Vogler Classic Brings USAC Back To Winchester

USAC will makes its long-awaited return to Winchester Speedway later this year. (USAC photo)

WINCHESTER, Ind. – The Rich Vogler Classic on May 9 marks the much-anticipated return of USAC racing to Winchester Speedway after a hiatus of nearly a decade.

The event will also mark the debut of USAC’s historic Silver Crown Series at Winchester.

The Rich Vogler Classic will celebrate open wheel racing’s rich history at the legendary half-mile, high-banked oval, while paying homage to the legendary life and career of one of motorsport’s greatest talents, the late Rich Vogler.

A 100-lap main event will showcase the beauty and speed of the renowned Silver Crown machines, while testing the bravery and skill of some of the world’s best drivers upon the fabled Winchester high banks.

Tickets for the Rich Vogler Classic are available online at winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.

The event is a co-promotion between Winchester Speedway and Elite Racing Promotions, which was formed in 2019 by Brady and Xia Xianna Bacon.

“I am extremely excited about the Rich Vogler Classic. Winchester Speedway is a special place to my family and we are honored to play a role in bringing USAC racing back to the high banks,” said Bacon, a three-time USAC National Sprint Car Series champion who lives in Winchester, Ind.

“When Charlie Shaw (track owner) first spoke to me about helping Winchester Speedway I said we need to bring USAC back to the track,” added Bob Dillner, promoter of Winchester Speedway. “I had spoken to Levi (Jones of USAC) earlier in 2020 and then Brady called in the fall of last year. We are honored to be working with the Bacon family on this venture because they bring a wealth of knowledge and excitement to this event to honor the legacy of a legendary racer like Rich Vogler.”

The Rich Vogler Classic will serve at the season opener for the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Winchester’s USAC story began in the inaugural year of the club’s existence, in 1956, when Elmer George scored a 30-lap victory that May aboard Mari George’s HOW Racing No. 21.

The event was the start of long storied relationship between the track and series which has resulted in 143 USAC National Sprint Car Series races held at the track. That large number of events still ranks Winchester Speedway as the third most all-time with the series.

Winchester has also hosted 51 USAC national midget events between 1958 and 2000.

USAC’s most recent visit to Winchester Speedway came during the 2011 season, when USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines notched the 30-lapper in his own No. 4.

It was just two years prior to that, in 2009, when Hines set a new one-lap track record for a USAC sprint car around, not only Winchester, but all half-mile race tracks with a blistering lap of 13.964 seconds, just a tick under 129 mph.

Joining the USAC Silver Crown Series at Winchester Speedway will be the Midwest Old Timers Vintage Racing Club.


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