10 Things to Know About the 51st Winchester 400

A crown jewel of short track racing takes place on the high banks of Winchester Speedway this weekend.


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It's time for one of the historic Crown Jewels of the fall for Super Late Model racing, the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway. Here are 10 Things to Know about Sunday's marquee race.

- The 37-degrees of banking at Winchester make for some of the steepest turns in all of racing. Each lap is about survival as the high speeds don’t let up during the 400-lap race around the Indiana half-mile.

- The three-day weekend kicks off on Friday with a full round of practice and feature events for several divisions. The Vores Compacts will go 30 laps with the CRA Late Model Sportsman and the CRA Street Stocks going 20 laps each for select future stars. Friday is highlighted by the 100-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race.

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- Saturday will feature pole qualifying for the Winchester 400 and the main events for the CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks they will each go 40 laps. The Thunder Roasters will have a 20-lap contest along with the “Run for the Gun” 50 for the Midwest Modified Tour.

- Sunday will be the 51st annual Winchester 400 at 2 p.m. for the ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers.

- Bob Senneker holds the untouchable record of winning seven Winchester 400 races. In the same boat, Travis Braden has won five times in the Friday JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race.

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- There are a few former Winchester 400 Winners scheduled to be in the field. Stephen Nasse, Sammy Smith, and Carson Hocevar will be looking to capture another Winchester rifle.

- If you are looking for a driver who is due at the Winchester 400, then look at Chandler Smith. In five starts, he has five top-10 runs and has finished second and third after leading 245 laps.

- Expect some excitement on Sunday as last year’s Winchester 400 had 15 lead changes among 10 drivers. The race was slowed by 13 caution flags, but the mix of green and yellow flag action helped spice things up for the top spot with four lead changes in the final 10 laps.

- According to the entry lists the following drivers are looking to do Double Duty with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars event on Friday and the Winchester 400 on Sunday: Jon Beach, Dan Leeck, Chase Burda, Billy VanMeter, William Sawalich, Jordan Miller, Evan Varney, Michael Hinde, and Brandon Varney.

- If you can’t make it to the Winchester 400 this weekend then RacingAmerica.TV has you covered. We will have flag-to-flag coverage of all events during the weekend.