Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Continues at Salem

Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Continues at Salem

The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, a championship within the overall ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season championship, was scheduled to wrap up in Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway, but Mother Nature had other plans. The race will now serve as the penultimate round of the eleven-race series, with the finale now the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway on October 6.

The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is determined using race points only, and counts only a driver's ten best finishes. A race win is worth 235 points, second place is 220, third place is worth 215, with the remainder of the finishing order five points less per position.

Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota) heads to the ultra-fast highbanks at Salem with a 55 point lead over his MDM Motorsports teammate, and current overall series championship leader, Sheldon Creed (No. 28 United Rentals Toyota). The 55 point difference means if Creed were to win at Salem and Smith finished tenth, the two would be tied.

“We haven't given up on the overall championship yet, but we're working really hard on winning the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge,” Smith said. “Any time you can win any championship it's a big deal. It would be great for our team to win it and it would be awesome to add my name to the list of winners. It's a cool thing to add to a driver's resume, for sure.”

Smith enters the Salem event with four wins so far this season, two of which – Nashville and Toledo – have been on short tracks. Smith has a trio of runner-up finishes as well, including at Salem in April. His worst finish on a short track was 17th at Springfield. His average finish in the nine previous short track events is 5.1.

Creed heads into Salem with three series wins in 2018, but only one a track less than one mile so far, Iowa Speedway in July. Creed has a pair of second-place finishes at Nashville and Springfield, with five total top-five finishes on short tracks. Creed has dealt with some bad luck, however, as he was swept into an accident at Toledo that resulted in an 18th-place finish and mechanical failure at Elko left him 15th at the finish. His average finish in the nine previous races is 6.6.

The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, which ARCA instituted to allow drivers not yet eligible to compete on superspeedways, dates back to 2015 when then seventeen-year-old Kyle Weatherman earned the title as a rookie. Other winners include Chase Briscoe and Austin Theriault, who both won en route to the overall series championship.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at Salem Speedway. Practice is set for 1 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 4 pm ET, the one-hour on-track driver autograph session is set for 5:45 pm ET, and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 will go green at 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live on MAVTV; will have live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio throughout the day for registered users.