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ARCA Bondo/Mar Hyde Series: Notes Pre Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

10 April 1998


ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Notes		
Pre Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at
Salem Speedway

By Don Radebaugh, For Immediate Release		4/9/98

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 will be the 59th ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde
Series event staged at Salem Speedway since the series first raced there
in 1955 when Jack Harrison won in a Ford.  Excitement in the ARCA
tradition at Salem is extremely widespread, not only with the 45 teams
entered, but with the fans as well.  This year's Spring race has sold
out its reserved seatbacks with the remaining reserved seats nearly sold
out, which is typical of the Fall event but not the Spring. Salem is the
only short-track where ARCA will appear twice this season.  Drivers from
11 states are represented in this year's event.  To add to the interest
level, five of those drivers, Brian Ross, Travis McIntire, Randy
VanZant, Rick Perry and Charles Schaefer, have never participated in an
ARCA event, and an additional nine drivers, Cavin Councilor, Chuck
Weber, Brian Conz, Jim Lamoreaux, Rob Julian, Drew White, David Boggs,
Bill Baird and Andy Belmont have never raced in an ARCA race on a track
less than a mile.  Belmont, currently 4th in points, has his hands full
this season, not only as a full-time ARCA driver in the American Online
Ford, but as the promoter of New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, New
Jersey.

Interestingly enough, 20 of the 58 previously run ARCA events at Salem
have been won from the pole.  This year there is plenty of incentive to
do the same because the AC Delco Wire & Cable Pole-Win Bonus will be
worth an additional $4,000 to the polesitter if that driver wins the
race as well.  Benny Parsons sat on the pole at Salem every race from
April 1968 through September of '69 for a total of seven Talladega Pole
Awards, more than any other driver in Salem Speedway history.  Past ARCA
winners at Salem include 1952 Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman, former
NASCAR Winston Cup Champions and Daytona 500 winners Benny Parsons and
Bobby Allison, USAC Stock Car champion Don White and former ARCA
champions Jack Bowsher, Bob Brevak, Dave Dayton, Ron Hutcherson, Iggy
Katona, Bob Keselowski, Parsons, Marvin Smith, Nelson Stacy, Tim Steele
and Ramo Stott.  

ARCA teams that have tested recently at the  mile high-banked paved
oval in preparation for the 200 lapper include Daytona ARCA 200
polesitter Bill Baird, dirt late model specialist John Gill, 2nd
generation driver Billy Venturini, '97 STP-Prestone ARCA Rookie of the
Year Josh Baltes, Richard Hampton, Kenny Brown and Dill Whittymore. 
Whittymore, former series regular from nearby Seymour, Indiana, makes
his return to the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series at Salem after taking a
year hiatus to build a brand new facility for his Indiana Steel Company,
and also to build a new home.  Whittymore plans to run a limited
schedule for the remainder of the year and return full-time in 1999.

Local favorite Frank Kimmel from nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana, comes
to Salem as the current ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series point leader driving
the Larry Clement owned Advance Auto Parts-Visionaire Chevrolet.  The
team has recently relocated from Dayton, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky
inside the shop of long-time ARCA supporter Dave Embry after former
co-owner Dan Falldorf withdrew his interest in the team.  Jeff Lemons
remains onboard as crew chief.

Series regular Jeff Finley has left the Radius Motorsports team to form
his own with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader.  Finley is entered
in a number 58 Ford Thunderbird prepared out of Schrader's shop in
Concord, North Carolina.