Tiger stripes are headed to Winchester Speedway, as KodieConner will be making his debut at the Fastest Half-Mile for the 49th Runningof the Winchester 400 presented by JEGS on October 9-11. The young driver from North Carolina is veryexcited to make his way to Indiana.
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“Winchester, baby! Oh, yeah! The Fastest Half-Mile,” saidConner on Speed51’s “The Bullring” Monday. “Going to Winchester has always been a dream of mine. It’ll be the most laps I’ve ever done [in arace]. Right now, the Pro All StarsSeries at Hickory was 300 laps. That wasthe longest race I’ve been in. I’mpretty excited to see what Winchester has to bring.”
The trip to the Winchester 400 is part of a 2020 seasonwhich has seen Conner travel more and compete at several tracks for the firsttime, including Five Flags Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
“This year has been really good to me, being able to go todifferent race tracks. Each race trackwill teach me something different, so it’s helped me expand my drivingabilities.”
Conner knows Winchester will present its own uniquechallenges, with its high banks and treacherous surface.
“With how Winchester is, it’s not only fast but it’s alittle bit rough from what I’ve heard. I’ve taken a lot of time to check out the car and make sure nothing iscracked. Bristol was pretty tough on theracecar, it was fast and a lot of Gs flowing.”
While there will be more than 30 drivers taking part in theWinchester 400 this year, Conner is one of the few who can say he is currentlya teenage owner/driver. Growing up in afamily of racers, Conner quickly learned the ropes and now prepares his ownequipment.
“I’m 19 years old. Istarted working on the race car at age eight. I started cleaning everything when I was five or six years old. Working on my own stuff, I can take a racecar apart and build it right back together. That’s helped me with my driving. Last Saturday, I got out of the car and made my own adjustments becauseof lack of track help.
“It’s really helped me as a driver because I know whateverything does. One good thing aboutBristol, I wasn’t scared at all and I didn’t have to worry about not trustingmy equipment. I keep up with my ownstuff, so it helped me to be more comfortable.”
While it adds to the workload for the young Conner, racingis a passion. He still enjoys everychance he has to work on or race his signature tiger-striped Super Late Model.
“I work my guts out on these race cars, and I still enjoy itto this day. There’s not a day where Idon’t have fun.”
The Winchester 400 weekend is scheduled for threeaction-packed days of racing at the “Fastest Half Mile” on October 9-11. More tickets have just been released and are available at winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.
Teams and fans wanting to purchase pit passes early to helpexpedite their entry to the infield can do so at pitpay.com or download the Pit PayApp wherever you obtain App for your mobile device.
Fans unable to make the trip to Winchester, Indiana will beable to watch all three days of racing via a pay-per-view broadcast onSpeed51.TV. For more information and to order your video tickettoday, clickhere.
Be sure to follow Winchester Speedway’s social mediachannels for the latest updates on upcoming events. “Like” the WinchesterSpeedway Facebook page, follow @FastestHalfMile on Twitter and Instagram.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter:@ztevans
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