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Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco
HALLOWEEN 200

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20

Expanded to two days of racing action in 2019!  Halloween 200 practice,
plus the Ford Crown Vics Oval 40 and Figure 8 40 on Saturday.  Then on
Sunday it's the 31st annual Halloween 200.  Two BIG days of racing!

Two Day Adult General Admission Ticket Just $20 In Advance

 

 

Salem Speeday Fueled by The Hoosier Lottery Breaking News

VETERAN CHUCK BARNES JR. CAPTURES THIRD
HALLOWEEN 200 VICTORY AT SALEM ON SUNDAY

SALEM, Ind. (Oct. 20, 2019) -- Louisville, Ky.’s Chuck Barnes, Jr., in front of a packed house, surfaced as the leader when it counted most to win the action-packed 31st running of the Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200 Sunday afternoon at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

Barnes, in the No. 44 Scotty Earl-owned Chevrolet, crossed under the checkered flag a half-second in front of runner-up finisher Dan Banker (Des Moines, Iowa) to earn his third Halloween 200 triumph, Salem Speedway’s signature event in the Lucas Oil Great American Stock division.

“We kind of stuck to our normal strategy...taking care of our car...being there at the end,” said Barnes in Victory Lane. “We did our homework.”

Barnes also dodged several wrecks and layed low most of the way until it was time to get up and go inside of 50 laps from the finish.

“This one’s really tough, because of all the wrecks. There were several wrecks we just kind of slid through. It‘s not a comfortable feeling starting three-wide with this kind of field of cars, but that’s what this race is about so you know it coming into it. Just gotta be gentle and take care of it for 200 laps.”

Barnes tracked down Owensboro, Ky.’s Heath Helton 25 laps from the finish and made the winning pass on lap 183 of the 200-lap race.

“It came down to me and him (Helton) racing for the lead there at the end. It was pretty awesome. He’s a hell of a driver.”

From there Helton looked to be in line for a second-place finish before contact with Banker on lap 191 relegated Helton to a sixth-place finish. Banker, the 1990 Halloween 200 winner, was ecstatic with his second-place finish in his own No. 10 Chevrolet.

“That was a win for me,” said Banker, who started 34th in the 40-car field. “I’ve got my whole family here. It’s a real tough race. These guys are real fast. Just to be able to keep up; I’m happy with that.”

Local favorite Baden Stewart (Salem, Ind.), in a car owned by Chuck Barnes, Sr., finished third in the No. 51 Chevrolet.

“I’m thrilled. After the year we’ve had, to come out here and run third in the Halloween 200 is the best thing that could have happened to us,” said Stewart. “This one is a long punch out, drag out race. None of this is possible without the world’s greatest driver and car owner, Chuck Barnes (Sr.). Half the deal was just being patient...and just not getting caught up in stuff. I missed my fair share today. Just a great way to cap off a pretty rough season; I’m thrilled with it.”

Stewart found himself side-by-side with Marcus Elliott (Sellersburg, Ind.) over the final 10 laps to earn his hard-fought podium finish. Elliott, in a rare Great American Stock appearance, impressed all with a solid fourth-place finish.

Louisville’s Kyle Hadley finished fifth in his No. 12 Chevrolet after giving up the lead just 15 laps from the end to make a pitstop.

Dr. Jeff Berg finished seventh in front of Shawn Smith (eighth), Scott Caudell (ninth) and Tony Conway (10th). Conway, who led several laps early on, was the last car on the lead lap.

Barnes pocketed $5,000 for the victory and received a full-sized Crosley Jukebox as his winning trophy.

“That one (Crosley Jukebox) looks pretty cool. After losing last year with five laps to go when David Bayens smoked us, that makes it that much sweeter this year.”

This year’s Halloween 200 started 40 cars in 14 rows at three abreast in each row. Lap leaders included Conway, Brett Hudson, Skeeter Crum, Brandon Deckard, Helton, Will Kimmel, Hadley and Barnes, Jr. The race was slowed 11 times for cautions for a variety of multi-car wrecks and single-car spins. There were no injuries.

 general admission tickets are priced at just $20 for adults and teens for the two-day event, which also includes Ford Crown Vic Figure-8 day afternoon. The Halloween 200 is scheduled to get the green at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

 Ty Gibbs dominates Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA
Fall Classic Hadley wins Great American Stock feature;
Kimmel secures season championship

SALEM, Ind. (Sept. 14, 2019) -- Ty Gibbs, grandson of three-time Super Bowl champion coach Joe Gibbs, must have received some stellar coaching ahead of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic. The 17-year-old rookie, in the No. 18 Monster Energy-Terrible Herbst Toyota, led 196 of 200 laps on his way to taking his second career ARCA Menards Series victory Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

Gibbs, who also earned his career-first General Tire Pole award, seemed to be on a rail. The Huntersville, N.C. rookie gave up the lead just once when runner-up finisher Christian Eckes, in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota, beat the Joe Gibbs Racing team off pit road after a four-tire stop. It didn’t matter though as Gibbs charged right back into the lead on the restart and drove away from the competition.

“The car was so good tonight; it would have been hard to lose this one,” said Gibbs. “We only lost the lead once, but I wasn’t worried. The car was so good, I knew we’d get it right back.”

Gibbs’s grandfather Joe Gibbs, also a four-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion team owner, was on hand for the big show and joined his grandson in victory lane.

Eckes, in the JBL Audio Toyota, not only finished second, but closed the gap in the championship chase with just two races remaining after championship leader Michael Self spent the majority of the race behind the pit wall with mechanical issues. Self, who had a 70-point lead going in, left with a slim five-point advantage over Eckes.

“I hate it for Michael (Self),” said Eckes, of Middletown, N.Y. “He’s a great friend and if we’re going to beat him in the championship, I’d rather do it on the track. We just didn’t have anything for the 18 (Gibbs); he was beating us all the way around the track. We’ll take what we got and go to Lucas Oil (Raceway) and give it our best.”

Marietta, Ga.’s Corey Heim, in the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford, tied his career-best ARCA finish in third.

“When we bolted on those four fresh General Tires at the end, the car just came alive,” said Heim. “This is definitely the most challenging race track I’ve ever raced on, and I loved every minute of it.”

Munford, Ala.’s Bret Holmes finished fourth ahead of Franklin, Wis.’s Sam Mayer in fifth.

In earlier action, Louisville’s Kyle Hadley held off Sellersburg, Ind.’s Will Kimmel to win the Built Ford Proud 50-lap feature event for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. Hadley, in the No. 12 Mr. Heating & Cooling-Holy Smokes BBQ-Pro Tint Chevrolet, capitalized on the misfortunes of Todd Kempf and David Bayens, who tangled battling for the lead just ahead of Hadley. Bayens made contact with the backend of Kempf’s car in turns three and four resulting in both cars spinning. Both Kempf and Bayens were sent to the tail-end for the restart and neither driver was able to get back to battle for the win. Kimmel, by virtue of his second-place finish, clinched the season championship in the Lucas Oil Great American Stock division.

“Our plan was to just get in line and ride tonight,” said Kimmel. “As it turned out, we had to go a little harder than we wanted to, but it all worked out. It’s been a great season; got the pole again, finished second and won the championship. Big thanks to all our guys...we’ve got a lot of hard-working volunteers on this team...thanks to E3 Spark Plugs, T&T Construction, Eddie Gilstrap Motors, Jax Wax and all the sponsors who make it possible.”

Austin Baum (Shepherdsville, Ky.), in the No. 74 Baum’s Racing Supply, B&D Weed Control-Shane Wilson Lawn Care Chevrolet, finished a career-best third. Jamie Goodman, in the No. 75 Wright Mechanical-Turtlefish Clothing Chevrolet, finished a career-best fourth.

Kempf rallied back to finish fifth head of Bayens in sixth.

The next event at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery is the Xtreme Roval 150 for the Front-Wheel Drive Compacts and the full-sized Crown Vics Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29.

BAYENS, DROOK COME HOME WINNERS
IN SATURDAY ACTION AT SALEM

SALEM, Ind. (Aug. 24, 2019) -- Borden, Indiana’s David Bayens held off the non-stop hard charge from Owensboro, Kentucky’s Heath Helton to win the Lucas Oil Great American Stock 50-lap main event Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, his first of the 2019 season.

It didn’t hurt that Bayens started from the pole in his No. 32 Gilliatt Construction-Skyline Chili-Shane Wilson Lawn Care Chevrolet.

“Oh yeah it makes all the difference here,” said Bayens, who never once gave up the lead. “You’re racing against the best street stock racers in the country every week at Salem.”

Halfway through the feature, Helton caught Bayens but couldn’t find a way around the eventual winner. With laps winding down, Bayens rallied and pulled away by 10 lengths to earn his 31st career feature win at Salem, second on the all-time win list.

“We just kept hitting our marks...backed off a little to save our tires so we’d have enough to work with in the end. We won the Halloween 200 last year, but this is the first regular show I’ve won in a long time. It almost feels better than winning the Halloween.”

In the end, Helton, not only lost contact with Bayens, he did all he could do to hold off Kyle Hadley for second. An on-track incident early on sent Hadley to pit road with a flat tire. He rejoined the field from the tail-end and charged back through the pack to battle the leaders in closing laps. Hadley finished third hot on the heels of Helton, who held on for second.

Brandon Deckard finished fourth, his second consecutive top-five finish. Veteran Tony Conway finished fifth, giving car owner Tim Sebastian finishes of first and fifth.

Matt Stice held off Will Kimmel to finish sixth.

Kimmel was the fast-qualifier for the fifth straight show but made two unscheduled pit stops to repair damage. He restarted from the tail but could do no better than seventh in the final running order.

John McLaren finished eighth, Justin Fiedler ninth and Todd Kempf rounded out the top-10.

The Vores Compact Touring Series, 30 cars strong, made its first appearance of the 2019 season at Salem. Mainesville, Ohio’s Jess Drook out-dueled Terry Eaton, Jr. in lapped traffic to win the 30-lap main event. Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Brandon Dalton finished second ahead of Gary Eaton, Jr. (West Liberty, Ohio) in third. Terry Eaton, Jr. fell to fourth in the final running order with Jeff Vore (Ridgeville, Indiana) trailing in fifth.

The next event at Salem will be the 106th running of the ARCA Menards Series Sept. 14, under the lights with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200. The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will join the ARCA national tour for the stock car double-header.

SWANSON, KIMMEL BIG WINNERS AT
SALEM SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

SALEM, Ind. (Aug. 10, 2019) -- Kingsburg, Calif.’s Kody Swanson led wire to wire to win the 60th running of the Visit Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. He also held his own in the history books, tying Pancho Carter’s record of winning four-consecutive James/O’Connor Memorials, a feat Carter set between 1974 and ’77.

Swanson, who won the pole position in the No. 20 Gene Nolen Racing entry, jumped into the top spot at the start and never relinquished the lead. The only thing that gave his competition a chance was a few caution flags that allowed the field to bunch up behind the eventual winner. It didn’t matter, however; Swanson was able to drive away as necessary to secure a record 28th USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory in his 100th series start. The 4-time Silver Crown champion also padded his points lead heading to next Saturday’s race on the Springfield (Ill.) Mile Dirt.

Franklin, Massachusetts’ Bobby Santos finished 10 lengths away in second with Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) coming home third. Danville, Indiana’s Kyle Hamilton finished fourth with Shullsburg, Wisconsin’s David Byrne trailing in fifth. Justin Grant, Eric Gordon, Derek Bischak, James Davison and Kyle Robbins completed the top-10 finishers, respectively. Davison, from Melbourne, Australia, finished 12th in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 back in May.

Will Kimmel made headlines in the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks division, winning the 50-lap feature event in the No. 69 E3 Spark Plugs-T&T Construction Chevrolet. The third-generation Salem racer from Sellersburg, Ind. also took over the championship points lead from Owensboro, Kentucky’s Heath Helton who was involved in a crash in turn two. Helton was not injured but unable to complete the race.

Kimmel, who won his fourth consecutive pole award, started seventh by inversion and utilized the inside groove to move into second by lap three. Then he gave race leader Kyle Hadley a nudge in turn three causing Hadley’s machine to wiggle just enough to allow Kimmel to make the inside pass for the lead. From there, Kimmel held off Huntingburg, Indiana’s Todd Kempf to win his second consecutive feature event at Salem. Kempf held on for second in front of Brandon Deckard (Shepherdsville, Ky.), who finished a career-best third. David Bayens finished fourth. Trent Bayer finished a career-best fifth. Matt Stice finished sixth. John McLaren finished a career-best seventh. Craig Rogers, Shayne Slider and Kyle Hadley completed the top-10, respectively.

The next event at Salem is the Back to School Bash presented by Ace Hardware Saturday, Aug. 24. The big night of fun features this year’s first visit from the Vores Compact cars on the high-banks and the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. There’ll be free grandstand attendance for all kids 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult.

 

INDY CAR VETERAN SCHEDULED TO MAKE FIRST
CAREER USAC SILVER CROWN START AT SALEM

Salem, Ind., August 2 - If everything goes as planned Indianapolis 500 veteran James Davison will be making his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series start in the August 10th Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

The Melbourne, Australia, driver recorded his career best Indy 500 finish in five starts this past May, when he drove his Dale Coyne Racing machine (in association with Jonathan Byrd Racing) to a solid 12th place showing. The 32-year-old Davison, who is scheduled to team with Davey Hamilton/Byrd Racing for his inaugural Salem Speedway start, has also competed in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers is one of America’s most historic open wheel races. Names such as Bob Sweikert, Eddie Sachs, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Kenny Irwin Jr., Tony Stewart and Ed Carpenter grace the list of past James/O’Connor winners.

Advance tickets for the August 10th race are currently selling and can be purchased on-line (24/7) at salemspeedway.com or by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223.

EBELING WINS SUPER CUP THRILLER AT SALEM;
KIMMEL RULES IN GREAT AMERICAN STOCKS

SALEM, Ind. (July 27, 2019) -- Hickory, N.C.’s Ben Ebeling went back-to-back in Super Cup Series feature wins Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, while local favorite Will Kimmel cleaned up with a victory in the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks main event.

Ebeling, who had never been to Salem, cruised to the checkered flag in the first 50-lap Super Cup feature, winning by 10 lengths over Long Island, N.Y.’s Ron Langdon in second. Current Super Cup championship points leader Kevin Kromer (Walnutport, Pa.) finished third.

If the first feature was a “walk in the park” for Ebeling, the second was a “barn burner.” Ebeling kept a commanding lead most of the way in the second 50-lapper before Simpsonville, S.C.’s Allen Purkhiser stepped up to challenge late in the going. Purkhiser, who fell out early in the first 50-lapper after making contact with the frontstretch wall, had to start last in the second 50-lapper. It took Purkhiser 49 laps to get there, but he finally caught the eventual winner coming to the white flag. Purkhiser then got a great run off turn two and raced inside of Ebeling headed into turns three and four. With Ebeling on the high-side and Purkhiser down low, they raced side-by-side to the checkered flag with Ebeling edging Purkhiser by a half-length at the final stripe. Kromer brought it home third again, with Langdon finishing fourth. West Mifflin, Pa.’s Lauren Butler finished fifth in her first showing at Salem.

Sellersburg, Ind.’s Will Kimmel finally got the monkey off his back, leading most of the way in the Great American Stocks main event. Kimmel, in the No. 69 E3 Spark Plugs-T&T Construction Chevrolet, held off hard charges from second-place finisher Todd Kempf (Huntingburg, Ind.) and third-place finisher Heath Helton (Owensboro, Ky.)  to capture his first feature win in eight years at Salem. Kyle Hadley (Louisville, KY.) and Mike Sharp (Bardstown, Ky.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

David Bayens led early on but was involved in a skirmish when John McLaren got loose off turn four and spun into the path of Bayens. The incident took both McLaren and Bayens out of competition.

Kimmel was the quick-qualifier for the third consecutive race. Helton maintains the championship points lead by just a few markers over Kimmel headed to the next event at Salem when the Great American Stocks join the USAC Silver Crown Series for the 60th running of the Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial coming to the high-banks Saturday night Aug. 10.

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SALEM SPEEDWAY FUELED BY
THE HOOSIER LOTTERY GEARS UP FOR 73rd
YEAR WITH FULL SLATE OF RACING ACTION

SALEM, IN, January 11 – Salem Speedway gears up for its 73rd year in 2019 with a full slate of action to include 11 events and 13 days of on-track activity.

The diverse slate of events includes a mix of national and regional programs, featuring the .555-mile high banked track, the quarter-mile infield oval, the figure-8 track and the “Roval” road course.

We’ve put together a schedule of events that offers both variety and season-long excitement,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton.  “A total of ten different series or divisions are represented on the 2019 schedule.”  

Among traditional events returning to the high banks in 2019 are spring and fall visits by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the 60th annual Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

The 2019 racing line-up also includes a return visit by the popular Bandit Big Rig Series, plus the inaugural Salem race for the Southern based Super Cup Stock Car Series.  The Mel Kenyon Midget Series, Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, CRA Street Stocks, Vores Compact Touring Series, Affordable Stock Car Racing (ASCR) Ford Crown Vics and Legends Cars are all represented on the 2019 schedule.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 is set for Sunday, April 14th and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic will take place under the lights on Saturday, September 14th.

New York’s Christian Eckes and Georgia’s Chandler Smith visited victory lane in ARCA competition last season at Salem.

The fall ARCA race has once again been designated the official “ARCA Throwback Weekend.” 

The Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers, one of the most historic and longest running memorial races in the nation, headlines August action at Salem.  The 60th annual open wheel classic is set to unfold on Saturday night, August 10th.

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.

California’s Kody Swanson won his third consecutive James/O’Connor Memorial in 2018.

One of the most talked about events of the 2018 season at Salem Speedway returns in 2019, as the Bandit Big Rig Series visits the high banks for a night of semi-truck racing on Saturday, June 8th.

A packed house was in attendance for the inaugural Bandit Big Rig Series event last season at Salem with no one going home disappointed.

For the first time in 2019, Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will host the Super Cup Stock Car Series on Saturday night, July 27th.  The drivers and their 600 horsepower, steel bodied stock cars will bring some short-track bumpin’ and bangin’ to the famed high banks. 

South Carolina’s Bob Schacht, who won a 500-lap ARCA race at Salem in 1989, is the defending Super Cup Series champion. 

The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks are in the spotlight on several occasions during the 2019 season at Salem, including serving as the support division for both the spring and fall ARCA races and the James/O’Connor Memorial.

The CRA Van Hoy Oil Street Stocks will join the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks on Saturday night, May 11th for the third annual GAS/CRA Challenge.

For the first time in 10 years a midget series is set for a visit to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, as the Mel Kenyon Midget Series is scheduled to be a part of the “Salute To Father’s Classic” on Saturday night, June 15th.  The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will be on the high banks and the Kenyon Midgets on the quarter-mile infield oval.

Other traditional events planned for 2019 include the Discover Scott County Firecracker 125 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on Saturday night, July 6th and the 31st annual Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200 on Sunday, October 20th.

For the first time in a number of years the Firecracker race will be a points race for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.

The ASCR Ford Crown Vics are scheduled for three Salem visits in 2019 - July 6, Sept. 29 and Oct. 19.  The July and Oct. dates include races on both the quarter-mile infield oval and the figure-8 track.  The Sept. 29th race will be contested on the Roval road course.

The Legend Cars return to Salem for the first time in two years on Saturday night, May 11th with a second visit planned for Saturday night, June 15th. 

Road racing action on the Salem Roval is set to unfold on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29th with the Front Wheel Drive Stocks and ASCR Ford Crown Vics sharing the multi-turn circuit.  A new track layout, that will once again utilize both the infield short-track and a portion of the half-mile high banks, will challenge drivers in 2019.

Additional information concerning the 2019 activities at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, including ticket information, may be obtained by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223 or by accessing the Speedway web site at www.salemspeedway.com.  Track news and updates are also available on the Salem Speedway facebook site. 

 

2019 Salem Speedway Schedule

March 23     OPEN TEST
                          
All divisions – local and traveling

April 13-14  KENTUCKIANA FORD DEALERS ARCA 200
                           ARCA Racing Series
and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
                      Practice and qualifications on Saturday, racing on Sunday.

May 11       GAS/CRA CHALLENGE Triple 50s
                          
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, CRA Street Stocks
                     and Legends Cars

June 8        BANDIT BIG RIG SERIES
                           Bandit Big Rig Semi-Trucks

June 15      SALUTE TO FATHER’S CLASSIC (Father’s Day Weekend)
       
                 
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, Mel Kenyon Midget Series
                     and Legends Cars. 

July 6        DISCOVER SCOTT COUNTY FIRECRACKER 125
     
                Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts
                   
30th annual street stock classic, featuring the Lucas Oil
                    Great American Stocks
(Points Race – $2,500 To Win) and the Affordable Stock
                    Car Racing Ford Crown Vics
(Oval and Figure 8)

July 27      SUPER CUP 100
      
                 
Super Cup Stock Car Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks,
                    Classic Car Cruise-in, Burnout Contest, Music 
Dollar Beer/Dollar Hot Dogs

Aug. 10     DISCOVER SCOTT COUNTY
               JOE JAMES/PAT O’CONNOR MEMORIAL

                   Presented by Kentuckiana Ford Dealers
                        USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series

                   and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Aug. 24    BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Free Admission For Kids Age 12 & Under
   
                  
Presented by ACE Hardware of Salem
                      
Lucas Oil Great American Stocks and Vores Compacts (On The High Banks),
                  Kids Pace Car Rides, On-Track Autograph Session and More

Sept. 14   KENTUCKIANA FORD DEALERS ARCA FALL CLASSIC
                      
The official “ARCA Throwback Weekend”  Featuring
                   the ARCA Racing Series and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

 

Sept. 29   XTREME ROVAL 150
                     
Front Wheel Drive Stocks and the
                  Affordable Stock Car Racing Ford Crown Vics

Oct. 12    RUSTY WALLACE DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Oct. 19    HALLOWEEN 200 PRELUDE
                  Halloween 200 Practice, plus the Affordable Stock Car
                  Racing Ford Crown Vics Trick-Or-Treat 40
(Oval)
                      
and Spooktacular 40 (Figure 8)

Oct. 20    SMOKER FRIENDLY DISCOUNT TOBACCO HALLOWEEN 200
                  Lucas Oil Great American Stocks (non points), $5,000 to win

SALEM SPEEDWAY RACER, KYLE HADLEY,
LOVING NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Longtime Cancer Survivor Soaking Up His Lucky Stars

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2018) – Louisville, Kentucky’s Kyle Hadley had to learn to walk and talk all over again. For whatever reason, the relearning curve wasn’t nearly as arduous when it came to climbing back into his stock car at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. Possibly, it was the best therapy a man could ever receive after a malignant tumor was removed from Hadley’s brain in 2007. A little more than 10 years down the road, it’s still a clean bill of health for the father of two.

“I go back two times a year for check-ups, and once a year for an MRI,” said Hadley. “So far, they haven’t seen anything come back on it. Every day is a blessing. If I wake up, it’s another great day. You really do appreciate the smaller things more. Before the surgery, I know I took things for granted a little more than I should have.”

It wasn’t just a return to the sport he loved for therapy sessions on Salem’s famous high-banks, it was also the chance to visit the track’s coveted winner’s circle.

“We have at least one win a year since ’11. I absolutely love racing at Salem. I still get so excited.”

These are indeed exciting times for Hadley, who leaves the race shop around 1:30 each day to pick up his two sons at school. Hadley understands it could have turned out much differently.

“It was in ’07. I was actually running a Frank Kimmel street stock race at Kentucky Speedway. My head was just pounding, so I laid down in the lounge at the track. That’s when I realized something wasn’t right. My doctor put me on migraine medication, but it didn’t help. Then I went for an MRI.”

The news was not good. Hadley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

“It caught me off guard…stunned me. Believe it or not, the surgery didn’t really bother me. For me, I knew I needed to get in and have the cancerous tumor removed or I wasn’t going to make it. It’s a pretty simple decision. I just wanted to get in and get it done.”

Fortunately, the operation was a success. Hadley spent the next month in rehab at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville.

“I had to learn to walk and talk again…it was kinda like riding a bike. I was 28 when I had the surgery and I think that helped with my recovery. I was young enough to get it all back.”

One year later, Hadley was back behind the wheel of his race car.

“I spotted for David Baynes for a whole season before I came back. Drove for Scott Beeler for a year before I got back in my own car. As much as I know I needed the therapy at Frazier’s, racing again at Salem was probably the best therapy I could get.”

It must have been great exercise on Hadley’s brain to take on the big challenge that is Salem Speedway.

“I consider Salem really challenging. You can be one of the top-five cars there, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to win. It depends on so many other things…where you start, who’s around you. It’s definitely one of the toughest tracks I’ve ever raced on.”

Hadley would know after running Bristol Motor Speedway, the same track that hosts NASCAR’s top divisions twice each season.

“I was actually leading the race (at Bristol) and got taken out by a lapped car…he just turned down on me. I’d say Salem is more of a handful. After you run Salem, Bristol doesn’t intimidate you as bad. If you can get hooked up at Salem, you can get hooked up at Bristol pretty easy.”

These days, Hadley is “hooked up” with a great life and a lot to look forward to. After taking a buy-out at Ford following his surgery, Hadley can’t wait to get up and go.

“I’m definitely living more carefree. Things just don’t bother me as much. I don’t worry to death about everything getting done. I know it’ll all get done in time. I beat brain cancer. Life is easier now.”

Hadley had some great support along the way.

“My mom and dad were both there for me all the way through. My cousin Justin stayed with me every night in rehab. I probably could not have done it without them. They were there for me more than you can imagine.”

His Salem Speedway family stepped up too.

“I had so many race people from Salem step up and support us. They would bring food up all the time…trying to take care of my parents while they were trying to take care of me. I could never thank everyone enough.”

Hadley fields his own No. 12 Chevy Monte Carlo in the Salem Speedway Lucas Oil Great American Stocks division. As loyal as Hadley has been to his racing program over the years, his sponsors have reciprocated with support. Pro Tint of Louisville has sponsored Hadley for more than 20 years. Amsoil, which supported Hadley’s father during his racing career, also supports Kyle for his. Holy Smokes BBQ & Catering, Billy Grey & Associates, Ati Technologies, Carter Martin, Jr. (Semonin Realtors), KA Technologies and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza are all supporters of Hadley’s racing program. Mr. Heating & Air has signed on for the new season.

Hadley has help in the shop and at the track too – his father Daryl and friends Randy McCauley, Mike and Bud Jones, Eric Roll and Eddie Bousson, who is quick to strike up a welding torch as necessary. Hadley is also grooming his two sons, Carter, 11, and Jacob, 5.

“Love my boys to death…it’s the highlight of my day when I pick them up at school. My older one – he races go-karts – he helps quite a bit. The younger one…he’s just getting old enough to want to come around and help.”

SPECTACULAR FINISH IN 30th ANNUAL
HALLOWEEN 200 AT SALEM SPEEDWAY
LEAVES FANS YEARNING FOR MORE


Bayens takes top prize and iconic Crosley jukebox

SALEM, Ind. (Oct. 22, 2018) – The 30th running of the Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200 Sunday at Salem Speedway had everything a race fan could ask for, and then some. A beautiful fall afternoon, a full field of 41 colorful cars lined up three-abreast for the start, non-stop drama, thrills and spills, cheers and jeers, strategy and a spectacular finish. Yes…it was all there packed into a festive family fun day at the grand ole track. Just like racing used to be…say 30 years ago when the first Halloween 200 rolled off on the storied, high-banked oval in southern Indiana.

It also worked out pretty good for Borden, Indiana’s David Bayens, who tracked down the leader with five to go, made a clean pass and sped away to the biggest win of his career. He had won 26 feature events in the street stocks at Salem, but never a win in the Halloween 200. And make no mistake; the Halloween 200 at Salem is the Daytona 500 for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. In addition to the $5,000 top prize, this year’s winner, for the first time, got to leave with the coolest trophy in racing, an iconic Crosley jukebox, the very same model that NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series winners receive at Kentucky Speedway.

“I don’t think we left the track till 11,” said Bayens. “We figured out how to get the Crosley jukebox hooked up to Bluetooth, and let it play all night. That’s going right in our living room at home.”

The “at home” part is truly the feeling you get when you watch the local street stock racers work their craft at Salem. And it feels like home when you see these families cheer their guts out for their drivers. Heck, with 10 to go, the whole place was standing to witness the drama unfolding in the closing laps. Kind of like one big family, uniting for the final ride to the checkers.

The ending could not have been more dramatic. With all-time Halloween 200 winner (7 times) Chuck Barnes, Sr. out front, and his son Chuck Jr. in tow, it seemed little could be done to track down, not one, but two Salem trackmasters. That was until Bayens pitted with 30 laps to go and bolted on fresh, right-side Hoosier Comanche tires. The pit stop shuffled Bayens back to the tail-end of the lead-lap line; but with new skin in the game, he quickly wheeled his way forward. By the time he got to Barnes, Jr.’s bumper, it was less than 10 to go.

“I kinda learned that from watching ARCA races all those years up in the grandstands. I’ve seen that scenario play out on the ARCA side…take tires late and come up through the field. We went 170 laps on the same set of tires...that says a lot for the Hoosiers, 8-inch tires that go that long without wearing out. I thought we were a little faster than the leaders, but we weren’t going to have enough right rear to make a run on them. Coming down for right-sides was a gamechanger.”

Best of all, Bayens didn’t shove the father and son Barnes duo out of the way; he passed them the old-fashioned way. He drove around them cleanly without leaving a mark.

“Honestly, I knew I didn’t have to. I didn’t want to wreck anyone to win that race. With social media, you’d never hear the end of it. It’s not worth it. And it’s not the way I wanted to win the Halloween 200. That’s exactly how Chuck and Chuckie would have raced me. It’s all about respect.

“For 18 years I’ve dreamed about winning that race, and to pass Chuck Sr. and Jr. to get there makes it all the more special. I remember thinking to myself, ‘how was I going to pass Chuck Barnes Sr. and Jr.?’ It was just something we had to do, and we got it done.”

Of course, it wasn’t just passing the best in the business to get there; it was about avoiding several wrecks throughout the 200-lap bump and grind. There were plenty to go around, including two major multi-car pile-ups, one off turn two and the other off turn four. Bayens managed to steer clear of both.

“People know that going into the Halloween 200…that this can happen…it usually does.”

Fortunately, there were no injuries. Despite the typical Salem torn sheet metal and busted frames, Bayens says he’d put the Salem street stock racers up against any in the nation.

“We call ‘em (the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks) small scale ARCA races. A lot of the guys go to Bristol and race…it’s the Salem guys up front. I’d put our cars and guys up against any street stock class in the country. It’s a really tight group of racers. It’s a mutual respect for each other and a huge respect for Salem Speedway. We love that place. We’re very passionate about it. I bet I had 50 people there just supporting us. We come and camp out the entire weekend. We probably had seven to eight families camping out.”

And leaving on such a strong note just left Bayens and his family yearning for more.

“It’s like waiting for Christmas. We’re all looking forward to next year. We’re building at least one new one and rebuilding an old one. A special thanks to my car owner Tim Sebastian for all he does for our team.”

Bayens’ team is a mob of volunteers who commit their time and hard work for the love of the sport.

“No one on our team gets a dime. They even all pay their way in. To see them coming up to the car in victory lane while I was still strapped in…seeing the smiles on their faces meant more than the win itself. And to see my wife and daughter come up screaming in victory lane, standing next to that Crosley jukebox…it was the best feeling in the world. We didn’t buy that Crosley jukebox…we won it.”

The thrill of victory meant even more for the union electrician, who is still in the honeymoon mode.

“Just got married October 6th in Florida. Then we win the Halloween 200. It just doesn’t get any better.”

Bayens is married to his wife Trisha. They have a three-year-old daughter, Autumn, who joined her mom and dad in victory lane Sunday at Salem.

“Our daughter loves it. She sits in the race car while I work on it. She’s all in.”

And so is the 30th running of the Halloween 200, all in the books with a new winner, a dream come true for a small-town family and all-volunteer crew living that dream at Salem Speedway.

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.

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
2019 SMOKER FRIENDLY DISCOUNT TOBACCO
HALLOWEEN 200

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019

O.

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

LAPS

1

Chuck Barnes Jr.

Louisville, KY

200

2

Dan Banker

Des Moines, IA

200

3

Baden Stewart

Salem, IN

200

4

Marcus Elliott

Sellersburg, IN

200

5

Kyle Hadley

Louisville, KY

200

6

Heath Helton

Philpot, KY

200

7

Jeff Berg

Louisville, KY

200

8

Shawn Smith

Louisville, KY

200

9

Scott Caudell

Seymour, IN

200

10

Tony Conway

Louisville, KY

200

11

Brandon Deckard

Shepherdsville, KY

199

12

Shayne Slider

Henryville, IN

199

13

David Bayens

Borden, IN

198

14

Johnny Magee

Carthage, IN

198

15

Scott Wisman

Floyds Knobs, IN

197

16

David Powell

Greenville, IN

195

17

Todd Kempf

Huntingburg, IN

191

18

Brian Bayer

Birdseye, IN

188

19

Austin Baum

Shepherdsville, KY

186

20

Joe Williamson

Shepherdsville, KY

181

21

Mike Royal

Philpot, KY

178

22

John McLaren

Louisville, KY

169

23

Mike Todd

Pleasant Hill, IA

166

24

Brandon Burkhart

Bargersville, IN

164

25

Frank Kimmel II

Concord, NC

162

26

Rick Gumm

Crothersville, IN

153

27

Will Kimmel

Sellersburg, IN

147

28

Phil Jenkins

Greenfield, IN

127

29

Chuck Barnes Sr.

Louisville, KY

109

30

Fred Hopkins

New Castle, IN

95

31

Justin Fiedler

Louisville, KY

94

32

Brett Hudson

Owensboro, KY

94

33

Ronnie Basham III

Clarksville, IN

87

34

Josh Way

Painesville, OH

73

35

Skeeter Crum

Jeffersonville, IN

59

36

Tyler Hopkins

New Castle, IN

46

37

Harold Bratcher

Louisville, KY

28

38

Nick Reed Jr.

Louisville, KY

23

39

Dale Harper

Indianapolis, IN

2

40

Billy Williams

Bowling Green, KY

2

41

Jeff Maysey

Owensboro, KY

DNS

42

Aaron Abbott

Reyolds Station, KY

DNS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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