Midweek Thunder (And More) at Salem Speedway
As a special events track, the Salem Speedway schedule and program varies from time to time. For example, General Manager Richard Deaton presents racing programs on Saturdays, Sundays and some weeknights. He also has a lot of programming variety.
Regular classes racing on the fast half-mile, high-banked asphalt oval are Late Models, Super Stocks, Street Stocks and the four cylinder Dash Series. In addition, this year’s schedule includes two ARCA races, X2RA National Midgets, Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series, Indy Cars and Trucks, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series and United States Auto Club National Sprints and Midgets.
And there’s more! In June a feature was the Hoosier Classic Truck & Tractor Pull by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. Two of my favorites are the Firecracker 200 and the Halloween 200. These 200 lap events are full of excitement with typically forty or more competitive racers fighting for space and avoiding crashes while trying to get to the finish line first.
Salem Speedway’s regular racers are among the best of Kentuckiana. Many other top racers come to Salem throughout the racing season. Nextel Cup racer Ken Shrader competed in the last ARCA race at Salem. Jeffersonville’s Frank Kimmel, the winningest ARCA driver, is no doubt the most popular driver to race at Salem.
Not to be overshadowed are Salem’s regular drivers. For example, Late Model driver Chuck Barnes, Jr. was among 12 finalists nationally competing for a spot with Roush Racing. Current point standings in Salem’s Late Model class show how tough the competition is with Barnes running second to Louisville’s Keith Gardner. Close behind are rookie Will Kimmel of Sellersburg, Brett Hudson of Owensboro and Pete Mayden of Sellersburg.
The next race date is August 12 with United States Auto Club National Sprints and Midgets, plus Midwest Oldtimers Vintage RaceCar Show. Get specifics and the full schedule, point standings, etc. at http://www.salemspeedway.com.
My last visit to Salem Speedway was August 2nd for “Midweek Thunder.” Classes racing were Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Dash Series. A bonus for fans was spectator drags with track wreckers even taking a run at it. Photos from the event can be viewed by going to www.LuvRacin.com and Clicking on the state of IN and then on racing photos.