Winchester Speedway officials have announced that NASCAR legend Bill Elliott and his 14 year old son Chase, will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the May 2nd season opener. Chase will be on hand to race in the Manning Service 100 CRA Super Series event that day, in preparation for the 39th Annual Winchester 400 in October. “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” will be on hand to spot for his son. Both Elliott’s will be available for fans prior to the feature events on May 2nd.
Born in 1995 into the Bill Elliott racing dynasty, Chase is already continuing the tradition of excellence in the sport where his father earned the legendary nickname “Million Dollar Bill.” At the age of fourteen, Chase already has seven championship titles to his name and is winning over a loyal fan base. The fourteen year old will be making his third start on the legendary High Banks of Winchester Speedway. Last year he competed with the CRA Super Series in the McGunegill Engine Performance 100 on Labor Day Weekend, finishing 15th, he then returned to compete in the Winchester 400 were he turned a lot of heads with an outstanding run until a wheel problem forced him to pit under green. He still managed to get an eighth place finish.
Racing legend Bill Elliott has built one of the most distinguished records in NASCAR Cup history. Throughout his career he has radiated a modest and friendly personality that has endeared him to race fans of all ages. From cutting up car bodies in the early days to winning NASCAR's first million-dollar bonus, Bill Elliott has seen and done it all. Though quiet and unpretentious, this NASCAR Cup champion has been dazzling fans with his racing ability for an amazing three decades.
The 1988 NACAR Sprint Cup Champion still competes with the series racing for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest continually operated Cup series team in NASCAR. The team will race selected events on the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, they started at Daytona were Bill started fourth and finished 27th. Always a favorite of NASCAR’s fan base, Elliott was crowned “Most Popular Driver” 16 times, including 10 in a row from 1991-2000. Elliott is a two-time Daytona 500 Winner (1985 & 1988) and captured the prestigious Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2002 season.
Winchester Speedway is very happy to have Manning Service back as the sponsor of the season opening CRA Super Series event, which they have sponsored since the 2005 season.
“We are excited to be a sponsor with Winchester Speedway again in 2010,” remarked Jeff Manning, owner and operator of Manning Service. “We always look forward to our annual event at Winchester Speedway with the CRA Super Series. This track means a lot to the economy of this area, it has so much history and so many great drivers have raced here, I hope everyone will continue to support this great racing facility. ”
Merritt Manning, selling gas and performing mechanical repairs on cars, trucks and farm equipment, founded Manning Service, Inc., located in Saratoga, Indiana, in 1948. Today, Manning Service is renowned as a world leader in portable kerosene heaters, wicks and parts. Specializing in hard to find items and accessories, Manning Service has shipped products all over the world and is still continuing to grow. The Manning Service local retail store in Saratoga, offers patrons a variety of things from fresh Hunts Brothers Pizza to Mini-Storage Units. The business also features automotive, residential and commercial window tinting as well as custom automotive graphics and paint protection.
Manning Service started its involvement in Motorsports by owning there own racecar at the famed Eldora Speedway back in the 1950’s. They have also been involved in Go-Kart Racing and as a sponsor with Chuck Barnes Jr. with the CRA Super Series at Winchester Speedway in 2005, including his victory in the Labor Day World Stock Car Festival 100 lap CRA Super Series event that season and with 2009 Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Champion Charlie Hanna in his races at Winchester Speedway the last two seasons. More information on Manning Service is available at www.manningservice.com.
The CRA Street Stocks and Vores Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will also be racing that day. More information on Winchester Speedway is available on line at www.winchesterspeedway.com.