USAR: Salem: Northern Division preview

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Salem Speedway is known as a speedway that offers non-stop action packed racing for its competitors and fans. This will be the case when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series makes its second visit to the high-banked...

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Salem Speedway is known as a speedway that offers non-stop action packed racing for its competitors and fans. This will be the case when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series makes its second visit to the high-banked track in southern Indiana on June 21 for the running of the Naturally Fresh Foods 250.

Indiana native Brian Ross won the race last year at the track as part of his sweep of all regular season Series races held in his home state. Ross edged veteran Charlie Ford who collected his career-best finish at Salem last year.

"I have always enjoyed running Salem," said Ross. "We had a great car out there and we look forward to going back and seeing if we can make it two in a row."

Ross is off to a great start in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division in 2003. Ross opened the season with a win at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, PA and has collected three top-five finishes in the first four races. Eric Corbett leads Ross by two points going into this weekend's race (690-688). The drivers were tied in the point standings for the Northern Division before Ross and Corbett suffered motor problems.

Veteran Glenn Gault recorded his best finish of the season last year at Salem when he finished a solid third, the final car on the lead lap. Jason McLellan appeared to have a top-three finish in sight as he entered the final turn before a cut tire ended his day with hard contact into the outside retaining wall.

One driver looking forward to returning to the track is Jay Fogleman. Fogleman enters the weekend as one of the hottest drivers in the division with two wins already in 2003. Fogleman, who finished a disappointing 27th last year after mechanical problems ended his day just four laps into the race.

"We feel like we have a car that can run up front each week this year," said Fogleman after his win at Holland Speedway in May. "Hopefully we can go back to some tracks that we had some trouble at last year and get a better finish this year."

The Naturally Fresh Foods250 with be race #6 of 12 regular season races for the Northern Division and the second of four races to be held in the "Hoosier State" in 2003. The Naturally Fresh Foods 250 will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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