ES: Salemi to race for Troy Williams at Dover

John Salemi To Race Dover In Troy Williams Motorsports Dodge Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2008) - John Salemi, whose family-owned team has scored two top-ten finishes in six NASCAR Camping World East Series races run this season, will change things...

John Salemi To Race Dover In Troy Williams Motorsports Dodge

Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2008) - John Salemi, whose family-owned team has scored two top-ten finishes in six NASCAR Camping World East Series races run this season, will change things up for this Friday's race at Dover International Speedway as he'll be strapping into a Dodge Charger owned by Troy Williams Motorsports with Sean Watts.

Salemi, of Nashua, New Hampshire, last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Saturday, left that race with a damaged race car that, while it finished, was going to need extensive repairs to be ready in time for the Dover race.

"We were left without a car to race after New Hampshire," Salemi said. "We could have thrashed to try and get the same car ready to go, or to get a second car done in time, but when you go to a track like Dover, you can't leave things to chance. You have to make sure everything's absolutely done and ready to go or your race could end in disaster."

A call from Troy Williams lifted the burden from Salemi before the New Hampshire weekend was over. Williams, who was already fielding two cars at Dover for his regular driver, Jonathan Smith, and guest driver Johnny Sauter, offered up a third car.

"Without Troy Williams, we wouldn't be racing at Dover," Salemi said. "He's doing me and my team a huge favor by putting me in one of his cars this week."

Salemi's car will carry sponsorship from Diamond Resorts International, GPS Footprints, and Williams Online Printing. The car will be crewed by a combination of Williams' personnel as well as the John Salemi Racing, LLC team.

"We're going to have a good weekend at Dover," he said. "We've had good success at this track and being in one of Troy's cars should take some of the last-minute stuff we would have had to go through to get to the track out of the picture. We'll show up prepared and ready to race, and we'll put on a good effort."

The Dover weekend opens on Thursday with practice going throughout the afternoon. Qualifying for the Sunoco 150 takes place Friday at 12:40 p.m. with the race going green at 4:45 p.m. live on HDNet television.

-credit: ajc

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jonathan Smith , John Salemi
Teams Williams