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    Strong Line-up Expected For Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic

    SALEM, IN, Sept. 10 – With just three races remaining on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule the annual fall visit to the high banks of Salem Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 15th is certainly significant for the drivers and teams that started the season back in February at Daytona International Speedway.

    After eight months and 17 races two drivers have emerged as the favorites to slug it out for the coveted ARCA title – local favorite and nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel of Clarksville, Ind., and young gun Chris Buescher of Prosper, Tex.

    The 19-year-old Buescher, who has recorded four wins and 11 top five finishes in 2012, will take a 60 point lead (4210-4150) over Kimmel into the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care on Saturday night.

    Kimmel, the all-time ARCA win leader at Salem with nine victories to his credit, has won two of the last five series races and appears focused on taking the title chase all the way to the season finale at Kansas Speedway in late October.

    Kimmel finished second in the spring ARCA race at Salem and Buescher seventh after capturing the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell. Buescher is the defending Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic race winner.

    If Buescher or Kimmel stumble in the final three races a couple of other former Salem winners, Brennan Poole (4075) and Alex Bowman (4020) are poised to move up in the standings. Poole of The Woodlands, Tex., who won the spring race at Salem in 2011, is currently third in the standings, just 75 points back of Kimmel, and Bowman is fourth.

    Bowman of Tucson, Ariz., pulled off a surprising win in the spring ARCA race at Salem. The 19-year-old led 146 of 200 laps, but still had to keep Kimmel at bay to score the win in his very first visit to the Salem oval.

    Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, Ga., is scheduled for a return visit to the high banks on Saturday night after a very impressive Salem debut in April. The 16-year-old son of NASCAR champion Bill Elliott finished fourth in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 after qualifying third quick.

    Other notable entrants include Will Kimmel of Sellersburg, Ind., Frank Kimmel II of Borden, Ind., Chad Hackenbracht of Cornelious, N.C., Tom Hessert of Cherry Hill, N.J., Matt Lofton of Roxboro, N.C., Mason Mingus of Brentwood, Tenn., Jared Marks of Napoleon, Ohio, and Erik Jones of Byron, Mich.

    Adding to the international flavor of the event will be Caracas, Venezuela drivers Milka Duno and Nelson Canache, plus Maryeve Dufault of Sorel Quebec, Canada and Jack Clarke of London, England.

    The event will also carry its fair share of local flavor with Henryville, Indiana’s Darrell Basham and Owensboro, Kentucky’s Brett Hudson and Blake Hillard joining the Kimmel’s at their “home” track.

    Spectator gates open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with practice getting underway at 12-noon. Qualifications for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks are set for 3 p.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell for the ARCA Racing Series getting underway at 4 p.m. The Federated Car Care 50 for the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks rolls off at 5:30 p.m. with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. (EDT) start time.

    Advance tickets, both reserved and general admission, are currently selling and may be ordered on-line at or by calling 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.

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