The Vore’s Compact Touring Series will once again join the Champion Racing Association (CRA) in crowning a series champion at Winchester Speedway during Winchester 400 weekend. The series brings in some of the highest car counts seen anywhere in the entire country, and this year’s event is looking to continue the trend.
The VCTS has ended their season at the high-banked half-mile every year since the series began as the CRA FWD Compacts back in 2007, and they continue to be a key part of the crown jewel weekend. The series has competed in 30 races at the facility, double the amount of any other track they have been to.
The series hosted their first-ever race at Winchester back in 2012, with Aaron Teagarden picking up the win in the event. Buck Purtee won the first VCTS event held on Winchester 400 weekend later that year, with Ryan Hoffman being crowned the first-ever series champion.
A total of 19 drivers have won Vore’s Compact Touring Series races at Winchester, with some interesting names on the list. Among those drivers having won at Winchester include Open-Wheel legend Tom Bigelow and granddaughter Stephanie, as well as Jimmy Wyman, who later helped promote the Winchester Speedway.
Teagarden, Hoffman, Steve Vore, Gary Eaton Jr, Dan Irvine, Bo Hoelscher, Gary Eaton Jr, Mark Mason, Trent Gossar and Tom Gossar all have won two races at Winchester, but nobody has won three.
Nine drivers have been crowned Vore’s Compact Touring Series champion, which includes 2014-2015 when three separate champions were crowned. However, only two drivers have won multiple titles. Those two drivers are Dan Irvine and Gary Eaton. Jr.
Eaton’s cousin Terry will enter the event as the defending series champion, while Tom Gossar has won the last two races held on Winchester 400 weekend. Purtee, Hoelscher, Mason, Irvine and Brian Janes have also won on Winchester 400 weekend.
The 49th Annual Winchester 400 is on as scheduled with three action-packed days of racing at the “Fastest Half Mile” on October 9-11. A full weekend schedule will be released later this week.
Be sure to visit the brand-new Winchester Speedway website at www.winchesterspeedway.com for more information on the Winchester 400.
You can also follow Winchester Speedway’s social media channels for the latest updates on upcoming events. “Like” the Winchester Speedway Facebook page, follow @FastestHalfMile on Twitter, and follow @fastesthalfmile on Instagram.
-Text by Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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