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For more than 60 years, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has been traveling to the small southern Indiana city of Salem, Ind.
If you add it up from the inaugural event in 1955, the upcoming Federated Car Care Fall Classic Saturday night, Sept. 19 marks the 98th appearance of the 63-year-old tour on the Salem high-banks.
With two annual ARCA races on Salem’s calendar each season, next year’s Fall Classic will mark the 100th anniversary event. Over the years, no track has appeared on ARCA’s annual schedule more than Salem.
“We’re already in the process of making plans for the 100th anniversary ARCA race here at Salem,” said Richard Deaton, General Manager of Salem Speedway. “It’s a huge milestone, not only for ARCA, but for Salem Speedway. We’re going to make it fun, and certainly a must-see event.”
Deaton says that momentum is also building for the upcoming Federated Car Care Fall Classic.
“Our phones are already ringing for the Federated Car Care Fall Classic, and it’s not just from race fans. We’re hearing from several ARCA teams that want to come and test. We’ve heard from Lira Motorsports, Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Enfinger’s bunch…even got a call from Brian Keselowski who asked about testing opportunities.”
“This race will also mark the return of Frank Kimmel to the Salem high-banks. He missed the spring race, but he’s coming back for the Fall Classic, and there’s definitely some buzz around that.”
The Fall Classic weekend also coincides with Salem, Indiana’s Old Settlers Days festival, which kicks off with Friday Night on the Square in downtown Salem. ARCA and Salem officials, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, are planning an ARCA driver autograph session Friday night in the town square to accompany the festival.
CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series