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KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Hats off to West Virginia’s Travis Braden, who captured the overall ARCA/CRA Super Series driving crown this season. Braden scored four series victories in 2013, including a win at Winchester in June. Differential issues put Braden’s No. 01 Impala out of the race on Sunday as the new champion ended up 24th in the final rundown.

Finishing second in the standings was Ali Kern, of Fremont, Ohio. Kern became the highest-finishing female competitor in series history. She was also crowned rookie of the year with a number of podium finishes to her credit. Kern drove a Ford for Lorz Motorsports, operated by Mike and Dan Lorz in Midlothian, Ill., and finished 21st at Winchester.

Former two-time series titlist Keith Sterkowitz, of Cedar Lake, Ind., won Friday’s ARCA/CRA Late Model Sportsman 50 lapper. Coming from the back of the field after an early race mishap, Sterkowitz guided his Midnight Blue Towing-sponsored Impala to the victory. It was Sterkowitz’s second consecutive Winchester 400 weekend victory as he was a winner also in 2012.

 Seven-time Winchester 400 winner – Bob Senneker  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Seven-time Winchester 400 winner – Bob Senneker (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Historical Winchester 400 notes…

The race was originally known as the Dri-Power 400, named for an automotive chemical additive that was primarily distributed throughout Indiana.

Dave Sorg, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was the winner of the inaugural Dri-Power 400 in a Mercury, having a five-lap advantage over Iowa’s Irv Janey at the checkered flag. Sorg repeated his winning effort in 1972.

Bob Senneker, of Dorr, Mich., won a record seven Winchester 400s during his career. The first came in 1974 and the last one in 1990. Senneker won an incredible five in a row from 1974 through 1978 in his “Bluebird” No. 84.

Other multiple race winners include Mike Cope (three) and Mike Eddy, Mark Martin, Butch Miller and Gary St. Amant with two victories each. There has been no repeat winner since 2002.

No races were held in 2004 and 2005.

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