Championships will be on the line when stock cars return to Salem on October 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 September 2009 00:00
    Fall foliage, stock cars and the high banks of Salem Speedway.  That historic combination continues on Saturday, October 3, as the Lucas Oil Super Stocks and Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Street Stocks converge on the super-fast, half-mile oval for the 19th annual Six Sigma Championship Night.
    Championship Night marks the final points race of the season for both Salem Speedway divisions.
    “It’s certainly an important night of racing,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton.  Championships and final season standings are on the line for both the Super Stock and Street Stock competitors.”
    Here’s how the championship battles are shaping up in each divisions:
Lucas Oil Super Stocks
    Third-generation driver, Frank Kimmel II of Borden, Ind., holds a 22 point advantage (779-757) over defending series champion, Skeeter Crum of Jeffersonville, in the Lucas Oil Super Stock standings.
     Kimmel, the 2008 Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Street Stock champion, is attempting to become the first driver to win street stock and Super Stock titles in consecutive years at Salem.
    Kimmel, a freshman at UNC Charlotte, who has three wins and six top five finishes in eight Super Stock races this season, had his title hopes bolstered when Chris French missed the last race due to a family emergency.  
    French, the 2007 Super Stock champion from Vine Grove, Ky., entered the Sept. 12th race trailing Kimmel by just five points in the standings.
    Two-time Lucas Oil Super Stock champion, Todd Kempf, jumped up three places in the season standings after posting a fourth-place finish on September 12.  Kempf, from Huntingburg, Ind., heads to Championship Night third in points, 12 points back of Crum.
    Teammates, Shawn Smith and Mike Sharp, round out the top five in points.  Smith from Louisville leads Smith of Cox’s Creek, Ky., by two points (735-733) with one race remaining.
    Tony Conway, French, Jason Basham, Tony Johnson and Justin “Bubba” Trinkle make up the second five in that order.
    Johnson pulled off a stunning victory in the Sept. 12, “First Harrison Bank 40”.  The veteran Louisville driver, who was making only his third start of the 2009 season, held off a hard-charging Kimmel to post the popular win.
The victory was Johnson’s first at Salem since he captured a Papa John’s Late Model race over 17 years ago (July 12, 1992).
Dave and Deb's Winner Circle Street Stocks
    Brian Bayer and Papa John’s Rookie of the Year candidate Winston Wood have battled it out for the top spot in the Dave & Deb’s Winner’s Circle Street Stock standings for most of the 2009 season.  For much of the time only a few points separated the two drivers.
    Bayer of Birdseye, Ind., has been able to open up a 19 point advantage (692-673) thanks to three straight second place finishes in the last three races.  Wood of Bloomington, Ind., who now finds himself tied with former track champion Casey Heavrin for second place in the standings, finished fifth, fifth and fourth during that same stretch.
Heavrin, thanks to strong finishes in the past four races, has been climbing steadily in the standings.  The Jeffersonville, Ind., driver has recorded four top three finishes, including two wins, in the last four races.
    Veteran Brent Gardiner of Louisville and Papa John’s Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Bayens, also of Louisville, are locked in a tight battle for fourth place in the standings.  Gardiner leads Bayens by six points (640-634) with Championship Night next on the agenda.
    Todd Harrison, Brandon Deckard, Howard Lee Haynes, Beau Hendrich and David Bayens round out the second five.
    Spectator gates open on Saturday, October 3rd at 3:30 p.m., with practice at 4 p.m., qualifications at 5:45 p.m. and the first race scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST).
    Advance tickets, both reserved and general admission, are currently selling for the Six Sigma Championship Night and may be purchased by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.  Advance general admission tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $3 for children (age 7-12).  Kids, age 6 and under, are admitted free.  Advance reserved seat tickets are priced at $15 each.
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