Salem II: Matt Merrell preview

Win-Tron Racing Gives Matt Merrell Another Shot At Salem SALEM, Indiana (September 17, 2009) - - Without a doubt Matt Merrell has made an impression in his 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season with Win-Tron Racing. In nine starts this year, the former...

Win-Tron Racing Gives Matt Merrell Another Shot At Salem

SALEM, Indiana (September 17, 2009) - - Without a doubt Matt Merrell has made an impression in his 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season with Win-Tron Racing. In nine starts this year, the former USAR standout has maneuvered five top-five finishes and six top-10 runs. That leaves just three efforts outside the top-10 including an 11th place finish at Salem Speedway in his season debut this past April.

Merrell will have another shot at tackling one of the most demanding tracks on the ARCA RE/MAX Series circuit as Win-Tron Racing will put the Portland, Texas native behind the wheel of the No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge Charger for Saturday night's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic.

The 24-year old has never had any problems finding his groove at Salem, but circumstances out of his control have kept him from finishing well. And with three top-10s including two straight runner-up finishes in his last three ARCA starts, Merrell will look to put the Win-Tron Racing team back in victory lane for the third time this year.

Nate Thiesse, co-owner and general manager of Lakeville Minnesota's Win-Tron Racing is excited to have Merrell back at the controls.

"Matt is such a talented driver. Everyone at Win-Tron Racing knows that his first win is around the corner, hopefully this weekend. Our team has steered drivers to their first career ARCA victory at Salem in the past and that's what we are hoping to do Saturday with Matt. I know he is pushing himself for a serious rebound from April's run, so hopefully we'll have a good night mixed in with celebration."

Entering Salem, Win-Tron Racing holds the fourth position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series owner's standings after 18 races. Car owner Kevin Cywinski is 520 markers from moving back to the top spot held by fellow car owner Jessica Sharp (No. 6). Just 165 markers keep Cywinski from the third position controlled by car owner Frank Kimmel (No. 44). The team maintains their position after Justin Marks recorded a 21st place finish in the most ARS event at New Jersey Motorsports Park last Sunday.

In three years of ARCA competition, Merrell has 12 starts, five top-fives and six top-10s. His career-best finish of second occurred twice at Berlin Raceway (July 2009) and Pocono Raceway (August 2009).

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic (200 laps/111 miles) is the 19th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 83rd ARCA race held at Salem is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 19 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:05 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. Saturday night. The race will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

-credit: wtr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Marks , Matt Merrell