Winchester 400 to decide championship

Pendleton (IN) October 2, 2002 - The 2002 ASA Racing Series concludes on Sunday, October 6 in the 33rd Annual Winchester 400 presented by TireRack.com at Winchester (IN) Speedway. This event is one of the most historic short track events in...

Pendleton (IN) October 2, 2002 - The 2002 ASA Racing Series concludes on Sunday, October 6 in the 33rd Annual Winchester 400 presented by TireRack.com at Winchester (IN) Speedway. This event is one of the most historic short track events in America. The ev ent began in 1970 and some of the greatest race car drivers have competed in the Winchester 400. Just a handful of the great competitors have managed to win the prestigious event. Names like Bob Senneker, Mike Eddy, Mark Martin, Butch Miller, Rusty Wallace and most recently Joey Clanton are just a few of the winners of the Winchester 400.

In keeping with the impressive tradition of this race, the 2002 version will serve to decide the ASA National Championship. Joey Clanton of Stockbridge (GA) holds a ten-point lead over Gary St. Amant of Columbus (OH) and an 86-point advantage over Kevin Cy winski of Wausau (WI) heading into the final event. Clanton and St. Amant are the two most recent winners of the Winchester 400. Clanton won last year while St. Amant captured the honors in 2000 along with his second ASA National Championship.

Late in the 2001 version of the Winchester 400, David Stremme suffered transmission problems on a restart, allowing Joey Clanton to grab the lead and the 2000 ASA rookie of the year held off rookie Mike Cope to put his name in the record books with the win

As expected, it proved to be a race of survival at the tough high-banked Winchester Speedway with only 17 of 33 cars running at the finish of the 32nd Annual Winchester 400. The top-three finishers, Clanton, Cope and Mike Garvey were the only competitors r unning on the lead lap at the conclusion of the race.

Clanton, of Stockbridge (GA), led the final 40 circuits and had three-time Winchester 400 winner Mike Cope glued to his bumper. Several times Cope attempted to get to the inside of Clanton over the final 10 laps, but was unable to complete the pass. Clanto n went to on to win by 0.219-second over Cope with Garvey finishing third, Gary St. Amant and Butch Miller rounded out the top-five finishers.

The Fall Classic has produced 20 different winners, with all-time victory leader Bob Senneker topping the charts with a total of seven. The "Bluebird" won five consecutive 400-lap events, from 1974 to 1978. Mike Cope ranks second on the list with three vic tories with Mike Eddy, Mark Martin, Butch Miller and Sorg two-time winners. Single-event winners include Glenn Allen Jr., Joey Clanton, Derrick Gilchrist, Don Gregory, Denny Miles, Ted Musgrave, Hank Parker Jr., Brian Ross, Terry Senneker, Vern Schrock, Ga ry St. Amant, Tim Steele, Rusty Wallace and Scot Walters.

For the first time, the Sunoco Super Series joins ASA as part of the Winchester 400 weekend. This takes the event back to glory days with a big late model show on the eve of the 400.

The Winchester 400 weekend begins with a three-hour rotating practice for both the Sunoco Super Series and the ASA Racing Series at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 4. The practice session is open to both divisions and is optional for ASA teams. On Saturday Octob er 5, practice resumes and spectator gates open at 10 a.m. with ASA qualifying set for 3 p.m. Sunoco Super Series qualifying is at 4:15, with pre-race activities begin at 6:15. The Car Brite 200 presented by LA West Luxury Vehicles is scheduled to go green at 7.

On Sunday, October 6, spectator gates open at 10 a.m. and ASA's on-track autograph session featuring the Winchester High School Golden Falcons Marching Band is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies start at 12:15 p.m. and the 33rd Annual Winche ster 400 presented by TireRack.com is slated to go green at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the 33rd Annual Winchester 400 presented by TireRack.com are available at $30 or $25 each depending on seat location, all seats being reserved. General admission tickets to the infield are $20. On Saturday, October 5, general admission tickets for the Sunoco Super Series event and ASA qualifying are $20 each. For additional information, call toll-free, 1-888-ASA-1020.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Hank Parker Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Tim Steele , Brian Ross , David Stremme , Joey Clanton , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey , Mark Martin