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Slinging The High Side At Salem: Previewing the Atlas 200 at Salem Speedway

Salem Speedway ARCA Menards Series
Salem Speedway ARCA Menards Series
The ARCA Menards Series tackles the high banks at Salem. PC: Ben Branscum/

After crowning an ARCA Menards Series East Champion and racing the high banks in the hills of Tennessee, the ARCA Menards Series travels to the high banks of southern Indiana for the penultimate race of the 2023 season at Salem Speedway and the Atlas 200.

The track has been a staple in the series since 1979, and this weekend’s Atlas 200 will be the 109th ARCA Menards Series race at the half-mile speedway.

The 33-degree banked track has had winners the likes of Marvin Smith, Bob Keselowski, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Billy Venturini, Justin Allgaier, Chris Buescher, Chandler Smith, Ty Gibbs, and last year’s winner Sammy Smith.

As we head into the last few races in the 2023 season, it’s been a season of Love…mostly for Jesse Love and the Venturini Motorsports No. 20. Heading into Salem, he and the team are looking to lock up the driver’s title for the 2023 season and looking for their 10th win on the season.

All Love has to do is start the race, and he will clinch the ARCA Menards Series title in his rookie season.

Looking to shut Love’s No. 20 out of double digits in wins is the No. 18, with William Sawalich piloting the car. He’ll look to close the 2023 ARCA Menards Series on a continued high note after taking home the East Series title and the race win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

After a tough few weeks, full of gremlins and accidents, Frankie Muniz is looking to turn the tide around and have some solid runs to redeem his rookie season driving for Rette Jones Racing in the No. 30.

Also joining the field, two Indiana natives look to show off in their home state. Brayton ‘The Pizza Man’ Laster is once again teaming up with Rise Motorsports in the No. 31. The Greenwood, IN native is looking for his third straight top-ten and his first on the pavement.

His fellow statesman Zachary Tinkle will also join him at the half-mile in the No. 11 for Fast Track Racing. The Speedway, IN native, is coming off his fourth place in the ARCA Menards Series East points standings, which is a career-best for the 21-year-old.

Joining the two, and looking to make his ARCA Menards Series debut is local driver Conner Popplewell. The Diesel Boys GAS Series driver is teaming up with MAN Motorsports in the No. 95.

Other drivers looking for short-track success include Toni Breidinger and Brent Crews for VMS, Christian Rose, Will Kimmel, Jon Garrett, among others.

Official Entry List for the Atlas 200 at Salem Speedway

EntryNo.DriverTeamCrew chief
103Alex ClubbClubb Racing Inc
Brian Clubb
206Nate MoellerWayne Peterson Racing
Michael Peterson
32Andres PerezRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Jamie Jones
410Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
Tim Monroe
511Darrell BashamFast Track Racing
Double H Ranch / Vampire State LLC
Anna Harenberg
612Stephanie MoyerFast Track Racing
Women's Boutique & Consignment
Jeremy Petty
715Dylan SmithVenturini Motorsports
Cayden Lapcevich
818William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / Sound Gear
Matt Ross
920Jesse LoveVenturini Motorsports
Shannon Rursch
1025Sean HingoraniVenturini Motorsports
Kevin Reed, Jr.
1130Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Mark Rette
1231Rita GouletRise Motorsports
Tim Goulet
1332Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ryan London
1445Tony CosentinoTamayo Cosentino Racing
Ethan Hutchens
1548Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Jeff Smith
1663Mason LudwigSpraker Racing
Bell Wire / Speednut
Jeff Spraker
1766Jon GarrettFort Worth Screen Printing
Mike Sroufe
1873Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Sbarro Pizza
Mike Dayton

You can catch the Atlas 200 live from Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 30th on FS2 and FloRacing at 7:30 P.M. ET.

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