ARCA

CHANDLER SMITH DOMINATES ARCA RACE AT SALEM

 

Chandler Smith led 199 of the 200 laps at Salem Saturday night.PHOTO BY ARCA

Leads 199 of 200 laps en route to his second series victory of the season

BY:  CHARLIE KRALL ARCA

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) dominated the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway, leading 199 of 200 laps en route to his second series victory of the season.

“This car was absolutely on rails tonight,” Smith said. “The guys on this team are the reason why. They busted their butts on pit road and got us out of the pits first every time. All the action was behind us. In a perfect world, they would all be like this.”

Smith held off Gus Dean (No. 32 Baker Distributing/Gree Cooling Products Chevrolet) on a one-lap dash to the checkered after a slew of late race cautions bunched the field.

Chase Purdy (No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota) finished third, ARCA Racing Series championship leader Sheldon Creed was fourth, and Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare/Liberty Village Ford) rounded out the top five.

Creed was able to add to his championship lead over Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota), who was involved in a late-race crash and finished 18th.

“It was good for us because the car is in one piece and we added some points to the point lead,” Creed said. “I was proud of my teammate Zane. He did what he needed to do. You race people the way you want to be raced.”

Smith got into the back of Michael Self (No. 55 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and both crashed hard in turn four. The two had been involved in an incident earlier in the race. Smith pulled his car into the garage area where his MDM Motorsports team exchanged words with Self’s Venturini Motorsports crew.

Self was less than impressed with what happened.

“I guess some drivers don’t like to be raced hard,” Self said. “I’ve worked hard for everything I have. I am racing the last two, so we’ll see how it works out.”

There were six cautions for 43 laps which held the average speed to 70.380 miles per hour. The race took 1 hour, 34 minutes, 37 seconds to complete.

The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana, on Saturday, October 6. Practice is set for 2 pm ET, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 4:15 pm ET, and the race will go green at 7 pm ET. ARCARacing.com will have free live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio for registered users.

FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 2 20 Chandler Smith/Talking Rock GA Smith General Contracting Toyota 200 Running
2 12 32 Gus Dean/Bluffton SC GREE Cooling Products-Baker Distributing Chevy 200 Running
3 9 8 Chase Purdy/Meridian MS Bama Buggies Toyota 200 Running
4 5 28 Sheldon Creed/Alpine CA United Rentals Toyota 200 Running
5 13 27 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford 200 Running
6 6 12 Harrison Burton/Huntersville NC Dex Imaging Toyota 200 Running
7 4 15 Christian Eckes/Middletown NY JBL Audio Toyota 200 Running
8 15 25 Natalie Decker/Eagle River WI N29 Capital Partners Toyota 200 Running
9 11 18 Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV NOS-ORCA Coolers-Advance Auto Parts Toyota 198 Running
10 7 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN FASS Fuel Systems Ford 198 Running
11 14 77 Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ Big Tine Ford 192 Accident
12 18 34 Mike Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 190 Running
13 17 68 Baden Stewart/Campbellsburg IN Stewart Automotive & Transmission Ford 189 Running
14 16 10 Tyler Hill/Brandywine MD Fast Track High Performance Racing Toyota 189 Running
15 10 99 Jack Dossey III/Wanamaker IN Munns Constr-Norton Trucking-Harts Auto Toyota 188 Running
16 3 55 Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota 178 Accident
17 19 11 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Milwaukee Crusher-Double H Ranch Toyota 148 Running
18 1 41 Zane Smith/Huntington Beach CA LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota 146 Parked
19 8 43 Kaden Honeycutt/Willow Park TX C&S Trailers Ford 134 Oil Line
20 22 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Hix Auto Parts Ford 88 Clutch
21 20 03 Alex Clubb/Morris IL Kindelspire Auto Supply-Jerry’s Glass & Lock Ford 80 Transmission
22 23 06 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 15 Handling
23 21 2 Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK Caudell Consulting & Marketing Dodge 14 Brakes
    0 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Wayne Peterson Racing Chevrolet DNS