Not a good day for Brett and the BHM team. Brett had a brake problem and hit the wall. Car received significant damage and our day was done. Our team would like to thank all the guys for their hard work this weekend. Especially need to thank Donnie for making the trip from North Carolina to crew chief the car. All of our crew, family, friends, fans and our sponsors for their support at the race today!
Here is a video of the wreck by # 42 James Bo Lemastus & # 22 Anderson Bowen
Tom Hessert won his second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway Sunday, passing Spencer Gallagher on the last lap to take the checkered flag. Will Kimmel placed third, Kyle Weatherman fourth and Travis Swaim fifth.
“It got wild out there,” Hessert said after the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio. “It was exciting. My car is a little banged up, but not as bad as some of the others.”
Hessert passed Spencer Gallagher after Gallagher took the white flag.
“I was trying to come up with a plan, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” Hessert said. “I was thinking maybe to get a good run on him in turn two and race hard down to turn three. Fortunately, it didn’t come down to that.”
Frank Kimmel was in the lead with 10 laps to go but Gallagher passed the hometown favorite on lap 193 when both cars were trying to fight through lapped traffic. Hessert and Kimmel then tangled a couple laps later, bringing out a caution with fewer than five laps to go. Gallagher led from laps 193 to 202.
After taking the white flag, however, Gallagher got loose going into turn two of the high-banked Salem Speedway track and Hessert dove under him to grab the lead. He then beat him and Will Kimmel to the finish line. It was the only lap he led in the race.
“I love this track,” Gallagher said after his career-best finish. “It’s a great place to race. What you saw there at the end was the difference between four tires and two. What I was afraid was going to happen, happened.”
Gallagher said his team did a great job Sunday.
“This Allegiant Air team did a heck of a job today,” he said. “I am going home with a nearly destroyed race car and we still finished second.”
Kyle Weatherman was making his ARCA debut and won the Scott Rookie Challenge for the race with his top-five finish.
“Everyone told me that if I kept my four fenders clean, I would finish strong,” the 15-year-old said. “The care might be a little beat up, but that’s racing.”
Few cars left the .555-mile track unscathed, although the first caution didn’t fly until lap 33. Polesitter Justin Boston led the first 59 laps of the race until Daytona winner John Wes Townley made his move to the front. A flurry of pit stops and different tire strategies kept changing the look at the front of the field. Townley led until lap 98 when Frank Kimmel moved to the front and stayed there until lap 143 when Townley – this time after pit stops – regained the lead.
Kimmel took control of the race around the 150-lap mark when several of the eight caution flags fell in a row.
Hessert at one point was a lap down but fought his way back to the front.
“For a while, I don’t think we had anything figured out,” he said. “But, we came together at the end.”
Hessert, who won at Iowa Speedway for Cunningham Motorsports in 2010, boosted Cunningham's stat package at Salem, which is nothing short of incredible. Cunningham Motorsports has now won three of the last five ARCA races at Salem with Hessert, Alex Bowman in 2012, and Dakoda Armstrong in 2010.
Hessert is the first repeat winner at Salem since Justin Allgaier won the fall race in 2007 and spring race in 2008.
“It’s special being part of the few people who have come here and won back to back on this track,” Hessert said.
Boston ended up ninth after he was involved in a couple of late-race finishes that left him with a banged up race car.
Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, Milka Duno, Boston and Mason Mingus rounded out the top 10.
Mingus had a great run despite going a couple of laps down early. At times he had the fastest car on the track, even passing all of the leaders to gain some of his laps back. He finished three laps down.
Kyle Benjamin placed 11th after having to accept a five-lap penalty for re-entering the track in the wrong location after a pit stop. At the end, he was four laps down.
Georgia driver Anderson Bowen, 15, was transported to a local hospital for observation after a hard crash with Josh Williams on lap 107. (Was treated & released & is back home)
Press Release from ARCAracing.com! (used with permission)
Kyle Weatherman is the SCOTT® Rookie of the Race at Salem!
TOLEDO, Ohio (April 30, 2013)
Kyle Weatherman - (Andy Hillenburg Driving School - Dodge) was only three positions away from what would have been the biggest victory of his career. Nonetheless, the 15-year-old Wentzville, Mo. high school freshman finished a career-best fourth in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut last Sunday at Salem Speedway. It wasn't the top prize but it was certainly good enough to earn the SCOTT® Rookie Challenge of the Race award.
"I had a blast," Weatherman said. "This race was everything I thought it would be and I learned a lot from the veterans. We knew we had a great car and I am really happy for the whole team that we finished in the top five. The entire crew worked really hard to make this day happen. It's an honor to receive the SCOTT® Rookie Challenge of the Race award."
Weatherman also qualified seventh in his series debut, and patiently worked his way forward throughout the 200-lap race, which was stretched to 203 laps to accommodate the green-white-checker finish.
The SCOTT® Rookie Challenge champion receives a year-end cash award of $10,000. Mason Mingus currently leads in the overall SCOTT® Rookie Challenge category by 10 points over Justin Boston. Mason Mitchell is third, 14 points behind the leader.
ARCA Series | 50-year-old rookie in field at Salem Speedway
When ARCA racing returns to Salem Speedway on Sunday for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200, there will be a new face on the track.
Among the starters will be Louisville’s Bo LeMastus, a longtime road race and motor bike competitor embarking on his rookie season in ARCA. LeMastus, who owns Crosley Radio in Louisville, is 50 years old.
“How many 50-year-old rookies have you heard of?” he said. “Most of the rookies are 18 or 19 years old. I know I’m not going to be the next Ryan Newman. To me it’s fun.”
He’s off to a solid start. He opened the season with a 16th-place finish at Daytona and currently is sixth in ARCA points after two events.
LeMastus said oval racing is quite a bit different from road racing.
“There’s definitely a learning curve for me,” he said. “Road racing is all about technique as far as the driving. Road racing is more independent. At ARCA it’s about the team and the setup (of the car). You adjust something every time you go into the pits.
“One thing about ARCA: You can’t drive a bad car.”
In his inaugural ARCA season, LeMastus has built a solid team. His coach and spotter is Geoff Bodine, who won the 1986 Daytona 500.
LeMastus said Bodine told him to be patient.
“Being a rookie, I have to be patient,” he said. “The one thing he keeps saying to me is relax and don’t force anything.”
LeMastus introduced himself to the high banks of Salem during a test last weekend.
“At a place like Salem, you have to work with the racetrack,” he said. “The surface itself is so rough. ... You’re humbled to be able to race there.”