SALEM, Ind. – The 45th annual Winchester 400, set for Oct. 9 at the famed Winchester Speedway half-mile, is drawing some of the best super late model racers in the country to an entry list stacked with talent.
Current ARCA/CRA Super Series point’s leader Cody Coughlin leads a strong group of CRA competitors entered for the 45th annual Winchester 400. Coughlin drove to victory lane in the series last event on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway, it was Coughlin’s series leading fourth win so far this season.
Coughlin finished second to Erik Jones in last year’s Winchester 400, and looks to be one of the early favorites to claim the famous Winchester Rifle trophy for winning the Winchester 400.
The Winchester 400 is the final leg in the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown. By winning the 50th annual Redbud 300, Dalton Armstrong — who has filed an entry for the Winchester 400 — is the only driver with a chance to win a $10,000 bonus for winning two of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown events.
If no driver wins two of the Triple Crown events, the driver who accumulates the most points during those three events will receive a $5,000 bonus and the title of champion of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown. Bubba Pollard leads the Triple Crown points, while Armstrong is second and Steve Dorer is third.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has two teams entered, including NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron, who has won six Truck Series races so far this season. Fellow Truck Series competitor Christopher Bell will be in the second KBM entry.
Bell won the Winchester 100 on Labor Day last year and had one of the fastest cars on the track in the 400 when he passed then leader Erik Jones in last year’s 400, but contact with the wall ended his day shortly after taking the lead.
Oklahoma’s Donnie Wilson is also entered. He got a third place finish in the 2014 Winchester 400. Wilson won the Southern Super Series race at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway on Sept. 11 and clinched the series championship with that win.
Current CARS Super Late Model Tour points leader Rapheal Lessard is entered to compete in his first Winchester 400. Lessard picked up his third CARS Tour win of the season at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The young Canadian made his CRA debut at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 22, where he came away with a third place finish.
Las Vegas racer Noah Gragson is entered to make his CRA and Winchester debut at the Winchester 400. Gragson will have famed crew chief Richie Wauters turning the wrenches. North Carolina’s Jeff Fultz is also entered. Fultz is a two-time winner of the series’ Labor Day weekend event at Winchester.
Two other drivers from North Carolina are entered. Trevor Noles, who finished second in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Masters of the Pros 144 and the Bud St. Amant Memorial 125, is entered along with Garrett Jones, a winner in the Lee Fields Memorial Southern Super Series event at Mobile Int’l Speedway on Aug. 20.
Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Mason Mingus is entered. Florida competitor Stephen Nasse is entered and will do double duty by also competing in the 100-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event on Oct. 7.
Several other talented CRA competitors are entered, including former series Winchester winner Rick Turner, Labor Day weekend Winchester JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event winner Brandon Oakley, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour rookie points leader Jack Dossey III, Wes Griffith Jr., Jon Beach and Hunter Jack.