Fantasy Racing Preview: 49th Winchester 400

Fans can watch Sunday’s 49th Running of the Winchester 400 presented by JEGS at Winchester Speedway (IN) on Speed51.TV, and win prizes while doing it.  Fans can draft their own fantasy racing lineup for the Winchester 400 on


Through a partnership between Dirt Draft and Speed51, a 51 Fantasy contest will be held Sunday, October 11 for the Winchester 400.





With Dirt Draft, fans utilize $100,000 in fictional currency to assemble a team of five drivers in races such as the Winchester 400.  Your roster then goes against those of other fans, competing for points which can be redeemed for souvenirs, event tickets, a Speed51 pay-per-view broadcast and more.


While joining Dirt Draft is as simple as clicking this link, determining who will make your starting five can be much more challenging.  Here is a look at some potential names to consider as you fill out your roster.


Big Money on Last Year’s Big Winner: Stephen Nasse put on a display of historic dominance in last year’s Winchester 400, leading 392 of the race’s 400 laps for the win.


The record-breaking performance makes Nasse one of the odds-on favorites to win Sunday’s crown jewel race.  As such, he’s also the most expensive driver on the Dirt Draft entry list, checking in at $26,900.


If you want to bet on a sure thing, it’s hard to go against Nasse considering his track record of success, both at Winchester and similar high-banked ovals such as Bristol Motor Speedway and Anderson Speedway.  However, be prepared to search for bargain values to complete your roster if you select him.


Going Undefeated?: Carson Hocevar has entered just four ARCA/CRA Super Series races in 2020.  However, he has been unstoppable in those races, winning all four and leading 453 of the 725 laps in those events.


Hocevar prices out at $22,400, a bit of a discount considering his success this year.  Granted, he has finishes of 15th and 25th in his two prior Winchester Super Late Model appearances, but he is a Pro Late Model winner at Winchester and carries plenty of momentum into the weekend.


Title Contenders: The Winchester 400 also serves as the season finale for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the final round in its Championship Chase.  The highest finisher of the four title contenders leaves with the championship, which has produced some surprises in recent years.


Cody Coughlin and Josh Brock are the favorites in the eyes of the Dirt Draft ranking out of the championship hopefuls, at $21,900 and $21,600 respectively.  However, Greg Van Alst is the defending champion and will be looking for another strong run to secure the title.  He could be a great addition to your fantasy lineup at $18,800.


The Cinderella at this ball will be Michael Simko, priced at $16,600.  This weekend marks just Simko’s second appearance in the Winchester 400, but he does have a top-five finish to his credit at Winchester in 2006 with the ARCA Menards Series.


Settling In Nicely: Better known for his success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series as well as Outlaw Late Models, Cayden Lapcevich has competed a few times in Template Super Late Models this year.  However, he’s already scored podium finishes in both the Gandrud Auto Group 250 and the Glass City 200 this year.


This weekend is Lapcevich’s first trip to Winchester, but he will once again look to prove he is a quick study.  At just $21,000, he’s a driver who could pay dividends in the final running order without breaking the bank.


-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo


Fantasy Racing Preview: 49th Winchester 400