This weekend marks the 50th running of the Winchester 400. Camping is already sold out and campers arrived as early as Tuesday for what is sure to be an epic event. Held annually since 1970, the Winchester 400 started off as an American Speed Association event. Later it became part of the NASCAR Southeast Series from 1992 to 1998. It returned to the ASA National Tour from 2000 to 2003. The event has been sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series since 2003.
Billed as the “World’s Fastest 1/2 mile,” Winchester’s 37-degree banking are some of the steepest in motorsports and the reason for the high speeds. The track has permanent seating for approximately 4000 spectators. The race has served as a launching point for the careers of several well-known drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Rusty Wallace. Past winners of the Winchester 400 include NASCAR greats Rusty Wallace, Chase Elliott, Mark Martin, and Kyle Busch.
Practice will be held today with pit passes costing $30.00. One-day pit passes for Friday and Saturday are $40.00. A pit pass for Sunday’s main race is $50.00. A three-day pit pass is also available for $100.00.
The racing action begins on Friday and will feature Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Vores Compacts, Street Stocks, and Sportsman Classes. Qualifying will take place on Saturday. The Winchester 400 will get underway on Sunday afternoon.
Area racing fans are in for a weekend full of racing thrills at the historic Winchester Speedway for the 50th running of the Winchester 400. Who knows perhaps this year’s winner will go on to become a racing legend.