Firecracker 125 set for Saturday at Salem

The Tribune Staff Reports

The Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will be back in action this Saturday night at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery for the Discover Scott County Firecracker 125 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Wayne Edwards won the inaugural Firecracker race in July of 1989.

The 30th annual edition of the Discover Scott County Firecracker 125 brings about a change in the popular early summer event. The race, which has been contested as a special “non-points” event for the past several years, returns to the Lucas Oil Great American Stock calendar in 2019 as a double points race.

From 1992 to 1998 the race was contested as a points race for the Salem Super Stock division and varied in length from 100 to 200 laps.

Former race winners expected include Chuck Barnes Sr. of Louisville, Todd Kempf of Huntingburg, Brian Bayer of Birdseye and David Bayens of Borden.

The Affordable Stock Car Racing Ford Crown Vics are set to kick-off the racing action on July 6th with the Independence 30 on the infield short-track oval and the Freedom 30 on the figure 8 track.

Besides being the first Salem appearance for the Ford Crown Vics, Saturday’s race also marks the first figure 8 race at Salem in a number of years.

Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will once again be giving away free Hoosier Lottery prize packs to several lucky fans, age 18 and older, during the Saturday’s event.

Spectator gates open and practice gets underway at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with qualifications at 6 and the first race rolling off at 7:15 p.m.

General admission tickets are $14 for adults and $3 for children (age 7-12) in advance. Kids, age 6 and under, are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Advance reserved seat tickets are $19 each. For tickets or information visit or call 812-883-6504 or 888-246-7223.