The Winchester 400 has always been recognized as one of the premier Super Late Model events in America. The history and prestige of the event make it one of the four crown jewel events in Super Late Model racing -- joining the Snowball Derby, All American 400 and Oxford 250. But this year's event saw the Winchester 400 rise to a level it had not reached in many years. Hard work put in by the Winchester Speedway staff resulted in a sellout crowd and an enjoyable experience for all in attendance.
For this year's Winchester 400, track owner Charlie Shaw enlisted the help of Bob Dillner to promote the event. Working together with the Winchester Speedway and Champion Racing Association (CRA) staff, the two groups put together a must-attend event for fans, as well as many of the nation's top Late Model racers.
“We are thrilled with the turnout and support from the fans and racers for this year's Winchester 400 presented by JEGS," Shaw said on Monday. "There was some good racing and the fans seemed like they had a good time. too. We have a lot of work still to do, but we are excited for what's to come in 2021 with our team at Winchester Speedway."
Over 30 Super Late Models made the trip to Winchester, Indiana this year, producing one of the highest car counts the event has seen in many years. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, CRA Late Model Sportsman, Vores Compact Touring Series, CRA Street Stocks and Thunder Roadsters all brought strong fields to the high banks as well.
In addition to the excellent action on the race track, those in attendance also enjoyed a fun atmosphere that included post-race concerts, a giant fun slide, an active midway and more.
While Sunday's 400-lap Super Late Model main event attracted the largest crowd of the weekend, crowds on both Friday and Saturday were some of the largest ever seen on those days in Winchester 400 history.
Moving forward, there are already plans for more racing events to be held at Winchester Speedway in 2021. In addition to the Winchester 400 on October 15-17, Dillner announced during pre-race ceremonies that there will be a special mid-week Super Late Model show, the Flyover States 150 held on Tuesday, May 18. It was also announced that the USAC Silver Crown cars will be bringing open-wheel racing back to the "Fastest Half Mile" in 2021.
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-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Alan Dietz