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THE FAMOUS HIGH BANKS OF WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY READY TO HOST THIS WEEKENDS 35TH ANNUAL ED MARTIN AUTO GROUP WINCHESTER 400 Winchester, IN (October 11, 2006) -- The famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway are ready to host this weekends 35th...

THE FAMOUS HIGH BANKS OF WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY READY TO HOST THIS WEEKENDS 35TH ANNUAL ED MARTIN AUTO GROUP WINCHESTER 400

Winchester, IN (October 11, 2006) -- The famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway are ready to host this weekends 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400. The prestigious 400-lap event is the culmination of a great weekend of racing starting Friday through the 400 lapper on Sunday afternoon.

" It's going to be a great weekend of racing," remarked R.J. Scott with Champion Racing Association, the promoters of Winchester Speedway for owner Charlie Shaw. "Even with the forecast of some cooler temperatures we are 100% committed to racing this weekend. There are a lot of fans and racers making long drives for the event, we are not going to let a little cold weather hold up the show. Get out the winter clothes and come enjoy the racing and the fun of the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 Weekend!"

The CRA Super Series will be sanctioning the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 for the third time and it will be the season championship event for the series. Point leader Scott Hantz heads a list of talented CRA Super Series regulars that will be looking to add their name to the prestigious list of winners of the Winchester 400. 1999 Winchester 400 winner Brian Ross will be looking to get back into victory lane along with 1998 series champion Brian Rievley. CRA Super Series regulars entered who have also had success on the High Banks in the past including Bull Baker, Jeff Lane, Evan Jackson, Chris Gabehart, Tommy St. John, Kenny Tweedy, Eddie Van Meter, Jim Crabtree Jr. and Rick Turner. Also two time Wisconsin Challenge Series Champion Nathan Haseleu is entered. Nashville native Zach Taylor in a Chet Blanton owned car, Alabama late model racer Augie Grill driving for his father, famed car builder Frankie Grill. North Carolina natives Jeremy Pate and Clay Jones, Florida hot shoe Mike Fritts and Wisconsin racer Robert Maynor.

The 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 Weekend will kick off on Friday, October 13th with open practice for all divisions competing during the weekend from 2 to 6:30pm. Round one of qualifying, locking in positions 1 through 24 for the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 will kick off the evening's events at 7pm along with the 20 lap Modified All Star Challenge and the Culy Construction 40 CRA Sportsman Season Championship event.

Saturday, October 14th will start with practice again for all divisions competing on Saturday and for the cars already locked in through first round qualifying for the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 from 11am until 3:15pm. Qualifying for the support events will begin at 3:15pm with Second Round qualifying for the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 that will lock in positions 25 through 30 at 5pm. The nights racing action will follow qualifying and will include a 75-lap event for the CRA Outlaw Super Late Models, the "Run for the Gun" 50-lap Modified event featuring the best of the USA Modifieds versus the best of the American Modifieds and the 50 lap Season Championship event for the CRA Street Stocks. After the racing is over Saturday night there will be a party in the pavilion with live music starting at around 8:30pm until who knows when!

Sunday, October 15th will be the final day of the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 Weekend and will start with warm-up sessions for the CRA Super Series late models at 10:45am. 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 starting at 11:30am. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 12:30pm. The 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 is scheduled to go green at 1pm.

Camping will be available at Winchester Speedway starting on Thursday, October 12th on a first come first serve basis with a $20 camping fee for the whole weekend.

Go to www.winchesterspeedway.com to purchase advanced tickets for the weekend or for more information on the weekend including a detailed schedule of events as well as ticket and pit pass pricing.

-credit: cra

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Ross , Jeff Lane