Winchester Speedway is set to kick off its 2010 racing schedule with the season opener this Sunday, May 16, which was originally scheduled for May 2nd, but was postponed because of a forecast of heavy rain. 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.
The Manning Service 100 will be the third 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. Brian Campbell will make his first start ever at Winchester Speedway in Sunday’s event, he won the series event last Saturday night at Berlin Raceway and currently is second in series points.
VanDoorn, Campbell and three time series Champion Scott Hantz lead the list of entries for Sunday’s Manning Service 100. Hantz is tied for the most series victories at Winchester with Brian Ross and Bull Baker with three. Other series notables entered includes former Winchester CRA winners Brian Rievley, Rick Turner, Tommy St. John and Jeff Lane. Also entered are Kenny Tweedy, Tyler Roahrig, JR 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. A strong 2010 Rookie class will test the High Banks on Sunday including rookie points leader Colin Nickolai, John Long, Nick Gullatta and Martin Belcher.
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. 15-year-old Brentwood, Tennessee native Mason Mingis will make his first ever start at Winchester Speedway on Sunday. Oklahoma native Donnie Wilson will be racing in Sunday’s race to get ready for the Winchester 400 in October.
16-year-old Ross Kenseth will make his first ever start on the High Banks on Sunday. The Illinois native is the son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, he stormed on to the late model seen last year claiming the Big Eight Series Championship and qualified on the outside pole of the 2009 Snowball Derby were he got a 12th place finish. Kenseth will be racing full-time in the ASA Midwest Series in 2010, with selected starts with the CRA Super Series. Kenseth finished 9th in his CRA debut Saturday night at Berlin Raceway, he was as high as second, before having to pit for a flat tire.
The CRA Street Stocks and Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will both be back in action on Sunday. 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 and a fourth place finish Saturday night at Anderson Speedway. Dave Bice leads the FWD Compacts points after getting the victory for car owner Blaine Miller at Plymouth.
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 Manning Service 100 for the CRA Super Series late models, the Vores Welding & Steel 20 for the Vores Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, and the MAX 40 for the CRA Street Stocks. More event information is available at www.winchesterspeedway.com.