Matt Carter Scores Second Place Finish at Salem; Earns Special Awards Recognition Salem, IN (09-15-08) ARCA RE/MAX series point's contender and SunTrust Rookie candidate, Matt Carter scored an impressive second place finish in Saturday nights'...
Matt Carter Scores Second Place Finish at Salem; Earns Special Awards Recognition
Salem, IN (09-15-08) ARCA RE/MAX series point's contender and SunTrust Rookie candidate, Matt Carter scored an impressive second place finish in Saturday nights' Eddie Gilstrap 200 by Advanced Auto Parts at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana.
The ARCA RE/MAX series race weekend event got underway with SIM Factory Pole Qualifying on Saturday afternoon where Carter posted a lap time of 17.390 seconds at 114.894 miles per hour; placing the No. 46 Stine Seed - Hantz Group Ford Fusion in the fifth slot on the starting grid for Saturday night's main event under the lights.
As the 200 lap, 110 mile short track shoot out got underway, Carter kept the No. 46 machine inside the top five in the fourth position. Carter lost a few positions, pitted, and bolted back to the front of the pack.
On lap 123, Carter and the No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford Fusion took charge of the 33 car field and for 16 laps he directed traffic. During Carters' control, havoc broke out and ARCA RE/MAX officials waived one of the eighth cautions of the evening. On the restart, Carter battled to remain in first, but could not hold off the No. 44 of Frank Kimmel. Kimmel passed Carter for the lead and for the remaining laps of the 110 mile main event the No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford Fusion fought back to try to take the lead.
Carter and Kimmel continued to clash under the lights on the historic Salem Speedway pavement, but on lap 110 when the two cars raced across the start/finish line it was Kimmel who took the checkered flag and Carter who took home second.
"The car wasn't all that good when we started the race," said Carter. "We got up to fourth and lost a few spots. We came in to pit and made an air pressure and track bar adjustment to see if I could get a little better grip and put four tires on the car. It helped the car a little bit but not enough. We got the lead around lap 123 for about 16 laps and then Kimmel got by me on the restart. His car was just better than mine. The car is pretty used up, pretty beat up; we'll have to fix it before we go to Toledo. It was a good night - second place is good. "
Salem Speedway is often known as the track that acts like Bristol, but races like Darlington. Amongst the drivers in the world of racing, there is a common saying in reference to the .555 mile high banked paved oval - "if you can go fast at Salem you can go fast anywhere". This past Saturday night under the lights at Salem, Carter took that statement home with him and claimed it by earning the Accel Fastest Lap Award during the ARCA RE/MAX Series Eddie Gilstrap 200 by Advance Auto Parts. His father, Travis Carter earned the Cometic Crew Chief Award during Saturday nights' main event. Carter senior is a veteran of the NASAR series and has been acting crew chief for his son and the No. 46 nine time championship team of Larry Clement for this 2008 ARCA RE/MAX season.
Carter and the No. 46 Stine Ford Fusion team are heading out of Salem this weekend third in Championship Point Standings, second in SunTrust Rookie of the Year points (10 points shy of first place) and third in contention for this years 2008 Bill France Triple Crown Award, which will conclude at the famous Talladega 2.66 mile Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, on October 3rd. During the upcoming week long break, the ARCA RE/MAX series teams including Carter will test their Superspeedway skills in an open test session this Wednesday and Thursday at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the early October race event.