CRA: Winchester 400 sponsor announced

ED MARTIN AUTO GROUP TO SPONSOR 36TH ANNUAL WINCHESTER 400 WEEKEND Winchester, IN (February 6, 2007) -- Champion Racing Association and Charlie Shaw, owner of Winchester Speedway, are pleased to announce that the Ed Martin Auto Group has agreed...

ED MARTIN AUTO GROUP TO SPONSOR 36TH ANNUAL WINCHESTER 400 WEEKEND

Winchester, IN (February 6, 2007) -- Champion Racing Association and Charlie Shaw, owner of Winchester Speedway, are pleased to announce that the Ed Martin Auto Group has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the 36th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend and the CRA Super Series sanctioned Winchester 400, the 2007 Season Championship event for the CRA Super Series and the second leg in the CRA Super Series $50,000 to win Triple Crown.

"We are very proud to be a part of this great event at Winchester Speedway again in 2007," stated Ed Martin Auto Group President Mark Harrison. "This event was one of the biggest stock car events in the country for many years, we want to see it return to that prominence again. This track has a lot of history and a lot of famous racers have raced many laps around its famous High Banks. We hope the racers and fans will continue help us support the track and this great weekend of racing!"

The prestigious Winchester 400 was revived for the 2006 season with the support of the Ed Martin Auto Group, it was last featured on the High Banks in October of 2003 prior to last seasons event. The 2006 event saw racers from all over the country come to challenge the Highbanks for a grueling 400-lap shootout. 2006 CRA Super Series Champion Scott Hantz was the beneficiary of a lap 380 crash that took out the only two cars on the lead lap racing for the lead. Chris Gabehart was trying to fight off the challenge of North Carolina's Clay Jones when the cars made contact coming out of turn two, resulting in both cars making hard contact with the backstretch wall. Both cars were destroyed, but both drivers walked away with no injuries. Hantz would go on to get the victory with Alabama's Augie Grill in second, CRA regular Tommy St. John in third, Jim Crabtree Jr. in fourth with John Heck in fifth.

The 36th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend Presented By The Ed Martin Auto Group will start off on Friday, October 12th with open practice for all cars. The CRA Sportsman and CRA FWD Compacts will have their 2007 season championship events that night plus racing action in a non-points special event for the CRA Street Stocks. Saturday, October 13 will feature Winchester 400 practice and qualifying, in addition to practice, qualifying and features for the Super Pro Series, the CRA Street Stocks Season Championship event and the 2nd Annual Winchester Run For The Gun featuring the best of the American Modified Series and the O'Reilly USA Modifieds. There will be a party with music that evening in the Pavilion.

Sunday, October 14th will be the final day of the 36th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend Presented By The Ed Martin Auto Group and will start with warm-up sessions for the CRA Super Series late models, then the entire starting line-up will then be staged on the front stretch and all the fans will be invited to come on to the track for an autograph session featuring all the drivers racing on Sunday. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 12:30pm. The 36th Annual Winchester 400 Presented By The Ed Martin Auto Group is scheduled to go green at 1pm.

-credit: cra

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