Winchester Speedway is set to kick off its 2010 racing schedule with the season opener this Sunday, May 2. High Bank racing fans will get a triple treat of CRA stock car action with the CRA Super Series late models in the Manning Service 100 along with action from the CRA Street Stocks and Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts.
In last seasons Manning Service 100, three-time series Champion Scott Hantz passed early leader Jeff Lane to get the victory. Hantz was the EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier toping a field of 24 cars. Hantz started fifth after drawing a five for the events invert. Jeff Lane took advantage of his front row starting position to grab the early lead. It didn’t take long for Hantz to work his way to Lane’s bumper. Hantz worked for several laps trying to pass Lane before getting by on lap 43, from there Hantz cruised to a four second victory. The victory was the third series win at Winchester Speedway for Hantz placing him in a tie with Bull Baker and Brian Ross for the most series victories at Winchester.
The Manning Service 100 will be the second event of the 2010 season for the CRA Super Series. 2009 series Champion Johnny VanDoorn won the season opener on April 17th at Anderson Speedway and comes into Sunday’s event as the series point’s leader. VanDoorn and the Kaos Motorsports team are trying to become the only team and driver to win back-to-back CRA Super Series Championships.
VanDoorn and Hantz lead the list of entries for Sunday’s Manning Service 100. Other series notables entered includes former Winchester CRA winners Rick Turner, Tommy St. John and Jeff Lane. Also entered are Kenny Tweedy, Tyler Roahrig, Jason Dietsch, Jason Shively, Terry Fisher Jr., Aaron Pierce, John Heck, Eddie Van Meter, Jim Crabtree Jr., Adam Purdy, Damon Ecoff, Nick Lay and Brandon Fagin. New series full-time competitor Brian Campbell will make his first start on the High Banks Sunday. A strong 2010 Rookie class will test the High Banks on Sunday including Colin Nickolai, Martin Belcher, John Long and Nick Gullatta, a former ARCA Truck Series winner at Winchester.
14-year-old Chase Elliott will be competing in Sunday’s event as a tune up for the 39th Annual Winchester 400 on October 17th. Elliott’s dad, “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, will be spotting for Chase on Sunday, both father and son will also host an autograph session for the fans attending Sunday’s event immediately following CRA Super Series qualifying which is scheduled to begin at 1pm.
Former NASCAR Truck Series competitor Joey Miller will make a return to the seat of a late model in Sunday’s event. The Lakeville, Minnesota native was also a competitor in the old ASA Tour and in the ARCA Series, has not raced in several seasons, but looks to run Sunday to get laps before the Winchester 400. 15-year-old Brentwood, Tennessee native Mason Mingis will make his first ever start at Winchester Speedway on Sunday. The teenager will be in a car owned by multi-time Salem Speedway Late Model Championship Owner Kevin Gardner and will have former Winchester winner and CRA Super Series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr. turning the wrenches and on the radio as a driver coach.
The CRA Street Stocks and Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will both be back in action on Sunday after their season openers at Plymouth Speedway on April 11th. A full field of cars is expected in each division. Scott Neal currently leads the CRA Street Stocks in points after a second place finish at Plymouth. Dave Bice leads the FWD Compacts points after getting the victory for car owner Blaine Miller at Plymouth.
BBC Vision Productions from London, England will be on hand filming 13-year-old CRA FWD Compact driver Stephanie Beane this weekend for their primetime BBC 1 series 'Human', which focuses on the incredible form and function of the human body. Fantastic human stories from across the globe and cutting edge CGI will be used throughout. The show will be broadcast worldwide for the BBC and The Learning Channel (TLC).
There will be an open practice on Saturday at Winchester Speedway, pits open at 11am, practice will run from 1pm until 5pm. Pit gates will open on Sunday at 8:30am, spectator gates at 10am with practice beginning at 10:30am. Qualifying will follow at 12:15pm. The race program will begin at 2pm with heat races from the Vores Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts and CRA Street Stocks followed by the Vores Welding & Steel 20 for the Vores Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, the Manning Service 100 for the CRA Super Series late models, the MAX 40 for the CRA Street Stocks. More event information is available at www.winchesterspeedway.com.
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. 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.