YOUTH MOVEMENT IN FULL SWING
HEADS TO SALEM
KENTUCKIANA FORD DEALERS ARCA 200
Capable of Winning Salem’s 101st ARCA Race
SALEM, IN, April 24 - If past history is any
indication it’s anybody’s race when the ARCA Racing Series presented
by Menards pays a visit to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier
And this year will be no exception when the
Kentuckaiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 unfolds on Sunday afternoon on
the high banked .555-mile paved oval.
“All indications point to Sunday’s race being
one of the more competitive and wide open ARCA races at Salem in a
number of years,” said track general manager Richard Deaton. “With
the ARCA youth movement in full swing we expect several different
car-driver combinations to be battling for the victory.”
With an entry list that is stacked full of
talented young drivers, Salem rookies and including no former race
winners the competition is sure to be intense.
“This marks the first time in over 41 ARCA
races at Salem and 20 plus years that no former winners will be in
the field on Sunday,” said Deaton. “That should make it very
interesting as we’re assured of a first time Salem winner.”
Heading the list of Salem newcomers is 2017
ARCA Daytona 200 winner Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine.
Theriault, who is driving one of two entries fielded by Ken Schrader
Racing, currently leads the ARCA Racing Series point standings after
backing up his Daytona win with a fourth place showing at Nashville.
Theriault, a veteran late model racer, has
competed in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World
At just 19-years-old Kyle Weatherman, who
dominated the early going at Nashville and finished a strong second
in the Music City 200, will represent the Salem veterans on Sunday.
The Wentzville, Mo. driver has finished in the
top five in his last two Salem races, including a second place
finish to Ken Schrader in the 2015 spring ARCA race.
“After what we accomplished at Nashville,
everyone at Mason Mitchell Motorsports is excited for Salem,” said
“Salem’s very hard to get around, especially
for 200 laps. Just to keep the tires on it and keep it off the wall
for 200 laps is very challenging…you run so close (to the wall) up
in three and four. But we’re all excited to go back and make it
happen. I know I’m ready to get back to Salem.”
The ARCA young guns can expect plenty of
competition on Sunday from a couple of other Salem veterans - Will
Kimmel of Sellersburg, Ind., and Mason Mingus of Brentwood, Tenn.
Both Kimmel and Mingus have visited victory lane at Salem in the
Kimmel, nephew of 10-time ARCA Racing Series
champion Frank Kimmel, is a former Salem late model track champion
with five Salem wins to his credit, while Mingus won a late model
race on the high banks during the 2010 season.
Venturini Motorsports and Cunningham
Motorsports can always be counted on to be in the hunt for victory
anytime the ARCA Racing Series visits the Salem high banks. Those
two teams have combined to win six of the past 10 ARCA races at
Salem, with three victories each.
Venturini brings three drivers to Salem;
Christian Eckes of Middletown, N.Y., Zane Smith of Huntington Beach,
Calif., and Raphael Lessard of St. Joseph, Quebec; while
Cunningham’s two car team includes Dalton Sargeant of Boca Raton,
Fla., and Shane Lee of Newton, N.C.
Other entries include Illinois’ A.J. Fike,
Alabama’s Thomas Praytor, Michigan’s Brad Smith, Nevada’s Riley
Herbst and Indiana’s Mike Basham, among others.
Drivers from 17 states and Canada have filed
early entries for what will be the 101st ARCA race at Salem.
Sharing the high banks with the ARCA Racing
Series will be the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
The Ford Go Further 50, that serves as a
prelude to the ARCA 200 on Sunday, is the season opening race for
the popular Salem division.
The Kentuckana Ford Dealers ARCA 200, is the
first of three Hoosier Lottery Days scheduled for the track in
2017. Several luck fans, age 18 and older, will receive Hoosier
Lottery prize packs, compliments of the Hoosier Lottery. Race fans
are also invited to visit the Hoosier Lottery trailer for a chance
at winning additional prizes.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 will
spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30.
Practice is Saturday afternoon starting at 11:30 a.m. with
qualifications for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks set for 2:45
p.m. to be followed by General Tire qualifications for the ARCA
Racing Series. Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 raceday
festivities get underway Sunday morning with the First Harrison Bank
on-track autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by
the Great American Stock feature event at 1:00. Pre-race
ceremonies, ARCA driver introductions and the Kentuckiana Ford
Dealers 200 follow.
Tickets, both reserved and general admission,
are now selling for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 and can be
purchased by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223. Tickets are
also available on-line (24/7) at
SALEM SPEEDWAY CAMPING FOR ARCA WEEKEND
This Saturday (April
22) at 9 a.m. is when the camping area at Salem Speedway Fueled by
the Hoosier Lottery opens for the upcoming Kentuckiana Ford Dealers
ARCA 200. Free camping is available to those attending the April
30th event. Campers must be able to show proof of ticket purchase to
take advantage of the free camping privilege. To help keep camping
free of charge at Salem Speedway, track officials ask that you
please take no more space than needed for your camping area. For a
complete list of Salem camping rules and regulations click on
Camping this web site. Advance
tickets are currently selling for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA
200 and can be purchased on-line at the Speedway web site listed
here or by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223 during regular
ARCA on the way to Salem for 101st appearance;
Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 coming April 29-30
TOLEDO, Ohio (April
6, 2017) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will soon be
headed back to familiar territory in beautiful southern Indiana. The
101st appearance of the 65-year-old tour is coming to Salem Speedway
April 30 for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.
Among the teams on
the way include Cunningham Motorsports, coming with two drivers --
Newton, N.C.'s Shane Lee in the No. 22 Ford and Boca Raton, Fla.'s
Dalton Sargeant in the No. 77 Ford. Both drivers are competing for
the 2017 ARCA national championship and the Sioux Chief Short Track
Challenge title. Sargeant is driving the car that Chase Briscoe won
the ARCA national championship and Short Track title in before
Briscoe moved onto his full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series with Brad Keselowski Racing.
Crew Chief of the Year Chad Bryant, crew chief on the 77, says the
bar's going to get raised again in '17.
getting better," said Bryant. "We've been so good these last few
years...everybody's had to go to work on their stuff. We've been so
good on short tracks...we put a lot of pressure on everybody else to
get better. But as good as the competition is now, we have no choice
but to get better."
Cunningham isn't exactly sitting on their hands.
"We're building new
cars...trying to advance our program to keep it where it needs to
be. Everybody else is doing their homework.
"We'll be right
there in competition for the championship and the Short Track title,
and I think both of our teams will compete for it....in years past
it's been one or the other."
Lee and Sargeant are off to great starts in '17, finishing third and
fourth respectively at Daytona. Lee drives the No. 22 Big Tine Ford
with former NASCAR Cup champion crew chief Paul Andrews calling the
shots while Sargeant works with crew chief Bryant in the 77.
No doubt the entry
list is loaded up with top-notch talent and quality equipment from
several powerhouse teams including Venturini Motorsports, coming
with three rookie drivers: No. 15 Christian Eckes (Middletown,
N.Y.), No. 25 Raphael Lessard (St. Joseph, Quebec) and No. 55 Zane
Smith (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Ken Schrader Racing
is expected to enter two cars, one with the team's 2017 Daytona
winner Austin Theriault (Fort Kent, Maine) in the No. 52, and
another with newcomer Tony Mrakovich (Elizabethtown, Pa.) scheduled
to make his second career start in the No. 11 Schrader-Hillenburg
Joe Gibbs Racing is
also expected to enter with rookie Riley Herbst (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Herbst announced a full ARCA schedule in 2017 in the No. 18 NOS
Energy-Terrible Herbst Toyota; however, age restrictions prevented
him from competing at Daytona during the race. Since Daytona, Herbst
has turned 18 and is good to go for the full season ahead.
entries expected include Thomas Praytor (Mobile, Ala.) in the No. 9
DK-LOK Ford; Bret Holmes (Munford, Ala.) in the No. 23 Southern
States Bank-Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet; AJ Fike (Galesburg,
Ill.) in the No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus-Liberty Village Ford; and
Gus Dean (Bluffton, S.C.) in the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products
Will Kimmel is also
expected to enter in his father Bill Kimmel's iconic No. 69 Ford, as
is Mike Basham in his father Darrell Basham's No. 34 Chevy. Both
drivers are from nearby Sellersburg, Indiana.
Past ARCA Racing
Series winners at Salem include NASCAR Cup champions Bobby Allison
and Benny Parsons, 1952 Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman,
six-time ARCA champion Iggy Katona, Ken Schrader, 10-time ARCA
champion Frank Kimmel (9-time Salem winner), and three-time series
champions Jack Bowsher and Tim Steele. NASCAR drivers Justin
Allgaier, Brian Keselowski, Chris Buescher and Brennan Poole have
also visited victory lane in ARCA competition at Salem. Christopher
Bell swept both ARCA races at Salem in 2016.
Salem race also marks round 2 for the Sioux Chief Short Track
Challenge, one of 11 short track events in 2017 that make up ARCA's
Short Track championship.
Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 will spread out over two days, Saturday
and Sunday, April 29-30. Practice is Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to
1:30, with qualifications following at 2:45. Kentuckiana Ford
Dealers 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday morning with an
on-track driver autograph session from 11:30 to 12:30 followed by
the Lucas Oil Great American Stock feature event at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
Pre-race ceremonies, ARCA driver introductions and the Kentuckiana
Ford Dealers 200 follow.
Advance tickets, both general admission and reserved, are currently
selling for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200. They can be
purchased on-line or 1-888-246-7223 during regular business hours.
PRE-SEASON TESTING AT SALEM SET
TO KICK-OFF ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1
The first of two pre-season practice sessions at Salem Speedway
Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery is set for Saturday, April 1st.
The test, open to both Salem Speedway divisions and any traveling
divisions scheduled to race at Salem in 2017, starts at 12-noon and
goes until 2 p.m. Both the short-track and high banks will be
available for testing.
PNC pit gates open at 10:30 a.m. The second and final pre-season
test is set for Saturday, April 15th.
Race fans are invited to view the test session from the grandstand
area at no admission charge.
SALEM SPEEDWAY SEASON TICKETS NOW SELLING
Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery season tickets are currently selling
for the 2017 racing season. They are priced at just $165 for
reserved seats and $140 for non-reserved.
Now is the time to
take advantage of substantial savings, while ensuring that you don’t
miss a lap of breathtaking action during the 2017 season at Salem
To order your season
tickets or for more information call 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223.
Most major credit cards are accepted.
The 2017 Salem
season kicks-off on Sunday, April 30th with the Kentuckiana Ford
Dealers ARCA 200. Featuring the ARCA Racing Series presented by
Menards and the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
ARCA, USAC, CRA HEADLINE 2017 SALEM SPEEDWAY
FUELED BY THE HOOSIER LOTTERY SCHEDULE
SALEM, IN, Feb. 3 – The 2017 Salem Speedway
Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery racing season kicks-off with a visit
by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in late April and
concludes with the 29th annual Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco
Halloween 200 in October. In between a combination of national and
regional events are set to take place on the .555-mile high banked
oval, the quarter-mile infield track and the “Roval” road course.
“We believe that our 2017 schedule will appeal
to a wide range of racing fans,” said Richard Deaton, general
manager of the southern Indiana track. “Our aim is to continue
expanding our traditional events while adding some new wrinkles to
the remainder of our schedule.”
traditional events returning to the high banks in 2017 are spring
and fall visits by the
Racing Series. The
200 is set for Sunday afternoon, April 30th and the Eddie
Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing will
take place under the lights on Saturday, September 9th.
race has been designated the official “ARCA Throwback Weekend”. A
full weekend of activities; including a golf scramble, parade of
haulers, throwback paint schemes and Friday night Fan Fest are just
part of the festivities planned for the fall event.
Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial presented by
Ford Dealers headlines August action at Salem. The 58th annual open
wheel classic, featuring the
Silver Crown Champ Car Series, is set to unfold on Saturday night,
winners of the James/O’Connor Memorial, one of the most historic and
longest running memorial races in the nation, include such legendary
drivers as Bob
Jones, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser,
Carter, Rich Vogler
and Tony Stewart.
annual visit by the Midwest
Vintage Race Car Club is also scheduled to take place in conjunction
with the James/O’Connor Memorial.
model racing takes center stage at Salem Speedway Fueled by the
Hoosier Lottery on Saturday night, June 17th as the
All-Stars Tour returns to the high banks for the fourth annual
three previous JEGS/CRA
All-Stars Tour races held at Salem have produced some of the best
action of the season on the super-fast .555-mile oval.
Street Stocks will join with the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks
(GAS) on Sunday afternoon, June 4th for the Casey’s General Store
Triple 50 format will include 50-lap feature events for both
divisions with the top finishers out of each race advancing to the
final 50-lap “Challenge Race”. The top street stock type cars from
throughout the state of Indiana and beyond are expected for this
traditional events planned for 2017 include the 28th annual Discover
Scott County Firecracker 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on
Sunday, July 2nd and the Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween
200 on Sunday, October 22.
Speedway will pay tribute to all mothers on Saturday night, May 13th
with a special Mother’s Day Celebration. The track will be offering
free grandstand admission for all ladies on this night.
fans and classic car enthusiasts will want to mark Saturday, July
22nd on their calendar, as
2017 presented by ACE Hardware of Salem takes center stage. The
summer fun event features on-track activity from both Salem Speedway
divisions – Great American Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Stocks –
plus the Midwest Thunder Roadsters and Legends Cars. A cruise-in,
burnout contest and live music are also part of the third annual
annual Redneck Enduro
100 has a new name in 2017 – the
100. The multi-turn road course type event for the Salem Front
Wheel Drive Cars is set to roll off on Sunday, October 1st.
Additional information concerning 2017 activities at Salem Speedway
Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, including season and single race
ticket information, may be obtained by calling 812-883-6504 or
1-888-246-7223 or by accessing the Speedway web site at
2017 Salem Speedway Fueled by the
Hoosier Lottery Schedule
Apr. 1 & 15
Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200
ARCA Racing Series and Great American Stocks
Mothers Day Celebration
Free Grandstand Admission For All Ladies
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, Front Wheel Drive Stocks
And Indiana Champ Kart Series
Casey's General Store GAS/CRA Challenge
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, CRA Street Stocks
And Front Wheel Drive Stocks
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Late Models, Lucas Oil Great American
Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Stocks
Discover Scott County Firecracker 200
Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks (non-points), $5,000 to win
And Front Wheel Drive Stocks
Presented by ACE Hardware of Salem
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, Front Wheel Drive Stocks,
Thunder Roadsters and Midwest Legends Cars. Classic Car
Cruise-in, Burnout Contest and Music.
Dollar Beer/Dollar Hot Dogs
Discover Scott County
Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial
Presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers
USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and Lucas Oil
Great American Stocks. Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club
Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic
Presented by Meadow View / Salem Crossing
ARCA Throwback Weekend - Featuring the ARCA Racing Series
and the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks
Extreme Roval 100
Front Wheel Drive Stocks (non-points) on the road course
Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks (non-points), $5,000 to win
RACING ELECTRONICS TO CONTINUE AS OFFICIAL
COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER AT SALEM SPEEDWAY
SALEM, IN, Jan. 6 - Racing Electronics has
agreed to continue as the “Official Communications Provider” of
Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery for the next three
years reports track management. The 2017 season marks the 22nd
consecutive year for the Concord, NC, company to serve in that
capacity. “We’re certainly pleased to continue our longstanding
relationship with Racing Electronics,” said a track spokesperson.
“Racing Electronics has served us well with a quality product and
great service for many years.”
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS TO SERVE AS PRESENTING
SPONSOR OF JULY 2nd FIRECRACKER 200
SALEM, IN, Dec. 28 - Salem Speedway Fueled by
the Hoosier Lottery is happy to announce that O’Reilly Auto Parts
will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Firecracker 200.
O’Reilly Auto Parts, with over 4,000 stores in 42 states, is known
for offering the best combination of price and quality at the
highest possible service level.
“We are extremely excited to have the
continued support of O’Reilly Auto Parts at Salem Speedway,” said a
track spokesperson in making the announcement.
The 28th annual Firecracker 200 presented by
O’Reilly Auto Parts is set for Sunday, July 2nd. The non-points race
for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks and visiting street stock
type divisions pays $5,000 to win.
LUCAS OIL CONTINUES AS TITLE SPONSOR
OF GREAT AMERICAN STOCK DIVISION IN 2017
SALEM, IN, Nov. 29 – Salem Speedway Fueled by
the Hoosier Lottery track management announced today that Lucas Oil
will continue as title sponsor of the Salem Speedway Great American
Stock division for the 2017 season.
“We’re certainly pleased to have the continued
support of Lucas Oil at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier
Lottery,” said track general manager Richard Deaton. “This is a
company recognized throughout the motorsports industry for top
quality products and a commitment to customer satisfaction.”
Lucas Oil Products are among the fastest
growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A
premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives has
helped establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace.
Lucas has long been directly involved in the American
racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing
event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants
in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end
result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils
that are second-to-none in the racing industry.
The Lucas success story has been built upon hard work, an
unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment
to customer satisfaction. This single formula for success will
continue to guide Lucas Oil Products as it grows in the years to
The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks enjoyed a banner year
at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery in 2017. The
popular division averaged over 26 cars per race during the just
completed season with seven different winners in 10 races.
For more information on Lucas Oil products
visit the Lucas Oil web site at
BAYENS, ROGERS AND ALLEN HONORED AS 2016 SALEM
TRACK CHAMPIONS DURING SEASON ENDING CEREMONY
SALEM, IN, Nov. 14 - Track champions were
crowned and numerous other honors were handed out at the 28th annual
Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Awards Luncheon on
Sunday afternoon. Over 160 drivers, owners, mechanics, sponsors and
guests gathered at Cornerstone Hall in Salem for the season ending
The top 10 finishers in all three Salem
Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery divisions were among the
Season champions honored were David Bayens of
Borden, Ind., Lucas Oil Great American Stocks; Craig Rogers of
Louisville, O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks; and Jesse Allen of
Lanesville, Ind., Salem Front Wheel Drive Stocks.
Rookie of the Year honors went to Jamie Goodman
of Louisville (Great American Stocks) and Codey Turnage of Memphis,
Ind., (Front Wheel Drive Stocks).
Six Sigma Crew Chief of the Year Awards were
presented to Eddie Bayens (Great American Stocks), Leo O’Hara (Pure
Stocks) and Jim Allen (Front
Wheel Drive Stocks).
Bayens was awarded the Lucas Oil Performance
Award for the Great American Stock division, as he was the only
driver to complete 100 percent of available laps (410 of 410) in
feature competition during the 2016 season.
The Duragloss Car Care Products “Jerry Norris
Memorial” Best Appearing Car Award was presented to Justin Bex.
Tim Sebastian, owner of the cars driven by
Bayens and Tony Conway, was the recipient of the Boyd Smedley
Memorial Sportsmanship Award presented annually by radio station
Hoosier Lottery draw game host, Katie Hargitt,
was a special guest at Sunday’s season ending awards ceremony.
Hargitt, who appears weekly on TV throughout the state of Indiana,
talked briefly about the Hoosier Lottery and also assisted with the
Prior to the awards ceremony Salem Speedway
Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery track owner Owen Thompson addressed
the gathering about the just completed season and the upcoming
year. The 2017 season, that will be the 23rd under the direction of
the Thompson family, is schedule to kick-off in April.
NEW SALEM SPEEDWAY CAMPING
REGULATIONS FOR ATV’s, SCOOTERS, ETC.
Due to insurance regulations and our
desire to keep the Salem Speedway camping area a safe family
friendly atmosphere, ATV’s, go-karts, motorized scooters, mopeds,
mini bikes or dirt bikes will no longer be allowed in the camping
or parking lot area. Golf carts will be allowed if operated in a
responsible manner by those with a valid drivers license. Race
teams may still use ATV’s for work related purposes.