Tiger stripes are headed to Winchester Speedway, as Kodie Conner will be making his debut at the Fastest Half-Mile for the 49th Running of the Winchester 400 presented by JEGS on October 9-11. The young driver from North Carolina is very excited to make his way to Indiana.
“Winchester, baby! Oh, yeah! The Fastest Half-Mile,” said Conner on Speed51’s “The Bullring” Monday. “Going to Winchester has always been a dream of mine. It’ll be the most laps I’ve ever done [in a race]. Right now, the Pro All Stars Series at Hickory was 300 laps. That was the longest race I’ve been in. I’m pretty excited to see what Winchester has to bring.”
The trip to the Winchester 400 is part of a 2020 season which has seen Conner travel more and compete at several tracks for the first time, including Five Flags Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
“This year has been really good to me, being able to go to different race tracks. Each race track will teach me something different, so it’s helped me expand my driving abilities.”
Conner knows Winchester will present its own unique challenges, with its high banks and treacherous surface.
“With how Winchester is, it’s not only fast but it’s a little bit rough from what I’ve heard. I’ve taken a lot of time to check out the car and make sure nothing is cracked. Bristol was pretty tough on the racecar, it was fast and a lot of Gs flowing.”
While there will be more than 30 drivers taking part in the Winchester 400 this year, Conner is one of the few who can say he is currently a teenage owner/driver. Growing up in a family of racers, Conner quickly learned the ropes and now prepares his own equipment.
“I’m 19 years old. I started working on the race car at age eight. I started cleaning everything when I was five or six years old. Working on my own stuff, I can take a race car apart and build it right back together. That’s helped me with my driving. Last Saturday, I got out of the car and made my own adjustments because of lack of track help.
“It’s really helped me as a driver because I know what everything does. One good thing about Bristol, I wasn’t scared at all and I didn’t have to worry about not trusting my equipment. I keep up with my own stuff, so it helped me to be more comfortable.”
While it adds to the workload for the young Conner, racing is a passion. He still enjoys every chance he has to work on or race his signature tiger-striped Super Late Model.
“I work my guts out on these race cars, and I still enjoy it to this day. There’s not a day where I don’t have fun.”
The Winchester 400 weekend is scheduled for three action-packed days of racing at the “Fastest Half Mile” on October 9-11. More tickets have just been released and are available at winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.
Teams and fans wanting to purchase pit passes early to help expedite their entry to the infield can do so at pitpay.com or download the Pit Pay App wherever you obtain App for your mobile device.
Fans unable to make the trip to Winchester, Indiana will be able to watch all three days of racing via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.TV. For more information and to order your video ticket today, click here.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo