(SALEM, Ind. - September 15, 2012) - Outside of 90 minutes of ARCA practice, an always exciting qualifying session, and 200 laps under the lights, Salem Speedway has plenty of off-track activity for fans to enjoy.
Last night, 13 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers signed autographs for one hour in downtown Salem at the "Friday Night on the Square" party. Appearing drivers included points leader Chris Buescher, nine-time series champion and current runner-up Frank Kimmel, Caleb Armstrong, Nelson Canache, Milka Duno, Chase Elliott, Spencer Gallagher, Chad Hackenbracht, Erik Jones, Frank Kimmel II, Will Kimmel, Jared Marks, and Thomas Praytor.
Track officials announced last week that Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has been named Grand Marshal of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care. Meyer, a United States Marine Corps veteran, was awarded the highest military decoration for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He is just the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living United States Marine in 38 years to be so honored. Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, is credited with saving 36 lives during the six-hour firefight.
Meyer's not merely an honorary official at today's event; he'll be a racer as well. Meyer plans to race in the street stock race from one of Salem Speedway's local divisions, which will precede this evening's ARCA race.
Before that, he and all the other drivers in that division will join ARCA Racing Series drivers in the First Harrison Bank On-Track Autograph Session, from 4:45-5:15 p.m. The session will be open to all fans at the track.
The annual ARCA Fall Classic Party is scheduled to take place following the racing action tonight, with King's Cave set to provide musical entertainment from 9 p.m. until midnight behind the main grandstand. King's Cave plays a mix of classic rock and newer tunes.
Practice for the year's second race at Salem will take place over two sessions, from 12:30-1:15 p.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 4 p.m., and a driver autograph session will be open to all fans from 4:45-5:15 p.m. The 200-lap, 111-mile race is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.