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Posted July 20th, 2017

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ARCA's Dalton Sargeant seeking redemption at Winchester, yet still intimidated by the famous high-banks

TOLEDO, Ohio (July 19 2017) - Most folks will tell you that you can't race side-by-side for more than a few laps at Winchester Speedway...that sooner or later, one has to give for the other. But that's not the way it went down last year at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" when Chase Briscoe and Dalton Sargeant went wheel-to-wheel for at least a dozen rounds, with Briscoe, bruised fenders and all, getting the final edge at the checkered flag. Briscoe has since moved onto the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but Sargeant says he's coming back for redemption.

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The 28th running of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Winchester is coming Sunday afternoon, August 6.

Ironically, Sargeant will be driving the same No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford that Briscoe beat him in last year.

"I feel like I let Winchester slip away from us last year...I'm looking for a little redemption," said Sargeant.

Dalton

"I also feel like Winchester is one of my stronger tracks. It's definitely one of those places I have some experience. We were leading most of the Winchester 400 last year before a late-race penalty. We led the ARCA race last year...I think we have a strong chance going in."

As much as Sargeant feels good about the experience he has at Winchester, the Boca Raton, Florida racer says he never gets used to the intimidating feelings that come with the storied high-banks.

"That's what I love about Winchester. No matter how many times you go back, it's always one of those places that can intimidate you a little bit. When you walk in, you kind of get that 'sick to your stomach' feeling. I don't really know how to put it into words, but the place scares you a little bit, but I enjoy the challenge a lot."

Sargeant's still got momentum on his side after winning at Iowa Speedway, his second victory this season and third of his career. The 19-year-old driver has also established himself as a championship contender in 2017, currently in second behind leader Austin Theriault.

" We definitely feel like we're still in this championship. We closed up the gap a little at Iowa. We lost all our points to the 52 (Theriault) in one race at Talladega. Everybody tends to have a little bad luck...I don't wish it on them, but anything can happen. As long as we keep our performance up, we'll be there at the end."

The Winchester ARCA 200 serves as the grand finale in an action-packed race weekend (Aug. 4-5-6) that begins Friday with the Winchester Old Timers vintage race car club, Vore's FWD Compact cars, Thunder Roadsters and the Winchester Modified Division. 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 arcaracing.com Saturday and Sunday.

CONTACT: Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com
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Posted July 13th, 2017

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ARCA heads back to Winchester Speedway; Top Speed Mods, CRA Street Stocks, Thunder Roadsters; Old Timers Join race card August 4-5-6

TOLEDO, Ohio (July 12, 2017) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is returning to Winchester Speedway, the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" for the 28th running of the Winchester ARCA 200 Sunday afternoon, August 6.

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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 the Top Speed Modified tour. 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.

While Winchester's amazing history includes more than 100 years, the ARCA national tour also goes way back at Winchester - to 1957 when Don O'Dell won the inaugural event in a Chevrolet in just the fifth season of competition for what would become ARCA's national tour. ARCA is now in its 65th season.

"It's important for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to race at Winchester Speedway," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "It's exactly the type of Midwestern facility where the ARCA brand is well-known and has the chance to be successful. Winchester is big enough and fast enough to play to the very nature of our cars."

cars on track

In last year's race, 2016 champion Chase Briscoe and Dalton Sargeant staged a thrilling door-to-door duel that went down to the wire. While Briscoe moved onto the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in '17, Sargeant will be coming back to compete at Winchester in the same Cunningham Motorsports 77 car that carried Briscoe to Victory Lane at Winchester last year. Sargeant is locked in a tight championship battle with Ken Schrader Racing's Austin Theriault. Joe Gibbs Racing is also entered with Las Vegas, Nevada rookie Riley Herbst. Venturini Motorsports has entered three drivers -- Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes, Canadian Rapheal Lessard and Californian Zane Smith.

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 arcaracing.com Saturday and Sunday.

CONTACT: Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com
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Posted May 10th, 2017

Thelma Hartley relives racing at Winchester Speedway

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Posted April 24th, 2017


Donald Davidson and Mike Harmless taking a hot lap at the Winchester Speedway after the April 22nd event promoting and covering the hisotry of the Indianapolis 500 and Winchester Speedway!
Donald Davidson riding with Mike Harmless
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