Posted August 31st, 2014

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CRA to Take on the High Banks of Winchester Speedway in the Traditional Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival Several ARCA/CRA Super Series Teams Tuning Up for the Winchester 400

Salem, IN (August 27, 2014) – Champion Racing Association will be taking on the famous High Banks of historic Winchester Speedway this weekend with the famous Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival, one of the biggest stock car events held each year in Central Indiana. The weekend will feature exciting racing action from the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, Top Speed Modifieds, Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Touring Compacts. Camping will be available all weekend and there will also be the annual Sunday night party in the pavilion featuring live music.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series has had 39 events to date at Winchester Speedway. Three time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Johnny VanDoorn is the series all-time winner at Winchester Speedway with five wins. 2013 series Champion and current series points’ leader Travis Braden tops the list of entries to date for this weekend. Braden comes into Monday’s feature event with an 18 point leader over second place Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, who is also entered. Braden picked up his first series win at Winchester in a 100 lap event in July of 2013, while Kenseth was the winner of the 2012 Winchester 400.

Three time series Champion Scott Hantz is tied with former two time series Champion Brian Ross and Bull Baker for second most series wins at Winchester with three apiece, Hantz is entered for Monday’s event. Other former series winners at Winchester who are entered for this weekend’s event includes two time winners Tommy St. John and Jeff Fultz , both of Fultz’s victories at Winchester have come on Labor Day Weekend, and single event Winchester winner Rick Turner who is now the series all-time starts leader after the series last event on August 16th at Flat Rock Speedway.

Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year leader Wes Griffith Jr. and fellow rookie Paul Shafer Jr., who are third and fourth in current series Championship points, are both entered. Other top CRA regulars entered include sixth in points Ali Kern, eighth in points Nick Gullatta, 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Cody Coughlin, Brandon Oakley, Eddie Van Meter, Brandon Watson, Matt Hall, Justin Claucherty, Thomas Woodin and former CRA regular Terry Fisher Jr. will make his 2014 series debut. JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2014 winner JJ Haley will also make his series debut this weekend.

This event always attracts late model teams from around the country looking to get laps on the High Banks prior to the Annual Winchester 400. Some of the top drivers from the South have entered including North Carolina’s Daniel Hemric, the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion, now driving for the Carswell Motorsports team out of Georgia. The 2013 Southern Super Series Champion was the winner of the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway and has a chance at a $10,000 bonus with the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown if he can win the Winchester 400.

Other South drivers entered include, Georgia teenager Anderson Bowen, a winner with the Southern Super Series this year and winner of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2nd Annual Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 in May. Fellow Georgia teenager Spenser Davis is entered, Davis has been racing mostly with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this season. Arizona’s Landon Cling is also entered driving for North Carolina Owner and Crew Chief Gray Crooks.

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour current point’s leader Dan Leeck tops the list of CRA regulars entered for Sunday night’s JEGS Tour event. Leeck has a 32 point lead over Josh Nelms who is also entered. Other top series competitors who are entered include Columbus winner Hunter Baize, Dominique Van Wieringen, who finished second at Winchester last October, Corey Deuser, winner of last season’s October series event at Winchester, also Jaxson Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Jack Smith and Keith Sterkowitz, a former winner at Winchester in the CRA Late Model Sportsman. A strong group of Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Presented by Howe Racing candidates is also entered including current rookie point’s leader Grant Quinlan, who got the series win on the High Banks of Salem Speedway in June, along with fellow rookies Dalton Armstrong, Cole Rouse, Tristan Van Wieringen and 2014 series winner JJ Haley.

Defending event winner Trent Snyder leads a talented group of part-time series competitors who are entered that also includes North Carolina teenager Garret Jones, who finished second at Salem Speedway, Ohio’s Kyle Jones, Colin Nickolai and Brandon Oakley, Michigan’s Jon Beach, Kentucky’s Kevin Willis and Georgia’s Spencer Davis.

This weekend will be the seventh event of the season for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, to date the series has had six different winners in the six events held so far this season. Series event winners in 2014 include Chris Hacker, Trey Craig , Danny Trent, Greg Van Alst, Jason Atkinson and Shawn Amor who got the win in the series last event at Angola Motor Speedway on August 10th.

Van Alst has now taken over the series points lead heading into this weekend, he has a six point lead over top series rookie Jack Dossey III. Atkinson and Billy Van Meter are tied for third place, they are 16 points behind Dossey, rookie J.P. Crabtree is in fifth place, he is 13 points behind Atkinson and Van Meter. The top five are only separated by 35 points with only four points races left in the season.

This weekend will be the ninth race of the season for the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks. Jason Atkinson tops the series with three wins so far this season including the series last event on August 10th at Angola Motorsports Speedway. Josh Poore has two wins. Single event winners include Brett Hudson, Bret Miles Jr. and 2013 series Champion Dustin Burge.

Atkinson comes into this weekend’s event as the current series point’s leader after winning the CRA Street Stock Triple Crown Points Championship and the $1000 cash bonus and Crumrine Buckle Manufacturing Championship Buckle. Atkinson has built a commanding 69 point lead over Burge, who has a 93 point lead over leading series rookie Jeff Johnson who is in third place. Josh Lank is in fourth in points, he is seven points behind Johnson. 2012 series Champion Jimmy Kirby is in fifth place, he is four points behind Lank.

There will be an open practice for all divisions on Saturday, pits open at 10am, and rotating practice will go from 1pm until 5pm. There will be security at the track all weekend so teams can leave their equipment in the track. Pits open on Sunday at 7:30am, practice will begin at 10am with qualifying starting at 3pm. Racing action on Sunday will begin at 6pm and will include heat races for the Top Speed Modifieds, Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Touring Compacts. The Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will be the first feature of the night and will be followed by a 20 lap feature for the Vores Touring Compacts. The traditional Sunday night party will begin after the racing is completed.

Pits open on Monday at 9am, there will be a short warm-up session for all cars starting at 11am. Any last chance races will be ran at 12noon. The first of four feature events will start at 1pm with the 40 lap Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman feature that will be followed by the 100 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS feature, the 50 lap Top Speed Modifieds feature, with the 40 lap Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks feature ending the day.

Additional track and event information can be found at www.winchesterspeedway.com.

More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

Glenn Luckett
Champion Racing Association
Office: (812) 883-0455

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Posted July 17th, 2014

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR GARY LEE

A celebration of life ceremony will be held this Friday night for our friend Gary Lee at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Greenwood from 5-7 PM. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in Gary's name to IRMA. Please join us if you possibly can. The address for IRMA is PO Box 40098 Indianapolis IN 46240.

Winchester SpeedwayGary Lee in front of a mic, a crowd, and in his element at the July 4th Winchester IRMA plaque unveiling. This is how we'll always remember him.

Winchester SpeedwayPhoto from Jon Noggle with this comment: Kirk Daugherty, PR rep. at Winchester [IN] Speedway... sends this picture. "Here's a pic I took of Gary Lee at the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) dedication at Winchester. Also [track owner] Charlie Shaw, Ron Drager of ARCA, and former and present drivers Jeff Bloom, Jack Hewitt, Brent Whited, as well as Mary and Danny Williams in the background."

Remembering Gary Lee… a great friend to everyone at the Winchester Speedway.

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Posted July 9th, 2014

Rookie Brandon Jones wins in ARCA debut at Winchester; learns from veteran Ken Schrader at historic track

(WINCHESTER, Ind. - July 6, 2014) - Veteran Ken Schrader didn't win Sunday's Herr's Chase The Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care, but he taught teenager Brandon Jones a thing or two, and the lessons probably helped Jones get to victory lane at Winchester Speedway.

Jones became the second driver of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season to win in his ARCA debut, passing runner-up Mason Mitchell in turn four of the final lap of the race. Mitchell was leading the race at the white flag and through much of the backstretch when Jones drove hard into the corner, made contact and passed Mitchell, beating him to the checkered flag.

"I drove it in as hard as I could and luckily it stuck," said the 17-year-old Jones, who hails from Atlanta. "I kind of got into him, which I hated to do."

Jones started second behind Menards Pole Award winner Schrader and was in the top five much of the race. During a green flag run that went nearly 100 laps, Jones said Schrader taught him a little bit about the venerable Winchester Speedway.

"I saw him (Schrader) sort of drop back there early in the race," Jones said. "He was saving his tires. I kind of drove the tires off of mine. That really made a difference. After we put on tires, that's what I tried to do."

Jones stayed on the lower end of the top five for a second long green flag run. When a caution flew late in the race, he pitted for more tires and came out second.

"The Turner Scott guys gave me a great pit stop," Jones said. "Once I got out there, I knew we had a car that was capable of winning."

Mitchell was disappointed with second, but called the bump by Jones a racing incident.

"It was the last lap," he said. "He did what he had to do. It's alright. It's okay. We'll go on to the next race and win that one."

Mitchell, in the No. 98 Musselman's-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford, closed the point gap with Grant Enfinger to 10 points. Enfinger finished fifth after getting as high as second.

"When we unloaded we were off," Enfinger said. "But (Crew chief) Kelly Kovski made some great calls and I felt like the car improved. On that long green flag run, we were really good. When we got those late cautions, our car wasn't set up for those short runs."

Justin Boston finished third in the ZLOOP Toyota while Schrader was fourth.

Boston got caught up in an opening lap mishap that took out SCOTT Rookies Kyle Weatherman and Anderson Bowen, but recovered enough to earn the top-five finish, his third of the season.

"I thought we could have had a shot at it in the end," Boston said. "I thought the two of them (Mitchell and Jones) were both going to wreck and we might pick up the win.

"Either way, the Venturini guys gave us a good car. I didn't think it was going to be when we first got here, but (crew chief) Kevin Reed made some changes and really improved the car."

Venturini Motorsports put four cars in the top 10. Besides Boston's third-place car, rookie drivers J.J. Haley was sixth and Cody Coughlin seventh while John Wes Townley was eighth in a great showing for the longtime ARCA team.

Schrader led 88 laps throughout the day after picking up his 18th ARCA pole and becoming the oldest driver in series history to win a short track pole. He almost pulled off his 18th series win. "We had a bad vibration for a lot of laps, but nothing fell off and nothing broke," he said. "Then, that caution came out. We didn't need that caution. I really wanted to add my name to the list of stock car winners here at Winchester."

Mitchell led a race-high 90 laps. The race had four cautions for 29 laps. It marked the halfway point of the 2014 ARCA season.

Defending race winner Frank Kimmel got caught up in a late race wreck and finished ninth. Austin Wayne Self was 10th and Karl Weber 11th.

Jones, in the No. 4 Exide Chevrolet, became the second driver of the season to win in a Turner Scott Motorsports car, owned by Steve Turner. He led laps 58 to 78, then lap 200. His biggest fan in the crowd had to be his mother, Becky, who watched her son make the last lap pass to lead the most important lap of the day, then do a burnout on the front stretch in front of the Winchester faithful.

"I know he was saving tires, but when those late cautions came out, I knew it was on," she said. "I'm so happy that he finally got a win. He's been working so hard for a long time. I'm happy for him and this team."

The ARCA Racing Series was making its 25th appearance at the 100-year-old Winchester Speedway and the main event of an event-filled weekend. A new historical marker was dedicated, a sprint car race and top speed modified cars, plus dozens of historical cars were part of the weekend.

"This is just awesome," Jones said. "It's a great track. It's pretty crazy that the track has been around this long. I'm very happy to add my name to the great list of winners here."

The Winchester race will re-air on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 7 and at 10 a.m. on July 13.

The ARCA Racing Series has a week off before returning to the Midwest with the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19. That race will be televised live on Fox Sports 2.

For Complete Results and much more... www.arcaracing.com

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Posted July 9th, 2014

Schrader reconnects with open-wheel roots at Winchester; looking ahead to USAC/ARCA double duty at Lucas Oil Raceway

(TOLEDO, Ohio - July 7, 2014) - Some folks spend most of their time in the present moment, and more power to 'em if they're able to do that. And some spend their time looking ahead to the future, while others, at times, take comfort and pleasure in looking back.

Right, wrong, or indifferent, Ken Schrader took a long look back this past weekend at Winchester Speedway, and had the time of his life. Schrader, in town for the ARCA race, resurrected his open-wheel roots, as he also looks into the future...to a couple of open-wheel adventures in late July.

"I'm running a midget in two weeks....Seymour's (open-wheel car owner)," Schrader said. "Gotta get some testing in," he jokingly added.

A few minutes later, Schrader got pushed off in an old Edmunds spring-front midget equipped with a Chevy II engine and, for old time sake, took a few laps around the legendary Winchester Speedway.

Winchester, built in 1914, was celebrating its 100th year anniversary over the weekend, which included the Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion organization, which brought more than 60 open-wheel and stock car machines from days reaching back to the World War 1 era.

"When I started running Midgets, this would have been a target car. This is what you wanted. Perfect. It's awesome; I can't thank you enough," he told the gentleman who owned the midget and kindly offered up the opportunity for Schrader.

"That was the type of car you wanted when I started in the mid-70s...in the midgets. After running that thing around here at 50 mph, I felt really brave in my stock car because I was thinking...'what the hell was I thinking back then?'"

Schrader is also planning on racing in a USAC Silver Crown Series car at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) Thursday night, the day before the SCOTT Geared Up 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at LOR Friday night, July 25. Schrader will be doing the double at LOR, running his own No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet in the ARCA race.

Schrader got his start in racing in midgets, sprints and 'champ cars'. He was the 1982 USAC Silver Crown Series national champion, and backed that up with another open-wheel national championship in the USAC Sprint Car division the following year.

And, of course, when Schrader isn't campaigning his ARCA car these days, he's often aboard his own Federated Auto Parts dirt modified, some events scheduled way ahead of time...others...he'll drop-in unannounced, as was the case on the Friday night before the ARCA race weekend at Winchester. Schrader, in search of a modified race somewhere close to his location, opted for an unannounced visit at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois.

After the Friday dirt modified adventure in Brownstown, he hopped in his 'camper' and drove much the night to arrive in time for his early ARCA wake-up call at Winchester Saturday morning.

Leading up to the ARCA race at Winchester, Schrader raced in Belleville, Illinois Tuesday night, Jacksonville, Illinois Wednesday night, Lebanon, Missouri Thursday night, Fayette County Friday night and Winchester Saturday and Sunday.

"We've already raced in more than 40 races this year, and 13 others got rained out. Plenty more to come."

In addition to Schrader's busy dirt modified schedule, the 17-time ARCA winner has plans to compete in at least five more ARCA races in 2014...at LOR, Berlin Raceway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt, and again at Salem Speedway. In the ARCA races he doesn't fill, Matt Tifft will be aboard the Ken Schrader Racing Chevy.

Schrader has already competed in five ARCA races in 2014 - at Salem, Toledo Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Elko Speedway and Winchester.

Schrader had a big lead Sunday at Winchester with less than 20 laps remaining when a late-race caution brought all the leaders down pit road to jumble the order one more time.

Schrader led 88 laps throughout the day after picking up his 18th ARCA pole and becoming the oldest driver in series history to win a short track pole. He almost pulled off his 18th series win.

"We had a bad vibration for a lot of laps, but nothing fell off and nothing broke," he said. "Then, that caution came out. We didn't need that caution. I really wanted to add my name to the list of stock car winners here at Winchester."

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Posted July 5th, 2014

Schrader sets new ARCA track record at Winchester; 59-year-old driver on pole for Sunday's Herr's Chase The Taste 200

(WINCHESTER, Ind. - July 5, 2014) - A timely nap helped 59-year-old Ken Schrader win his 18th all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards pole award Saturday.

Schrader, in just his second ARCA stock car start at historic Winchester Speedway, was fastest in both practice sessions and won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell with an ARCA qualifying record of 15.826 seconds, or 113.737 mph. It was in between the two practice sessions that he took a short nap.

"I took that nap and was kind of re-energized," he said. "It took me awhile to get going in the second practice session, though. I think I forgot everything I learned from the first session.

"It's a fast track," Schrader added. "Anytime a track stays around for 100 years, it must be doing something right."

Schrader broke the old mark set by Ryan Blaney (15.837) in 2011.

Schrader will start alongside Atlanta, Ga.'s Brandon Jones in Sunday's Herr's Chase The Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Jones, who qualified at 15.899 seconds, is making his ARCA Racing Series debut.

Anderson Bowen will start third, John Wes Townley fourth and Mason Mitchell fifth.

The Herr's Chase The Taste 200 will start at 2 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Jones is making his first trip to Winchester. He was one of the top three cars in the second practice session.

"I thought the track would get stickier later," he said. "It's a fast track."

ARCA championship point leader Grant Enfinger will start seventh in Sunday's race, the 10th of the 20-race 2014 season.

"I feel a lot better than I did a couple hours ago," Enfinger said. "We made some solid gains on the car all day. I feel like we'll be decent come race time."

Defending race winner Frank Kimmel will start 10th as he looks to rebound from a finish that was outside the top to in Elko.

Mitchell, second in points, is looking to extend his streak of 18 straight top 10 finishes.

Sunday's race is the 25th ARCA Racing Series race at Winchester, a historic track that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend with numerous events and activities. One of those events will be the dedication of a historical marker from the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA). IRMA unveiled the historical marker Friday and will dedicate it before Sunday's Herr's Chase The Taste 200.

For complete Starting Line-Up and much more.... www.ARCAracing.com

Sunday Schedule
Lucy Angel Band to Kick Off On-Track Autograph Session
12:00-1:00 - On Track ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session
1:30 - ARCA Pre-Race Ceremonies Begin...Leads to Driver Intros
2:15 - Start of ARCA Racing Series Herr's Chase The Taste 200

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Posted July 5th, 2014

New historical marker commemorates Winchester Speedway's 100th birthday: July 4-5-6 Freedom Festival Fri, Sat, Sun - Winged sprints, Modifieds & ARCA Racing Series Sunday

(WINCHESTER, Ind. - July 4, 2014) - Winchester Speedway's grand heritage was commemorated Friday afternoon with a historical marker that calls the track "daunting."

"And, we hope this daunting facility can thrill race fans for another 100 years," said Gary Lee, who announced races at the track in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lee is part of the Indiana Racing Memorial Association, formed earlier this year by a group of longtime race enthusiasts. The group's first historical marker was unveiled at Winchester Speedway, a national racing treasure that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend, climaxing with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at 2 p.m. Sunday.

"This track is an important part of the racing industry and the racing legacy," Winchester Mayor Steve D. Croyle said.

Winchester has long attracted some of the greatest names in racing, drivers such as Indy 500 winners Troy Ruttman, AJ Foyt, Parnelli (Jones), Al and Bobby Unser. In recent times, drivers likes Sarah Fisher, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne have taken to the track."

Before unveiling the plaque, Lee, former ESPN "Thursday Night Thunder" announcer, talked about Winchester's history. The track was once a pre-requisite to racing in the Indianapolis 500, he said.

"It's very, very unusual for a race track to get to 50 years, let alone 100," Lee added.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member Jack Hewitt lives about an hour from the track and was among the speakers before the unveiling. He said he's been to 300 tracks across the United States and even Australia and none are like Winchester.

"It's a home track," Hewitt said. "You don't have to win one here to have it in your memory bank. ... I am so proud that I got to race here."

The weekend's Grand Marshal, Merle Bettenhausen, said the track has been an important part of his family for six decades.

"It's a track that you love and hate at the same time," he said. "I hope it lives another 100 years."

Besides its unique USAC background, Winchester has been on the ARCA Racing Series schedule since 1957. This weekend's Herr's Chase The Taste 200 marks the 25th silver anniversary appearance of ARCA over the decades.

"Winchester needs to stay a race track and we're committed to it," ARCA President Ron Drager said.

By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com

Winchester Speedway July 4-5-6 Holiday Freedom Festival

Winchester celebrates 100 years; Fourth of July holiday weekend Winchester Freedom Fest July 4-5-6; Festival blends Vintage Cars Old Timers Reunion with 62-year-old ARCA Tour

It's time to celebrate 100 years of Winchester Speedway this holiday weekend...starring the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and so much, much more.

In addition to a King of the Wing winged sprinter opener Friday night that kicks off three days of on-track excitement, the Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion will be on hand all three days with as many 60 vintage racecars dating back to the early 1900's. The unique display of a century of history will blend nicely with the ARCA Racing Series, which made its first Winchester appearance in 1957.

Winchester Speedway Timeline (July 4-5-6)

Friday Schedule
1:00 - Dedication Ceremony with Historical Sign on entrance/access road to track off US 32.
3:00 - ARCA Hauler Parade through town to track
3:00-3:45 - Winged Sprint Practice
3:45-4:15 - Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion Practice (Vintage Racecars On Track)
4:15-5:00 - Winged Sprint Final Practice
6:00-6:30 - Winged Sprints Qualifying
6:30-7:15 - Winged Sprint Drivers/Old Timers/Racing Celebrity Autograph Session
7:15-7:45 - Winged Sprint Car Heats
7:45-8:15 - Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion Practice (Vintage Racecars On Track)
8:30 - King of the Wing 40-lap Feature
9:30 - Fireworks

Saturday Schedule
12-12:45 - ARCA Racing Series Practice
1:00-1:30 - Top Speed Modified Tour Practice
1:45-2:30 - ARCA Racing Series Final Practice
2:35-3:05 - Top Speed Modified Final Practice
3:15-3:45 - Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion Practice (Vintage Racecars On Track)
4:30 - Top Speed Modified Tour Qualifying
5:00 - ARCA Racing Series Menards Pole Qualifying
5:50 - Top Speed Modified Last Chance Race (if necessary)
6:15-6:45 - Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion Practice (Vintage Racecars On Track)
7:00 - Top Speed Modified Tour Feature Event

Herr's Chase The Taste 200 Live on CBS Sports Network Sunday
The 25th annual Herr's Chase The Taste 200 is live on the CBS Sports Network at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Sunday, July 6. Defending race winner and 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel, NASCAR/ARCA veteran Ken Schrader, current ARCA point leader Grant Enfinger, along with the other stars and cars of ARCA, are entered for the big show. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing & scoring of all ARCA on-track activities Saturday and Sunday.

Nashville Recording Artists Lucy Angel performing in pre-race Sunday
Fresh off the recording of their debut single 'CrazyToo', Nashville recording artists Lindsey, Kate & Emily of Lucy Angel will be performing live during pre-race activities.

Plenty of camping is available on site in order to enjoy the three-day holiday celebration.

Discount tickets will be available through Saturday for $20 each at Menards locations in Anderson, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Muncie and Richmond, Ind., plus stores in Celina, Sidney and Tipp City, Ohio. Race fans can save $10 by purchasing a single-day ticket, or $20 by purchasing a three-day ticket for $55.

Sunday Schedule
Lucy Angel Band to Kick Off On-Track Autograph Session
12:00-1:00 - On Track ARCA Racing Series Driver Autograph Session
1:30 - ARCA Pre-Race Ceremonies Begin...Leads to Driver Intros
2:15 - Start of ARCA Racing Series Herr's Chase The Taste 200

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Jojo Helberg Bio

Posted June 28th, 2014

  • 2007 California Asphalt Sprint series champion
  • 2008 USAC Rocky Mountain Sprint champion and crew chief of the year
  • 2010 USAC National Pavement Sprint Series rookie of the year
  • 2012 Must See Xtreme Sprint series champion
  • 25 feature wins
  • 6 track records
  • 1 world record for 1/2 mile oval

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ARCA champ Kimmel ready to get back on track at Winchester

Posted June 28th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio - June 27, 2014) - Frank Kimmel will get a weekend off from racing on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour this weekend ahead of the next event on tour - the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Winchester Speedway Sunday, July 6.

However, that doesn't mean he won't be at the track.

"I'll probably be helping my buddy with his outlaw figure-8 car at the Sportsdrome," Kimmel said, referring to his 'weekend off'.

"I may race my late model at the Sportsdrome too. My brother-in-law Larry Meadors is driving it at the Sportsdrome tonight (last weekend), so if there's anything left, I'll probably get it in and race it this weekend.

"I drove home from MIS, got home at 2:00 a.m., got up early, got the racecar ready for the Sportsdrome, won the heat and finished fourth in the feature last time I raced it."

Apparently Kimmel just can't get enough.

"Some people probably don't like me coming over (to race at the Sportsdrome), but I think the vast majority appreciate and understand that I just like to race."

While Kimmel will get a quick breather from the ARCA Racing Series tour this weekend, the event at Winchester looms large on the horizon. No doubt he's eager to get back on track after a disappointing run in his last outing at Elko Speedway where he finished 11th. He was the defending race winner headed into Elko.

"I'm just really disappointed," he said. "After practice and that good qualifying run, probably the best of the year, the car just wouldn't turn when the race started. That's disappointing. I hate it for the Win-Tron guys; that's their home track."

Despite the Elko outcome, he remains third in the ARCA point standings.

Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, is also the defending winner at Winchester.

"Well, I won there (Winchester) last year and the fastest car last year at Winchester was the 32," Kimmel said.

Kimmel was referring to the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing car with Mason Mingus in last year's race. However, Mingus got caught up in a wreck leading the race, which left Kimmel in charge. Kimmel switched from ThorSport Racing in 2013 to Win-Tron Racing for the 2014 season.

As a six-time ARCA winner at Winchester, Kimmel understands how to win on the historic half-mile, high-banked short track.

"Staying out of trouble at Winchester can be more difficult than other tracks...the speeds are so high. You have to look way ahead of yourself, keep your nose clean and manage your tires. All easier said than done."

In addition to the great racing action fans always get at Winchester when the ARCA tour comes to town, Kimmel appreciates the history and tradition that comes with running Winchester.

"It's definitely one of the better short tracks we go to. Charlie Shaw (track owner) has been a great support of ARCA over the years and he's made so many great improvements to the track. You can look back at over a hundred years of racing at Winchester...all the history, all the drivers who have won there; it's incredible. It's one of the most historic race tracks in the United States."

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care marks the series' 25th silver anniversary appearance at Winchester, located near the Indiana-Ohio border, just northeast of Indianapolis.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 serves as the grand finale in a triple-header race weekend that includes the 'King of the Wing' Davey Hamilton-promoted Sprint Car East-West Shootout Friday, July 4 and the Top Speed Modified Tour on Saturday, July 5, which accompanies ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying. The explosive and festive weekend culminates with the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating a 'Century of Speed' at Winchester, the Friday night, July 4 show includes an Independence Day fireworks display, the 'Party in the Pavilion', the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona on big screen TVs and the Winchester Old Timers Club cars on display all three days..

Discount tickets will be available for $20 each at Menards locations in Anderson, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Muncie and Richmond, Ind., plus stores in Celina, Sidney and Tipp City, Ohio. Race fans can save $10 by purchasing a single-day ticket, or $20 by purchasing a three-day ticket for $55.

Kimmel will appear with his No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota at the Richmond Menards store, 3800 National East Rd. from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and at the Anderson store at 2245 E. 67th St. from 2:30 to 4 p.m. His car will also be in the hauler parade heading to Winchester Speedway on Friday, July 4. A fireworks celebration will follow.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care will be at 2 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.

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Schrader racing his way to Winchester; ARCA's Herr's Chase The Taste 200 Sunday, July 6

Posted June 25th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio - June 24, 2014) - Ken Schrader will hardly have time to take his helmet off over the next two weeks, and that's just fine with him.

Through an interesting assortment of dirt track racing on Illinois and Missouri bullrings in his own Federated Auto Parts modified, the 59-year-old veteran will cap it all off with an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards grand finale at historic Winchester Speedway in the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday, July 6.

Schrader's count-down clock to Winchester actually started this past Saturday (June 21) at Elko Speedway where the Fenton, Missouri native finished fifth in the 250-lap ARCA Akona 250.

Over two week's time, Schrader will have raced in as many as 12 events, nearly every night of the week.

"On our way home from Elko we decided we'd drop in at Quincy (Ill./unannounced) to run our Federated Auto Parts modified, so I told the boys to meet me there with the dirt car. But we rained out Quincy."

Not too worry...Schrader will have plenty more options in between now and Winchester, and rest-assured, he'll be taking every one.

"We're going to run (this week) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...in our modified...somewhere. I can tell you for sure we'll be racing Pevely (Mo./Federated Auto Parts Raceway) Saturday night in the Summer Nationals."

And it starts all over again the next week afterwards - leading into Winchester.

"We're going to run Belleville (Ill.) Tuesday, Jacksonville (Ill.) Wednesday, and then run on the pavement in Lebanon, Missouri Thursday night. We'll be running Friday...somewhere...then Saturday and Sunday at Winchester. We'll be busy, and that's the way we like it. As long as we're racing somewhere."

After more than 700 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, 68 career ARCA starts (17 ARCA wins), it's hard to believe, but Schrader's upcoming ARCA go at Winchester will mark only his second ARCA start there, and only his third stock car start overall at the historic Indiana short track.

"Ran a USAC stock car at Winchester back in '80...'81. Then we ran the one ARCA race there...got caught up in the big wreck off turn two, and that's it."

Outside of his two stock car starts at Winchester, it's been all open-wheel adventures for Schrader at Winchester.

"The track's been good to us overall," he said. "We've won twice, wrecked twice, and ran eighth and ninth."

Schrader's open-wheel finishes at Winchester have all come in the seat of a midget car. Back when he was running full-time on the USAC sprint car circuit - he was the national champion in 1983 - the tour did not compete on pavement at that time.

"When I ran USAC, it was all dirt. In fact, I've never run a sprint car on pavement. I've run the Silver Crown cars on pavement, but never a sprint car.

"I can't wait to run Winchester. Winchester...Salem...those places have so much tradition. Naturally, we'd like to be part of it. Winning the race would nice too. Our plan will be to win the pole and win the race. Trouble is, there are 12 other guys with the same plan."

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care marks the series' 25th silver anniversary appearance at Winchester, located near the Indiana-Ohio border, just northeast of Indianapolis.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 also serves as the grand finale in a triple-header race weekend that includes the 'King of the Wing' Davey Hamilton-promoted Sprint Car East-West Shootout Friday, July 4 and the Top Speed Modified Tour on Saturday, July 5, which accompanies ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying. The explosive and festive weekend culminates with the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating a 'Century of Speed' at Winchester, the Friday night, July 4 show includes an Independence Day fireworks display, the 'Party in the Pavilion', the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona on big screen TVs and the Winchester Old Timers Club cars on display on the frontstretch.

Discount tickets will be available for $20 each at Menards locations in Anderson, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Muncie and Richmond, Ind., plus stores in Celina, Sidney and Tipp City, Ohio. Race fans can save $10 by purchasing a single-day ticket, or $20 by purchasing a three-day ticket for $55.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care will be at 2 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity both Saturday and Sunday.

@DonRadebaugh
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Posted June 15th, 2014

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ARCA returns to Winchester for Silver Anniversary show; 'King of Wing' Sprint Cars & Top Speed Modifieds to accompany; July 4 fireworks & more

Posted June 16th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio - June 16, 2014) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Winchester Speedway, the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" on Sunday, July 6, 2014 for the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care, marking the series' 25th silver anniversary appearance at the historic half-mile oval located near the Indiana-Ohio border, just northeast of Indianapolis.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 serves as the grand finale in a triple-header race weekend that includes the 'King of the Wing' Davey Hamilton-promoted Sprint Car East-West Shootout Friday, July 4 and the Top Speed Modified Tour on Saturday, July 5, which accompanies ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying. The explosive and festive weekend culminates with the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating a 'Century of Speed' at Winchester, the Friday night, July 4 show includes an Independence Day fireworks display, the 'Party in the Pavilion', the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona on big screen TVs and the Winchester Old Timers Club cars on display on the frontstretch.

While Winchester's amazing history reaches back 100 years, the ARCA Racing Series also goes way back at Winchester - to 1957 when Don O'Dell won the inaugural event in a Chevrolet in just the fifth season of competition for what would become ARCA's national tour.

"It's important for the ARCA Racing Series to race at Winchester Speedway. It's exactly the type of Midwestern facility where the ARCA brand is well-known and has the chance to be successful," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "Winchester is big enough and fast enough to play to the very nature of our cars."

Drager noted the important influence of Menards, the series' presenting sponsor, in scheduling the Winchester event.

"One of the strategic advantages of racing at Winchester is hosting an event inside the Menards footprint. As Menards emerges as our highest-profile marketing partner, racing inside that area has a lot of value."

Indiana native and defending race winner Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA Racing Series winner at Winchester, with six victories (1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2013) followed by three-time series champ Tim Steele, who won four times (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001). Billy Leslie won from the pole in 2007. Leslie's father and 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie was also a winner at Winchester, triumphing in 1988 and 1999. Cunningham Motorsports went back-to-back with Winchester wins with Dakoda Armstrong in 2011 and Alex Bowman in 2012.

Other ARCA winners at Winchester over the years include Jack Bowsher (1964), Ralph Latham (1972), Bobby Watson (1972) and two-time series champion Marvin Smith, who won back-to-back races in 1982 and 1983. Other winners include Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994) and Bob Strait (1998).

Discount tickets will be available for $20 each at Menards locations in Anderson, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Muncie and Richmond, Ind., plus stores in Celina, Sidney and Tipp City, Ohio. Race fans can save $10 by purchasing a single-day ticket, or $20 by purchasing a three-day ticket for $55.

Frank Kimmel will appear with his No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota at the Richmond Menards store, 3800 National East Rd. from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and at the Anderson store at 2245 E. 67th St. from 2:30 to 4 p.m. His car will also be in the hauler parade heading to Winchester Speedway on Friday, July 4. A fireworks celebration will follow.

The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care will be at 2 p.m. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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Posted June 15th, 2014

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Posted June 15th, 2014

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Posted June 5th, 2014

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Mayor's breakfast kicks off Winchester Speedway's 100th year

By BILL RICHMOND
Winchester News-Gazette City Editor
May 6th, 2014


The second annual Mayor's Breakfast, an event that is quickly becoming a popular part of the local racing season, Saturday served as an informal kickoff of the upcoming racing calendar for Winchester Speedway. This year's breakfast focused on the fact that this season marks the 100th anniversary of racing at the historic Winchester Speedway.

The keynote speaker, ESPN racing corespondent Gary Lee, summed it up nicely.

Winchester Speedway "For a racing track to reach its 100th anniversary is rare beyond description," said Lee, a lifelong race fan and former racing driver.

"Most racing tracks that were established in the wake of the Winchester Speedway have long since been converted into parking lots, housing developments or fields. It's unheard of for a speedway to see its 100th anniversary.

"For a speedway of the stature and historic importance as the Winchester Speedway, it's doubly a reason to celebrate."

Lee said although he has attended racing events on more than 200 race tracks on three continents, he genuinely looks forward to coming back for the racing action and anniversary celebrations later this year.

"I enjoy interviewing drivers and I love calling races shouting over the sound of the cars to make myself heard over the public address system," said Lee who's main claim to fame is likely as an announcer for ESPN's Thursday Night Thunder USAC race broadcasts. He has also worked as a track announcer for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I grew up hearing about the track at Winchester. As a child I visited many Indy-area tracks. I told everyone who listened that I was going to be a race driver when I grew up."

He attended his first race at the Winchester Speedway when he was 15 years old.

Lee said many of his career firsts have been at the Winchester Speedway:

• It is the first speedway where he ever worked the PA as a race announcer;
• It is the first first speedway where he became a regular race announcer;
• Winchester is the first, and only, community that ever presented him with a key to the city;
• The first time he was ever on the cover of a racing program with a feature story inside was at Winchester Speedway; and
• The first time he ever flagged a race was at Winchester.

"Race fans are great people," he said. "They are loyal and sincere and fun to be around. I look forward to coming back in July to help celebrate a significant anniversary. To have a track last 100 years is almost unheard of.

"The Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) puts up historic markers at racing-related sites. In spite of the fact that Indiana has such a rich racing heritage, it was almost by unanimous decision we chose Winchester as our first site for a historical marker to be placed at the speedway later this year.

"We certainly hope you will come out this year and embrace the Winchester Speedway. It brings people into the community and helps local businesses. It is my favorite race track. I just love it and I'm a student of the racing history."

Speedway owner Charlie Shaw said organizers plan to do "a good job of celebrating the history of the race track." Shaw said he is looking forward to the upcoming racing calendar of events.

Local track historian Bob Lemon gave a brief overview of the history of the Winchester Speedway and stressed the importance of commemorating the track's centennial.

Winchester Speedway Based on an Indianapolis tradition that kicks off the May racing calendar leading up to the Indianapolis 500, the first local Mayor's Breakfast was held last year.

"The local speedway is the second oldest such track in the state, and likely the second oldest in the world - next to only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Croyle, who instituted and organized the event.

"It is common for track officials to pattern events after programs that have shown great success at other facilities. I patterned this event after the local track's highly successful older brother. Both tracks share a rich and colorful history marking the evolution of automobiles and the development of auto racing in the United States."

The speedway's tentative schedule for 2014 includes:

• The ARCA Weekend/Century of Speed Celebration Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6.
• The Labor Day Weekend Stock Car Festival, Saturday Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1.
• The 43rd annual Winchester 400 Weekend, Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12.

By News-Gazette City Editor Bill Richmond and used by permission of The Randolph County News-Gazette


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Herr Foods Renews Sponsorship in ARCA Racing Series

(TOLEDO, Ohio - May 6, 2014) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Herr Foods Inc. announced today that the Pennsylvania-based snack food producer will continue their marketing presence within the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Herr’s has agreed to extend their “Official Snack Food of ARCA,” sponsorship program, and will once again sponsor the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 ARCA Racing Series event at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin. In addition, Herr’s will also continue to be the title sponsor of the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Both races will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

“This motorsports sponsorship program is a direct result of the business-to-business relationship between Herr’s Foods and Menards,” said Mark Gundrum, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships for ARCA. “The end result is increased business and product sales for Herr’s.

The Herr Foods Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care will headline the Winchester Freedom Festival at Winchester Speedway over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

This newly created three-day Independence Day festival will feature winged sprint cars on Friday, July 4, Top Speed Modifieds on Saturday, July 5th, and the Herr Foods Chase the Taste 200 Sunday afternoon, July 6.

The Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway will also be a Sunday afternoon race on August 24, with ARCA practice and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell on Saturday afternoon, August 23.

Race fans will have the opportunity to “Save Big Money” on tickets to both Herr’s sponsored events, as Menards Stores will sell advance tickets for each at substantial discounts.

“Herr’s and Menards have become very important strategic marketing partners, not only for Madison International Speedway, but for the entire ARCA Racing Series, Gundrum continued. “Herr’s involvement with the tour and our presenting sponsor positions them as a very important marketing partner for ARCA.”

CBS Sports Network is the latest television partner for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The network is scheduled to broadcast three ARCA races this summer, starting with the June 21 race at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Herr's is a Nottingham, Pennsylvania-based brand of potato chips and other snack foods. While their products are sold throughout the Eastern United States and Canada, their stronghold is the Mid-Atlantic region. Herr's products are sold in twenty-eight states, including the 14 states in which Menards has retail locations. Herr Foods was founded in 1946 in Lancaster, Pa. Today, Herr Foods is a leader in the snack food industry. While continually introducing the innovative products and packaging needed to satisfy ever-changing appetites and tastes, Herr’s full line of quality snacks now consists of more than 340 items, including potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, cheese curls, popcorn, crackers, nuts, pork rinds, onion rings, and meat sticks. All are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors.

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43rd Annual Winchester 400 Advanced Ticket Sales

400 reserved ticket holders, you have until June 1st to reserve your seats. Download the 2014 Winchester 400 Advanced Ticket Sales Renewal Form. Email completed form to info@winchesterspeedway.com or mail completed form to: 2656 W State Road 32, Winchester, IN 47394. You can even give Tina Lipps a call at (765) 874-2525, extension 253. Just do it before June 1st!!

Camping spots will also be reserved this year. Please call at the number above for reservation. Camping will be $25 per spot. Please use the diagram attached to the renewal form for reference.

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Alex Bowman, 2012 ARCA Rookie of the Year, Q & A

2012 ARCA Rookie of the Year Alex Bowman was recently asked a series of questions and one of his answers featured Salem and Winchester. Bowman is currently driving full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Our series of NASCAR driver interviews continues with Alex Bowman, a rookie for BK Racing. Bowman, 20, has two top-25 finishes this season.

Q: What do you think about during a long green-flag run when you're not racing around anyone?

A: It definitely can get boring sometimes. (Laughs) A lot of times on a long green-flag run, with my luck I'm fighting a race car that's not wanting to cooperate. You've just really got to stay focused, because it's really easy to make a mistake and end up in the fence. So I try to think about what we could do to make the race car better.

Q: When fans come up to you and want to talk about moments from your career or a time they've seen you race, what do they bring up the most?

A: When we're out West (Bowman is from Arizona), a lot of people want to talk about the time I wrecked a midget (car) really bad in Vegas one year (2010). When we were in Vegas (last month), everybody wanted to bring it up. I spent seven days in the ICU and even now it was all anyone wanted to talk about. So that was kind of funny.
Last year, a lot of people wanted to talk about Daytona (when he finished third in the Nationwide Series race) and the big finish we had there. So it's kind of different everywhere you go.

How old were you when the midget wreck happened?

I was 16. It was pretty big. I broke both my collarbones and all my ribs on the right side, both my hands. Spent a lot of time in the ICU. So it was kind of a big deal.

Q: If someone paid you $5 million to design a new racetrack and gave you an unlimited budget, what kind of track would you build?

A: I'd copy Salem (Ind.) or Winchester (Ind.) – a high-banked half-mile but really rough and with a lot of character. Those are my two favorite racetracks by far. Bristol is really cool, but it's so smooth that there's just not a lot of character there. You go to Salem or Winchester and you've really, really got to manhandle your race car.

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CBS Sports Network to Televise Live ARCA Races in 2014

February 15, 2014

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise at least three live events from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this year.

CBS Sports Network's coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, begins with the Akona 250 on Saturday, June 21 from Elko Speedway in Minnesota. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise races from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday, July 6 and Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc. on Sunday, Aug. 24.

"We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on CBS Sports Network," said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. "This opportunity is great for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series."

CBS Sports Network's coverage will include some of the series' best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA's exciting action from the tour's "bullrings," including historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana.

"The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we're excited to bring the side-by-side action to CBS Sports Network's viewers," Gundrum concluded.

ABOUT CBS SPORTS NETWORK CBS
Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

ABOUT ARCA RACING
For more than 60 years the ARCA Racing Series presented Menards has offered race fans a diverse brand of stock car racing on short tracks, dirt tracks, road courses and superspeedways. Founded by John and Mildred Marcum, the ARCA Racing Series is a destination for professional race drivers and a developmental series which transitions and prepares drivers for the advancement of their careers into the highest levels of the sport.

For more information, visit www.arcaracing.com, or www.cbssports.com, or contact:

Doug Donnelly, ARCA
(419) 574-2685 (mobile)
ddonnelly@arcaracing.com

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City of Winchester, Winchester Speedway team with ARCA for Freedom Festival in 2014

Winchester Speedway(TOLEDO, Ohio – November 25, 2013) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is coordinating with officials from Winchester Speedway and the City of Winchester, Indiana, for three special days of racing around the Fourth of July holiday in 2014. A hauler parade, live music, fireworks and plenty of racing is being planned from July 4-6, 2014 as Winchester Speedway celebrates its 100th season of auto racing and the city presents its annual Freedom Festival Weekend. The ARCA hauler parade will get things started on Friday afternoon as the ARCA teams wind their way from the city to the speedway. The ARCA Racing Series will have its practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 5, with the 200-lap race at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6.

“This is going to be an exciting weekend, a historic weekend and a patriotic weekend, as we recognize the contributions of Winchester Speedway to our city,” said Winchester Mayor Steven D. Croyle.

Mayor Croyle said the Freedom Festival weekend will be moved to the speedway, including the fireworks on Friday and live music both nights. Big screen TVs will be brought in for race fans to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday and NASCAR Sprint Cup series race on Saturday night, both from Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re putting together what we feel will be a weekend of racing worthy of Winchester Speedway’s 100th anniversary, featuring the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Sunday and a major open wheel race on Friday,” said Winchester Speedway owner and promoter Charlie Shaw. “We’re really happy to be working with the City of Winchester to combine celebrating the Fourth of July and our 100th anniversary of racing.”

One of the oldest speedways in America, Winchester debuted in 1914 as a flat half-mile dirt oval and remained that way through 1921. The high-banks were added in time for the 1922 season; however, the track would not be paved until 1952. The first ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester was held in 1957, just the fifth season of ARCA Racing Series competition.

“Both ARCA and Winchester are tradition-rich, historic entities here in the Midwest,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “The ARCA Racing Series is a great fit at Winchester Speedway, and the City of Winchester combining its July 4 efforts with the track to commemorate its 100th season of racing makes our race weekend even more special.”

Don O’Dell won the inaugural 1957 Winchester ARCA event in a Chevrolet. Other ARCA winners at Winchester over the years include Jack Bowsher (1964), Ralph Latham (1972), Bobby Watson (1972) and two-time series champion Marvin Smith, who won back-to-back races in 1982 and 1983. Other winners include Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994) and Bob Strait (1998).

Indiana native Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA Racing Series winner at Winchester, with six victories (1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2013) followed by three-time series champ Tim Steele, who won four times (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001). Billy Leslie won from the pole in 2007. Leslie’s father and 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie was also a winner at Winchester, triumphing in 1988 and 1999. Kimmel won the 2013 Winchester ARCA race, which at the time tied him with Iggy Katona for the all-time series win lead with 79. He broke the record at Kansas Speedway, in the same race that he clinched his 10th series championship.

More details will be announced later about the special three days of racing.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

2014 ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY MENARDS

Day, Date

Track

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mobile International Speedway

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Salem Speedway

May 2-3, 2014 (TBA)

Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Toledo Speedway

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Jersey Motorsports Park

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Friday, June 13, 2014

Michigan International Speedway

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Elko Speedway

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Winchester Speedway

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chicagoland Speedway

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Madison International Speedway

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Salem Speedway

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Kentucky Speedway

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Kansas Speedway

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