Winchester Speedway track history

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time to The Winchester Speedway and see the old jalopies and motorcycles race? Although we cannot get into our time machine and go back to the 1930's we hope to give you a little history lesson about The Winchester Speedway.

In 1936 a local farmer asked Kermit Batt if he would like to purchase a few acres of land just east of the Winchester Airport. Mr. Batt immediately started working on what some would call an “L Shaped Track” with declining right and left-hand curves that resembled a road course. In the fall of 1936 Mr. Batt opened the Airport Speedway and was able to have a few small races, but it was not until 1937 the track opened for a full season of racing. The track first started racing jalopies (Model T's and Model A's pictured below) and motorcycles. The jalopies would reach a top speed of 45mph and had little to no safety protection. The winners would most likely get a sack of potatoes or a few quarts of oil. With no grandstands the fans would come out Sunday after church, park their cars around the unguarded track and get covered with mud.

From 1941 to 1946 the Airport Speedway was closed due to World War II and gas restrictions. When the track reopened in 1947 Mr. Batt had a partner, Lawrence Lichliter. The two men made the track into the 3/8s oval that we know today, added guardrails, wooden grandstands and called it The Winchester Speedway.

Our Winchester Speedway historian, Harry March can remember the racers driving their racecars to and from the speedway ever Sunday afternoon if they were not damaged to bad. “Many cars would even have license plates on them. That is a true pure stock-car,” March said. He also said that green was considered a bad-luck color and unlike today women were not allowed in the pit area. March can also remember circuses, beauty pageants and other activities being held at the speedway in the later 40s and 50s. At the age of 13 March started working around the track picking up trash and other odd jobs. He was promoted to the water truck at the age of 14 and would be at the track every Saturday night getting ready for Sunday's race. From 1972 – 1982 March was also the race flagman/starter.

In 1974 the 26-year-old wooden grandstands were torn down and the concrete grandstands that we set in today were built. In 1972 the flagstand was moved from the backstretch to its current location.

Track Opened in 1936

Original Name -  Airport Speedway

Drivers could not park in the infield because of a small pond from 1936 – until the mid 50's

Wooden Grandstand on the backstretch from 1948 – 1974

The first Winchester 200 was in 1963

In 1972 the Winchester 200 was not ran due to bad weather

Our previous track owners Charlie & Siretta Schneider bought the track in the 1961 along with Mr. Dixon & Mr. McCauley.

Mr. & Mrs. Schneider was the third overall owner of the track

Our Current Owner Greg Gunter Purchased the Speedway in 2009.

Promoter from 1973 – 1982 Clem LaMaster

Promoter from 1983 – 2005 Doug Timmons

Promoter from 2006 - 2009 Calvin Davis

1936 drivers top speed 45mph

2005 drivers top speed 115mph

60,000 gallons of water is used every weekend to prepare the track

From 1936 to the present day the speedway has two recorded driver fatalities


Track record: 2010 Ronnie Dehaven Jr.: 14.322


WINCHESTER 200 Facts:

PAST WINNERS

1963 - Roger Sowers
1964 - Bob Burns
1965 - John Cragan
1966 - Gerald Chamberlain
1967 - No Race
1968 - Ray Dovel
1969 - Ray Dovel
1970 - Sam Nalley
1971 - Ray Dovel
1972 - Tommy Bare
1973 - Sam Nalley
1974 - Denny Bonebrake
1975 - Buddy Armel
1976 - Sam Nalley
1977 - Tommy Bare
1978 - Buddy Armel
1979 - Buzzie Walters
1980 - Ray Dovel
1981 - Denny Bonebrake
1982 - Sam Nalley
1983 - Tom Peck
1984 - Jack Boggs
1985 - Jeff Purvis
1986 - Gary Stuhler
1987 - Gary Stuhler
1988 - Rodney Franklin
1989 - Tom Clise
1990 - Gary Stuhler
1991 - Gary Stuhler
1992 - Rick Eckert
1993 - Rodney Franklin
1994 - Gary Stuhler
1995 - Gary Stuhler
1996 - Jack Boggs
1997 - Bart Hartman
1998 - Chub Frank
1999 - Gary Stuhler
2000 - Rick Eckert
2001 - Bo Feathers
2002 - Todd Andrews
2003 - Bart Hartman
2004 - Gary Stuhler
2005 - Gary Stuhler
2006 - Jeremy Miller
2007 – Steve Casebolt
2008 – Steve Francis
2009 - Bo Feathers
2010 - Josh Richards
2011 - Ronnie Dehaven Jr.

2012 - Dale McDowell

PAST LATE MODEL CHAMPIONS

1965 - Buddy Armel
1966 - Ray Fanning
1967 - Bob Armel
1969 - Red Nininger
1970 - Buddy Armel
1971 - Red Nininger
1972 - Gerry Fries & Red Nininger
1973 - Buddy Armel
1974 - Red Nininger
1975 - Sam Nalley
1976 - Buddy Armel
1977 - Buddy Armel
1978 - Denny Bonebrake
1979 - Ronnie Franklin
1980 - Buddy Armel
1981 - Denny Bonebrake
1982 - Sam Nalley
1983 - Buck Johnson
1984 - Buddy Armel
1985 - Al Shawver
1986 - Denny Bonebrake
1987 - Al Shawver
1988 -Nathan Durboraw
1989 -Gary Stuhler
1990 - Gary Stuhler
1991 - Nathan Durboraw
1992 - Ernie Davis
1993 - Charlie Shaffer
1994 - Mike Clore
1995 - Doug Jones
1996 -Tom Myers
1997 - Tom Myers
1998 - Andy Anderson
1999 - Gerald Davis
2000 - Bo Feathers
2001 - Bo Feathers
2002 - Scott Richwine
2003 - Ronnie Dehaven Jr.
2004 - Allen Brannon
2005 - Bo Feathers
2006 - Scott Richwine
2007 – Allen Brannon
2008 – Bo Feathers
2009 - Tommy Armel

2010 - Bo Feathers
2011 - DJ Myers
2012 - Kenny Pettyjohn
2013 - Trever Feathers
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Mike Clore Memorial –
Late Models

1996 – Tommy Armel
1997 – Richard Irwin
1998 – Gary Stuhler
1999 – Roy Deese
2000 – Tommy Armel
2001 – Andy Anderson
2002 – Nathan Durboraw
2003 – Bo Feathers
2004 – Bo Feathers
2005 – Bo Feathers
2006 – Gary Stuhler
2007 – Gerald Davis
2008 – Bo Feathers
2009 - DJ Myers
2010 - Josh Richards
2011 - Jason Covert

2012 - Kenny Pettyjohn

 

Lee Stultz Memorial –
Late Models

1988 – Buddy Armel
1989 –
1990 –
1991 – Nathan Durboraw
1992 – Rick Eckert
1993 – Denny Bonebrake
1994 – Mike Clore
1995 – Les Hare
1996 – Gary Stuhler
1997 – Richard Irwin
1998 – Tom Myers
1999 – Nathan Durboraw
2000 – Gary Stuhler
2001 – Gerald Davis
2002 – Charlie Shaffer
2003 – Ronnie Dehaven Jr.
2004 – Bo Feathers
2005 – Bo Feathers
2006 – Gerald Davis
2007 – JT Spence
2008 – Gary Stuhler
2009 - Jamie Lathroum
2010 - DJ Myers
2011 - Jason Covert

2012 - Nick Dickson
2013 - Gregg Satterlee
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Paul Johnson Memorial –
Late Models

1984 –
1985 – Gary Stuhler
1986 – Gary Stuhler
1987 –
1988 –
1989 –
1990 – Gary Stuhler
1991 –
1992 –
1993 – Gary Stuhler
1994 – Gary Stuhler
1995 – Denny Bonebrake
1996 – Gary Shulter
1997 – Les Hare
1998 – Nathan Durboraw
1999 – Bo Feathers
2000 – Nathan Durboraw
2001 – Bo Feathers
2002 – Tom Myers
2003 – Allen Brannon
2004 – Gary Stuhler
2005 – Bo Feathers
2006 – JT Spence
2007 – Bo Feathers
2008 – Booper Bare
2009 - Tommy Armel
2010 - Jamie Lathroum
2011 - Jason Covert

2012 - Trevor Feathers

2013 – JT Spence

Leo Nichols Memorial –
Pure Stocks

1992 – Mark Hottle
1993 – Terry Carlyle
1994 – Steve Payne – Semi Late
1995 – Tommy Armel – Semi Late
1996 – Mark Hottle
1997 – Tony Stoneberger
1998 – Terry Staton
1999 – TL Breedan
2000 – Wayne Kerns
2001 – Brad Ritter
2002 – Bryan Kerns
2003 – Rained Out
2004 – Mike Bennett
2005 – Matt Kerns
2006 – Mike Bennett
2007 – Mark Jones
2008 – Terry Staton
2009 - Mike Corbin
2010 - Mike Bennett
2011 - David Kaiser

2012 - Mike Franklin

2013 - Mike Corbin

   

Raye Vest Memorial –  Late Models

2010 – Josh Richards

2011 - Jonathan Davenport

2012 - Mark Pettyjohn
WoO Sanctioned
2013 - Dale Hollidge

Red Nininger Memorial –  Late Models

2010 – Ronnie Dehaven jr
2011 - Jason Covert

2012 - Greg Satterlee

2013 – JT Spence

   
Gunters Honey Fall Classic –  Late Models
2013 - Gregg Satterlee