Green flag drops on another season at Salem Speedway Print

After a delay of a couple of weeks, the racing season got underway last Sunday at Salem Speedway with the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express Short-Track Festival.
The days events featured the O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks and the Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks.
In the pure stock race, Mike Kestler was the big winner. He was fast qualifier with a lap time of 17.778 seconds and also finished first in the second of two heat races and the Taco Ball 35 feature event.
Travis Rogers, Eric Hester (who won the other heat race), Greg Smith and Brandon Smith rounded out the top five in the 35-lap feature.
The remainer of the top nine included, Joseph Hillebrand, Johnathon Moffatt, Ken Sumner and Billy McDonal.
Dallas Bowman set a new track record in the Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks with a lap time of of 18.073.
Unfortunatley for Bowman, the fast qualifying didn’t translate into a fast car during the races.
Bowman was sixth in his heat race and finished sixth in the Pizza Hut Express 30.
Bill Grant and Austin Baum proved to have the cars to beat when it came to racing.
Grant was first in one of the three heat races and then claimed the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature.
Baum spent much of his day on Grant’s bumper. He was second to Grant in the heat race and then finished second in the feature as well.
Bill Growe was seventh in the feature, but claimed a win in one of the heat races and John Franzell took sixth in the feature after winning a heat race of his own.
The top 10 finishers in the the Pizza Hut Express 30 were Grant, Baum, Matt Schindler, Steve Brock, Franzell, Bowman, Growe, Michael Owen, Brian Troxell and Chuck Meek.
Racing returns to the high banks this weekend for the April 28-29 - Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200, featuring the cars and stars of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Plus the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks.
On April 28, the pits open 7:30 a.m. and spectator gates open 11:30 a.m. Practice is slated to get underway at 11:30 a.m.
Great American Stock Qualifying begins at 2:45 p.m., while the ARCA cars are set to take the track for qualifying at 3:30 p.m..
There will be a “Wild Card Feature” for the Great American Stocks if needed at 4:45 p.m.
On APRIL 29 the pits Open at 9 a.m.; Spectator Gates Open 10 a.m.
The on-track autograph session starts at 11:30 a.m.
The GAS 50 will go green at 1 p.m. and the ARCA 200 is slated to begin at 2:15 p.m.
Advance general admission tickets for  April 28th - Adults & Teens $6; Age 7-12 $3; (Free With Sunday Ticket)
Tickets for April 29th - Adults & Teens $24; Age 7-12 $5.