ARCA Flavor Spices Winchester 400 Field
ARCA Flavor Spices Winchester 400 Field
There will be a distinct ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards flavor to this Sunday's ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400 at the ultra high-banked Winchester Speedway.
Six drivers who have raced in the ARCA Racing Series in 2018 are entered, and three with previous history in the series will be in competition as well.
Leading the list of entries is 2016 winner Travis Braden, who made a last lap pass on Eddie Van Meter to take a popular win in the 400-lap classic. He followed up his 2016 Winchester win with a runner-up finish behind last year's winner Noah Gragson. Braden, from Wheeling, West Virginia, has one career ARCA Racing Series win, coming at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2015, and is currently fifth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings. Braden, driver of Don Fike's No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare Ford, is a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion.
Talking Rock, Georgia's Chandler Smith heads back to Winchester after a third-place finish behind Gragson and Braden. Smith, just 16 years of age, made nine ARCA Racing Series starts in 2018 with two wins and six top-five finishes. Smith finished in the top ten in each if his nine starts, and set a modern era ARCA record by starting from the pole in each of his first four career series starts.
Harrison Burton, from Huntersville, North Carolina, returns to the Winchester 400 looking for his first victory in the annual fall classic. He was just seven laps away from victory last season when broken wheel studs dropped him from the lead and brought a premature end to his day. Burton, the son of former Cup Series driver and current NASCAR on NBC personality Jeff Burton, is the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion; he has two career ARCA Racing Series wins, including one earlier this season at Pocono Raceway.
Chase Purdy, currently third in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings, will make his Winchester Speedway debut in the Winchester 400. Purdy scored the biggest win of his career earlier this season when he won the ARCA Midwest Tour Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
Fifteen-year old Carson Hocevar, from Portage, Michigan, will make his first attempt at the Winchester 400. Hocevar earned his first ARCA General Tire Pole Award at Berlin in August, and finished fifth in last Saturday's Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Jack Dossey III, who made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway in April, will also be in the field for the Winchester 400.
Former ARCA winners Steven Wallace and Mason Mingus have also filed entries, as has former series regular Michael Simko.
The Winchester 400 will determine the 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion. Four drivers are eligible: Josh Brock, Austin Kunnert, Hunter Jack, and Jon Beach. The series champion will be invited to participate in the Road to Daytona preseason test for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Daytona International Speedway on January 11 and 12, 2019.
The ARCA Road to Daytona is presented by Fast Track High Performance Driving School, General Tire, Ilmor, Sunoco, Valvoline, Eibach Springs, JRI Shocks, and Tropical Manor Hotel in Daytona Beach.
Activities leading up to the Winchester 400 kick off on Friday, with a full day of practice for the support divisions that culminates with the 100-lap feature for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Saturday's track activity includes the first practice sessions and qualifying for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, and finishes with features for the CRA Late Model Sportsman, ICAR Modifieds, Thunder Roadsters, and the CRA Street Stocks. Sunday's activity starts with the driver autograph session at 12:30 pm ET, and the green flag will wave on the 47th Annual Winchester 400 at 2 pm ET. Speed51.com will have live coverage of the event.