While Wilson Motorsports has enjoyed a successful 2020 season, Donnie Wilson’s time behind the wheel has been limited. The Oklahoma City Bandit will get back in the driver’s seat this weekend at Winchester Speedway, competing in the 49th Running of the Winchester 400 presented by JEGS.
Wilson’s team has shown plenty of speed throughout the year, highlighted by a win in the Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway with Trevor Noles behind the wheel. Despite the success, Wilson admits there have been plenty of nervous moments as he has spent more time this season wearing the owner’s hat.
“Everything is out of my control,” said Wilson on Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday. “We just give everyone the best equipment we’ve got and hope for the best. It’s turned out really well. I can’t complain about any of the guys who have run our cars.”
Now, Wilson will get back behind the wheel at one of his favorite tracks, Winchester Speedway.
“Winchester is a unique track, obviously. It fits my driving style. I love the place. It’s got characteristics. It’s rough, high-banked, fast. I like it. It’s cool.”
Last year, Wilson finished ninth in the Winchester 400, his second consecutive top-10 finish in the event. However, a strategy call left Wilson wanting more out of the weekend.
“We had good speed last year. My car last year, we just screwed up a little bit on the tire strategy and that’s what killed us. We made two laps up on green, which is unheard of.”
Wilson will also be fielding an entry for Chandler Smith, a nine-time race winner with the ARCA Menards Series climbing back into a Super Late Model. Smith has two podium finishes in three Winchester 400 starts,
Smith will be part of a star-studded lineup for the Snowball Derby while also being Wilson’s teammate in the Winchester 400 and All American 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
“We’ve got some real good guys, young guys. Chandler Smith this week at the Winchester 400, as well as the All American 400 and the Derby. I’m running the Winchester 400 and the All American 400. We’ll also have Kaden Honeycutt and Cole Butcher coming back. At the Snowflake, it’ll be our first time running that, it’ll be Jared Butcher.”
Wilson believes that the two-car effort this weekend gives him two great opportunities to leave Winchester a winner. He also believes the track owes him some success after near-misses in recent years.
“I think we have two great cars this weekend, and we should be in contention. I feel like Winchester owes me one. There’s been several times I thought we were going to win, and things happen.”
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