Follow The Republic:
Salem Speedway long has been a venue for hard-nosed stockcar racing with its high banks and competitive field of cars.
The ARCA series will bring its show to Salem for the second time this season today, while the Salem Street Stock division also will be in competition.
Street stock practice will begin at noon, and ARCA practice will begin at 12:30 p.m. Street stockcars will qualify at 3 p.m., while ARCA qualifications will begin at 3:15 p.m. The Street Stock race will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the ARCA race starts at 7:15 p.m.
Frank Kimmel of Jeffersonville is always a favorite to win when the ARCA cars come to Salem. He has won a record nine times and has eight poles. Kimmel has played a major role in the education of many current NASCAR drivers. He could outduel a driver in many ways. He seldom used raw speed alone to win.
Another driver who is entered and has local ties is Tom Hessert III. His father, Tom Hessert Jr., is an accomplished road racer and has teamed with his son to compete in the 24 hours of Daytona. As a teenager the younger Hessert raced sprints and midgets out of the Keith Kunz Motorsports Kelly Street shop in Columbus. As is the case with most of their drivers, Pete Willoughby and Keith Kunz helped him to become a smarter driver. Hessert has won the past two ARCA races at Salem.
Other drivers entered in tonight’s race include Indianapolis 500 veteran Milka Duno, James Hylton, Ken Schrader, Caleb Armstrong, Mason Mitchell and Josh Williams.
Lincoln sprint-car driver shines
Saturday night, Dave Darland of Lincoln scored his 46th USAC sprint-car win at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. The win brought him into a tie with Jack Hewitt on USAC’s all-time win list and left him just six wins behind Tom Bigelow at the top of the list.
The victory was the sixth so far this season. Barring injuries, Darland, who just turned 47, should be a lock to move to the top of the list before he retires. After all, he has won six races already this season.
The USAC sprint cars were making a two-race visit to Arkansas. On Friday night, they ran at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown set quick time, followed by Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr., Bryan Clauson in the Tony Stewart Racing sprinter, Tracy Hines and Nick Drake.
When Robert Ballou and Stockon failed to transfer to the feature from their heat races, Kyle Cummins inherited the pole for the feature. Cummins took the lead at the drop of the green flag and held it for the first seven circuits. USAC National Sprint Car points leader Clauson used eight laps to work his way through traffic and catch Cummins. He took the lead and led the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Kevin Thomas Jr. followed him across the stripe, with Bacon, Cummins and Tim Crawley in tow.
When the USAC sprinters moved to Riverside International Speedway at West Memphis, Ark., the competition got quite a bit more heated. Tyler Courtney set quick time ahead of Tracy Hines, Darland, Clauson and Derek Hagar.
At the start of the race a tangle at the front of the pack sent front-row starter Jerod Roller hard into the Turn 1 fence. On the second attempt to start the race, Zach Pringle took the point. However, before the second lap went into the books, Pringle flipped, bringing out a second red flag. When the race started again, Keaton Dobbs took the lead until lap seven, when Clauson put the Tony Stewart Racing car in the lead.
In typical fashion, Clauson stretched his lead and put lapped cars behind him until the sixth-place car was the next one in his sights. With nine laps remaining, Bacon stopped on the track, bringing out a yellow flag.
Unfortunately for Clauson, his right rear tire was punctured and went completely flat, causing him to spin in the first turn. That was all Darland, who had been running second, needed to take the lead. With Jon Stanbrough in hot pursuit, Darland led the rest of the way to the checkered flag.
Courtney, Hines and Dobbs rounded out the top five.
Sprint feature: 1. Nick Bilbee 2. Brady Short 3. Chris Windom 4. Bradley Sterrett 5. Jordan Kinser 6. Brent Beauchamp 7. Brylon Fitzpatrick 8. Jon Stanbrough 9. Chase Short 10. Ethan Barrow
Modified feature: 1. Clint DeMoss 2. Chad Combs 3. Greg Amick 4. Duane Lee 5. Josh Eads 6. Bryson Clark of North Vernon 7. Clayton Perry of North Vernon 8. Lee Hobbs 9. Mike Bechelli 10. Jake Humphrey
Super Stock feature: 1. Chris Hillman 2. Marty Cooper 3. Travis Howe 4. Troy Clark of North Vernon 5. Roy Bruce Jr. 6. Travis Todd 7. Aaron Fields of Taylorsville 8. Aubrey Eagan 9. Dewayne Gross 10. Tyler Loughmiller
Hornet feature: 1. Greg Garrison 2. Luke Bland 3. Dan Morgan 4. Jeramie England 5.Mickey Hayes 6. Lisa Raines 7. James Lane 8. Michael Pruett 9. Chris Deckard 10. Keegan Cox
Gas City I-69 Speedway
Lewis Morgan Memorial
Sprint-car feature: 1. Matt Westfall 2. Kyle Robbins 3. Scotty Weir 4. A.J. Hopkins 5. Logan Jarrett 6. Joe Ligouri 7. Chad Boespflug of North Vernon 8. Parker Price-Miller 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 10. Ted Hines
Modified feature: 1. David Mielke 2. Derek Losh 3. Brian Post 4. Ryan Cripe 5. Randy Lines 6. Andy Bishop 7. Todd Sherman 8. Tommy Beezley 9. Tony Anderson 10. Jim Mallery
Thunder Car feature: 1. Josh Owens 2. Ron Flaugh 3. Tony Anderson 4. Jerald Owens 5. John Betts 6. Jeff Young 7. Mark Keith 8. Kaleb Nutter 9. David Norman
600 cc Mini Sprint feature: 1. Trent Wilson 2. Chris Smith 3. Roger Ritchey 4. Ricky Droke 5. Dakota Busche 6. Bo Click
Lincoln Park Speedway
Sprint-car feature: 1. Jeff Bland, Jr. 2. Brent Beauchamp 3. Ethan Barrow 4. Brady Short 5. Brian Hayden 6. Matt Westfall 7. Casey Shuman 8. A.J. Hopkins 9. Adam Cruea 10. Max McGhee
Modified feature: 1. Joey Kramer 2. Greg Amick 3. Tyler Nicely 4. Randy Shuman 5. Jesse Cramer 6. Psul Bumgardner 7. Roger Mills 8. Jeff Deckard 9. Wes McClara 10. Jimmy Hayden
At Rossburg, Ohio
World 100 Championship feature: 1. John Blankenship 2. Darrell Lanigan 3. Scott Bloomquist 4. Bobby Pierce 5. Josh Richards 6. Terry Phillips 7. Earl Pearson Jr. 8. Jonathan Davenport 9. Jared Landers 10. Eddie Carrier Jr.
Riverside Intern’al Speedway
At West Memphis, Ark.
USAC National Sprint Car feature: 1. Dave Darland 2. Jon Stanbrough 3. Tyler Couurtney 4. Tracy Hines 5. Keaton Dobbs 6. Bryan Clauson 7. Derek Hagar 8. Robert Ballou 9. Nick Drake 10. Brady Bacon
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Midwest TQ Racing League feature: 1. Nick Speidel 2. Brett Hankins 3. Rick Robinson of Columbus 4. Ronnie Combs 5. Will Nedderman 6. Robbie Roland 7. Bobby Walton 8. Matt Hedrick 9. Cody Kiewitt 10.Tristan Maggart
Sidewinder feature: 1. Shane Williamson 2. Josh Daugherty 3. Callie Wolsiffer 4. Colten Dooley
Tim McKinney writes a weekly racing column for The Republic. He can be reached at 379-5632.
Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!
Note: All comments left on our sites are first reviewed by an automated comment moderation system. Your comment may take up to 5 minutes to appear. If for any reason your comment can not be approved you will receive an email from this system with a detailed explanation.
All content copyright ©2013 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.