|Fresh faced kid Kyle Benjamin took Salem for his second ARCA win of the season|
|Ken Schrader races hard at Salem whenever he's entered|
|Frank Kimmel pits at Salem Speedway in front of a packed house|
Salem was the next to last race I will probably shoot this season and I have had an incredible year. I had intended to shoot the Daytona 500 for Associated Press (AP) but winter intervened in Indy and my flight got cancelled. So I had to wait until April to get my season going when I went to Barber Motorsports Park for motorsport.com to shoot the Indycar and GrandAm weekend. It was my first event for that website and proved valuable once May rolled around. Then I did the spring race at Salem shooting for Salem Speedway before heading south to Talladega for NASCAR to work for AP the first weekend in May. The next weekend, Indy 500 practice started which involving daily shooting and blogging for motorsport.com. This led to my first international publication credit with the Autosport Japan magazine. Two weeks after the 500, I got to serve as ARCA's official photographer at Michigan for two days and then helped them at Winchester at the end of June. July was somewhat of an off month, but the Superweekend at the Brickyard closed the month with a flourish covering GrandAm and NASCAR for motorsport.com again. The next weekend took me to Mid Ohio for Indycars again with motorsport.com in early August so the Salem weekend ended a long racing drought for me. I will be going back to Talladega in October to shoot NASCAR for AP and that will wrap up my year at the races.
Soon enough, however, it will be time to start planning for 2014 when I hope to shoot the Rolex 24 at Daytona, make it to Daytona for the 500 and who knows what after that. The Indy 500 of course is a mainstay on my calendar and it won't be long before I start asking the annual winter question: "Is it May yet?" Until then, here are slideshows from the ARCA 200 and Salem street stockers to tide you over.