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City of Winchester, Winchester Speedway team with ARCA for Freedom Festival in 2014

Winchester Speedway

(TOLEDO, Ohio – November 25, 2013) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is coordinating with officials from Winchester Speedway and the City of Winchester, Indiana, for three special days of racing around the Fourth of July holiday in 2014.

A hauler parade, live music, fireworks and plenty of racing is being planned from July 4-6, 2014 as Winchester Speedway celebrates its 100th season of auto racing and the city presents its annual Freedom Festival Weekend. The ARCA hauler parade will get things started on Friday afternoon as the ARCA teams wind their way from the city to the speedway. The ARCA Racing Series will have its practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 5, with the 200-lap race at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6.

“This is going to be an exciting weekend, a historic weekend and a patriotic weekend, as we recognize the contributions of Winchester Speedway to our city,” said Winchester Mayor Steven D. Croyle.

Mayor Croyle said the Freedom Festival weekend will be moved to the speedway, including the fireworks on Friday and live music both nights. Big screen TVs will be brought in for race fans to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday and NASCAR Sprint Cup series race on Saturday night, both from Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re putting together what we feel will be a weekend of racing worthy of Winchester Speedway’s 100th anniversary, featuring the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Sunday and a major open wheel race on Friday,” said Winchester Speedway owner and promoter Charlie Shaw. “We’re really happy to be working with the City of Winchester to combine celebrating the Fourth of July and our 100th anniversary of racing.”

One of the oldest speedways in America, Winchester debuted in 1914 as a flat half-mile dirt oval and remained that way through 1921. The high-banks were added in time for the 1922 season; however, the track would not be paved until 1952. The first ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester was held in 1957, just the fifth season of ARCA Racing Series competition.

“Both ARCA and Winchester are tradition-rich, historic entities here in the Midwest,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “The ARCA Racing Series is a great fit at Winchester Speedway, and the City of Winchester combining its July 4 efforts with the track to commemorate its 100th season of racing makes our race weekend even more special.”

Don O’Dell won the inaugural 1957 Winchester ARCA event in a Chevrolet. Other ARCA winners at Winchester over the years 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. Other winners include Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994) and Bob Strait (1998).

Indiana native Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA Racing Series 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). Billy Leslie won from the pole in 2007. Leslie’s father and 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie was also a winner at Winchester, triumphing in 1988 and 1999. Kimmel won the 2013 Winchester ARCA race, which at the time tied him with Iggy Katona for the all-time series win lead with 79. He broke the record at Kansas Speedway, in the same race that he clinched his 10th series championship.

More details will be announced later about the special three days of racing.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.


Day, Date


Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mobile International Speedway

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Salem Speedway

May 2-3, 2014 (TBA)

Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Toledo Speedway

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Jersey Motorsports Park

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Friday, June 13, 2014

Michigan International Speedway

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Elko Speedway

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Winchester Speedway

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chicagoland Speedway

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Madison International Speedway

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Salem Speedway

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Kentucky Speedway

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Kansas Speedway

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