Winchester Speedway is known as the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.” Which is beyond appropriate.
This nickname is the result of intense, 37-degree banking in the corners of the asphalt oval located in Winchester, Indiana, about 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis. That banking makes Winchester the steepest banked active race track in the United States.
And the high speeds Winchester produces make it one of the toughest tracks the ARCA Menards Series visits.
The series has raced on the high banks at Winchester 29 times dating back to 1957. Its all-time wins leader Frank Kimmel also has the most Winchester victories with six, including three in a row in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Kimmel’s three-peat marks the last time an ARCA Menards Series driver has won back-to-back races at Winchester, a feat 2020 winner Ty Gibbs is attempting to accomplish this season.
Below is everything to know about Winchester Speedway.
Track Profile: Winchester Speedway
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Winchester Speedway, built in a cornfield by Frank Funk, opened in 1916 as Funk’s Speedway. At the time, the track was configured as a clay oval, and Funk realized a correlation between the steepness of the banking and spectator interest.
So the banking at the track increased over time, and in 1952 came the paved configuration we recognize today.
“It’s wicked,” said Johnny Van Dorn, a three-time winner of Winchester’s Redbud 400. “You’re not just racing the competition, you’re racing the racetrack. At any second you could get yourself in trouble.”
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What’s now Winchester Speedway hosted its lone NASCAR Cup Series race in 1950, when Lloyd Moore drove a Mercury to victory. The track hosted its first race for what’s now the ARCA Menards Series seven years later, after it had been paved.
These days, Winchester hosts a handful of events with its signature race being the annual Winchester 400, a 400-lap super late model stock car race. This year brings the 50th Winchester 400. Cup Series names like Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Erik Jones have emerged victorious in the Winchester 400 over the years.
ARCA Menards Series races at Winchester Speedway
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