It Could Be Belmont's Weekend At Salem Lexington, North Carolina (9-14-05) - - There have been a lot of great winners at Salem Speedway throughout the years. Frank Kimmel, Jason Jarrett, Tim Steele, Shelby Howard, the list goes on and on, but...
It Could Be Belmont's Weekend At Salem
Lexington, North Carolina (9-14-05) - - There have been a lot of great winners at Salem Speedway throughout the years. Frank Kimmel, Jason Jarrett, Tim Steele, Shelby Howard, the list goes on and on, but this is one track where ARCA veteran Andy Belmont can be considered a threat and could very well steal the victory in Saturday's Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Advance Auto Parts.
Belmont and his Bootie Beer Racing team head to the fast and furious .5-mile oval looking to score not only their third top-ten finish of the season but a first win. Heading into the final short track event of the season, Belmont has eight-top ten finishes at Salem to his credit including a runner-up finish in 2002.
"I'm looking forward to Salem this weekend," said the Penndel, Pennsylvania native. "We have a good car this weekend and we'll be able to improve on our last short track finish (ninth) at Toledo." In the spring, Belmont was a factor before mechanical woes set his No.1 Ford Taurus back and out of contention. He finished 15th.
The Bootie Beer Racing team head to Salem after competing in three events in nine days, the biggest race-leg for the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season. In Toledo, Belmont was impressive starting seventh and finishing an impressive ninth. Back to the dirt in Du Quoin, the team lost an engine in practice, and rallied back to the front and was contending in the top-ten before losing an oil line just short of halfway.
Next up was Chicagoland Speedway. After practicing solidly, Belmont qualified 20th. Under a warm day, Belmont was on the prowl towards the front. Keeping his nose clean and running in the top-ten the engine faltered sending the No.1 to the garage and left with a disappointing 28th place finish.
"We've had some disappointing finishes," continued Belmont.
"We've had great cars the past three races just crappy circumstances have ruined our finishes. We're sitting better in points than I thought we would so if we can finish clean and well in these next two races, we'll have a jump start to the 2006 season."
The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Advance Auto Parts is the 22nd of 23 events on the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The teams will endure another one-day show with practice, qualifying and racing all set for one day. Practice will being shortly after 1:00pm, with Pork pole qualifying set for 4:00pm with the race set to take center action shortly after 8:15pm EST.