ARCA & Winchester Plan Freedom Festival


TOLEDO, Ohio – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is coordinating with officials from Winchester Speedway and the City of Winchester, Ind., 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.”