CRA Divisions Return to the Highbanks
of Winchester Speedway in 2011
Speedway to Have Different Manager for the Upcoming Season
Series PR Report

Officials from the Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Winchester Speedway announced today that CRA Divisions would once again be featured prominently in the 2011 Season.  Track owner Charlie Shaw was thrilled with the success of the last two events of the season that featured participation from all four CRA divisions:  the CRA Super Series Super Late Models, the Howe/CRA Late Model Sportsman, the CRA Street Stocks and the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA F.W.D. Compacts.  The 2010 versions of the Labor Day Stock Car Festival and Winchester 400 Weekends were the most successful events since Shaw purchased the track in 1997.

The CRA Super Late Model Stars will be featured three times in 2011.  The first appearance will be a 100-lap event to kick off the season on Sunday, May 1.  The stars of the Winchester 400 will get their final tune-up Monday, September 5 with another 100-lap event.  The CRA Stars will once again be featured in the 40th Annual Winchester 400 October 14-16.  CRA’s other three divisions will also be with the Super Late Models for the final two events.  Other races for those divisions will be announced at a later date.

In other news, Shaw announced that he would be bringing the management of the track back in-house after six years of using CRA to manage the track.  “The CRA guys did a lot of great things for us during their tenure, and led the return to prominence of some very important and successful events for the Speedway,” the Winchester area businessman commented.  “They’ve got a great business of their own to focus on, and I want to put the track in a position where it is someone’s primary focus. I just want to try a different direction with the track’s leadership, building off the accomplishments that CRA has had and the groundwork they have laid for even more success.”

CRA officials leave the track management of Winchester Speedway confident of the legacy of their tenure.  “We came to the track to manage it after it was closed following years of operation that failed to meet the goals necessary to keep the doors open,” noted CRA co-owner and founder R. J. Scott.  “The race track is very important to us personally as fans and as racing professionals. We wanted to do whatever we could to keep the doors open and the track up and running.  We are pleased with the achievements recognized during our time as managers of the track.  We came in when the doors were closed and we leave right after having the track’s two most successful and profitable events since Charlie has owned the track. I am not ashamed to say that we and our staff leave pretty proud!”

CRA co-owner and series director Glenn Luckett noted further, “The primary focus of our business has always been as a sanctioning body rather than track management.  Although we felt we’ve had some great successes, we wish Charlie the best of luck with his new direction and are happy to still be a part of Winchester Speedway with all the races that we will be sanctioning there next year. We thank Charlie for the opportunity to be a big part of Winchester Speedway history and we look forward to seeing his plans and how they can make the future of the Speedway even brighter.”

Complete details on the coming season for Winchester Speedway can be viewed in the coming months by visiting www.winchesterspeedway.com.  To follow the details on all the racing for CRA, be sure to visit www.craracing.net.