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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 26-27 2014

The Great ARCA short-track race returns! Featuring the cars and drivers of the ARCA Racing Series. Call now to renew your seats for one of the biggest races of the season.

APRIL 26TH...

ARCA Practice & Qual. / Lucas Oil Great American Stock Practice & Qualifications.    

Pits Open 7:30 a.m., (EDT), Spectator Gates Open 11:30 a.m.,
Practice 11:30 a.m., GAS Qual. 2:45 p.m., ARCA Qual. 3:30 p.m.

ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
Adults & Teens $6, Age 7-12 $3 (Free With Sunday Ticket)

APRIL 27TH...

ARCA Racing Series 200 and Lucas Oil Great American Stock 50

Pits Open 9 a.m. (EDT), Spectator Gates Open 10 a.m., Autograph Session 11:30 a.m.,
GAS 50 1 p.m., ARCA 200 2:15 p.m.  

ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
Adults & Teens $24, Age 7-12 $5

ADVANCED RESERVED SEATING: $29

  

 

 

ATTENTION CAMPERS...

We love campers at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.  However, we have a few rules in regards to our free camping on Speedway property.  Go back to the front page and click-on Camping for camping rules and regulations. For the upcoming Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter no campers allowed on grounds or no marking of spaces before WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th. This will be strictly enforced. You must have tickets for the ARCA race for free camping privileges.   Also, in an effort to keep camping free at Salem we ask that you take no more space than needed for your group.

NASHVILLE RECORDING TRIO LUCY ANGEL
TO PERFORM ARCA PRE-RACE CONCERT

SALEM, IN, April 15 – Nashville recording group Lucy Angel is set to bring their high energy country music act to the high banks of Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Sunday, April 27th as a prelude to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter.

LUCY ANGEL, a mother-daughter trio is the combined forces of Kate, Lindsay and Emily Anderton, three talented, entertaining and brilliantly focused individuals. The group has taken their undeniable harmonies and contagious country music all over the world. 

LUCY ANGEL has touched audiences around the world performing hundreds of shows in the U.S. in support of their freshman album.  In addition, they have toured Japan, Switzerland and China twice where they were honored to be the very first western /American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing before Chinese government officials and more than 280 international dignitaries and ambassadors.

Lucy Angel is currently preparing for the release of their self-titled CD “Lucy Angel” which will debut later this spring.

For more information visit online at www.LUCYANGEL.com / @LucyAngelBand on Twitter

Tickets for the upcoming Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter are currently selling and can be purchased on the Speedway web site or by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223. Discount general admission tickets ($15 each) are also available at Menards in Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville and Princeton, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.

SCHRADER’S TAKE ON SALEM: “IT’S A LOT LIKE

DARLINGTON”, FEDERATED AUTO PARTS ARCA 200

BY CRUNCH ‘N NUTTER ON THE WAY

 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch'N Nutter at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will mark the season-opener for the historic half-mile portion of the hallowed grounds in southern Indiana. But for seasoned veteran Ken Schrader, it'll be race number 22 on the year, and the buds on the trees haven't even opened yet. That's more than the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will do in a full season.  

 

And oh yeah, Schrader turns 59 on May 29. Schrader is already the oldest ARCA winner in series history after his victory on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile last September. So what's Schrader's take on it?

 

"Well, that just means that I wanna be an older winner this year," Schrader said.

 

He'll get his first opportunity at Salem Sunday, April 27 when the 95th ARCA race on the legendary, high-banked oval rolls off.

 

In the meantime, Schrader's doing what he loves - heading down the road with his Federated Auto Parts dirt modified in tow. His target this weekend - the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track in Wheatland, Missouri, sort of a homecoming for Schrader, who hails from Fenton, Missouri. The headline on the track's website reads, in part, "Plus NASCAR Star Ken Schrader Both Nights!"

 

Schrader most certainly is a NASCAR star, but he's got some serious ARCA star power too. In 64 career starts since 1981, he's earned 17 wins, 17 poles, 43 top-fives, 51 top-10s and has led a grand total of 2,348 laps.

 

Schrader's continual race-pace is nothing short of amazing. Case in point: he had 95 races on his calendar in 2013, 18 of which were rained out. He's on track to do about the same this year. This is, of course, an amazing story in itself, but in reality, not so much for Schrader, who's been doing it this way for decades.

 

"What can I say? We love doing what we do. We won the modified race last Sunday at Terre Haute. That was a big deal, and a heck of a lot of fun. Terre Haute's like Salem; they both deserve the respect they get."

 

Schrader has already won three times with his dirt modified this year - the other two victories coming at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi and at Hohenwald Speedway near Columbia, Tennessee.

 

With Salem still about two weeks out, he'll have competed in as many as six more modified races in the meantime. Sounds like he'll have the rust pretty-well knocked off in time for the Salem ARCA race. And it's a good thing too because he hasn't won an ARCA race at Salem since 1999.

 

"It's hard to win anywhere in ARCA, but the added challenge at Salem - it's a lot like Darlington. You have to race the competitors and the racetrack. Either one will screw you up in a heartbeat."

 

Ah yes, the racetrack. It drives like Darlington but reminds you of Bristol. Difference is...it's rougher than a corn cob with big patches in place all the way around. The aged pavement definitely keeps the teeth chattering.

 

"There's going to come a time, out of necessity, when they'll have to repave it, but every year I talk with the owners, I always tell 'em to put it off...not yet. Repaving it would make it faster for sure, but it'll also make it a single lane track as all repaving does. It'd take a few good years till the pavement gets racer friendly again."

 

The line at Salem is unique - right through the middle in turns one and two, and right against the cement wall in three and four.

 

"Keeping your concentration there is not a big deal if you've been running Darlington for 30 years, but for the first-timers, it's a big deal."

 

And because one spends much of his or her time at Salem racing the track, one must wonder where the best place to pass is. Schrader had an answer for that too.

 

"Pit road is the best place to pass at Salem. Come in second and come out first.

 

"The Winchester's and Salem's are a perfect fit for these ARCA cars. It's such a good show, but then again, ARCA puts on a great show no matter where it goes. From Daytona to the mile dirts, it's all good.

 

"But I remember the first time I went to Salem, I thought it was such a big deal, and I still do. When you consider the history of the place and all the guys that have won there over the years, it's just incredible. Every driver wants to be on that list.

 

"It's just so neat to see all the people come out to see those ARCA races at Salem, all the support from the campers that come out and make a weekend of it. I'm just really excited to be a small part of it."

 

The Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter is spread out over the weekend with ARCA practice and pole qualifying scheduled for Saturday, April 26th.  The starting grid for the Crunch ‘N Nutter 50 for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will also be determined on Saturday.  A pre-race concert and First Harrison Bank on-track autograph session kicks-off the activities on Sunday, April 27th, with the first race set to roll off at 1 p.m. (EDT).

DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR THE ARCA 200 AVAILABLE AT
5 MENARDS LOCATIONS IN INDIANA AND KENTUCKY

SALEM, IN, April 7 – Discount tickets for the April 27th Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter at The Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery are now on sale at five Menards locations in Indiana and Kentucky.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, the most-visited track ever on the ARCA schedule for the Sunday afternoon event. Advance general admission tickets are available for just $15, a savings of 40 percent, at Menards stores in the following locations: Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ind., Princeton, Ind., Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.  The discounted tickets are on sale through April 26th.

A strong line-up of cars and drivers are expected for the third stop on the 20 race 2014 ARCA Racing Series schedule.  Heading the list of drivers is10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel, plus NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and 2014 Daytona ARCA 200 winner Grant Enfinger, who also won the second ARCA race of the season at Mobile International Speedway.

2013 Salem winners Tom Hessert and Kyle Benjamin are also expected to be on hand, along with Justin Boston, Mayeve Dufault, Cody Caughlin and others.

Kimmel, who will be behind the wheel of the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota at Salem, will appear at two Menards stores on Friday, April 25th. He will be in Bloomington from noon to 1:30 p.m. and in Columbus from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

With 287 stores in 14 Midwestern states, Menards has the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs whether just needing a light bulb or can of paint to building a deck or new home. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the low price leader; it’s no wonder their famous slogan - “SAVE BIG MONEY” - is so widely known and easy to remember. Menards does things right - the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town and the way guests are always treated like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.

Advance tickets, both reserved and general admission, for the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter are also available on-line at www.salemspeedway.com or by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.

CRUNCH ‘N NUTTER SIGNS AS PRESENTING
SPONSOR FOR APRIL 27 ARCA RACE AT SALEM

SALEM, IN, March 27 – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and the Merrell Food Group have announced that Crunch ‘N Nutter will serve as the presenting sponsor for the April 26-27 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

“We are certainly pleased to have Menards and Crunch ‘N Nutter involved with one of our premier events of the season at Salem,” said track general manager Richard Deaton.  “Menards, with a long history of racing involvement in the Hoosier state, Crunch ‘N Nutter’s Indiana roots and ARCA’s longtime history at Salem, make for a perfect partnership.” 

Crunch ‘N Nutter is a cross between a candy and a cookie, and is 100 percent Amish-crafted in Indiana. It’s a simple mixture of real butter, nuts and sugar available in six flavors, including Pecan, Cashew, Mixed Nut and Peanut, plus chocolate covered Pecan and Cashew.

The sponsorship at Salem is a result of the continuing relationship between ARCA and Menards. Crunch ‘N Nutter is now available at the 285 Menards locations in 14 states.

“The grocery category is one of the fastest growing departments for Menards, and the Crunch ‘N Nutter brand of Amish candy was a product Menards wanted to add to their offering,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA’s Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships.

“The additional distribution for Crunch ‘N Nutter allows the company to develop a motorsports marketing budget,” Gundrum added. “That will now include associate sponsorship on the Ken Schrader Racing ARCA team, and, now, the Salem event.”

Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota, is scheduled to make a pair of appearances in advance of the race to help promote the event. Kimmel will appear at Menards stores in Bloomington and Columbus.

Last season, veteran ARCA driver Tom Hessert and 15-year-old Kyle Benajmin won the two ARCA Racing Series events at Salem while Justin Boston sat on the pole for both events. Each of those drivers are expected back at Salem, along with Kimmel, who has visited victory lane nine times at Salem.

The Federated Auto Parts 200, presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter will be the third of 20 race events on the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule, and the ­­95th appearance of ARCA on the historic, half-mile Salem oval since 1955.

SALEM SPEEDWAY FUELED BY THE HOOSIER LOTTERY
GEARS UP FOR 68th YEAR WITH FULL SLATE OF ACTION

Click On 2014 Schedule (Upper Right) For Complete Schedule And Ticket Information

SALEM, IN, January 13 – Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery enters its 68th year of existence with an exciting lineup of 12 events scheduled to take place during the 2014 season.

The diverse slate of events includes a mix of national and regional programs, featuring the .555-mile high banked oval, the quarter-mile infield track and the “Roval” road course.

“We believe that our 2014 schedule is one that will provide unlimited excitement and great racing action all season long,” said track general manager Richard Deaton. 

Among traditional events returning to the high banks in 2014 are spring and fall visits by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the 55th annual Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, featuring the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series.

The Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 is set for Sunday, April 27th and the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic will take place under the lights on Saturday, September 13th.

The spring race will mark the 95th appearance of the ARCA Racing Series at Salem.  No track has appeared more on the series schedule through the years than Salem. 

New Jersey’s Tom Hessert and South Carolina’s Kyle Benjamin visited victory lane in ARCA competition last season at Salem. 

The Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, one of the most historic and longest running memorial races in the nation, headlines August action at Salem.  The 55th annual sprint classic is set to unfold on Saturday night, August 9th.

The honor roll of past James/O’Connor victors reads like a “who’s-who” in open wheel racing history with such names as Bob Sweikert, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler and Tony Stewart gracing the list of former winners. 

Indiana’s Brian Olson held off a determined Brian Gerster to win his second consecutive James/O’Connor Memorial in 2013, thus becoming the first back-to-back race winner in 33 years.

The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour late model series returns to Salem on Saturday night, June 21st for the Midwest 150.

“The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour features some of the top young talent in the nation,” said Deaton.  “Drivers such as Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kyle Benjamin and others have honed their skills competing with the JEGS/CRA series.”

Ohio’s Cody Caughlin, a highly touted 17-year-old, captured the 2013 JEGS/CRA race at Salem.

The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks are in the spotlight on several occasions during the 2014 season at Salem, including serving as the support division for both the spring and fall ARCA races, the James/O’Connor Memorial and the Midwest 150.

Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will once again pay tribute to our nation’s military on Armed Forces Day with the Spring Speed Fest on Saturday night, May 17th, with free grandstand admission for all active duty military personnel and veterans.  This is also dollar beer and dollar hot dog night at the track.

The Thompson’s 20th Season Celebration presented by Ace Hardware of Salem unfolds on Saturday, July 26th and features a night of racing action, plus other fun-filled activities to be announced.  2014 marks the 20th season for Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery under the ownership of the Owen Thompson family.  

Other traditional events planned for 2014 include the 25th annual Firecracker 200 presented by the Scott County Visitors Commission on Friday, July 4th and the 26th annual Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200 on Sunday, October 26th.

Road racing action is set to unfold on two occasions in 2014 with the Salem Roval Grand Prix on Sunday, June 1st and the Redneck Enduro 100 on Sunday, Nov. 2nd.  Both races feature the Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Cars competing on a circuit utilizing the infield short-track and a portion of the half-mile high banks with both left and right-hard turns.

The 2014 Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery season kicks-off on Sunday, April 6th with the fourth annual Short-Track Festival.  The O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks and Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks headline the afternoon of racing action, that includes the inaugural figure 8 race for the Front Wheel Drive cars at Salem.

Additional information concerning the 2014 activities at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, including ticket information, may be obtained by calling (812) 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223 or by accessing the Speedway web site at www.salemspeedway.com

FEDERATED AUTO PARTS SIGNS AS TITLE SPONSOR
OF BOTH ARCA RACING SERIES EVENTS AT SALEM

SALEM, IN, Jan. 7 – When the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery in 2014 a new name will grace both the spring and fall races.

A Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery track spokesman announced today that Federated Auto Parts will serve as the title sponsor for the two ARCA Racing Series visits to the historic southern Indiana oval during the upcoming season.

“We’re certainly excited about the expanded roll Federated Auto Parts will be playing in two of our biggest races of the season at Salem”, said track general manager Richard Deaton.  “We have long enjoyed a great partnership with Federated Auto Parts and we’re looking forward to the new involvement of this outstanding company.”

The Virginia based auto parts distributor has served as presenting sponsor of the fall ARCA race at Salem for a number of years.

Federated Auto Parts is a nationally known auto parts distribution network with over 4,000 auto parts stores across the country.  Federated strives to provide both the trained professionals and the do-it-yourselfers with quality products that meet or exceed O.E.M. specifications and are made by America’s top automotive parts manufacturers.

The April 27th ARCA race at Salem will be called the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 and the September 13th race will be known as the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic.

The 2014 spring race will mark the 95th appearance of ARCA at Salem since debuting on the venerable half-mile oval in 1955.  Over the years, no track has appeared on ARCA’s annual schedule more than Salem has.

Federated Auto Parts racing involvement encompasses a wide range of motorsports, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series, USAC Silver Crown Series and World of Outlaw Racing.  Federated Auto Parts is also a longtime sponsor of Ken Schrader Racing.

Tickets are currently selling for both the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 and the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic and can be purchased by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.   

RACING ELECTRONICS SET TO CONTINUE AS
SALEM’S OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER  

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. The 2014 season will mark the 19th 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 track general manager Richard Deaton.  “Bruce Silver and all the fine folks at Racing Electronics have served us well for many years.”

PORTLAND RECYCLING TO RETURN IN ‘14
AS FRONT WHEEL DRIVE TITLE SPONSOR

Portland Recycling, located at 1612 Portland Ave. in Louisville, has agreed to continue as title sponsor of the Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Front Wheel Drive division for the 2014 season reports track management.

“We are certainly pleased to continue our marketing partnership with Portland Recycling”, said Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery general manager Richard Deaton.  “Portland Recycling is a family owned and operated business that has supported Kentuckiana area racing for many years.”

Portland Recycling has long been known for the competitive prices paid for aluminum, non-ferrous metals, brass, lead, copper and other scrap material. Visit them on-line at www.portlandrecyclinginc.com.

The 2014 Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive season at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery is scheduled to kick-off in early April.    

2014 CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES NOW POSTED

SALEM, IN, Nov. 26 – 2014 construction guidelines for all three Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery divisions - Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, O'Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks and Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks - are now posted on this web site.  Just click on Rules at right (above) for the updated guidelines.

LUCAS OIL CONTINUES AS TITLE SPONSOR
OF GREAT AMERICAN STOCK DIVISION IN 2014

SALEM, IN, Nov. 22 – 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 2014 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 racing through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels.

The 2014 season for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks kicks-off on Sunday afternoon, April 27th at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, as a 50-lap race serves as the prelude to the ARCA Racing Series 200.

For more information on Lucas Oil products visit the Lucas Oil web site at www.lucasoil.com.

BAYER, ROGERS AND BAUM HONORED AS 2013 SALEM
TRACK CHAMPIONS DURING SEASON ENDING CEREMONY

SALEM, IN, Nov. 18 – Track champions were crowned and numerous other honors were handed out at the 25th annual Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Over 150 drivers, owners, mechanics, sponsors and guests gathered at Cornerstone Hall in Salem for the season ending event.  The top 10 finishers in all three Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery divisions were among the honorees.

Season champions honored were Brian Bayer of Birdseye, Ind., Lucas Oil Great American Stocks; Travis Rogers of Charlestown, Ind., O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks; and Austin Baum of Shepherdsville, Ky., Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks.

Rookie of the Year honors went to Jonathan Ziegler of Lafayette, Ind. (Great American Stocks), Ethan Dunn of Louisville (Pure Stocks) and Chris Maynard of Louisville (Front Wheel Drive Stocks).

Six Sigma Crew Chief of the Year Awards were presented to Trent Bayer (Great American Stocks), Leo O’Hara (Pure Stocks) and Brian Baum (Front Wheel Drive Stocks).

Brian Bayer, Todd Kempf and Shawn Smith were all awarded the Lucas Oil Performance Award for the Great American Stock division, as all three drivers completed 100 percent of available laps (325 of 325) in feature competition during the 2013 season.

The Duragloss Car Care Products “Jerry Norris Memorial” Best Appearing Car Award was presented to driver Shawn Smith and car owner Haywood Marr.

Marr was also the recipient of the Boyd Smedley Memorial Award presented annually by radio station WUME-FM.

Prior to the awards ceremony Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery track owner Owen Thompson spoke to the gathering about the just completed season and the upcoming year.  The 2014 season, that will be the 20th under the direction of the Thompson family, is schedule to kick-off in April.  

ARCA RACING SERIES SET FOR RETURN VISITS TO SALEM HIGH BANKS DURING THE 2014 SEASON

TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 12 – The track that has hosted more ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races than any other is about to add two more. ARCA officials announced Monday that it will once again hold two races at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery in 2014.

"The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has played a significant roll in the storied history of Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery," said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton.  "From the days of Troy Ruttman, Jack Bowsher and Benny Parsons to Tim Steele, Justin Allgaier and Frank Kimmel, the ARCA Racing Series has provided an abundance of memorable racing action on the high banks of Salem."

The ARCA Racing Series will run the traditional spring and fall races. The spring race will be Sunday afternoon April 27 while the Fall classic will be under the lights on Saturday, Sept. 13. The April 27 race will mark the 95th all-time ARCA race at Salem Speedway.

This past season, Salem Speedway continued to make history when 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin became the youngest ARCA winner at the Indiana track. Tom Hessert won the spring ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race, his second consecutive win at the half-mile speedway. 

Frank Kimmel is the all-time ARCA winner at Salem with nine wins between 1998 and 2008. Other Salem ARCA winners over the years reads like a who's who in motorsports, a list that includes Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman, NASCAR champions Bobby Allison and Benny Parsons, ARCA champions Nelson Stacy, Jack Bowsher, Benny Parsons, Iggy Katona, Ramo Stott, Tim Steele, Justin Allgaier and Chris Buescher, as well as Bob Schacht, Ken Schrader, Brian Keselowski, and Alex Bowman.

Jack Harrison, in a Ford, won the first-ever ARCA race at Salem on October 9, 1955. Harrison, who was afflicted with stomach ulcers, drank milk continuously to ease his ailment.

In recent weeks, ARCA officials have been rolling out the 2014 schedule and expect a few more dates to be announced soon. The season will open with ARCA’s 51st visit to Daytona International Speedway Feb. 15 and culminate with the championship race Oct. 3 at Kansas Speedway. Ten race dates have been announced thus far for 2014.

2013 SALEM SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS AND OTHERS
TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY ON SUNDAY

SALEM, IN, Nov. 12 - The 2013 Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Awards Ceremony is set to take place on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17th at Cornerstone Hall in Salem.

The 25th annual event honors the top 10 in each Salem division – Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks and Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks – along with others.

A reception is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the awards ceremony getting underway immediately following the social hour.

Tickets are just $5 each and may be purchased by calling 883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223.

Cornerstone Hall is located just east of Salem off Highway 56 on Jim Day Road.

15-YEAR OLD KYLE BENJAMIN TAKES
ARCA CHECKERS AT SALEM ON SATURDAY

 

(SALEM, Ind.) - It's been a big year for the number 15 in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

 

Fifteen-year-old Kyle Benjamin won his second race of the season Saturday, winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care at the Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. Benjamin, fittingly, was driving the No. 15, which has now visited victory lane six times on the season for Venturini Motorsports.

 

Benjamin grabbed the lead from fellow teenager Kyle Weatherman on lap 192 of the 200 laps race and held on for the win in the No. 15 Renton Coil Springs-Cometic Chevrolet.

 

"I was hoping nothing broke and a caution wouldn't come out," the Easley, S.C. native said.

 

Weatherman, in the St. Charles Glass-United Nissan Dodge, finished second for the second consecutive race. He took the lead from Benjamin on the last caution when the No. 15 pitted for two tires. Weatherman stayed on the track.

 

"We got two tires and a few of the guys I was racing against stayed out," Benjamin said. "It was a great call by my crew chief, Kevin Reed. Tires are so big here. Kyle was hard to pass for about five laps, but once the tires came to me, I knew I could get by him."

 

Veteran Frank Kimmel finished third, battling back from a lap down, to gain yet another top five finish in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota. Ken Schrader, in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet, was fourth, and Mason Mitchell, driver of the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford, fifth. Mitchell was the first car not on the lead lap.

 

Weatherman said Benjamin got into him a little bit in turn four when he lost the lead.

 

"I probably would have done the same thing," Weatherman said. "It was just racing. He and I had fast cars all night."

 

Driving for car owner Andy Hillenburg, Weatherman took the lead early in the race and built up a huge lead when the race stayed green from laps 33 to 116. He led 66 laps in all.

 

"I was just calm and passing people, not doing anything stupid out there," he said. "The car was good and things we're going smooth."

 

Schrader said he made a mistake with setting up the race car.

 

"I think I cost my team tonight," he said. "I made a mistake. It's been four years since I had been here and just made the wrong call. We were good late in the race, got it figured out."

 

The three early race leaders all faded for one reason or another. Austin Wayne Self led the first 26 laps, and finished 10th in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge. Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Justin Boston was strong early in the race, but transmission problems ended his day early. He led 19 laps and finished 23rd for Venturini Motorsports. Defending series champion Chris Buescher, in the No. 99 Reliance Tool-Roulo Brothers Racing Ford, also led 19 laps, but brake problems relegated him to the garage after 125 laps. Will Kimmel was in the top five until the last 20 laps of the race when troubles pushed him back to 12th place.

 

Championship point leader Kimmel, by virtue of the win, won the Bill France 4 Crown championship, a four-race series within the ARCA Racing Series season that counts only points in a set of four diverse races. Salem Speedway was the short track leg of the series that includes a superspeedway race, road course and dirt track.

 

Josh Williams, in the No. 02 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, finished sixth.

 

"We tried," Williams said. "Something was broke on the car. I tried to turn one way and it was going the other. It was crazy. If not for that, we might have been in the top three."

 

Trevor Edwards, a Shepherdsville, Ky. native and second-generation driver at Salem, finished eighth in his ARCA Racing Series debut.

 

Mason Mingus entered the day as the SCOTT Rookie Challenge co-leader with Boston. The team had to change a motor after practice and fell several laps down early in the race. Mingus, in the 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota, however, rebounded for an impressive top 10 finish in his No. 32, which had a new paint scheme for the race.

 

Benjamin, who won last month at Madison International Speedway to become the youngest race winner in series history, led a race-best 70 laps. He took his first lead after the second caution of the race, leading from lap 117 to lap 177.

 

"As it got dark, it got really fast," he said of his car.

 

His age will prevent him from making another start in the series this season as the ARCA Racing Series finishes with races at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

 

"It means a lot to finish it off with a win for Venturini, with my crew chief Kevin Reed and Billy Venturini mentoring me," he said. "After the first two races of the season, I knew we'd win some races. This is such a strong team." 

 

Shawn Smith of Louisville led the final 17 laps to capture the Federated Car Care 50, which served as a prelude to the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic.

 

The victory was Smith’s second of the season.

 

Brian Bayer of Birdseye, Ind., who finished second in the race, wrapped up the 2013 Lucas Oil Great American Stock season championship.

 

Todd Kempt, who led the first 33 circuits around the .555-mile oval, finished third, with Kyle Hadley fourth and Roger Williams fifth.

 

Racing returns to the high banks of Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Sunday, October 27th for the 25th annual Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200.

 

“REDNECK ENDURO 100 On The ROVAL”
ADDED TO THE 2013 SALEM SCHEDULE

 Schedule Changes Announced By Track Management

SALEM, IN, August 21 - Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery track management recently announced a couple of schedule changes for the remainder of the 2013 racing season.

A roval event for the Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks has been added to the 2013 schedule and will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 3rd.

The “Redneck Enduro 100” follows a highly popular road racing type event which took place earlier this season.  The Salem Roval Grand Prix, won by Derrick Bradshaw of Shephedsville, Ky., took place on a circuit utilizing both the infield short-track and a portion of the half-mile high banks.

Twenty-eight cars started the June 2nd race with 19 cars still running at the end of the one-hour event. 

“I think we knew immediately after the June 2nd race ended that we would be scheduling another roval event for this season,” said track general manager Richard Deaton.  “The race was very well received by everyone involved, including the drivers, race teams and fans.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see the car count double for the November race,” said Deaton, who noted that more details on the race will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

It was also announced that the short-track races for the Pure Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Stocks, scheduled for Saturday, October 26th, have been removed from the 2013 schedule.  The races were scheduled as part of the Halloween 200 festivities.  Halloween 200 practice will still take place on October 26th. 

OLSON BECOMES FIRST BACK-TO-BACK
JAMES/O’CONNOR WINNER IN 33 YEARS

August 12, 2013 – Salem, IN – Brian Olson held off a determined Brian Gerster to claim his second consecutive Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. The win was also Olson’s second TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) victory of the season.

Olson held off Gerster for the majority of the thirty lap event as the duo made aggressive, yet calculated moves in and out of lapped traffic the entire race. The two made contact a handful of times including the final turn coming down for the checkered. It was arguably the most exciting Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial in recent memory.

In victory lane Olson explained how he handled a hard charging Gerster for much of the race. ”I knew in clean air it was gonna be really tuff for him to get around me. Lapped cars were gonna be his only chance .As long as I could get by them as quick as I could, I knew I would be ok.” explained Olson. The two made contact coming down for the checkered flag and Olson acknowledged he didn’t realize it was the final lap.”Gerster got into me a little bit in three and four.

Actually I thought we had one more lap after that. It’s such an honor to win here and get back-to-back wins in this race” concluded Olson.

Aaron Pierce followed Gerster home for third and was trailed by Jo Jo Helberg and Tyler Underwood rounding out the top five. 

Helberg was the night’s fast qualifier with a time of 14.349 seconds and drove a hard fought battle to finish third.

Helberg spun on lap 4 and was forced to go to the tail. Helberg was unable to run down the lead duo despite his thrilling drive to the front.

Heat races were won by Jimmy McCune, Brain Gerster, and Troy DeCaire.

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LAST LAP PASS PROPELS HESSERT TO ARCA WIN AT
SALEM SPEEDWAY FUELED BY THE HOOSIER LOTTERY

Bayens Holds Off Bayer For Lucas Oil Great American Stock Win

(SALEM, Ind.) - Tom Hessert won his second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Sunday, passing Spencer Gallagher on the last lap to take the checkered flag.

Will Kimmel placed third, Kyle Weatherman fourth and Travis Swaim fifth.

"It got wild out there," Hessert said after the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio. "It was exciting. My car is a little banged up, but not as bad as some of the others."

Hessert passed Spencer Gallagher after Gallagher took the white flag.

"I was trying to come up with a plan, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do," Hessert said. "I was thinking maybe to get a good run on him in turn two and race hard down to turn three. Fortunately, it didn't come down to that."

Frank Kimmel was in the lead with 10 laps to go but Gallagher passed the hometown favorite on lap 193 when both cars were trying to fight through lapped traffic. Hessert and Kimmel then tangled a couple laps later, bringing out a caution with fewer than five laps to go. Gallagher led from laps 193 to 202.

After taking the white flag, however, Gallagher got loose going into turn two of the high-banked Salem Speedway track and Hessert dove under him to grab the lead. He then beat him and Will Kimmel to the finish line. It was the only lap he led in the race.

"I love this track," Gallagher said after his career-best finish. "It's a great place to race. What you saw there at the end was the difference between four tires and two. What I was afraid was going to happen, happened."

Gallagher said his team did a great job Sunday.

"This Allegiant Air team did a heck of a job today," he said. "I am going home with a nearly destroyed race car and we still finished second."

Weatherman was making his ARCA debut and won the Scott Rookie Challenge for the race with his top-five finish.

"Everyone told me that if I kept my four fenders clean, I would finish strong," the 15-year-old said. "The care might be a little beat up, but that's racing."

Few cars left the .555-mile track unscathed, although the first caution didn't fly until lap 33. Polesitter Justin Boston led the first 59 laps of the race until Daytona winner John Wes Townley made his move to the front. A flurry of pit stops and different tire strategies kept changing the look at the front of the field. Townley led until lap 98 when Frank Kimmel moved to the front and stayed there until lap 143 when Townley - this time after pit stops - regained the lead.

Kimmel took control of the race around the 150-lap mark when several of the eight caution flags fell in a row.

Hessert at one point was a lap down but fought his way back to the front.

"For a while, I don't think we had anything figured out," he said. "But, we came together at the end."

Hessert is the first repeat winner at Salem since Justin Allgaier won the fall race in 2007 and spring race in 2008.

"It's special being part of the few people who have come here and won back to back on this track," Hessert said.

Boston ended up ninth after he was involved in a couple of late-race finishes that left him with a banged up race car.

Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, Milka Duno, Boston and Mason Mingus rounded out the top 10.

Mingus had a great run despite going a couple of laps down early. At times he had the fastest car on the track, even passing all of the leaders to gain some of his laps back. He finished three laps down.

Kyle Benjamin placed 11thafter having to accept a five-lap penalty for re-entering the track in the wrong location after a pit stop. At the end, he was four laps down. Georgia driver Anderson Bowen, 15, was transported to a local hospital for observation after a hard crash with Josh Williams on lap 107.

In the Lucas Oil Great American Stock Crosley Radio 50, defending series champion David Bayens of Memphis, Ind., passed Shawn Smith of Louisville for the lead on lap 29 and then held off Brian Bayer of Birdseye, Ind. to claim his 19th career victory in the popular Salem division.

Bayens entered the raced tied with John Collins as the all-time win leaders in the division.

Bayer, who established a new one-lap track record (19.760) for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks during Saturday qualifications, finished second, with Todd Kempf of Huntingburg, Ind., third, Kyle Hadley of Louisville fourth and Mike Sharp of Cox’s Creek, Ky. fifth.

Smith faded to eighth in the final standings.

Racing returns to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Saturday night, May 18th for the Casey’s General Store Spring Speed Fest presented  by Salem True Value Hardware.

SALEM SPEEDWAY FUELED BY THE HOOSIER LOTTERY
IS THE NEW NAME OF THE HISTORIC SALEM TRACK

SALEM, IN, April 16 – In a joint press conference held today at Salem Speedway, the Hoosier Lottery and Salem Speedway announced a naming rights partnership for the historic southern Indiana speedway that will extend through the 2015 season.

The three-year agreement, that begins immediately, calls for the track to be referred to as The Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

“This is certainly a great day for Salem Speedway,” said track general manager Richard Deaton.  “We are extremely honored to join forces with the Hoosier Lottery in this marketing partnership.

“The Hoosier Lottery benefits Indiana residents from all across the state,” said Deaton, “and we’re looking forward to featuring their brand of fun and excitement right here at Salem Speedway.”

The partnership marks the first track naming rights in the 67-year history of the speedway, which first opened for business in June of 1947.

Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery is a track steeped in history with many of the giants in auto racing having competed on the famed high banks at some point in their careers.  Names such as Ruttman, Sweikert, O’Connor, Jones, Foyt, Unser, Andretti, Vogler, Parsons and Waltrip, just to name a few, grace the list of past Salem winners.

In recent years drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader and Joey Logano tested their skills on the Salem oval with varying degrees of success.

The Hoosier Lottery involvement at the track goes beyond just naming rights and will include giveaways and other promotions at select events throughout the season, beginning with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Crosley Radio on Sunday, April 28th.  Race fans will also be able to purchase Hoosier Lottery tickets at the track on race days.

“Salem Speedway has been a landmark within the Salem community and southern Indiana for so many years, and the Hoosier Lottery is proud to now be affiliated with it,” said the Hoosier Lottery’s Connie Laverty O’Connor. “Salem Speedway and the Hoosier Lottery share a passion for delivering fun and entertainment to our customers, and are both deeply committed to being part of the fabric of our respective Hoosier communities.”

The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner.  In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters.  Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosifer Lottery products.

Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.  Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

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.

 

Dear Race Fans,

We welcome campers at Salem Speedway for all of our racing events.

We ask your cooperation in making this a great experience for everyone involved. To help keep camping free at Salem Speedway we ask that you please observe a few rules.

  • Don’t abuse camping space. Please do not take more space than absolutely necessary for your campsite. No campers allowed on site or saving of spaces more than 10 days prior to event.
  • Respect those camping around you. Keep music at a lower volume during the late evening hours. Keep pets leashed at all times. No pets allowed inside track.
  • Do not camp outside the marked boundaries.
  • Salem Speedway reserves the right to refuse camp ground entrance to individuals and campers.
  • NO ATV’s, GO-KARTS, MOTORIZED SCOOTERS, MOPEDS, MINI BIKES OR DIRT BIKES ALLOWED ON PREMISES. Golf carts will be allowed if operated in a responsible manner by those with a valid drivers license. This will be strictly enforced. Race teams may still use ATV’s for work related purposes. Those not in compliance with this rule face eviction from grounds.
  • Please be extra careful with campfires during dry and windy conditions.
  • Illegal drugs, explosives, fireworks, firearms, potato launchers, sling shots, guns of any type are prohibited. Excessive drunkenness, lewd or obscene behavior is grounds for eviction from Speedway property.
  • Salem Speedway assumes no responsibility for loss, theft or damage of individual’s private property.
  • All trash and waste to be removed by camper.
  • Please be aware of all carbon monoxide dangers that can be harmful to you or other guests. Vehicle and generator exhaust MUST be expelled safely away from adjacent campsites.
  • Salem Speedway property must be vacated by Tuesday at 6 p.m. following weekend race. Exception for those with paid season long spots.
  • Due to insurance regulations Salem Speedway is prohibited from towing motorhomes, campers, etc. For towing services call – Wilcox Towing 812-883-3888. All towing at campers expense.
  • Obey the rules. Failure to observe rules may result in eviction and possible prosecution.
  • For emergency services – fire, police, ambulance call 911

    We hope you have a great weekend at one of America’s most historic race tracks. Please accept our invitation to join us for some great racing action at Salem Speedway during the 2012 season..

Sincerely,
Salem Speedway Management

Indiana Alcohol Beverage Commission Regulations prohibit alcohol carry-in through spectator gates.

 


Unofficial Results
ICA DUMPSTERS SHORT-TRACK FESTIVAL
Sun
day, April 6, 2014

 O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Travis Rogers, 16.730

First Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Jamie Goodman, 2. Jeremy Hopper, 3. Todd Whitfield, 4. Nick Wilkerson, 5. Richard Huffman.

Second Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Nick Johnson, 2. Travis Rogers, 3. Mike Kestler, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Ken Sumner.

ICA Dumpsters 30: 1. Rogers, 2. Hopper, 3. Davis, 4. Goodman, 5. Whitfield, 6. Huffman, 7. Kestler, 8. Wilkerson, 9. Johnson, 10. Sumner.

 Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks (Oval)

Fast Qualifier: Matt Schindler, 17.259

First Heat Race (8-Laps): Dillon Kaelin, 2. James Allen, 3. Donnie Woodard, 4. CJ Higgins, 5. Merlin Stroud, 6. Bryan Meek, 7. Travis Vaughn, 8. Brian Moore, 9. Bill Growe.

Second Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Tony Nichols III, 2. Justin Fiedler, 3. James Blanchard, 4. Austin Baum, 5. Matt Schindler, 6. Artie Ware, 7. Tyler Redden, 8. Jamie Bierman.

ICA Dumpsters 25: 1. Kaelin, 2. Ware, 3. Nichols III, 4. Fiedler, 5. Bierman, 6. Woodard, 7. Blanchard, 8. Redden, 9. Meek, 10. Higgins, 11. Moore, 12. Baum, 13. Stroud, 14. Vaughn, 15. Allen, 16. Schindler.

 Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks (Figure 8)

Fast Qualifier: Derrick Bradshaw, 23.326

ICA Dumpsters 25: 1. Derrick Bradshaw, 2. Ricky Puckett, 3. Artie Ware, 4. Austin Baum, 5. Donnie Woodard, 6. CJ Higgins, 7. Travis Vaughn, 8. Bryan Meek.

 

 



"WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERAL ADMISSION AND RESERVED SEATING?"...

  • General Admission seating is located on the bottom twelve rows of wooden bleachers.  Guests may sit anywhere in that section that they would like. Reserved Seating is located on the top ten rows of metal bleachers.  There are backs on these seats, and seats are guaranteed for the ticket holders.

"CAN I BRING COOLERS INTO THE SALEM SPEEDWAY?"...

  • While Salem Speedway offers a wide variety of concessions, guests are permitted to bring coolers into the track area.  Coolers should be no larger than 14" x 14".  Glass bottles and alcohol are prohibited.

"WHEN CAN I GET ADVANCED TICKETS?"...

  • Salem Speedway offers Advanced Tickets prices for fans who order tickets prior to the race.  Fans may purchase Advanced Tickets any time until 5 pm on the Friday before the race.  Ticket prices increase $2.00 at the gate the day of the race.  Fans purchasing Advanced Tickets can have them maiedl directly to their home for a $2.00 fee, or place their tickets in Will-Call.  On the day of the race, tickets and credit card receipts can be picked up at the Will-Call window.  Please have a photo ID available.  Tickets will not be mailed the week of a race.

"HOW CAN I GET ADVANCED TICKETS?"...

  • Fans may purchase tickets by calling Salem Speedway, purchase them using the "EVENT TICKETS" page of this website, or by stopping by the office located on the second floor of the tower.  A credit card number will be required for orders taken over the phone.  Salem Speedway strongly discourages fans from sending credit card information via email.  If you would like to place a ticket order via email, please include your phone number and someone from our office will gladly contact you to take the order.  We accept all major credit cards, cash and personal checks.

"IS THE INFIELD OPEN TO SPECTATORS?"...

  • Spectators are welcome to enjoy the races from the infield of Salem Speedway for most of our events.  Fans can get into the infield with a general admission ticket, however, they will not be able to cross the track if practice, qualifications, or racing is underway.  There is a concession stand, and restroom facility in the infield, and spectators are permitted to have tents, portable grills, lawn chairs, and other equipment to make the races enjoyable.

"CAN I CAMP OUTSIDE OF THE TRACK?"...

  • Camping is permitted in the grassy areas outside of the track free of charge.  Fans wishing to camp on the grounds should be aware that there are no hook-ups for RV's.  Portable restroom facilities are available near the track entrance.

 

 

 



"WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERAL ADMISSION AND RESERVED SEATING?"...

  • General Admission seating is located on the bottom twelve rows of wooden bleachers.  Guests may sit anywhere in that section that they would like. Reserved Seating is located on the top ten rows of metal bleachers.  There are backs on these seats, and seats are guaranteed for the ticket holders.

"CAN I BRING COOLERS INTO THE SALEM SPEEDWAY?"...

  • While Salem Speedway offers a wide variety of concessions, guests are permitted to bring coolers into the track area.  Coolers should be no larger than 14" x 14".  Glass bottles and alcohol are prohibited.

"WHEN CAN I GET ADVANCED TICKETS?"...

  • Salem Speedway offers Advanced Tickets prices for fans who order tickets prior to the race.  Fans may purchase Advanced Tickets any time until 5 pm on the Friday before the race.  Ticket prices increase $2.00 at the gate the day of the race.  Fans purchasing Advanced Tickets can have them maiedl directly to their home for a $2.00 fee, or place their tickets in Will-Call.  On the day of the race, tickets and credit card receipts can be picked up at the Will-Call window.  Please have a photo ID available.  Tickets will not be mailed the week of a race.

"HOW CAN I GET ADVANCED TICKETS?"...

  • Fans may purchase tickets by calling Salem Speedway, purchase them using the "EVENT TICKETS" page of this website, or by stopping by the office located on the second floor of the tower.  A credit card number will be required for orders taken over the phone.  Salem Speedway strongly discourages fans from sending credit card information via email.  If you would like to place a ticket order via email, please include your phone number and someone from our office will gladly contact you to take the order.  We accept all major credit cards, cash and personal checks.

"IS THE INFIELD OPEN TO SPECTATORS?"...

  • Spectators are welcome to enjoy the races from the infield of Salem Speedway for most of our events.  Fans can get into the infield with a general admission ticket, however, they will not be able to cross the track if practice, qualifications, or racing is underway.  There is a concession stand, and restroom facility in the infield, and spectators are permitted to have tents, portable grills, lawn chairs, and other equipment to make the races enjoyable.

"CAN I CAMP OUTSIDE OF THE TRACK?"...

  • Camping is permitted in the grassy areas outside of the track free of charge.  Fans wishing to camp on the grounds should be aware that there are no hook-ups for RV's.  Portable restroom facilities are available near the track entrance.