Situated in the scenic hills of southern Indiana, the Salem Speedway
roars to life with upwards of 12-15 “Special Events” per year. With a
season stretching from April to November each event is “Special” in its
own right with sanctioning bodies such as ARCA, the Must See Racing
Xtreme Sprints, the Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series and the Top Speed
Modified Tour helping bring the finest in professional automobile racing
to the world famous facility.
Salem Speedway officially opened for business on June 22,
1947, with a Pennsylvania Dutchman Tommy Hinnershitz, winning the 20-lap
feature event for AAA “Big Cars”, as sprints were then known, in front
of over 7,000 enthusiastic fans. Two Salem residents, James Summers and
Everett “Foxy” Roberts, were partners in the operation of the speedway
that first year of existence. Since that time, eight different
individuals or groups have owned the historic race track with others
having leased or promoted the races at various times.