Practice day for the World Stock Car Festival at Winchester Speedway (IN) is in the books. Seven divisions took time on the legendary high-banked half-mile oval, headlined by the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
At the end of the four-hour practice, the headlining division’s practice rundown was headlined by a newcomer making his first visit to Winchester Speedway.
Sixteen-year-old Todd Gilliland led the way in all three Super Series sessions on Saturday afternoon, with a lap of 15.606 seconds as the fast lap in the third and final session.
For Gilliland, the first trip to Winchester has been a fun one so far and he hasn’t even run a lap in a race.
The big thing for Gilliland is that now his confidence is much higher than it was before he arrived at Winchester Speedway.
“It’s just a great car right off the trailer,” he said. “It was much easier to learn like that. I just can’t wait to get racing. It helps with your confidence at a new track knowing that you’re fast.”
Meanwhile, in the championship chase, the top two contenders both showed the speed necessary to win a championship with just three races remaining on the calendar.
Points leader Cody Coughlin was sixth fastest in the final session with a speed of 16.028 seconds. Dalton Armstrong trails Coughlin by just 13 markers heading into Monday’s 100-lap showdown. Armstrong was third on the charts in the final session with a lap of 15.692 seconds.
Coughlin is doing double-duty this weekend as he chases the Super Series title and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in the Pro Late Model.
“I think both cars are really strong,” Coughlin said. “I have a few things to work on, but just minor things. Both JEGS.com Camry’s are pretty fast. I think we’re going to have a great shot to win both of these things, especially the Crate race.”
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the Vores Compacts will both run their features on Sunday evening, live on Speed51.com.
Five other features, including the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Top Speed Modifieds, CRA Street Stocks, CRA Late Model Sportsman and the Thunder Roadsters will all run their features on Monday afternoon to close out this year’s World Stock Car Festival. Every single feature can be seen live in their entirety on Speed51.com on Monday as well.
To purchase your live pay-per-view broadcast ticket of this year’s World Stock Car Festival from Winchester Speedway, click here.
For an on-demand replay of Saturday’s practice day Trackside Now presented by PFC Brakes and Ford Racing, click here.
Speed51.com will have more from practice day at Winchester Speedway still to come.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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