When race teams look up towards the top of the grandstands at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) on Saturday, the Speed51TV cameras will not be the only cameras they will see. They will also see a camera being manned by Frankie Kimmel, the son of ARCA Racing Series legend, Frank Kimmel. Kimmel will be helping out many different ARCA and Super Late Model teams by providing a service known as “Dartfish” through his company, VK Sports Analysis.
Dartfish, according to Kimmel, is one of the best tools available for any race car driver. It is a video overlay software that syncs up two videos into one. In basic terms, it is a comparison tool that can be used to show one driver’s lap versus a teammates, or versus the race’s pole-sitter, or whoever, in an attempt to let drivers see where they are getting beaten, or where they are beating everyone else.
The technology is used by many teams at the NASCAR Cup level on down, and will be available for use by Late Model teams at most of the big Late Model events such as the Snowball Derby, Winchester 400 and more. Kimmel said it will also be available at any Late Model races that coincide with ARCA Racing Series events, such as this weekend’s North/South Super Late Model Challenge in Nashville.
“We are hitting most of the marquee Late Model events throughout the year,” said Kimmel. “I’ve met so many people that have never even heard of it. I just want to raise awareness for it.”
Kimmel has been providing this service for about three years now, and he said he got the idea to do it when his father signed on to race for Venturini Motorsports in 2015.
“I’d just graduated college and couldn’t get a job anywhere. I was trying to find something to do and watched a buddy run a Legends car race and I thought, ‘This would be great for local short tracks, because Cup drivers use it. A kid running a Late Model or an ARCA car would definitely use it.’”
Kimmel explained that he spoke with Billy Venturini about expanding the services beyond just the Venturini Motorsports race teams and that’s when VK Sports Analysis was born.
“In 2016 Billy and I started a business and started offering it to ARCA teams along with Late Model teams and K&N teams and that’s when things really started to expand.”
Race teams looking for more information on VK Sports Analysis and Dartfish should head to www.vksportsanalysis.com, or look them up on Twitter, @VKsprtanalysis.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount