Hessert Nips Gallagher At Salem
SALEM, Ind. – Tom Hessert won his second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway Sunday, passing Spencer Gallagher on the last lap to take the checkered flag.
Will Kimmel placed third, Kyle Weatherman fourth and Travis Swaim fifth.
“It got wild out there,” Hessert said after the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio. “It was exciting. My car is a little banged up, but not as bad as some of the others.”
Hessert passed Spencer Gallagher after Gallagher took the white flag.
“I was trying to come up with a plan, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” Hessert said. “I was thinking maybe to get a good run on him in turn two and race hard down to turn three. Fortunately, it didn’t come down to that.”
Frank Kimmel was in the lead with 10 laps to go but Gallagher passed the hometown favorite on lap 193 when both cars were trying to fight through lapped traffic. Hessert and Kimmel then tangled a couple laps later, bringing out a caution with fewer than five laps to go. Gallagher led from laps 193 to 202.
After taking the white flag, however, Gallagher got loose going into turn two of the high-banked Salem Speedway track and Hessert dove under him to grab the lead. He then beat him and Will Kimmel to the finish line. It was the only lap he led in the race.
“I love this track,” Gallagher said after his career-best finish. “It’s a great place to race. What you saw there at the end was the difference between four tires and two. What I was afraid was going to happen, happened.”
Gallagher said his team did a great job Sunday.
“This Allegiant Air team did a heck of a job today,” he said. “I am going home with a nearly destroyed race car and we still finished second.”
Weatherman was making his ARCA debut and won the Scott Rookie Challenge for the race with his top-five finish.