For the 44th time, the green flag will wave for the Winchester 400 this Sunday, October 11 at Winchester Speedway (IN). Here’s a look at some of the numbers to keep an eye as you sit in the stands in Winchester, Indiana or watch live on 51 TV’s live online broadcast.
1: The battle for the number-one spot draws an impressive list of drivers. Former winners Chase Elliott, Ross Kenseth and Erik Jones are just a few. A list of past winners at the high-banked Winchester Speedway includes Jack Smith, Cody Coughlin, Jeff Fultz, Christopher Bell, Rick Turner and Travis Braden.
If that’s not enough, the best in the south including Donnie Wilson, Bubba Pollard, Daniel Hemric, Anderson Bowen, Harrison Burton, Garrett Jones, Stephen Nasse and Spencer Davis will all be heading north looking to steal the prize in Indiana.
3: Erik Jones seeks his third straight win in the Winchester 400 which would be the first time since Mike Cope pulled off the task from 1993 to 1995.
3: Boris Jurkovic made up three laps on his way to win the 400 in 2011. He was not even a factor until the final 90 laps of the race. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.
4: Mark Martin is the all-time leader in pole awards for the Winchester 400 with four starts from the top spot. Martin told Speed51.com that he was the first to circle the half mile in under 16 seconds. “I remember setting the track record in 1980 – 15.74,” said Martin. “It was the first time anyone ran in the 15 second bracket and that was pretty cool until Ryan Newman ran 14.908 at Bristol. Winchester was our Superspeedway. I enjoyed going there back in the day.”
4: Number of laps that Chase Elliott has failed to finish at the Winchester 400. The Georgia NASCAR star returns to Winchester after taking 2014 off. From 2009 to 2013 he finished on the podium four times with a win in 2010. He’s led the race four times for 226 laps.
7: Number of years since a winner in the 400 has come from the state of Indiana. David Stremme from South Bend, Indiana was the last one to do it.
7: Bob Senneker has won the Winchester 400 a record seven times. He won five of those in consecutive seasons from 1974 to 1978. Senneker also led 1203 laps in the Winchester 400, which is second to Mike Eddy.
9: Bob Senneker and Butch Miller each finished in the top-five a record nine times. Senneker did it in 18 starts and Miller did it in 16 races.
14.935: The race’s track record for qualifying set in 2009 by Chris Gabehart.
15: In the last two seasons a total of 15 cars have finished on the lead lap. This number is higher than it has been in years past. One reason is the talent level of drivers in the race and the talent that comes to run the show.
36: Is where 2008 winner David Stremme started his 400 lap quest en route to winning the Winchester 400.
51: For the first time in the history of the race, fans across the world will be able to watch the Super Late Model crown jewel event on 51 TV. Fans unable to make it to Winchester, Indiana can purchase their video ticket to watch the race by clicking here.
254: Number of laps led by Donnie Wilson in the last few seasons. The Oklahoman has come close to victory, but is still looking for that first win. Wilson has podium finishes in the All American 400, Winchester 400 and Snowball Derby.
274: The most laps led by someone who did not go on to win the race. It was done by Mike Eddy on two different occasions.
399: Erik Jones has led 399 laps in the Winchester 400 in his career. That puts him seventh on the all time list.
400: The Winchester 400 is the longest race in short track racing and the most demanding on drivers and equipment. Over the years only a handful of cars have found their way to be running at the finish.
800: Cody Coughlin in the JEGS.com machine has run the Winchester 400 twice and finished all 800 laps. He has finishes of seventh and fourth. Look for him to be a factor again.
1,859: Mike Eddy is the all-time laps leader in the Winchester 400 with 1,859. That is the equivalent of more than four full races. Eddy led the race in 11 different years and even led 274, 274 and 267 laps in races he did not win.
1987: Almost the perfect day in the year 1987 for Butch Miller, who won the Winchester 400 from the pole and captured the ASA championship on the same day. It was Miller’s year as he went on to take the Snowball Derby in December as well.
2007: Erik Jones won the 400 from the pole becoming the first driver since Ryan Lawler to do so in 2007.
100,000: Erik Jones is chasing one of the biggest paydays in the Short Track racing history. He can pocket $100,000 if he wins the Winchester 400 for the third time. The bonus comes from having won the Battle at Berlin 251 and the Redbud 300.
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4: Dalton Armstrong is on the verge of winning the 2015 JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour champion at Winchester. Armstrong has two wins this season and seven top 10 finishes. He will be the fifth different champion in the series if he locks it up.
8: There have been eight different winners in 10 starts this season.
10: This will be the 10th race for the JEGS Tour at Winchester. Chase Elliott, Trent Snyder and Travis Braden each have two wins in the first nine races. Braden will be in the race going for a third win this season.
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2: Brian Nester has won the Run for the Gun 50 two times in the past. We will see if he can do it one more time as there are over 40 cars expected for the big race on Saturday.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor