Salem, IN – 2010 Winchester 400 winner Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, has now entered to compete in next weekend’s 44th Annual Winchester 400. The 19 year old driver from Dawsonville, Georgia was the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion with three victories, and currently sits third in that series 2015 points with one victory. Elliott was named earlier this year to replace the retiring Jeff Gordon in the famous Hendrick Motorsports #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car starting in 2016. Elliott is no stranger to CRA fans with 10 total victories with CRA including his win in the Winchester 400, plus a win in the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144, and multiple wins at SpeedFest. This will be Elliott’s sixth Winchester 400, he finished second in 2013 and 2012, third in 2011 and eighth in 2009.
The entry list has now grown to 40 cars for the 44th Annual Winchester 400, and is considered by many to be the most talented group of entries in many years from top to bottom. Also now entered is 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Daniel Hemric, who currently competes full-time with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he is currently fifth in points with four top five finishes. Also entered is NASCAR K & N Pro Series top competitor Dalton Sargeant, Alabama racer Bret Holmes, two time JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2015 winner Jack Smith, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour part-time competitors Kody Evans and Jon Beach, part-time ARCA/CRA Super Series and CRA Late Model Sportsman competitor Jack Dossey III.
The entries above join the list of drivers already entered that includes Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Travis Braden, Ross Kenseth, Bubba Pollard, Donnie Wilson, Jeff Fultz, Harrison Burton, Cody Coughlin, Rick Turner, Grant Quinlan, Eddie Van Meter, Hunter Baize, Dalton Armstrong, Dan Leeck, Mason Mingus, William Byron, J.J. Haley, Stephen Hasse, Anderson Bowen, Spencer Davis, Dominique Van Wieringen, Garrett Jones, Wes Griffith Jr., Mark Lambert, Matt Hall, Paul Shafer Jr., Nick Gullatta, Brandon Oakley, Cole Rouse, Jordan Miller and Fred Hopkins.
The Winchester 400 is 400 laps counting cautions with live pit stops with a starting field of 38 cars. It is a 12 tire maximum race. The event will pay $15,000 to win plus bonuses, which includes $10,000 in lap leader money, which is $25 per lap lead, plus bonuses of $1000, $600 and $400 to the top three finishing traveling non-regular CRA teams and a $1000 bonus to the highest finishing Crate Engine car. EDCO Welding will pay a $400 bonus to the events Fast Qualifier. Two time defending Winchester 400 winner Erik Jones has a chance to claim the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown bonus if he can win the 44th Annual Winchester 400.
Things begin for the Winchester 400 Weekend with an optional load in, hauler parking and pit pass purchases on Thursday, October 8th from 3 to 7pm. Pits open on Friday, October 9th at 9am with rotating practice for all divisions beginning at 1pm. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the Vore’s Touring Compacts and the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks New Star events will start at 4:10pm, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour qualifying will start at 6:15pm. Racing action will begin at 7pm with 8 lap heat races for the Vores Touring Compacts. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be up next. The CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks 25 lap New Star features will follow. The Vores Touring Compacts 25 lap feature will cap off the nights racing action.
Pits open on Saturday, October 10th at 8:30am, rotating practice for all divisions will begin at 11am. Second round practice and Group Qualifying CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks will begin at 2pm. Qualifying for the Broaster Chicken Top Speed Modifieds Run for the Gun will start at 3:30pm, EDCO Welding Pole Qualifying for the 44th Annual Winchester 400 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will begin at 4:15pm. The race program will begin at 5pm with Top Speed Modifieds Last Chance races. The 50 lap CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Season Championship event will be up next, followed by the 25 lap Winchester 400 Last Chance race if needed. The Top Speed Modifieds 50 lap Run for the Gun will follow. The 50 lap CRA Street Stocks Season Championship event will cap off this huge night of racing. The Annual Winchester 400 Party in the Pavilion will start in immediately following the races with live music.
On Sunday, October 11th pits will open at 9am. There will be an on track autograph session with all the 44th Annual Winchester 400 drivers starting at 12:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm with the 44th Annual Winchester 400 taking the green flag at 2pm.
For those fans that cannot attend the 44th Annual Winchester 400 in person, the event will be televised live online by 51 TV Pay-Per-View. 51 TV will broadcast all the racing events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Winchester 400 Weekend. Purchase the live Winchester 400 Weekend broadcast now at Speed51.com.
-Champion Racing Association Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com