Morning Notes from Salem

Morning Notes from Salem

Good morning from Salem Speedway as we count down to this evening's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200. It is a warm and humid morning and it's going to be even hotter thoughout the day as the teams practice and qualify before cooling off for the race.

Five teams have entered tonight with throwback paint schemes, including Chase Purdy's No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota, which is a Mark McFarland tribute, Ed Pompa's No. 11 Milwaukee Crusher Toyota, which is a tribute to Andy Hillenburg's 1995 ARCA championship car, Harrison Burton's No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota, which is a tribute to his father Jeff's first late model, Sheldon Creed's No. 28 Hardees Toyota, which is a tribute to spotter Lorin Ranier's father Harry's 1983-1986 cars that Cale Yarborough drove, and Gus Dean's No. 32 Baker Distributing Chevrolet, which is a tribute to the Hoss Ellington cars Donnie Allison drove in 1979 and 1980.

Current ARCA championship leader Sheldon Creed arrived at the track after arriving from Las Vegas, where he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Star Nursery 100 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Creed took the lead late in the race when Christopher Bell was penalized for jumping a restart. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz was also there, calling the shots for Creed.

Riley Herbst (No. 18 NOS Energy/ORCA Coolers Toyota) has not arrived in the Salem area just yet. He raced in last night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Herbst had some problems and slapped the wall on lap 56, ending his night in 29th position.

Several drivers participated in the Friday Night on the Square event in downtown Salem last night, including local racing legend and former ARCA rookie of the year Charlie Glotzbach. Glotzbach was an eight-time ARCA winner and has the distinction of being the last driver in ARCA history to register a 200 mile per hour qualifying lap, at Talladega in July 1990. Others who signed autographs last night included Gus Dean, Christian Eckes, Natalie Decker, Michael Self, Will Kimmel, Baden Stewart, Ed Pompa, Eric Caudell, and Alex Clubb.

Practice is scheduled to kick off at 1 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 4 pm ET. Tonight's Fall Classic 200 is slated for a 7:15 pm ET green flag, and will be televised live on MAVTV.


i will be there today

Charles Krall

Fantastic! It's a great day to be at the track! GAS practice now, ARS practice up at 1 pm ET