Diverse 11-Race Schedule Set For Salem Speedway

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Chandler Smith (20) battles Zane Smith for the lead during the ARCA Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway. (Dallas Breeze photo)

SALEM, Ind. – Salem Speedway gears up for its 73rd season this year with a full slate of action that includes 11 events and 13 days of on-track activity.

The diverse slate includes a mix of national and regional programs, featuring the .555-mile high banked track, the quarter-mile infield oval, the figure-8 track and the track’s Roval road course.

“We’ve put together a schedule of events that offers both variety and season-long excitement,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton.  “A total of 10 different series or divisions are represented on the 2019 schedule.”

Among traditional events returning to the high banks are spring and fall visits by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the 60th annual Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

The racing lineup also includes a return visit by the popular Bandit Big Rig Series, plus the inaugural Salem race for the Super Cup Stock Car Series.

The Mel Kenyon Midget Series, Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, CRA Street Stocks, Vores Compact Touring Series, Affordable Stock Car Racing Ford Crown Vics and Legends Cars are also represented on the Salem schedule.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 is set for Sunday, April 14 and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic will take place under the lights on Saturday, Sept. 14.

New York’s Christian Eckes and Georgia’s Chandler Smith visited victory lane in ARCA competition last season at Salem.

The fall ARCA race has once again been designated the Official Throwback Weekend of ARCA.

The Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers, one of the longest-running memorial races in the nation, headlines August action at Salem.

The 60th annual open-wheel classic is set to unfold on Saturday night, Aug. 10.

The honor roll of past James/O’Connor victors reads like a “who’s-who” in open wheel racing history with Bob Sweikert, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler and Tony Stewart all gracing the list of former winners.

California’s Kody Swanson won his third consecutive James/O’Connor Memorial in 2018.

One of the most talked about events of the 2018 season at Salem Speedway returns in 2019, as the Bandit Big Rig Series visits the high banks for a night of semi-truck racing on Saturday, June 8.

A packed house was in attendance for the inaugural Bandit Big Rig Series event last season at Salem.

For the first time in 2019, Salem will host the Super Cup Stock Car Series on Saturday night, July 27. South Carolina’s Bob Schacht, who won a 500-lap ARCA race at Salem in 1989, is the defending Super Cup champion.

The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks are in the spotlight on several occasions during the 2019 season at Salem, including serving as the support division for both the spring and fall ARCA races and the James/O’Connor Memorial.

The CRA Van Hoy Oil Street Stocks will join the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks on Saturday night, May 11 for the third annual GAS/CRA Challenge.

For the first time in 10 years, a midget series is set for a visit to Salem, as the Mel Kenyon Midget Series is scheduled to be a part of the Salute To Fathers Classic on Saturday night, June 15. The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will be on the high banks and the Kenyon Midgets on the quarter-mile infield oval.

Other traditional events planned for 2019 include the Discover Scott County Firecracker 125 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on Saturday night, July 6 and the 31st annual Smoker Friendly Discount Tobacco Halloween 200 on Sunday, Oct. 20.

For the first time in a number of years, the Firecracker race will be a points race for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.

The ASCR Ford Crown Vics are scheduled for three Salem visits on July 6, Sept. 29 and Oct. 19. The July and October dates include races on both the quarter-mile infield oval and the figure-8 track. The Sept. 29 race will be contested on the Roval road course.

Legend Cars return to Salem for the first time in two years on Saturday night, May 11 with a second visit planned for Saturday night, June 15.

Road racing action on the Salem Roval is set to unfold on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29 with the Front Wheel Drive Stocks and ASCR Ford Crown Vics sharing the multi-turn circuit.