Braden + 27 = Winchester

TOLEDO, Ohio (Aug. 2, 2017) -- To borrow the term, "silly season" is bubbling up in ARCA town. According to RFMS Racing Team Manager and Crew Chief Dan Glauz, the No. 27 Ford will have a different driver in the saddle for the Winchester ARCA 200 this weekend at Winchester Speedway.

"Travis Braden is driving the RFMS car at Winchester," said Glauz.

"We're just testing the waters for now, but AJ (Fike) will be back in the car at Springfield."

Braden, a two-time ARCA CRA Super Series champion and 2016 Winchester 400 winner, tested in the 27 car just before the ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway. Braden won the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Lucas Oil in 2015.

"I tested with those guys right before Lucas Oil…at Lucas Oil," said Braden. "It was the first time I had met them. I really liked working with them. They called yesterday and asked by if I wanted to race."

Braden has been on a recent hot streak, winning back-to-back ARCA CRA Super Series races at Lucas Oil and Kil-Kare Raceway.

Fike is expected to drive Andy Hillenburg's 10 car at Winchester.

The Winchester ARCA 200 serves as the grand finale in an action-packed race weekend that begins Friday with the Winchester Old Timers vintage race car club, Vore's FWD Compact cars, Thunder Roadsters and Modifieds. On Saturday, the CRA Street Stocks join the race card alongside the Old Timers club, Thunder Roadsters, ARCA Racing Series practice and General Tire Pole Award Qualifying. The festive weekend culminates with the Winchester ARCA 200 grand finale Sunday afternoon. The Winchester Old Timers Club is on hand all three days.

ARCA History at Winchester
The ARCA Racing Series reaches way back at Winchester – to 1957 when Don O’Dell won the inaugural event in 1957. Ten-time series champion Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA winner at Winchester with six victories (1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2013) followed by three-time series champ Tim Steele, who won four times (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001). 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie won twice at Winchester in 1988 and 1999. Leslie’s son Billy Leslie, with his father spotting, won from the pole in 2007. Cunningham Motorsports went back-to-back as winners with Dakoda Armstrong in 2011 and Alex Bowman in 2012, and repeated with Chase Briscoe in 2016.

Other ARCA winners at Winchester include Jack Bowsher (1964), Ralph Latham (1972), Bobby Watson (1972) and two-time series champion Marvin Smith, who won back-to-back races in 1982 and 1983, Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994), Bob Strait (1998), Brandon Jones (2014) and Austin Wayne Self (2015).

Media Coverage
The Winchester ARCA 200 will be tape-delayed on MAVTV, airing initially August 19 at 10 p.m. Eastern, and again on August 26 at 10 p.m. Follow live coverage of all the ARCA on-track activities at Winchester with Live audio, timing and scoring and Live chat at Saturday and Sunday.

Don Radebaugh