93rd ARCA Race At Salem Is April 28
SALEM, Ind. — In the picture for seven decades and counting, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has become part of the culture in the quiet little southern Indiana town of Salem.
That’s because, since 1955, the 61-year-old tour has been taking to the high banks of Salem Speedway with a rock ’em, sock ’em style of stock car racing that continues to resonate with race fans in a major way.
The 93rd appearance of the ARCA Racing Series at Salem comes with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 April 27-28.
Many teams are expected to test at Salem in early April. While the team’s main driver, Will Kimmel, will be on hand for the test to shake the cars down, the Kimmel Racing’s focus will be on newcomers Michael Lira and Travis Swaim.
Lira, from Port Orange, Fla., is 15 years old and will sit in an ARCA car at Salem for the very first time.
“Hopefully, Salem will be the first of a number of tests for Michael this year,” said the team patriarch and eight-time Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Bill Kimmel. “We want him to be comfortable in the car. When we feel he’s ready, and based on the approval process at ARCA, we’ll schedule him in for a race.”
Lira is the son of Carlos Lira, who is the Dealer Principal at Gary Yeomans Ford in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gary Yeomans Ford is an associate sponsor at Kimmel Racing, and was on the quarter panels of Will’s No. 68 Ford at Daytona.