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BALANCED PAVEMENT/DIRT MIX THE INGREDIENT
FOR 2018 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars Return To Salem On August 11th

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana.........A helping of six pavement and five dirt races make up a balanced USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series schedule for the 2018 season, which marks the series' return to the state of Wisconsin for the first time since 2011.

The Silver Crown cars will make their debut appearance on the half-mile, paved Madison International Speedway on June 29 for the "Cheesemakers 100."  While it's the big cars' first go at the Oregon, Wisconsin joint, USAC's National Sprint and Midget series did make a visit to the track in 1997 when Dave Steele (Sprint) and Jimmy McCune (Midget) captured their respective ends of the doubleheader.  Bobby East won Silver Crown's last race in the Badger State at the Milwaukee Mile six years ago.

Madison is the lone addition to a schedule that features the most pavement races on the series' card since 2007.  Of those six paved races, the largest in terms of size on the schedule is the season-opening "Phoenix Copper Cup" April 7 on Arizona's one-mile ISM Raceway (formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway).  May brings two more to the hardtop on the 4th at Ohio's Toledo Speedway for the "Rollie Beale Classic" and to Brownsburg, Indiana and Lucas Oil Raceway for the "Carb Night Classic" on the 25th.  The prestigious "Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial," a race with origins that date to 1953, is back on the high banks of Salem (Ind.) Speedway on August 11.  Lucas Oil Raceway's "Rich Vogler Classic" closes out the pavement set of the season on September 8.

The dirt schedule is solidified with a lineup of some of the most legendary and historic racetracks in the sport.  The "Sumar Classic" comes to the half-mile Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on April 29.  The 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" on May 24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds precedes the following night's pavement stop at Lucas Oil Raceway, marking just the fifth occurrence of dirt and pavement Silver Crown races taking place within a 24-hour span.

Deep fried corn dogs and elephant ears signal the State Fair season to some, but to race fans, it means Silver Crown racing on two of the most-storied one-mile dirt ovals in the history of auto racing.  First up is the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield where racing's daredevils have competed for over a century.  Two weeks later, on Labor Day weekend September 2, the call of the "Magic Mile" beckons for the "Ted Horn 100" on the scenic Du Quoin State Fairgrounds mile.

On 14 occasions, Ohio's Eldora Speedway has served in its role as the Silver Crown season-ender.  The 2018 season will carry on that tradition with the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" on September 22, which provides the only opportunity for fans to witness all three of USAC's national divisions, plus the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, at one event.

2018 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES SCHEDULE

Apr 7: **(P) ISM Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)
Apr 29: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
May 4: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 24: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 25: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 29: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 11: (P) Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery (Salem, IN)
Aug 18: **(D) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 8: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 22: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

2018 ARCA RACING SERIES DATES
RELEASED FOR SALEM SPEEDWAY

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery officials have announced that ARCA will again be returning to the Salem high-banks in 2018 with the traditional two race dates in April and September.

The 103rd and 104th ARCA races at Salem are set in place with the ARCA 200 coming Sunday afternoon, April 22 and the Fall Classic Saturday night, September 15. The ARCA 200 is set to get the green flag at 2:15 p.m. The Fall Classic will eventually go under the lights, with a start time of 7:15 p.m.

ARCA's connection to Salem goes all the way back to 1955 when the track hosted its first ARCA race, won by Jack Harrison. No track has appeared on ARCA's annual schedule more over the years than Salem.

"The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has raced more at Salem than anywhere, going back, nearly, to the inaugural season," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "When you consider all the changes in the sport since we started racing at Salem in 1955, and all the changes in the world, it's incredible that we're still driving back to that same spot on Highway 56, to that same track that still puts on some of the best short track racing in America. We're very proud of our connection to Salem Speedway, and we're grateful for all the fans that come out to see our races there. When you crest that bend on 56 and look out at that campground full of race fans, you know you're headed to a happening event. We are very excited about coming back in 2018."

Fall Classic Official Throwback Weekend of ARCA

Building off the tradition established during the 100th centennial race in September of 2016, the 2018 Fall Classic will again be the Official Throwback Weekend of ARCA.

"We had four or five throwback cars for the 100th race and it was very well received by the fans," said Track General Manager Richard Deaton. "We had even more this year and we want to continue with that momentum and invite the throwback paint schemes back for next year's Fall Classic. The ARCA race stands on its own at Salem…putting throwback cars out there is just an added bonus. We're proud to host the Official Throwback Weekend of ARCA."

Frank Kimmel is the all-time Salem winner with nine victories followed by Jack Bowsher who won seven straight from 1963 through 1965. Past ARCA Racing Series winners at Salem also include NASCAR Cup champions Bobby Allison and Benny Parsons, 1952 Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman, six-time ARCA champion Iggy Katona, NASCAR veteran and ARCA champion car owner Ken Schrader, and three-time series champion 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. Dalton Sargeant and champion Austin Theriault picked up wins in 2017.

Advance ticket are currently selling, at 2017 prices, for both 2018 ARCA Racing Series events at Salem.  To place your order call 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223.

SWANSON CAPTURES BACK-TO-BACK
JAMES/O’CONNOR VICTORIES

By: Richie Murray, USAC News

Salem, Indiana.........After a two-race "winless" streak, Kody Swanson admits it's hard to say that he and the DePalma Motorsports team were struggling.

Yet, for a team so accustomed to winning over the past four seasons, the results were bound to change soon as he, chief wrench Bob Hampshire and the crew went back to the books and did their homework over the last two weeks to return to victory lane for the second consecutive year in the Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Saturday night at Salem Speedway.

Swanson's 18th career victory in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS has him walking in high cotton as he moved into sole possession of second-place on the all-time series win list while his second-straight "James/O'Connor" triumph made him the fourth to accomplish the feat, joining Parnelli Jones (1960-61), Pancho Carter (1974-75-76-77) and Brian Gerster (2014-15).

To put his name on a list with those individuals and reach that kind of comfort level on Salem's 33-degree banks was something Swanson never imagined to be in the cards when he made his first visit years ago.

"Those guys live for tracks like this to show how they great they are and were," Swanson said. "That hadn't always been my style. Last year, I felt I had to do my best impression of those guys to stay in the title hunt. The first time I came here, I never thought I'd get comfortable. As time's gone on, I've embraced the challenge and gotten more accustomed to what it takes to run the banks."

Swanson laid down the gauntlet in ProSource Qualifying, breaking his one-year-old track record by five-hundredths of a second and more than three-tenths faster than second-fastest. However, as was the case in last year's event, Aaron Pierce would grab the advantage early on from Swanson.

With the spectacular sight of sparks trailing from the tails of the front-running cars lighting up the nighttime sky, the pace of the top-three was astounding with Pierce, Swanson and Chris Windom jockeying for position, separating themselves from fourth and fifth-running David Byrne and Justin Grant through the first-quarter of the 75-lap sprint.

On lap 19, Grant attempted an inside pass on Byrne for fourth between turns three and four, but lost the back end and looped it down the backing without contact. He would restart and recover to finish a solid seventh.

On the lap 24 restart, once again, Pierce was able to get away from Swanson, immediately opening up a ten-car-length lead. But it didn't long for the two-time champ to reel him back in just seven circuits later on the 31st lap.

"I got a run up to the top of the hill right by the fence in turn three," Swanson recalls. "I turned it down and had just enough of a run off four to outrace him into turn one. Once we got to the lead, we could control the pace a little bit, but from there, it was no easy task."

On lap 41, Windom was all over the rear bumper of Pierce for second and the two even made slight nose-to-tail contact in turn two. After relentlessly trying to work the lower line on Pierce for several laps, Windom out-drag-raced Pierce into turn one to take second and set the forward the motion of tracking down Swanson.

"Once Chris got clear, I knew he'd be coming," Swanson said. "Chris was strong early, he was pressing me hard and showing me a nose all the time that reminded me that if I ever screwed up, he was out of there. I knew if I slowed up at all, Chris was going by us both."

Windom closed the gap and hounded Santos for the ensuing ten laps before he began to fade ever so slightly and Swanson continued to run consistent laps in the low 17-second range that rarely wavered a tenth or two in either direction throughout the duration, something to do that Swanson made appear relatively easy, but is certainly not.

"This place is incredibly difficult," Swanson said. "It's so high-banked and physically demanding just on the load and the force that you go through. With an open wheel car, you carry so much speed and you don't have a lot of grip. That makes it hard to drive. On top of that, Salem has some character on both ends. I used to fear coming here because it was a track that made me feel uncomfortable. I always felt like I was behind. I was just trying to react. I wasn't able to race because I was just trying to survive each lap. Running this car last year and running with these guys made It fun. Today, when I came through the gates, instead of thinking 'oh my gosh, I'm at Salem,' I was excited for the challenge. No one's going to have a perfect handling racecar here, so it's time to get up in the seat and do your job."

A handful of lapped cars were all that Swanson needed to stream by in the final laps, and did so without much hesitation to win his third series race of the year by 1.606 seconds over Windom, Bobby Santos, Pierce and Davey Hamilton, Jr.

A 75-lapper at Salem can be physically and mentally wearing on any driver. There's no time to breathe due to the pure speed and the closeness of the racing. Despite the obstacles, as the race went on, the more comfortable Swanson became.

"My wife spots for me. I trust her with everything," Swanson said. When you hear the 'clear by 3' go up to 'clear by 5,' you have a little reassurance. It was tough in lapped traffic. We seemed to catch them at the wrong time and it allowed them to close. The longer the race went, the better I felt. In the last 20, we were able to click off pretty smooth and consistent laps. With bumps, it's fun as a driver because you can always move around and you're constantly trying to figure out, 'can I use it better or can I dodge it better?' As your car wears out, if you can figure it out, it will pay dividends."

In the prelude to the James/O’Connor Memorial, Shawn Smith of Louisville outdistanced 20 other cars to capture the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 50 for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.

 David Bayens finished second, Tim Rivers third, Brian Bayer fourth and Tony Conway fifth.

2017 Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Schedule

Apr. 1 & 15 Open Practice
Apr. 29/30 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200
  ARCA Racing Series and Great American Stocks
May. 13 Mothers Day Celebration
  Free Grandstand Admission For All Ladies
  Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, Front Wheel Drive Stocks
  And Indiana Champ Kart Series
June. 3/4 Casey's General Store GAS/CRA Challenge
  Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, CRA Street Stocks
  And Front Wheel Drive Stocks
June. 17 Midwest 150
  JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Late Models, Lucas Oil Great American
  Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Stocks
July. 2 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
July. 22 Summerfest 2017
  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
Aug. 12 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
Sept. 9 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 
Oct. 1 Extreme Roval 100
  Front Wheel Drive Stocks (non-points) on the road course
Oct. 21/22 Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco
  Halloween 200
  Lucas Oil Great American Stocks (non-points), $5,000 to win

 

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 7 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

SMOKER FRIENDLY DISCOUNT TOBACCO
HALLOWEEN 200

Sunday, October 22, 2017

FIN.

NO.

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

LAPS

1

44

Chuck Barnes Jr.

Louisville, KY

204

2

6

Blake Hillard

Owensboro, KY

204

3

95

Brian Hopkins

New Castle, IN

204

4

54

Tony Conway

Louisville, KY

204

5

51

Baden Stewart

Campbellsburg, IN

204

6

99

Brian Bayer

Birds Eye, IN

204

7

46

Tim Rivers

Salem, IN

204

8

5

Chuck Barnes Sr.

Louisville, KY

204

9

31

Matt Barnes

LaVergne, TN

204

10

98

Jeff Caudell

Scottsburg, IN

204

11

74

Josh Brading

Josh Brading

204

12

86

Shawn Smith

Louisville, IN

203

13

8

Beau Hendrich

Palmyra, IN

202

14

10

Dan Banker

Des Moines, IA

202

15

26

Jeff Berg

Louisville, KY

201

16

55M

Dalton Melton

Hawesville, KY

200

17

77

Justin Pirtle

Palmyra, IN

197

18

29

Mike Todd

Pleasant Hill, IA

196

19

36

Dale Harper

Indianapolis, IN

194

20

96

Donnie Woodard

Jeffersonville, IN

194

21

3

Doug Weiss

Dallas Center, IA

194

22

93

Matt Fuqua

Springfield, KY

192

23

9

A.J. Kempf

Huntingburg, IN

188

24

11

Jimmy Kirby

Indianapolis, IN

178

25

15

Andy Hall

Fowler, IN

160

26

32

David Bayens

Borden, IN

158

27

84

Troy Ashbaugh

Louisville, KY

157

28

61

Johnny Magee

Carthage, IN

151

29

2

Danny Smith

Fairdale, KY

132

30

21

Nick Reed

Louisville, KY

125

31

17W

Travis Wilson

Beaver Dam, KY

113

32

14

Eric Childers

Corydon, IN

113

33

06

Artie Ware

Louisville, KY

102

34

00B

Bruce Burch

Whitesville, KY

90

35

32W

Frank Kimmel II

Concord, NC

78

36

7

Mike Royal

Philpot, KY

54

37

65

Billy Williams

Bowling Green, KY

29

38

34

Ronnie Basham III

Clarksville, IN

14

39

22

Skeeter Crum

Jeffersonville, IN

13

40

17

David Powell

Greenville, IN

12

41 55 Phil Jenkins Greenfield, IN DNS
42 00 Brett Hudson Owensboro, KY DNS
43 0 Sammy Davis Jeffersonville, IN DNS
44 89 Noll Staff Huntingburg, IN DNS

 

Unofficial Results
SIX SIGMA XTREME ROVAL 100

October 1, 2017

Six Sigma Xtreme Roval 100: 1. Aaron Seay, 2. Joe Bierman, 3. Jamie Bierman, 4. Austin Baum, 5. Eric Childers, 6. Chris Wells, 7. Cody Turnage, 8. Doodle Farris, 9. Ryan Longshore, 10. Trent Bayer, 11. Brandon Dalton, 12. Derek Smith, 13. Leon Wolney Jr., 14. Levi Bishop, 15. A.J. Hobbs, 16. Perry Whitsatt, 17. Ryan Seay

First Qualifying Race (10-Laps):1. A. Seay, 2. Whitsatt, 3. Dalton, 4. Jamie Bierman, 5. Joe Bierman, 6. Farris, 7. Bayer, 8. Wolney, 9. Bishop

Second Qualifying Race (10-Laps): 1. Childers, 2. Turnage, 3. Baum, 4. Hobbs, 5. Smith, 6. Longshore, 7. R. Seay, 8. Wells



"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.