Salem: Craig Goess preview

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of NC Toyota will take the track at the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com at Salem Speedway on April 11, 2010 at 2 PM. Wet-Finish at PBIR - Goess ...

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of NC Toyota will take the track at the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com at Salem Speedway on April 11, 2010 at 2 PM.

Wet-Finish at PBIR - Goess finished 13th in the last ARCA Racing Series race at Palm Beach International Raceway on Feb. 27, 2010. After a lap one incident on the road course, Goess fell from 10th to 22nd position. The heavy rains and unsafe racing conditions forced series officials to end the race five laps short of the original distance.

ESR Success at Salem- Over the past three years, ESR has had success at Salem Speedway. In the 2009 spring race, ESR driver Justin Lofton won the pole and finished second. The same year, Lofton won the fall race at the southern Indiana track. In 2008, Scott Speed brought ESR two top-10 finishes at Salem in both the spring and fall races. Michael McDowell won the pole in the 2007 spring race and finished third. McDowell also finished third in the fall race.

Construction at Salem - Phase one of a major transformation is currently underway at Salem Speedway. The first part of the project includes an addition of a 3/8-mile asphalt oval in the infield of the existing .555-mile track for oval, figure-8 and road course racing. The infield scoring tower was removed for the new short-track inside the facility and a new scoring tour was constructed on the top floor of the front-stretch spotter location.

Goess on Salem Speedway:

"I am looking forward to going back to Salem. I always have a lot of fun there. In my previous two trips to Salem, we qualified well both times but had unfortunate luck. As long as we have some luck on our side, we should have a great finish."

"Salem is an awesome track," said Goess. "You have to be up on the wheel and can't take your attention away for a moment. If you lose your focus for a split second, it could be trouble. This isn't like Daytona where you have the straightaway to collect yourself."

Eddie Sharp on Goess

"I am really looking forward to this weekend at Salem Speedway. Craig has shown a lot of speed at this track, and I think it is going to be a great race for Craig."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Justin Lofton , Craig Goess