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NASCAR great Bobby Allison to serve as Grand Marshal for milestone ARCA race

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison will go back to his roots next month, serving as Grand Marshal for the 100th ARCA Racing Series race at Salem Speedway in southern Indiana.

The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 will be held at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday night, September 10. Other events associated with the milestone race include a golf tournament, hauler parade and fan fest on Friday, Sept. 9.

Allison has good memories of Salem: he won a 100-lap ARCA race on the track’s high banks in 1975.

“I remember Salem really well,” Allison said in a media release. “A nice, fast high-banked half-mile in southern Indiana with a little air-strip right next to the track.

“I liked Salem right away … fell right into a nice rhythm. The fast way around was right up against the wall in (turns) three and four, but a little more toward the center of the track in one and two.”

Even though it’s been many years since Allison last visited Salem, the track and surrounding city will throw out the red carpet for the three-time Daytona 500 winner (1978, 1982 and 1988). He also ranks fourth on NASCAR’s all-time Sprint Cup wins list (84).

“Bobby is not only one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest drivers, he is also one of racing’s most beloved drivers,” Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton said. “We are thrilled to have Bobby associated with the 100th ARCA race at Salem.

“This is going to be a very memorable night of racing and celebration.”

In addition to Allison, other past ARCA Salem winners and former ARCA drivers will be on hand for the festive evening.

Also planning to attend is Toddy Ruttman Kloos, daughter of 1952 Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman, representing her father, a former ARCA winner at Salem.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.