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Tight races as teams prepare for season championship at Salem Speedway

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 SALEM, IN, Sept. 26 – Season championships will be on the line when racing returns to Salem Speedway on Sunday afternoon, October 2nd.

The Scott County Visitors Commission Season Championship event marks the final points race of the year for all four Salem Speedway divisions – Lucas Oil Super Stocks, Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Great American Stocks, Global Assembly Pure Stocks and Six Sigma Front Wheel Drive Stocks.

Joining the Salem divisions on championship afternoon will be the FAST Series Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.

“This is a great line-up of racing action”, said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton, as he discussed the upcoming event.  “Seven divisions on a Sunday afternoon is reminiscent of the old Stock Car Festival that was held at Salem Speedway for a number of years beginning in the late 1980’s.”

Here is how the championship battles are shaping up in each division:

LUCAS OIL SUPER STOCKS

Two-time Lucas Oil Super Stock champion Todd Kempf (2004-2005) of Huntingburg, Ind., holds a scant six point advantage (501-494) over Chris French of Vine Grove, Ky. heading into the championship race.

French, the 2007 Lucas Oil Super Stock champion, and Kempf have both visited victory lane on two occasions during the 2011 season.

Veteran Tony Johnson of Louisville is currently third in the standings (470), with Mike Sharp of Cox’s Creek, Ky., fourth (467) and Jerry Norris of Louisville (446) fifth.

DAVE & DEB’S WINNER’S CIRCLE GREAT AMERICAN STOCKS

David Bayens of Memphis, Ind., has been at or near the top of the Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Great American Stock standings all season long.  However, the 2006 track champion, finds himself facing a fast closing Shawn Smith as the 2011 season draws to a close.

Smith of Louisville, who has recorded a win and three second place finishes in the past four races, has pulled to within 15 points of Bayens (594-579) with one race remaining.

Kyle Hadley of Louisville is comfortably in third place, just 15 points back of Smith, while Jay Baker of French Lick, Ind.,  and Justin Pirtle of Salem are tied for fourth place (470-470).  Brian Moore is knocking on the door of a top five finish in the season standings.  The Clarksville, Ind., driver is just six points back of Baker and Pirtle.

GLOBAL ASSEMBLY PURE STOCKS

Mike Kestler of Louisville, who is looking to capture the inaugural Salem Speedway Global Assembly Pure Stock championship, takes a 14 point (504-490) lead over second place Travis Rogers of Jeffersonville, Ind., into the final Pure Stock race of the season.

Kestler, who has finished no lower than second all season long, has three 2011 wins to his credit, while Rogers has visited victory lane on two occasions.

Todd Whitfield (440) of Sellersburg, Ind., Tim Donohoo (369) of Jeffersonville and Tom Donohoo II (344), also of Jeffersonville, round out the top five in the current standings.

SIX SIGMA FRONT WHEEL DRIVE STOCKS

In Salem Speedway’s tightest points battle, Matt Schindler of Jeffersonville is nervously protecting a two point lead over Bill Grant of Clarksville (497-495) in the Six Sigma Front Wheel Drive division.

Grant and Schindler, who have each won two races during the 2011 season, have occupied the top two positions since the April 3rd season opening race.

Wesley Napier of New Washington, Ind., (482) who picked up a win on July 23rd, is just 13 points back of Grant in the standings in third place, while Bill Growe of Jeffersonville (455) and Austin Baum of Shepherdsville, Ky., (439) round out the top five.

FAST SERIES

Three FAST Series divisions – Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters, head to Salem Speedway for the Scott County Visitors Commission Season Championship, but one event remains for the popular short-track divisions (Anderson Speedway on Oct. 9th) following the Salem outing.

Over 20 Legends Cars were on hand for the April 3rd FAST Series visit to Salem Speedway with Jeffersonville’s Taylor Webb winning the 30-lap main event.  Al Renner captured the 30-lap Thunder Roadster feature and Kyle Donahue took home the trophy for winning the Bandoleros main event.

Spectator gates open on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with practice getting underway at 10:30, qualifications at 12:30 and the first of seven feature events at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

Advance tickets, both reserved and general admission, are currently selling for the Scott County Visitors Commission Season Championship and may be purchased by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.  Advance general admission tickets are priced at just $10 for adults and $3 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 $15 each.