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SALEM, IN, Aug. 30 - It’s anybody’s race when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rolls into Salem Speedway.
And this year will be no exception when the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care unfolds on Saturday night, September 17th.
Thirteen different drivers have won the last 14 ARCA races on the lightning-fast high banks dating back to the fall of 2004.
Current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Justin Allgaier, is the only ARCA driver to have recorded repeat wins at Salem during that 14 race period, notching back-to-back wins with a victory in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008.
Nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel, tops the all-time ARCA win list at Salem with nine victories to his credit. However, the Borden, Ind., driver has not won on his “home track” since September of 2008.
The popular second generation driver is hoping to end that winless streak, but will face a stiff challenge from ARCA’s young generation of hard-chargers. They are led by 19-year-old Ty Dillon, who has been impressive in winning seven of 15 ARCA races during the 2011 season.
The Lewisville, N.C., driver, who is the grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, finished second to Brennan Poole in the 2011 spring ARCA race at Salem, after putting his UNOH-RCR Chevrolet on pole in his first visit to the southern Indiana oval during qualifications.
ARCA’s youth brigade also includes 18-year-old Chris Buescher of Prosper, Tex., who is currently second to Dillion in the season standings.
Cousins, Frank Kimmel II and Will Kimmel, both former Salem Speedway track champions, are also gearing up for what is expected to be their first Salem start in ARCA competition.
Spectator gates open on Sept. 17th at 11:30 a.m., with practice getting underway at 12-noon, qualifications at 3 p.m. and the popular First Harrison Bank On-Track Autograph Session at 4:45 p.m. The Federated Auto Parts 50 for the Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Great American Stocks rolls off at 5:30 p.m. with the ARCA Fall Classic 200 at 7:15 p.m.
Advance tickets, both reserved and general admission, are currently selling and may be purchased at the Speedway office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.