The Vore’s Compact Touring Series will crown a champion Friday night at Winchester Speedway as part of Winchester 400 weekend. The series features a competitive points battle going into the finale, with an astounding 10 different drivers mathematically eligible to win the series championship.
The VCTS has ended their season at the high-banked half-mile every year since the series began as the CRA FWD Compacts back in 2007, and they continue to be a key part of the crown jewel weekend. The series has competed in 30 races at the facility, double the amount of any other track they have been to.
The series hosted their first-ever race at Winchester back in 2012, with Aaron Teagarden picking up the win in the event. Buck Purtee won the first VCTS event held on Winchester 400 weekend later that year, with Ryan Hoffman being crowned the first-ever series champion.
A total of 19 drivers have won Vore’s Compact Touring Series races at Winchester, with some interesting names on the list. Among those drivers having won at Winchester include Open-Wheel legend Tom Bigelow and granddaughter Stephanie, as well as Jimmy Wyman, who later helped promote the Winchester Speedway.
Teagarden, Hoffman, Steve Vore, Gary Eaton, Jr., Dan Irvine, Bo Hoelscher, Mark Mason, Trent Gossar and Tom Gossar all have won two races at Winchester, but nobody has won three.
Nine drivers have been crowned Vore’s Compact Touring Series champion, which includes 2014-2015 when three separate champions were crowned. However, only two drivers have won multiple titles. Those two drivers are Chris Jennings and Gary Eaton, Jr.
Eaton’s cousin Terry will enter the event as the defending series champion, while Tom Gossar has won the last two races held on Winchester 400 weekend. Purtee, Hoelscher, Mason, Irvine and Brian Janes have also won on Winchester 400 weekend.
The Eatons are on top of the points standings, with Gary ahead of Terry by just 13 points. Former series champion Bo Holescher, Trent Gossar and David Yoder sit in the top-five, separated by just 27 points. Harvey Yoder, Kyle Frame, Darek Morris, Sean Frederick and Ron Sagers all are also still in the hunt for a championship.
The season has been dominated by Wisconsin racer Kyle Stark, who won the first three races of the 2020 season at Anderson Speedway, Angola Motorsport Speedway and Shadybowl Speedway. Gary and Terry Eaton added wins at Salem Speedway and Anderson, while Tom Gossar won the most recent race at Bristol Motor Speedway during the Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals.
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.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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