ARCA: Historic Salem Speedway Plans for Repaving

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SALEM, Ind. — by Doug Donnelly, — ARCA photo – The next time the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visits Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, the track could have a different feel for the drivers and a different view for the fan.

Owen Thompson, owner of the track, said at the drivers meeting before Sunday’s Federated Auto Parts Crunch’N Nutter 200 that a repaving project in turns three and four at the historic Salem Speedway is in the works.

“We want to keep the character of the track,” Thompson said. “It’s a great place for racing and we are going to keep it that way.”

Thompson said the initial plan would be to pave a lane in turns three and four starting right after the Fourth of July holiday. It’s the first repaving at the track since 1977.

“When you guys come back in September, it will be different,” Thompson said.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards raced for the 95th time Sunday at Salem, a .555-mile high-banked oval. The first ARCA race at Salem was 1955.

Ron Drager, series president, said that maintaining the character of the track is important.

“We have a race track that has a great tradition,” Drager said. “This is just the beginning of a long-term plan to improve the surface of the track. We all want to preserve the character of this place.”

Kenny Schrader, who won an ARCA Race at Salem in 1999, said the repaving plan could make for even better racing.

“I love the pavement the way it is, but it is getting to the point where they have to do something,” Schrader said. “The way they have it planned, it will probably make for even better racing than we have now.”

Justin Boston, reigning SCOTT Rookie of the Year, has won three straight ARCA Racing Series poles at Salem.

“It’s going to be really interesting,” he said. “Anything that makes racing better and makes for a better racing product for the fans to watch, I’m all for that.”

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