7th in 1998. He got his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win this season, winning the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 25th. Reutimann is the son of East Coast racing legend Emil "Buzzie" Reutimann, who was inducted into the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. Reutimann races for Michael Waltrip Racing and is currently 16th in Sprint Cup points. He raced a late model with the NASCAR Southeast Series from 1997 to 2001, getting three wins and finished second in series points in 2001.
“Winchester is one of those legendary tracks you hear about all over the country,” remarked Reutimann. “I'm looking forward to coming back and racing against some of the best short-track racers in the country!”
Matching up the schedules of CRA, Winchester and the Cup drivers is never an easy task. “We greatly appreciate the effort that Client Manager Jesse Dickerson and the MMI group have put forth to make this happen,” remarked Charlie Shaw, owner of Winchester Speedway. “They have done a lot to support short track racing and have have been great supporters of the Winchester 400!”
The 38th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend will start on Friday, October 16th with an open practice for all divisions. There will also racing Friday night with the Season Championship event for the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts and non-point special events for the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and the CRA Street Stocks and a Rookie Race for the CRA Outlaw Late Models.
Practice and qualifying for the Winchester 400 will take place on Saturday, October 17th. There will be lots of racing that night with the 50 lap “Run for the Gun” for the O'Reilly USA Modifieds, Season Championship 50 lap features for the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and the CRA Street Stocks and a 50 lap feature for the CRA Outlaw Late Models.
The 38th Anuual Winchester 400 will take place on Sunday, October 18th. There will be an autograph session with all the drivers competing in the 400 on the racetrack starting at 11:30am. The green flag for the Winchester 400 will drop at 1pm. Advance reserved seat tickets can be purchased on line at www.winchesterspeedway.com. Information on all the CRA Series is available at www.craracing.net.