Levine races to a top ten in his first visit to Salem Speedway
On the way to a 9th place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway on Sunday, David Levine battled through car handling and radio issues, plus cosmetic hood damage from a lap 5 incident. In doing so, he recorded his second straight top ten performance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Following the race, David summed up his first visit to Salem: “Considering everything that happened today, 9th feels like a victory! First, I got caught up in someone else’s mess early in the race. Then, we had only one-way radio communication for most of the race, so I had to be my own spotter much of the time. In the end, it turned out to be a great points day, as we beat two of the three cars ahead of us coming into the race.”
After two practice sessions and qualifying were rained out on Saturday, ARCA Racing officials added a 30 minute practice to the schedule for Sunday morning. The session was David’s first time on the unique 1/2 mile high-banked Salem oval. After logging 42 laps, his fastest lap time was 13th quickest, as he explored various lines around the rough track surface.
The starting grid for the 26 car field was set by 2014 car owner points. As Lira Motorsports is a brand new team to the series this year, that put Scott Rookie Challenge contender Levine at the back, in the 25th spot, at the drop of the green flag.
David was the recipient of the free pass on two of the races six caution periods, enabling him to finish on the lead lap for the third time in four races this season. He gained 16 positions from his starting spot in the back of the field, the second-most of any driver in the race.
The solid points day not only keeps David at 4th in the series driver points standings, but also cut his deficit from third place by more than half, to just 30 points. He remains on top of the Rookie Challenge standings.
Up next for the 21-year old Highland Park, Illinois resident is the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on the high banks of Talladega on May 1st.
For more information about David, visit http://www.DavidLevineRacing.com or http://www.LiraMotorsports.com. You can also catch up with David on facebook at /DavidLevineRacing and on twitter @DaveLevineRacin.