Salem II: Christi Passmore race report

Passmore Earns Ninth Place at Salem; Retains Sixth Place Points Salem, IN (September 19, 2004) -- Christi Passmore came into Saturday night's ARCA RE/MAX Series event hoping for a solid night on the high-banked, half-mile of Salem Speedway in ...

Passmore Earns Ninth Place at Salem; Retains Sixth Place Points

Salem, IN (September 19, 2004) -- Christi Passmore came into Saturday night's ARCA RE/MAX Series event hoping for a solid night on the high-banked, half-mile of Salem Speedway in Indiana. Passmore accomplished her goal, earning a ninth place finish in the caution-filled event, however the car that Passmore has been chasing for fifth place in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points won the event. Passmore was 75 points from the fifth position entering the event and following a career-best Salem finish she heads to the season finale at Talladega Superspeedway 120 points away from Jason Jarrett in the fifth position.

"You know we had a really good run here at Salem," said Passmore. "The team did exactly what they needed and I did my best to stay out of trouble all night. We were involved in a couple incidents during the evening, but each time our pit crew was able to make repairs on the car to keep me in contention. It was a great race for us considering that we really have not had the best of luck at Salem in the past."

Passmore was involved in a couple altercations during the event. The first coming just past halfway when series champion, Frank Kimmel, was taken out collecting several cars, Passmore sustained slight damage when another car got into the back of the No. 91 G.A.P. Roofing / Asphalt & Fuel Supply Ford. The second incident came with less than 30 laps remaining as rookie, Josh Allison, slowed in the corner and Passmore with nowhere to go, drive up and over Allison's machine. Both drivers were un-injured and after brief attention from her pit crew, Passmore was able to continue in her beaten and battered machine.

"This was just a normal Salem race," said Passmore. "There was a lot of beating and banging all night and in the end it becomes a challenge just to keep your race car in one piece. I really can't say enough about my team, these guys never gave up they just kept making the necessary repairs to the car to keep us in the top ten. This is what we have done all season and that is what has kept us in the point's battle."

This marked Passmore's tenth top ten finish of the 2004 season along with her 50th career start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Passmore is currently sixth in series points as they prepare for the 2004 season finale event on October 2 from the 2.6-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Josh Allison , Jason Jarrett , Christi Passmore