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Daily Dirt 03/27/2017 09:28:49

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February 18
Winchester Raceway Park,
Winchester, TN
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Winterfest) - $3,000
Information provided by: Track and staff reports (last updated February 20, 2:37 pm)
Welshan collects $3,000 Winterfest victory
Winterfest
  1. Jason Welshan
  2. John Ownbey
  3. Brad Skinner
  4. David Seibers
  5. David Brannon
  6. Forrest Gifford
  7. Todd Morrow
  8. Robert Gant
  9. Billy Ogle Jr.
  10. Daniel Miller
  11. Joseph Faulkner
  12. Jadon Frame
  13. Josh Cherry
  14. Douglas Stewart
  15. Shannon Davis
  16. Ruben Mayfield
  17. Jason Lively
  18. Jimmy Nowlin
  19. Dillon Crim
  20. Jerry Ashley
  21. Tommy Taylor
  22. Justin Litchford
  23. Cale Finley
  24. Donald Johns
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Jason Welshan picked up $3,000 for his Winterfest victory.
What won the race: Third-starting, Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., took the lead from polesitter and defending race champion John Ownbey of Cleveland, Tenn., after the two made contact racing through turns three and four near the halfway point. Welshan drove away from the field in leading the rest of the way to earn a $3,000 victory in Winchester Raceway Park's 13th annual Winterfest.
Quotable: "Coming over here we knew we'd have to race (Ownbey). We kinda knew he'd be the one to race. It was pretty satisfying. It was good to finally come out on top for sure," said Welshan, who led more than half of last year's Winterfest before a tangle with Ownbey relegated him to a 13th-place finish.
Key notes: It marked the first Winterfest under the direction of new owner Bob Harris, who purchased the speedway last fall. Harris also owns nearby Duck River Raceway Park. ... More than 150 cars in seven divisions crowded the Winchester pit area on a cool and overcast day. ... The start was pushed back approximately two hours after early morning showers moved through the area. ... Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, Tenn., led the distance to win the Crate Late Model feature, which paid $1,500 to win. ... Randy Gifford of Flintville, Tenn., won the Sportsman/Limited Late Model feature for back-to-back Winterfest victories and a $1,000 payday. ... The next event on Winchester's schedule is a $3,000-to-win MARS DIRTcar Series East event on April 15.
Winner's sponsors: Welshan's No. 29 Hidden Hollow Motorsports Longhorn Chassis by Skinny is powered by a B&B Performance Racing Engine and sponsored by C&J Trucking, Competition Racing Equipment, Ronald Sexton Construction and Marshall Wahl Racing.
Points chase: Jerry Ashley of Elora, Tenn., is the reigning track champion.
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: John Ownbey
Polesitter: John Ownbey
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup 

Row 1: Ownbey, Ogle Jr.
Row 2: Welshan, Skinner
Row 3: Seibers, Miller
Row 4: Brannon, Gifford
Row 5: Morrow, Stewart
Row 6: Crim, Ashley
Row 7: Litchford, Davis
Row 8: Gant, Mayfield
Row 9: Frame, Finley
Row 10: Faulkner, Taylor
Row 11: Johns, Cherry
Row 12: Nowlin, Lively

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