Salem Speedway's 106th ARCA Menards Series Race to Feature Several Throwback Paint Schemes

Salem Speedway's 106th ARCA Menards Series Race to Feature Several Throwback Paint Schemes

With the annual two-race dirt track swing through Illinois now in the books, the ARCA Menards Series now turns its focus to a pair of Indiana short tracks, Salem Speedway in southern Indiana and Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis. The final two races of the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge will determine who the king of the short tracks for 2019 is, and when the cars take to the highbanks at Salem it will also give ARCA fans a chance to see some amazing throwback paint schemes on some of the top contending drivers’ racecars.

NASCAR’s throwback weekend happens at its most historic venue, the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway. The Lady in Black or the Track Too Tough to Tame, either way, it’s the oldest superspeedway on NASCAR’s calendar and it has become a perfect fit NASCAR’s annual nostalgic look back through time. There was even some ARCA flavor in the Southern 500 as Bubba Wallace carried the colors that the late Adam Petty carried to victory in his ARCA debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1998.

So it should come as no surprise then that ARCA’s throwback weekend comes at its most historic venue.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 will be the 106th ARCA Menards Series race on the 0.555-mile half-mile that features daunting 35-degree banked turns. ARCA’s first race was on October 9, 1955, a 100-lap contest that was won by Jack Harrison in a Ford. Harrison would win three of the first four ARCA races on The Hills, as the banked turns at Salem would become known.

In April, Michael Self became the sixtieth driver to win an ARCA Menards Series race in the 105th series appearance at the track.

Other drivers to have visited victory lane at Salem include Indianapolis 500 winner Troy Ruttman, Daytona 500 winners and NASCAR champions Benny Parsons and Bobby Allison, ARCA champions Nelson Stacy, Jack Bowsher, Ramo Stott, Ron Hutcherson, Dave Dayton, Marvin Smith, Bob Keselowski, Bob Brevak, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Justin Lofton, Patrick Sheltra, Grant Enfinger, and Austin Theriault, and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chris Buescher and Alex Bowman.

Teams that are scheduled to celebrate their history with throwback paint schemes include 1995 ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance Racing team, and 1987 and 1991 ARCA champion Bill Venturini’s Venturini Motorsports team. Additionally, Henryville, Indiana’s Darrell Basham, a 46-year veteran of the ARCA Menards Series, will be on hand to give the command to start engines before the night’s feature event.

Activities for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 kick off on Saturday, September 14 with practice at 1 pm ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET, and the green flag on the 200-lap main event to follow at 7:15 pm ET. The track’s Great American Stocks division will also compete in a 50-lap main event at 5 pm ET, followed by an on-track autograph session with the ARCA drivers on the front stretch. The race will be televised live on MAVTV; ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New members can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, log on to SalemSpeedway.com.

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RobbyG83

Love the throwback paint schemes....