BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 28, 2014) – The last time the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competed at Lucas Oil Raceway, Frank Kimmel drove into Victory Lane to capture the checkered flag. Two years later, Kimmel returned to the Indianapolis short track looking to repeat his 2012 performance. After fighting a tight-handling Ansell-Menards Toyota for the first three-quarters of the 200-lap event on Friday night, Kimmel surged to the front of the field and finished in the third position.
“I’m very proud of this Ansell-Menards team,” said Kimmel, after the race. “They worked their tails off all day long and changed almost everything during practice. Right towards the end, in the last five minutes or so, we hit on something that made the car come alive. During the first part of the race the No. 44 Toyota was tight but as the green flag run continued, our car got better and better. It feels good to be running inside the top-five again.”
After qualifying in the 10th position, Kimmel started the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care from the outside of row five. The opening 50 laps remained caution-free as Kimmel was battling a tight-handling Toyota Camry. “The car won’t turn in or off,” radioed Kimmel to his Win-Tron Racing team. When the yellow flag was displayed on lap 52, the 10-time champion came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment.
Over the next 100 laps, Kimmel ran as high as the sixth position, but was still fighting a tight Ansell-Menards Toyota in the middle of the corners. On lap 155, a caution came out, allowing Kimmel to come to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. Restarting from the fourth position with 36 laps to go, Kimmel made a strong move to capture second-place in only three laps.
During the final 25 laps, Kimmel held the third position, which is where the veteran crossed the finish line. This marked Kimmel’s fifth top-five and 10th top-10 finish of the 2014 season.
With his first race in the books with new crew chief Mark Rette, Kimmel looks forward to the upcoming stretch of races.
“Rette has a lot of experience in the ARCA Racing Series and we had a great first race together,” Kimmel said. “He worked hard all day long with the crew guys I’ve had all season and it’s nice to run up front and be in position for a win if something would have happen to the leaders. I look forward to Pocono and hopefully we can carry this momentum into the final stretch.”
Kimmel and the ARCA Racing Series will head to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the ModSpace 125 on Friday, August 1. The green flag will wave shortly after 5:15 p.m. ET, with live television coverage on FOX Sports 1. ARCARacing.com will also have live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend.
– Win-Tron Racing Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com