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SALEM, IN, June 18 – The Touchstone Energy Hoosier Hills 100, originally scheduled for tonight at Salem Speedway, has been postponed for one week due to the forecast of rain.
The late model classic will now take place on Saturday, June 25th, with all of the original divisions – Ken Ten Pro Late Model Series, Super Stocks, Great American Stocks, Pure Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Stocks - still scheduled to compete.
Pit gates open on June 25th at 1 p.m., with spectator gates opening at 3:30, practice at 3:30, qualifications at 6:00 and the first race at 7:15 p.m.
SALEM, IN, June 13 – The Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series returns to Salem Speedway on Saturday night for the Touchstone Energy Hoosier Hills 100.
With an entry list spiced with wily veterans, young chargers and a fair share of “local flavor” the 18th edition of the 100-lap race is shaping up as another wide open affair with a number of car-driver combinations capable of visiting victory lane.
Topping the list of early entrants is former Salem Speedway Late Model champion Will Kimmel of Sellersburg, Ind.
Kimmel, a three-time winner at Salem in late model competition, captured the pole position for the 2010 Hoosier Hills 100, but was sidelined just past the midway point in the race with mechanical woes. The third generation driver, who will be making his first late model start of the season, was running second to young Mason Mingus when his car began to develop overheating problems.
The 15-year-old Mingus from Brentwood, Tenn., who was driving a car owned and prepared by former Salem Speedway championship crew chief Kevin Gardner, held off another Tennessee driver, Josh Weston and Indiana’s Damon Ecoff to secure the victory one year ago.
Other Kentuckiana area drivers expected for the only scheduled late model race of the season at Salem in 2011 include Tony “The Iceman” Conway of Louisville, Chris Harmon of Brooks, Ky., and Jeff Berg of Louisville.
Conway, who captured the 2002 street stock championship at Salem, finished fifth in last year’s Hoosier Hills 100 with Berg one position better in fourth.
For the versatile Harmon, who is a noted figure 8 specialist, the Hoosier Hills 100 will mark his first late model race at Salem in over five years. The former Salem Speedway late model competitor finished second in the recent 100-lap Figure 8 Challenge at Salem.
Martin Belcher of Brooks, Ky., Ryan Issacs of LaGrange, Ky., and Kevin Willis of Shepherdsville are other “local” drivers expected to do battle with drivers from throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Sterling Marlin, won the first Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series race of the season on May 28th at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Sharing the high banks with the Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series will be the Lucas Oil Super Stocks, Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Great American Stocks, Global Assembly Pure Stocks and Six Sigma Front Wheel Drive Stocks.
Tight point races abound in all four Salem Speedway divisions with just three points separating Chris French (207) and Todd Kempf (204) in the Super Stock standings and two points between David Bayens (199) and Kyle Hadley (197) in the Great American Stock standings. Bill Grant (211) leads Matt Schindler (207) by a mere four points in Front Wheel Drive competition, while Mike Kestler (210) holds an eight point advantage over Travis Rogers (202) in the Pure Stock standings.
Spectator gates open Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with practice getting underway at 3:30, qualifications at 6:00 and the first race at 7:15 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets are currently selling for the Touchstone Energy Hoosier Hills 100 and may be purchased by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223. 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 Hoosier Hills 100 for all children, age 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult.