Salem Post-race Notes
Salem Post-race Notes
Defending ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Austin Theriault made his 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night, finishing eighth in the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota. Immediately after the race, he headed to the airport to make his way to Salem where he served as driver coach for Chase Purdy (No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota). "I got to the airport at 1:30 am and flew to Dallas and changed planes. I think I am still running on adrenaline. I got a little nap on the plane but other than that I haven't had much rest."
Salem Speedway hosts an annual charith golf scramble at the Western Hills Golf Course the Friday before the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200. The winners of this year's scramble were "48 Special", led by team captain and ARCA photographer Rich Corbett. Other members of the team were James Jacobsen, Mike Basham, and Mark Basham. Their honorary team captain was the late James Hylton. They combined to shoot an 8-under par 62.
USAC Silver Crown Series championship leader Kody Swanson was seen on pit road prior to qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Swanson, who has the Silver Crown title well in hand headed into the series' finale at Eldora next Saturday, was shaking hands on pit road trying to impress an owner in an attempt to land an ARCA ride in the future. "I am here trying to see what I can do to get a ride sometime soon," he said. "All I can do is keep winning races, shaking hands, and hope something opens up and someone wants to hire me." Swanson won a 125-lap pavement sprint car race at the banked quarter-mile Anderson Speedway on Thursday night.
Two drivers in Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 also participated in the Meadow View/Salem Crossing 50 for Salem Speedway's Lucas Oil Great American Stocks division. Baden Stewart, who made his ARCA debut on Saturday, finished 9th, while his teammate in the ARCA race Will Kimmel finished deep in the field after retiring on lap 40.
Sheldon Creed's MDM Motorsports team won the fan vote with the best Throwback paint scheme with his tribute to spotter Lorin Ranier's father Harry's 1983 Hardee's car driven by Cale Yarborough. Gus Dean's tribute to Donnie Allison was voted second.
Race winner Chandler Smith led 199 of 200 laps, only missing out on leading all 200 laps by Gus Dean, who led lap 136 while on pit road. The last driver to lead every lap in an ARCA race was at Chicagoland in 2012 when fellow Ventunini Motorsports driver Kevin Swindell led from flag to flag.