Near Salem in Washington County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Few race tracks in the nation carry the legacy, prestige and renown as Salem Speedway. Built in 1947 with intention of all out speed, the .555 mile oval with its daunting high banked turns, has produced dramatic, legendary, thrilling racing for decades. This demanding track has challenged some of the nation’s best drivers, whether they raced sprint cars, midgets or stock cars, and served as a training ground for Indianapolis 500 winners and Daytona 500 Champions.
Storied Indianapolis icons such as Troy Ruttman, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Bobby Unser, have met the Salem challenge, as have NASCAR stars like Darrell Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. Long a mainstay of the AAA and USAC open wheel cars, the ARCA stock cars have also played a major role in Salem’s success. Not content to rest on historic laurels, Salem Speedway’s management works to extend the track’s legacy far into the future.
Erected 2016 by Indiana Racing Memorial Association Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
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Location. 38° 35.984′ N, 86° 8.324′ W. Marker is near Salem, Indiana, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Indiana Route 56, 0.6 miles south of South Orchard Road, on the right when traveling south. The marker stands near the picnic shelter at the Salem Speedway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2729 Hwy 56 West, Salem IN 47167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burning the Salem Railroad Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); Washington County Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Washington County Courthouse / Salem Downtown Historic District (approx. 2.1 miles away); Salem Suffers (approx. 2.1 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 2.1 miles away); Washington County Honor Rolls Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Birthplace of John Milton Hay (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Hay Center (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.