Big Rigs Provide Excitement At Salem Speedway

Jerry Curry, Staff Writer
Jerry Curry, Staff Writer
Story featured below photos.

Carter Cook is the Small Track Winner, 25 laps.

Mike Basham was the High Banks Ford winner.

Nicholas Black was the winner of the Big Rigs 30-lap race.

Justin Fieldler was the winner of the Scrapper race.


 The Salem Speedway powered by the Hoosier Lottery, returned the American Big Rigs back to the high banks on Sunday, June 22.

These are not ordinary Big Rigs--they are modified with safety equipment and have no head lights, but some have cab lights.

The track opening started as usual with the invocation given by announcer Will Greenwell and then the National Anthem.

First on the high banks were two ten-lap Big Rigs races. The first heat was won by Mike Morgan.

The second heat was a battle to the end. The yellow was dropped on lap seven due to debris on the track. This set up a shootout with Scott Threadway the winner.

The Big Rigs was sponsored by TLG Peterbilt of Louisville. Every race is started with the Eddie Gilstrap Ford Pace truck.

Next were the Crown Vics on the short inner track. It was a 25-lap race of action on this inner flat track. The young Cook brothers finished one – two. Carter won with Caden second. Veteran Doug Wicker was third.

The last race on the small track were the Scrappers. Justin Fiedler charged to the front for 25 laps of just about anything goes. Second after Fiedler was Remington Tarr, and third was Landon Snelling. They were the only three on the lead lap.

After that it was a return to the high banks with the 29 Crown Vics going thirty-five laps for the win.

Noah Allison was the early leader. He also races that car at Winchester Speedway where he is the point leader in the Ford series.  On lap 21 he made contact with Katie St. Clair and had to go to the tail and finished 25th.  At the half-way point lap 17-18, Chase Adams was on the tail of last Crown Vic winner of the Derby Hangover race, Ronnie Basham. Basham lead to lap 28th when his right rear tire went flat.

The last ten laps involved a lot of yellow flags. Finally after several restarts using the choose cone painted on the track veteran driver Mike Basham took the lead. Using the choose cone the driver can pick his restart position as far as, going high or low on the track. Chase Adams was second and then Dillon Kaelin third. There were ten cars on the lead lap.

The feature race was the 30-lap Big Rig race on the high banks. The plan was to have a competition caution on lap 20 to check the Semis tires. Brian Bayer, the “The Salem Slayer," was in contention to win, but his brakes when out and didn’t restart after the competition yellow. That left Nicholas Black to take the lead on lap 28 followed by Scott Threadway, second, and Austin Hoppe, third. 

The next event will be the Firecracker 200 weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 5-6. This will include the Gas Series, Legends, Salem Super Cars and the Ford Crown Vics on the small track, high banks tracks and the Figure 8 divisions.


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