SALEM, Ind. – NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison has been named Grand Marshal of the historic 100th Salem ARCA race set to take place at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Saturday night, Sept. 10.
Allison, the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, is certainly familiar with the Salem oval having won a 100-lap ARCA race on the high banks in 1975.
“I remember Salem really well,” said Allison. “A nice, fast high-banked half-mile in southern Indiana with a little air-strip right next to the track. I liked Salem right away…fell right into a nice rhythm. The fast way around was right up against the wall in three and four, but a little more toward the center of the track in one and two.”
The Hueytown, Ala., driver, one of the original members of the famed “Alabama Gang,” was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
The three-time Daytona 500 winner (1978-1982-1988) ranks fourth on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list with 84 victories.
“Bobby is not only one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest drivers,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton, “he is also one of racing’s most beloved drivers.”
Allison was voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver six times during his illustrious career.
“We are thrilled to have Bobby associated with the 100th ARCA race at Salem,” said Deaton. “This is going to be a very memorable night of racing and celebration.”
Joining Allison at Salem for the monumental event will be several other past ARCA Salem winners and former ARCA drivers.
Toddy Ruttman Kloos, daughter of 1952 Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman, is scheduled to be in attendance representing her father, a former ARCA winner at Salem.