Jack Dossey III leads big parade of Salem testers Friday

SALEM, Ind. (April 13, 2018) -- Wanamaker, Ind.'s Jack Dossey III is one of several drivers testing today, Friday at Salem Speedway in preparation for next weekend's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.

Dossey, in the No. 99 Jack Dossey Motorsports Toyota, is planning to make his career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start next Sunday afternoon, April 22 at Salem. Salem is often regarded as one of the most challenging short tracks on the ARCA tour.

Venturini Motorsports is also testing Friday with Natalie Decker, Chandler Smith and Christian Eckes. Eckes finished 8th at Salem last year while Decker and Smith will be making their career-first attempts at Salem. Decker is currently 3rd in championship standings headed to Salem.

Wheeling, W.V.'s Travis Braden is also testing today in the No. 27 Ford for RFMS Racing, as is rookie Brandon Grosso, testing in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford.

Chad Bryant Racing has unloaded two cars for today's test, one with rookie Joe Graf, Jr. in the seat. Bret Holmes Racing is also on hand testing today at Salem.

MDM Motorsports, which finished 1-2-3 last Saturday at Nashville, is plugged in for testing Monday.

Will Kimmel tested for the second time Wednesday. Thursday was also a busy day at Salem with Empire Racing, Win-Tron Racing, Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing, all testing for next Sunday's show.

Past ARCA Racing Series winners at Salem include NASCAR Cup champions Bobby Allison and Benny Parsons, 1952 Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman, six-time ARCA champion Iggy Katona, Ken Schrader, 10-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel (9-time Salem winner), and three-time series champions Jack Bowsher and Tim Steele. NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier, Brian Keselowski, Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman and Brennan Poole have also visited victory lane in ARCA competition at Salem. NASCAR Truck Series champion Christopher Bell swept both ARCA races at Salem in 2016. 2017 ARCA national champion Austin Theriault is the most recent Salem winner.

The Salem race also marks round 2 for the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, one of 11 short track events in 2018 that make up ARCA's Short Track championship.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 will spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. Practice is Saturday afternoon from 12 noon to 1:30, with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 4. Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday morning with an on-track driver autograph session at 11:30, followed by the Great American Stock feature event at 1. Pre-race ceremonies, ARCA driver introductions and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 follow. The ARCA race is scheduled to get the green flag at 2:15 Sunday afternoon.

For ticket info, visit SalemSpeedway.com

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