ARCA Racing Series Travels to Salem Speedway for 90th Time

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, September 15, 2011


(SALEM, Ind.) - No race track in the 59-year history of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has hosted as many as 90 events. Salem Speedway, which has hosted ARCA since 1955, will become the first on Saturday evening.


The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic is scheduled as the 17th of 19 in the ARCA Racing Series this season, and is important to teams and drivers for several reasons. First, the race comes just four weeks before ARCA's season finale, meaning Ty Dillon (No. 41 Hemelgarn/CIPT Chevrolet) will be aiming to extend his championship advantage and numerous drivers will be fighting for position within the top 10.


 Second, the event will be the final leg in the Bill France Four Crown, a season-within-a-season championship that tests drivers on a speedway, a short track, a dirt track, and a road course. Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford) and Andy Belmont Racing lead Dillon and Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) for the prestigious $3000 prize.


Should McCumbee finish 10th or higher, he will win the Bill France Four Crown - named for the late founder of NASCAR, a friend of ARCA, and a stock car pioneer - regardless of any other driver's finish. Past winners of the Four Crown Award include Kimmel, Tim Steele, and Davey Allison.


McCumbee finished ninth in May, which would be enough to give him the award Saturday, but even a minor slip-up could prove harmful. Dillon won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell and finished second at Salem in May, and Kimmel has nine wins at the track - including the most recent of his 74 career victories, which came on September 13, 2008.


The Four Crown Award aside, Salem's high banks and tight 0.555-mile configuration will prove a challenge to each of the 35 drivers who start Saturday. Eight caution flags slowed the field in May's 206-lap race, and rare is the Salem winner who drives to Victory Lane without at least slight damage.


"There's a lot of character to Salem Speedway," said McCumbee. "It presents quite a few challenges, you know. You really do race the race track, just like you would at Darlington or Rockingham years ago. It's tough to be there at the end."


Four drivers on the entry list have 15 or more starts at Salem, including Kimmel (35), Darrell Basham (29), Brad Smith (20), and Ron Cox (15). Among Kimmel's starts are 24 top-fives and 29 top-10s.


In addition to Frank Kimmel, son Frank Kimmel II (No. 77 Mars Trucking/Jim French Builders/Clarksville Schwinn/Newton's Grocery/Green Oak Farms Ford) and nephew Will Kimmel (No. 68 Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford) will also start Saturday's race. The event will be the first in which the three Kimmels all race in contending efforts.


Like the Kimmels, whose Indiana backgrounds make Salem their home track, Owensboro, Ky. native Brett Hudson (No. 94 Hudson Performance Drivelines Chevrolet) is skilled and experienced when close to home. Among Hudson's nine Salem starts in the ARCA Racing Series are five top-10s.


Venturini Motorsports won most recently at Salem, as Brennan Poole edged Dillon and Kimmel in his first series start. Poole is not entered in the Fall Classic, and neither are any of the four winners in the two years before his triumph - meaning that unless Kimmel scores his record 10th Salem win, one driver will celebrate a first Salem win Saturday.


Two certain contenders are Chris Buescher (No. 17 Reliance Tool/David Ragan Ford Ford) and Grant Enfinger (No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest/RaceTires.com Dodge). Buescher, who is third in points, scored his first win of 2011 last week at DuQuoin, Ill. Enfinger, who is fourth, will search for his first ARCA win.


On-track activity begins with a 90-minute practice at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, and continues with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 4 p.m.


The 200-lap, 111-mile Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Live timing and scoring of all events and live audio coverage of the race will be presented by ARCA Nation at ARCARacing.com.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.


Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.


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En l'honneur de l'ancien promoteur et propriétaire Bob Gatien ( pilote du bolide # 397), nous présenterons 3 finales de 97 tours chacune dans les catégories Modifié, Sportsman et Pro-Stock. Il n'y aura pas de qualification ou temps chronométré lors de cette soirée spéciale. La direction de l'Autodrome Granby continue d'innover, les positions de départ seront obtenues suite à une période d'essai de 15 minutes où toutes les voitures de chaque catégorie seront en piste. Le tour le plus rapide de chaque bolide déterminera sa postion de départ pour la finale. Lors de cette période d'essai, les pilotes peuvent entrer au puit de ravitaillement et faire des changements à leur bolide tout en respectant les règlements. Cette nouvelle formule qui s'apparente avec les courses F1, devrait donner tout un spectacle aux amateurs. Une pige des 12 meilleurs temps sera ensuite effectuée dans chaque catégorie afin de déterminer les positions officielles de départ. Des bourses alléchantes pourraient attirer des visiteurs de l'Ontario et des États-Unis. Le gagnant Modifié méritera $ 3000.00. Est-ce que le champion Sportsman ( Steve Bernier) pilotera un bolide Sportsman ou Modifié? La finale Pro-Stock est la reprise du 24 juin qui avait été cancellée à cause de la pluie. Plusieurs pilotes Pro-Stock s'ajouteront à notre peloton de voitures puisque cette course fait partie du championnat Dirt. Lors de la dernière visite de la Série Pro-Stock Dirt à l'Autodrome Granby, Joey Ladouceur ( #92) avait remporté la victoire. Une bourse de $ 1200.00 sera remis au gagnant de la finale Pro-Stock de 97 tours.

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Suite au succès de la première édition du Derby de démolition en 2010, la direction de l'Autodrome a remis au programme de la saison 2011 . 35 voitures sont déjà inscrites pour cet évènement. Le Derby de démolition sera présenté en après-midi. Les qualifications et finales Sport-Compact et Enduro suivront. La finale de 50 tours Sport-Compact et 200 tours Enduro sont prévues pour la soirée.

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Jared Marks; Tony Marks Racing Ready To Rock At Salem Speedway

SALEM, Indiana (September 14, 2011) - - Jared Marks has impressed in the handful of races that he has competed in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2011. From Toledo Speedway to Winchester Speedway and the series’ long-awaited return to Lucas Oil Raceway, Marks will now take on his greatest short track challenge when his Tony Marks Racing (TMR) team tackles Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic by Federated Car Care at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.


Marks is focused and determined to capture his first top-10 finish of the season Saturday night behind the wheel of the No. 12 Mad Croc Energy / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger for the 17th race of the season. Marks, the son of car owner Tony Marks will make his long-awaited inaugural ARCA debut at the intimidating half-mile oval.


The team participated in the spring event, the third race on the 2011 calendar with Sorel, Quebec’s Maryeve Dufault at the controls. After starting 19th, Dufault finished 13th. From Salem, the team has showed an impressive program on the smaller tracks. To give the team that extra credibility and focus, the team recently took the Napoleon, Ohio native to the Southern Indiana track for a private test session.


“I think the test went pretty good,” said Marks, a veteran Late Model driver. “It’s a tough track. I was told by everyone it’s intimidating at first and that’s not far from the truth. We worked on setup for most of the day. The biggest challenge we’ll have when we go back will be is that the race will be run under the lights, so a lot of aspects could change between now and then.”


The 17-year old will make his sixth career ARCA Racing Series start on Saturday night and looks to improve on his recent finish at Madison International Speedway where he tackled ARCA’s return to the Wisconsin short track after nearly 40 years to a lead-lap 12th place finish, his fourth top-13 finish of 2011. 


“Other than Lucas Oil Raceway, we’ve run good this year,” he offered. “I really think if we would not have been shoved into the wreck on that restart (At Lucas Oil Raceway), we would have been in good shape. But, that was then and this is now. We need to turn that good into great and I think a top-10 finish on Saturday night would be a step in the right direction.”


He added, “I witnessed the action at Salem for myself in the spring and it looked intense. There’s little to no room for error, which means it’s extremely important for us to qualify our No. 12 Mad Croc Energy / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger as close to the front as possible. From there, we can focus on race strategy and hope we can keep the fenders on and produce the team’s third top-10 finish of 2011.”


Recently making the move to “Race City USA” otherwise known as Mooresville, North Carolina this summer to be within the quarters of his father’s race team, Marks says the new surroundings have paid off in more ways than one.


“I enjoy going to the shop every day,” he said. “I get along great with the guys. We work hard but we still get the job done. On the other side, it’s gratifying to really see my dad’s dream come true. I know he has a long term interest in the industry and I’m happy to be just a small fraction of it.


Working with Ryan (Chism, crew chief) on a daily basis has strengthened our relationship both on and off the track. He’s smart and he now knows what I want in the racecar. Saturday night’s race is just another race for us to build upon for 2012.”


For Ohio entrepreneur and car owner Tony Marks, seeing his team grow this season has been the goal all along – but he is also isn’t shy to step up and face where his organization can enhance their efforts. 


“We knew heading into Daytona back in February that we were going to have some road bumps,” the former racer explained. “I’m pleased with the direction our team is heading right now – but I know there is more to be done to make us even better. We’re going to focus on these next three races and run hard and fight for some strong finishes. Then we’ll take the off-season and regroup and prepare for a sturdy 2012. I have the up most faith that Jared is going to give nothing less than 100 percent behind the wheel on Saturday night. If we play it smart, we should go home with a good finish.”


The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 111 miles) is the 17th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 87th ARCA event held at Salem (Ind.) Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 17 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:05 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag later in the evening at approximately 7:15 p.m. The event will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,329th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.


To learn more about Tony Marks Racing and Jared Marks, please click over to Tmr-racing.com.


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NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management


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