SALEM, IN, June 6 - The last time Chuck Barnes Jr. climbed in a racecar to compete was in October of 2010.
On that fall afternoon the popular second-generation driver from Louisville finished 3rd in the prestigious Winchester 400. Since that time Barnes, who is highly regarded for his work in the race shop, has stayed busy as a driver coach, crew chief and set up specialist for various drivers and race teams. While taking time away from driving he has also contributed to the successful racing ventures of his father, seven-time Salem Speedway track champion, Chuck Barnes Sr.
Barnes, a former Salem Speedway late model and CRA Super Series champion, is planning on ending his two-year hiatus from competition in the upcoming Touchstone Energy Midwest 200. If all goes as planned Barnes will be doing double duty on June 16th at Salem, racing in both the 100-lap Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series event and the 100-lap Lucas Oil Great American Stock race.
“We still have plenty of work to do to get the street stock (Great American Stock) ready,” said Barnes. “Our plan is to run both the late model and street stock races if we can get the car ready. We want to bring three cars”
If successful in getting the second Great American Stock entry ready for competition it would mark the first time in nearly nine years that the two Barnes’ have gone head-to-head in competition. Not since the 2003 Halloween 200 at Salem has father and son raced in the same event.
Barnes Sr., the all-time win leader at Salem Speedway, was victorious in the season opening “Ford Drive-One 50” Lucas Oil Great American Stock race at Salem.
Joining the Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series and the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem on June 16th will be the O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks, Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks and the Baby Grand Pro National Series.
Spectator gates open on Saturday, June 16th at 3:30 p.m., with practice getting underway at 3:30, qualifications at 6:00 and the first race at 7:05 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets are currently selling for the Touchstone Energy Midwest 200 and may be purchased by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-7223. Advance general admission tickets are priced at $14 for adults with advance reserved seat tickets $19 each.
In honor of all dads on Father’s Day weekend, Salem Speedway is offering free admission to the Touchstone Energy Midwest 200 for all children, age 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult.