No clear cut favorite as the ARCA Racing Series heads to Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery

SALEM, IN, April 8 – For the past several years there has been no clear cut favorite as the ARCA Menards Series rolls into Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery for the annual spring short-track classic.
Race fans can expect much of the same when the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 unfolds on Sunday afternoon.
Eighteen different drivers have won the last 21 ARCA races on the lightning-fast high banks dating back to the fall of 2008.
Current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Christopher Bell, along with Grant Enfinger and Tom Hessert are the only ARCA drivers to have recorded repeat wins at Salem during that 18 race period. Bell, the last repeat ARCA winner at Salem, notched back-to-back victories in 2016, winning both the spring and fall races.
Sixteen-year-old Chandler Smith of Talking Rock, Ga., will be trying to match Bell’s feat of back-to-back Salem wins when the green flag falls on Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.
The Talking Rock, Ga., high school student turned in a dominating performance at Salem last fall in winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic.
Smith can expect plenty of competition from the likes of Christian Eckes of Middletown, N.Y., who won a thrilling Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem last spring. The 18-year-old, who finished fourth in the 2019 ARCA Daytona 200, currently leads the ARCA Menards Series point standings.
Smith and Eckes face a challenge from a host of other young guns including Ty Gibbs, the 16-year-old grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs. Gibbs of Huntersville, N.C., finished second in his first career ARCA start at Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on March 9th.
Other top entries include Michael Self of Salt Lake City, Utah, who drove to victory at Five Flags Speedway in the second ARCA race of the season, Travis Braden of Wheeling, W. Va., who is currently second in the season standings, Bret Holmes of Munford, Ala., Brad Smith of Shelby Twp. Mich., and Joe Graf Jr. of Mahwah, N.J., among others.
Sharing the high banks with the ARCA Menards Series will be the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 is the first of four Hoosier Lottery Days scheduled for the track in 2019. Several lucky race fans, age 18 and over, will receive Hoosier Lottery prize packs, compliments of the Hoosier Lottery. Race fans are also invited to visit the Hoosier Lottery trailer for a chance at winning addition prizes.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 is spread out over the weekend with ARCA practice and pole qualifying scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Practice and qualifications for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will also take place on Saturday. The ARCA 200 is slated to roll off at 2:15 on Sunday afternoon. The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks kicks-off Sunday’s action with the Built Ford Proud 50 at 12:45 p.m. (EDT).
The First Harrison Bank on-track autograph session is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets, both reserved and general admission, are now selling for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 and can be purchased by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.salemspeedway.com. Advance discount general admission tickets, priced at $7 off day of race prices, are also available at select southern Indiana and northern Kentucky Menards stores.

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