It’s a pretty good bet this past week has been the best of Sam Mayer’s racing career so far.
Coming off a dominant performance at the K&N Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway the previous weekend, Mayer, 15, from Franklin, carried the momentum to Salem, IN for the ARCA/Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 where he once again ran at the front of the pack.
Michael Self from Salt. Lake City Utah grabbed the win in this one, but Mayer chased him to the finish line before settling for a second place finish in his #21 GMS Racing Chevy Accessories Chevrolet Camaro in a race called after 101 Laps due to rain.
That wrapped up another exceptional run for Mayer who, instead of running in front in every session, started ninth on the grid and carved his way through the pack over the 101 Laps
Mayer was part of the only caution of the day as he and Ty Gibbs made contact on Lap 88 when Mayer moved into second spot. Gibbs recovered and ultimately finished sixth.
The weekend started well, Mayer posting the fourth best time at practice, covering the .55-mile oval in 17.092 seconds, just 6/100 or 1/2mph behind Gibbs who topped the sheet.
In qualifying, Mayer put up a best lap time of 17.341 seconds, a little more than 2/10 off the pace of Carson Hocevar who claimed the pole.
The Salem event is the third on the ARCA/Menards schedule and Mayer also took part in the second round, the Pensacola 200, finishing 15th.
The second place finish at Salem vaulted Mayer to 12th in overall points standings, with 375.
Next ARCA event will be the General Tire 200 at Talladega Speedway in Alabama on April 26.