ARCA to Honor Best Throwback Scheme at Salem with Trophy Honoring First ARCA Salem Winner Jack Harrison

ARCA to Honor Best Throwback Scheme at Salem with Trophy Honoring First ARCA Salem Winner Jack Harrison

With the turn of the calendar from August to September, the attention of the teams in the ARCA Menards Series turns from the dirt of the Illinois state fair circuit to the high banks of Indiana's Salem Speedway.

The 0.555-mile nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana about a half-hour north of the Ohio River has played host to 105 previous ARCA Menards Series races, and next Saturday's 106th renewal not only brings fans the opportunity to see a great short track battle but some beautiful throwback schemes on several of the top contending cars.

When Salem hosted its 100th series race in 2016, many of the teams chose to make that event the series' unofficial "throwback" race. The teams have continued to return over the following three years with throwback schemes, and in 2019 series officials have decided to honor the best appearing throwback with a trophy honoring the first ARCA winner at the track.

As has been customary, the fans will vote on their favorite throwback scheme in pre-race activities leading up to the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 and the winning team will receive the Jack Harrison Trophy.

Harrison is an eleven-time ARCA Menards Series winner, winning for the first time on the high banks at Dayton Speedway in September 1954. Dayton was a sister track to Salem, with imposing banking that was as fast as it was trecherous. Harrison would win three times on Salem's high banks, including the eleventh and final win of his career on August 26, 1956.

Harrison, who made his home in West Newton, Indiana, won six times in 1955 and started 1956 with wins in the first two races of the season, including the season opener at Salem in April. His fifth and final win of the year came in the August race at Salem. Harrison fought health issues, including stomach ulcers, which would eventually cost him his life in November, 1956. Back in the 1950s, record keeping wasn't as easy as it is now so it's not known exactly how old Harrison was when he passed, but he was still a young man. Based on his brilliance in just two and a half short seasons, he had a bright future ahead of him had he just been given the gift of longevity.

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET.

The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV.

ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

Comments
Scott R.

Go Dino Go

 

RobbyG83

Throwback schemes is one the best times to see throughing the NASCAR & ARCA seasons....