There will be plenty of racing at Winchester Speedway this weekend with the tracks annual Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival that will see six different racing classes competing on the famous High Banks including the CRA Super Series late models, the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series, the USA Modified Series, the CRA Street Stocks, the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, and Thunder/Enduro Cars.
The CRA Super Series will compete in the McGunegill Engine Performance 100, it will be the second stop for the series at Winchester Speedway leading up to the 39th Annual Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 17th. Ross Kenseth made an exciting last lap pass of three time CRA Super Series Champion Scott Hantz to get the victory in the Manning Service 100, the opening event for Winchester Speedway on May 16th. Kenseth worked his way from the tail of the field after spinning out early leader Tommy St. John to make the pass on the high side in turns one and two after taking the white flag. Kenseth is the son of NASCAR racer Matt Kenseth.
Monday’s McGunegill Engine Performance 100 will be the 30th CRA Super Series event held at Winchester Speedway since the series started racing in 1997. Hantz is tied with Bull Baker and Brian Ross with the most series victories at Winchester with three a piece. Hantz will be trying to put his name a top the record book on Monday with a fourth victory, but will have plenty of competition from other former Winchester winners including Tommy St. John who has two series wins at Winchester, and one time winners Rick Turner, Jeff Lane, and Brian Rievley.
Other top series teams entered for this weekends McGunegill Engine Performance 100 include current series points leader John VanDoorn, also Terry Fisher Jr., Brian Campbell, Jason Dietsch, Nick Lay, Tyler Roahrig, JR Roahrig, Kenny Tweedy, Eddie Van Meter, Aaron Pierce and Jim Crabtree Jr. A great group of rookies are entered including current Perfect Circle Racecars Rookie of the Year point’s leader John Long along with Nick Gullatta, Jay Niewiek and Colin Nickolai. A couple of non regulars will use this weekends event to get ready for the Winchester 400 including T.J. Reaid from Acworth, Georgia driving the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Donnie Wilson. A total of 31 cars are pre-entered for the event.
As the 2010 season gets close to its end, two 2009 CRA Champions are well in control of their divisions point battles heading into this weekends events. Charlie Hanna looks to make it two Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Championships in a row and holds a 63 point lead over second place Keith Sterkowitz and a 92 point lead over third place Jason Atkinson. Tim Dilg looks to get his second straight Championship in the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts as he comes in to this weekend with a commanding 86 point lead over second place Jess Drook and 105 point leader over third place Justin Brown. Each division has four point events left in the 2010 season. Both divisions are expected to have full fields this weekend.
On the opposite end in the CRA points battles the CRA Street Stocks has a tie for first place between Brian Hopkins and the #33 car owned and raced primarily in 2010 by Rich Boyer. Joe Beaver drove the car in one event at Mt. Lawn Speedway. The #73 Danny Acrey owned car is in third place, only 6 points out of first, that car has been driven primarily by CRA Super Series competitor Jeff Lane and once by Jason Atkinson. Rick Erwin is close behind in fourth, only 14 points out of first place. Steve Christman is in fifth place and is only 37 points out of first place. There are only three point races left in 2010 for the CRA Street Stocks. CRA officials are expecting another strong field of cars for this weekends event.
This weekend will be the second appearance for the USA Modified Series at Winchester Speedway this season in the Race Status 40 on Monday afternoon. Edgerton, Ohio’s Bud Perry got the victory in the USA Modifieds exciting 50 lap feature on July 18th. Brad Springer comes into this weekend’s event as the series point’s leader. Cory Kruzel is in second place, he is 40 points behind Springer. Kyle Jones is currently third in points, Steve Curry is fourth and Bob Curry is in fifth place. A full field of Modifieds is expected as they prepare for the 5th Annual Run For The Gun Shootout on Winchester 400 Weekend.
This weekends racing action will also include feature events for the Thunder/Enduro Cars on both Sunday and Monday in their only visit to Winchester Speedway this season. Rod Phipps swept both Thunder/Enduro Car feature events on Labor Day Weekend last year. Both features were exciting races with the Sunday feature cut short to only 13 laps because of a rain shower.
Sullivan RV Sales & Service will be the title sponsor of the 40 lap Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman event on Monday afternoon. Sullivan RV is owned and operated by series competitor Rick Sullivan. Sullivan RV is located in Decatur, Indiana with new and used RVs including Class A, Class B, Class C, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Pop-up Campers, and Truck Campers plus utility trailers. They also provide on-lot consignment sales and RV brokerage services.
Sullivan RV services what they sell. Their ASE Certified service department expertly repairs water damage, hitch systems, RV appliances, RV chassis, electrical systems, generators, satellite systems, and TV/VCR systems for any RV. They also have a full RV paint & body shop. More information is available on line at www.sullivanrv.com.
The weekend will start with an open practice for all divisions on Saturday. Pit gates open at 10am with rotating practice sessions from 1 to 5pm. Pit gates open on Sunday morning at 9am, practice begins at 11:30am, qualifying will start at 3:30pm. Sunday nights racing action will begin at 6pm with heat races for the CRA Street Stocks, Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman, Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, and Thunder/Enduro Cars. The USA Modified Series will have a Dash for their top qualifiers and heat races for the rest. There will be 20 lap features for both the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts and Thunder/Enduro Cars. After the racing action there will be a party in the Pavilion behind turn 1 of the racetrack with live music from Cross Tie starting at 9pm.
Pit gates will open on Monday at 9am. There will be a short warm-up session for all divisions at 11am, Last Chance races if needed will begin at 12noon. The first of six feature events will take the green flag at 1pm.Go to www.winchesterspeedway.com for more information on this weekend’s events. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.craracing.net.