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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH....

Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.                 
Also featuring the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club, plus special
guest Indy 500 veteran Bob Harkey.

 

Pits Open 12:30 p.m. (EDT), Spectator Gates Open 3:00 p.m.,
Practice 3:30 p.m., Qualifications 5:45 p.m., First Race 7:00 p.m.


 

 

55th ANNUAL JOE JAMES/PAT O’CONNOR
MEMORIAL SET FOR AUGUST 9 AT SALEM

New Pavement From Turn Three To Turn Four Awaits Race Teams

SALEM, IN, Aug. 1 – As the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series prepares to take on the challenging high banks of Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Saturday, August 9th, it becomes a weekend that is more than just another race for competitors, officials, and fans.  The 55th annual Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial is all about honoring the memories of two great racers and their families.

In 1952, California racer Joe James lost his life in a racing accident at San Jose, Calif., at age 27.  Immensely popular with fans and his fellow competitors, it was decided that a memorial race should be held to perpetuate his memory, and the inaugural event took place the following year at Salem.

In 1954 Pat O’Connor, who hailed from nearby North Vernon, Ind., and enjoyed a large following in the Hoosier state, won the Joe James Memorial, winning it a second time in 1957.  Tragically, the 29 year-old O’Connor was killed in the opening laps of the 1958 Indianapolis 500.  It seemed appropriate to also honor O’Connor at the Salem event, and the race became known as the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial.

As the event prepares for the 55th running, it is notable that it remains one of the most important and enduring memorial races in the United States.  Now spanning seven decades, the memory of two great racers has been honored by countless fans and competitors.  The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame has since inducted both O’Connor and James.

“Joe James and Pat O’Connor were great competitors during a very dangerous era in racing,” said Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery general manager Richard Deaton.  “It’s important that our generation continues to honor their memory.”

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

The 2014 edition of the classic brings together many of the finest open wheel pavement drivers in the country as they attempt to add their name to the list of racing giants who have won the prestigious event.

The track, which is known for its imposing 33-degree banked turns, will have a different feel for the drivers and a different view for the fans on Saturday, following the first major repaving project at the facility since 1977.  New asphalt has been applied to the south end of the speedway, from the entrance of turn three to the exit of turn four.

“This is going to add a new level of excitement to the event,” said Deaton. 

Heading the list of drivers expected for the sprint classic are track record holder Brian Gerster of Fishers, Ind., and former James/O’Connor winner Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind.

Gerster, who set a new one-lap track record with a blistering lap of 13.957-sec. during qualifications for the 2012 race, will be looking to lower the record on Saturday and improve upon his second place race finish of one year ago.

Wilson, who pulled off a surprising victory in the 2008 race, would like nothing better than to join the short-list of drivers who have won more than one James/O’Connor Memorial.

Other top drivers expected include Aaron Pierce, Jimmy McCune, Troy DeCaire, Jeff Bloom, Billy Wease and Ryan Litt, among others.

Sharing the high banks with the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series on Saturday will be the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.

The annual visit by the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club is also a part of the festivities on Saturday.  An early on-track warm-up for the vintage cars is set to take place at 3 p.m.  A select group of vintage cars will return to the track prior to the start of the James/O’Connor Memorial race.

Indianapolis 500 veteran Bob Harkey, one of the few drivers still around today who can lay claim to having driven in the 500 in both a front-engine and rear-engine car, will be a special guest in attendance on Saturday.  Harkey will be signing autographs and talking with fans during his visit to the track.

Jeff O’Connor, son of the late Pat O’Connor, will once again pace the field during parade laps in a replica of the Sumar Special that his dad drove in the 1950s.

Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will be giving away Hoosier Lottery gift packs to several lucky fans, age 18 and older, during the August 9th event.

PNC pits open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday with spectator gates opening at 3 p.m.  Practice is set to start at 3:30 p.m., with qualifications at 5:45 p.m. and the first race at 7 p.m. (EDT).

Advance general admission tickets are priced at $18 for adults and $5 for children (age 7-12).  Kids, age 6 and under, are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Advance reserved seat tickets are priced at $23 each.  All prices are $2 more on day of race.

Tickets can be ordered on-line at www.salemspeedway.com or by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.

 

INDY VETERAN BOB HARKEY SET TO BE PART
OF THE JAMES/O’CONNOR PRE-RACE FESTIVITIES

 When the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club makes its annual appearance at the Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 9th, Indianapolis 500 veteran Bob Harkey will be a special guest in attendance. Harkey will be signing autographs and talking with fans during his visit to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery

 By Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson

There aren't very many people still around today who can lay claim to having driven in the Indianapolis 500 in both a front-engine and a rear-engine car. The total is a mere eight.

And of those who can claim to have finished within the top 10 in a "500" in both types, well, that number becomes even smaller: Six.

A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and Gordon Johncock can make that claim, as can Jimmy McElreath and Chuck Hulse.

And so can Bob Harkey, a North Carolina native who now lives just a couple of miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Harkey has led a most interesting life.

A veteran of six "500" starts between 1964 and 1976, three of which resulted in top-10 finishes, the colorful Harkey gained quite a reputation for being able to jump into a car at the very last minute and "brave" it into the starting field just before qualifications ended.

Between 1963 and 1979, Harkey had 84 starts in USAC National Championship competition, scoring 22 top-10 finishes during that time, including a fourth-place finish in 1964 at Trenton, N.J., behind Foyt, Lloyd Ruby and Don Branson.

And he can make a number of other interesting claims, some of which have absolutely no connection with auto racing.

As a boy, Harkey boxed in Golden Gloves competition where he says one of his opponents was eventual heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Harkey later turned professional and fought several bouts as a middleweight.

Obsessed by a lifelong fascination with aviation, he performed in aerial circuses in the South, both as a "loop-the-loop" pilot and as a wing-walker. He later worked on several motion pictures as a stunt man, specifically in the 1958 cult classic "Thunder Road" in which he did the driving for the character played by Robert Mitchum. He was also one of the drivers who helped stage the choreographed "mock" racing scenes in the Paul Newman epic, "Winning," shot during the summer of 1968.

Although Harkey never drove in the Daytona 500, he did compete in the 100-mile NASCAR convertible race which took place at the brand-new track the day before the very first one in 1959. Driving a 1958 Chevrolet "ragtop" owned by Buck Baker, he started sixth and moved up to take the lead on Lap 5 by passing none other than a very young Richard Petty. He ended up 10th.

It wasn't exactly easy for a young fellow from down in North Carolina to follow his dreams of driving in the Indianapolis 500, but he made it, mainly by heading north in search of some sprint and midget racing experience. In October 1959, Harkey was one of several drivers who drove rather outclassed ARDC midgets against a field of sports cars and open-wheel road racing vehicles in a Formula Libre event on the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y. The race was won by the great British driver Stirling Moss, and Harkey well remembers being impressed by Moss' legendary sporting gesture of waving acknowledgement to lapped competitors who had given him sufficient room as he passed.

Harkey briefly relocated to the Chicago area in order to drive UARA midgets and then headed back east to continue with ARDC midgets and URC sprints. Late in the 1962 ARDC season, Harkey found himself frequently battling with the sensational 22-year-old Mario Andretti, the pair finishing first and second to each other on more than one occasion.

Tickets are currently selling for the 55th annual Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial sprint classic and can be purchased on-line at www.salemspeedway.com or by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.   


PARTIAL REPAVING PROJECT IN THE WORKS FOR
SALEM SPEEDWAY FUELED BY THE HOOSIER LOTTERY

Planned Track Improvements Scheduled To Begin Following July 4th Race

 

SALEM, IN, May 7 – The next time the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visits Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, the track could have a different feel for the drivers and a different view for the fans.

Owen Thompson, owner of the track, said at the drivers meeting before the Federated Auto Parts Crunch ’N Nutter 200 that a repaving project in turns three and four at the historic Salem Speedway is in the works.

“We want to keep the character of the track,” Thompson said. “It’s a great place for racing and we are going to keep it that way.”

Thompson said the initial plan would be to pave a lane in turns three and four starting right after the Fourth of July holiday. It’s the first repaving at the track since 1977.

“When you guys come back in September, it will be different,” Thompson said.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards raced for the 95th time Sunday at Salem, a .555-mile high-banked oval. The first ARCA race at Salem was 1955.

Ron Drager, series president, said that maintaining the character of the track is important.

“We have a race track that has a great tradition,” Drager said. “This is just the beginning of a long-term plan to improve the surface of the track. We all want to preserve the character of this place.”

Kenny Schrader, who won an ARCA Race at Salem in 1999, said the repaving plan could make for even better racing.

“I love the pavement the way it is, but it is getting to the point where they have to do something,” Schrader said. “The way they have it planned, it will probably make for even better racing than we have now.”

Justin Boston, reigning SCOTT Rookie of the Year, has won three straight ARCA Racing Series poles at Salem.

“It’s going to be really interesting,” he said. “Anything that makes racing better and makes for a better racing product for the fans to watch, I’m all for that.”

Racing returns to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Saturday night, May 17th, as the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks return to the high banks for the Casey’s General Store 75 – the longest points race of the season for the popular division.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks, Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks and the Thunder Roadsters are also part of the racing program.

The May 17th event has also been designated “Armed Forces Night at the Races” with free admission for all active duty and retired military personnel.  It is also dollar beer and dollar hot dog night.

For tickets and more information visit www.salemspeedway.com or call 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.

ENFINGER CONQUERS SALEM; TAKES

FIRST THREE WINS OF ARCA SEASON

Smith Captures Season Opening Lucas Oil Great American Stock Race

 

SALEM, IN - Grant Enfinger made ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history Sunday afternoon, winning his third race to start the 2014 season, becoming just the second driver in series history to do so.

 

"The stars are just lining up for us," Enfinger said. "It's pretty unbelievable."

 

After leading the first 100 laps of the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch'N Nutter at Salem, Enfinger moved back to the front late in the race and took the lead when Ken Schrader hit the wall in turn one on the last re-start. Schrader was leading when the re-start began with Enfinger in second.

 

"I wanted the chance to drag race him to the finish," Enfinger said. "I think he just blew a right front there. That's what happened. It was a lot of fun racing up front against him."

 

Spencer Gallagher finished second, Frank Kimmel third and Cunningham Motorsports drivers Austin Wayne Self (fourth) and Tom Hessert (fifth) rounded out the top five.

 

Josh Williams, making his season debut in the No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford, finished sixth, just in front of Mason Mitchell in the Thermal Technology Services Ford. Schrader ended up eighth with Cody Coughlin ninth in the Jegs.com Toyota. Kyle Weatherman finished 10th.

 

Gallagher was happy with his best finish of the season and tying his career-best in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.

 

"I love this place," Gallagher said. "It is such an exciting track. I am happy with how we finished."

 

Kimmel's team worked late Saturday to make repairs to his car after he hit the wall in qualifying Saturday. The No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota had to start at the back of the field, but was eventually able to make his way to the front.

 

"I'm sure we passed more cars than anybody," Kimmel said.

 

Self, in winning the SCOTT Rookie of the Race, pleased a throng of about 50 family members who made the trek to Salem from the French Lick, Indiana area.

 

"I think I gained a tenth of a second every time they cheered," Self said of his Hoosier Scale Dodge.

 

Hessert, in the No. 77 Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge, earned a top five finish despite going a lap down twice.

 

"We did what we could," he said. "It's a little bit frustrating because we know we could have been better. We know what we have to do when we come back here in the fall."

 

Enfinger grabbed the lead out of the gate, sailing past polesitter Justin Boston. He built a huge early lead and led for the first 104 laps until Mitchell grabbed the top spot and he immediately pulled away from the rest of the field until a caution flew on lap 124 for debris.

 

After a series of cautions and restarts, Schrader finally grabbed the lead. He and Enfinger raced tight for several laps until Karl Weber spun on lap 191, putting out the caution. That came just after Weatherman and Schrader got together, damaging Schrader's right front corner. He stayed on the track rather than pit and hit the wall after his tire finally went down.

 

"I wanted to get one more," said Schrader, referencing his last win at Salem in 1999.

 

Enfinger, meanwhile, took the lead and held off Gallagher to win his third consecutive ARCA Racing Series race. He is just the second driver in series history to win the first three ARCA races of the season and first since Ramo Stott accomplished the feat in 1970.

 

"I can't think Howard and Paula Bixman enough for giving me such great cars and allowing me to do this," Enfinger said. "We have such great equipment. The cars are so good right now and Kelly Kovski made some great calls about the car.

 

"We were not very good out of the trailer," he continued. "We cut our first practice short and kind of had to just sit back and re-group and give us a chance to think about it. He had a list of changes and I had a list of changes. It just came together. I was shocked at how well we qualified."

 

Enfinger now heads to Talladega with a chance to win the first four races of the season - something that has not happened in the 62-year history of the series.

 

"That's going to be tough," Enfinger said. "You just never know what is going to happen at Talladega. But, we have a great plate program and I know we'll be fast."

 

SMITH CAPTURES THE SEASON OPENING
LUCAS OIL GREAT AMERICAN STOCK RACE

Shawn Smith of Louisville took advantage of lapped traffic to get around race leader Todd Kempf on lap 20 and went on to win the Crunch ‘N Nutter 50 for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, which served as a prelude to the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200.

The win was Smith’s third victory in the popular Salem division in the last five races going back to last season.

Kyle Hadley of Louisville, who posted quick time during qualifications on Saturday, finished second with Tony Conway of Louisville third, Brent Gardiner of Louisville fourth and Salem’s Tim Rivers fifth.

Rivers was one of seven Papa John’s Rookie of the Year candidates in the season opening race.

Donnie Woodard, Roger Williams, Justin Pirtle, Greg Hubbuch and Kyle Zike rounded out the second five in the 24 car starting field.

Early race leader and defending Lucas Oil Great American Stock champion Brian Bayer of Birdseye, Ind., was sidelined after just 11 laps with mechanical problems.

David Bayens of Memphis, Ind., battled mechanical woes all weekend and dropped out of Sunday’s race after just three laps with a blown motor.

Racing returns to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Saturday, April 17th for the Casey’s General Store Spring Speed Fest.

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

EDDIE GILSTRAP MOTORS
THOMPSON’S 20th SEASON CELEBRATION”
Presented by ACE Hardware of Salem
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Brian Bayer, 19.850
First Heat Race
(8-Laps): 1. C. Rogers, 2. Brading, 3. Zike, 4. Cottrell, 5. Priddy, 6. Baker, 7. Powell.
Second Heat Race:
(8-Laps): 1. Bayens, 2. Pirtle, 3. T. Rogers, 4. S. Caudell, 5. Bex, 6. Sharp, 7. Frizzell, 8. Conway (DNS).
Third Heat Race:
(8-Laps): 1. J. Caudell, 2. Kempf, 3. Hadley, 4. Rivers, 5. Williams, 6. Smith, 7. Gardiner, 8. Bayer. 
Eddie Gilstrap Motors 50:
1. Shawn Smith, 2. Todd Kempf, 3. Tim Rivers, 4. Tony Conway, 5. Roger Williams, 6. David Frizzell, 7. Justin Bex, 8. Brent Gardiner, 9. Jay Baker, 10. Kyle Hadley, 11. Travis Rogers, 12. Josh Brading, 13. David Powell, 14. Mike Sharp, 15. Scott Caudell, 16. Jason Priddy, 17. Justin Pirtle, 18. Craig Rogers, 19. Jesse Cottrell, 20. Kyle Zike, 21. Jeff Caudell, 22. Greg Hubbuch (DNS), 23. Brian Bayer (DNS), 24. David Bayens (DNS).

O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

First Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Hopper, 2. Kestler, 3. Rogers, 4. Davis.
Second Heat Race
(8-Laps): 1. Wilkerson, 2. Goodman, 3. Whitfield, 4. Huffmon, 5. Ferguson.
ACE Hardware of Salem 30:
1. Nick Wilkerson, 2. Mike Kestler, 3. Jeremy Hopper, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Jamie Goodman, 6. Travis Rogers, 7. Richard Huffmon, 8. Brian Ferguson, 9. Todd Whitfield.

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

First Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Kaelin, 2. Allen, 3. B. Crawford, 4. Higgins, 5. Stroud.
Second Heat Race
(8-Laps): 1. T. Crawford, 2. Puckett, 3. Slauter, 4. T. Vaughn, 5. K. Vaughn
Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 25:
1. Beau Crawford, 2. Jesse Allen, 3. Dillon Kaelin, 4. Tim Crawford, 5. Wayne Slauter, 6. Carl Higgins Jr., 7. Merlin Stroud, 8. Travis Vaughn, 9. Ricky Pucket, 10. Kevin Vaughn.

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ARROW AUTO GLASS FIRECRACKER 200
Presented by the Scott County Visitors Commission

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Brett Hudson, 19.741

Arrow Auto Glass Firecracker 200: 1. Brian Bayer (200), 2. Shawn Smith (200), 3. Johnny Magee (200), 4. Chuck Barnes (199), 5. Scott Caudell (199), 6. Frank Kimmel II (197), 7. Jesse Cottrell (196), 8. Kyle Hadley (188), 9. Jason Priddy (183), 10. Curtis Peeples (174), 11. Todd Kempf (170), 12. David Powell (145), 13. Dakota Meyer (139), 14. Troy Ashbaugh (116), 15. David Frizzell (114), 16. Phil Jenkins (107), 17. Clayton Phelps (105), 18. Chris Harmon (81), 19. Justin Pirtle (76), 20. Jeff Berg (69), 21. Jeremy Adkisson (68), 22. Josh Brading (64), 23. Jeff Caudell (48), 24. Skeeter Crum (43), 25. Tim Rivers (26), 26. Brett Hudson (13), 27. Blake Hillard (8), 28. Jason Combs (7), 29. David Bayens (DNS).

 O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Freedom 50: 1. Mike Kestler, 2. Jamie Goodman, 3. Todd Whitfield, 4. Travis Rogers, 5. Jeremy Hopper, 6. Justin Davis, 7. Nick Wilkerson, 8. Richard Huffmon, 9. Brian Ferguson, 10. Ken Sumner, 11. Nick Johnson.

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

Independence 50: 1. Beau Crawford, 2. Jesse Allen, 3. Justin Fiedler, 4. Wayne Slauter, 5. Dillon Kaelin, 6. Carl Higgins Jr., 7. Merlin Stroud, 8. Travis Vaughn, 9. Eric Childers, 10. Jim Allen, 11. Ricky Puckett, 12. Joe Clapp, 13. Collin Worrall, 14. Trevor Jones, 15. Bubby Gedling, 16. Tim Crawford.

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JOHN JONES AUTO GROUP MIDWEST 150

Presented by Mountaineer Firewood

Saturday, June 21, 2014

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Barnes Jr., 17. 287

John Jones Auto Group 100 presented by Mountaineer Firewood: 1. Grant Quinlan, 2. Garrett Jones, 3. Chuck Barnes Jr., 4. Corey Deuser, 5. Cole Williams, 6. Kevin Willis, 7. Kody Evans, 8. Dan Leeckl, 9. Josh Nelms, 10. Kyle Crump, 11. Jordan Miller, 12. Dalton Armstrong, 13. Jaxson Jacobs, 14. Amber Slagle, 15. Marc Jacobs, 16. Cole Rouse, 17. Dakota Stroup, 18. Mason Mingus, 19. Dominique Van Wieringen, 20. Tristan Van Wieringen, 21. Winston Wood, 22. Hunter Baize, 23. Jack Smith.

 Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Barnes Sr., 19.937

Mountaineer Firewood 50: 1. Brian Bayer, 2. Chuck Barnes Sr., 3. Shawn Smith, 4. Roger Williams, 5. Johnny Magee, 6. Brent Gardiner, 7. Tim Rivers, 8. Scott Caudell, 9. Mike Sharp, 10. David Frizzell, 11. Justin Pirtle, 12. Jesse Cottrell, 13. Travis Rogers, 14. Justin Bex, 15. Greg Hubbuch, 16. Jason Priddy, 17. David Powell, 18. Dakota Meyer, 19. Craig Rogers, 20. Todd Kempf, 21. Kyle Zike, 22. Tony Conway, 23. Kyle Hadley, 24. Josh Brading, 25. Jason Combs, 26. Jay Baker (DNS).

 O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

John Jones GM City 30: 1. Travis Rogers, 2. Mike Kestler, 3. Justin Davis, 4. Todd Whitfield, 5. Jeremy Hopper, 6. Richard Huffmon, 7. James Goodman, 8. Brian Ferguson.

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

Tractor Supply 25: 1. Beau Crawford, 2. Dillon Kaelin, 3. Carl Higgins, Jr., 4. Jesse Allen, 5. Merlin Stroud, 6. James Allen, 7. Travis Vaughn, 8. Tony Nichols III.

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SALEM ROVAL GRAND PRIX
June 1, 2014

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

Salem Roval Grand Prix (106 laps): 1. Beau Crawford, 2. Artie Ware, 3. Joshua Stroud, 4. Carl Higgins Jr., 5. Alan Miller, 6. Austin Baum, 7. Sammy McKinsley, 8. David Wilkerson, 9. Larry Pigram Jr., 10. Travis Vaughn, 11. Ricky Puckett, 12. Tony Nichols III, 13. Tommy Fleener, 14. Zack Bube, 15. Chris Jennings, 16. John Kennybrook, 17. Derik Bradshaw, 18. Donald Vanvalkenburg, 19. Brandon Dalton, 20. Alex Bube, 21. Tim Crawford, 22. Junior LeMasters, 23. Eric Childres, 24. Rick Kelly, 25. Alec Webb.

 O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

O’Reilly Auto Parts 35: 1. Mike Kestler, 2. Travis Rogers, 3. Justin Davis, 4. Todd Whitfield, 5. Jeremy Hopper, 6. Ray Ewing, 7. Richard Huffmon, 8. Jamie Goodman,  9. Brian Ferguson

 

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CASEY’S GENERAL STORE SPRING SPEED FEST
Saturday, May 17, 2014

 Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Barnes, 19.733

Casey’s General Store 75: 1. Tony Conway, 2. Chuck Barnes, 3. Brian Bayer, 4. Shawn Smith, 5. Todd Kempf, 6. Kyle Hadley, 7. Brent Gardiner, 8. Scott Caudell, 9. Travis Rogers, 10. Justin Pirtle, 11. Craig Rogers, 12. Jonathon Ziegler, 13. Greg Hubbuch, 14. Jason Priddy, 15. Josh Brading, 16. Roger Williams, 17. Mike Sharp, 18. Johnny Magee, 19. Phil Jenkins, 20. Kyle Zike, 21. David Powell, 22. Tim Rivers, 23. Jeff Caudell, 24. Justin Bex, 25. David Bayens (DNS), 26. David Frizzell (DNS), 27. Jason Combs (DNS).

 Thunder Roadsters

First Heat Race (6-Laps): 1. Robbins, 2. Edsal, 3. Dugger

Second Heat Race (6-Laps): 1. Dietzen, 2. Griffus, 3. Jenkins, 4. Brown

Casey’s General Store 25: 1. John Robbins, 2. James Edsal, 3. Marty Griffin, 4. Darrell Brown, 5. Doug Dugger, 6. Mark Dietzen, 7. Phil Jenkins

 O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

First Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Rogers, 2. Hopper, 3. Davis

Second Heat Race (8-Laps): 1. Kestler, 2. Whitfield, 3. Huffmon, 4. Ferguson

Casey’s Pizza “We Deliver” 30: 1. Mike Kestler, 2. Justin Davis, 3. Travis Rogers, 4. Jeremy Hopper, 5. Todd Whitfield, 6. Richard Huffmon, 7. Brian Ferguson, 8. Ken Sumner (DNS), 9. James Goodman (DNS).

 Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

First Heat Race (6-Laps): 1. Kaelin, 2. Higgins, 3. Johnson, 4. Meek

Second Heat Race (6-Laps): 1. Jim Allen, 2. Stroud, 3. Jesse Allen

Casey’s Hope For The Warriors 25: 1. Jim Allen, 2. Dillon Kaelin, 3. Tony Nichols III, 4. Jesse Allen, 5. Carl Higgins Jr., 6. Merlin Stroud, 7. Chuck Meek, 8. Joe Johnson, 9. Travis Vaughn

 

Results
Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200
Presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter

Sunday, April 28, 2014

 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards

Fast Qualifier: Justin Boston

Federated Auto Parts 200: 1. Grant Enfinger, 2.Spencer Gallagher, 3. Frank Kimmel, 4. Austin Wayne Self, 5. Tom Hessert, 6. Josh Williams, 7. Mason Mitchell, 8. Ken Schrader, 9. Cody Coughlin, 10. Kyle Weatherman, 11. Thomas Praytor, 12. Kyle Benjamin, 13. Brian Finney, 14. Karl Weber, 15. Justin Boston, 16. Blake Hillard, 17. Bill Catania, 18. Michael Lira, 19. Ryan Heavner, 20. Dale Shearer, 21. John Wes Townley, 22. Mark Meunier, 23. Darrell Basham, 24. Barry Layne, 25. Frank Kimmel II, 26. Tim Viens, 27. James Swanson

 Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Kyle Hadley, 20.058

Crunch ‘N Nutter 50: 1. Shawn Smith, 2. Kyle Hadley, 3. Tony Conway, 4. Brent Gardiner, 5. Tim Rivers, 6. Donnie Woodard, 7. Roger Williams, 8. Justin Pirtle, 9. Greg Hubbuch, 10. Kyle Zike, 11. Joshua Brading, 12. David Powell, 13. Jason Priddy, 14. Todd Kempf, 15. David Frizzell, 16. Jeff Caudell, 17. Craig Rogers, 18. Scott Caudell, 19. Travis Rogers, 20. Michael Wedding, 21. Brian Bayer, 22. Justin Bex, 23. Jay Baker, 24. David Bayens

 

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.