Kimball Sees a Chance to Win First Tour-type Modified Race

When the 2020 racing season finally got going, Matthew Kimball made the bold move to focus on racing Modifieds. The Bennington, NH driver was fresh off a title on the Northeast Mini Stock Tour, but was keen on moving up the racing ladder.

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Focusing on the NHSTRA Modifieds run throughout southern New Hampshire, he also ran select Tour-type Modified events during 2020. It all culminated when he finished a strong runner-up to Matt Hirschman in an open race at Claremont Motorsports Park in August.

 

Now 13 months later, the 20-year-old Kimball is in the NHSTRA Modified Cup hunt, and potentially knocking on the door of his first career Tour-type Modified win, as the Modified Racing Series heads to Claremont this Saturday, September 25.

The year hasn’t been too bad, we struggled a little bit in the midseason, but we started off really good, but we lost some momentum through July. But, we’ve picked the pace back up through the middle of August. We finished the year really strong with the New Hampshire Mods. We’re behind in the points, but we’ve got a lot of wins late in the year. – Matt Kimball

Grasping the straws of Modified racing, whether it has been to Tour-type rules or the NHSTRA with their 604 engines, Kimball has impressed many, and feels that he has plenty more room to grow.

 

“We still have a lot to improve on, we got to get our notebook a little bit bigger, but since I stopped racing Mini Stocks to focus on Modifieds, that’s helped out a lot. The past two seasons have been my best two years in racing. This year has been my best ever, hopefully we can carry on and finish the year strong.”

 

As for the possibility of a Tour-type win before the year 2021 is up, Kimball feels that this Saturday at Claremont may be his best opportunity. But, he’ll have to overcome many strong competitors, including a fellow New Hampshire driver.

 

“I think we can pull off our first win on Saturday. Our main focus is probably Brian Robie, he’s always one of the guys to beat. There’s plenty of other names on the list that can get the job done, so we’ll take practice seriously, try to make some adjustments for the race and go on from there.”

 

While the possibility of where is still up in the air, Modified fans can expect to see more of Matthew Kimball in Tour-type Modified competition in 2022.

 

“You’ll definitely see us more in the Tour Mod next year. I don’t know what we’ll be doing full time yet. I’ll still be racing the NH Mod here and there, but probably not as much as this year. Big goal for next year is to have fun, mix it up, and win some races.”

 

See the Modified Racing Series live from Claremont Motorsports Park this Saturday night at around 8pm ET on Speed51.TV.

 

-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

Kimball Sees a Chance to Win First Tour-type Modified Race