Kimmel Clinches Ninth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship at Toledo; To be honored at National Championship Awards Banquet in December TOLEDO OH (10-14-07)-- Frank Kimmel officially clinched the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship on Sunday ...
Kimmel Clinches Ninth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship at Toledo; To be honored at National Championship Awards Banquet in December
TOLEDO OH (10-14-07)-- Frank Kimmel officially clinched the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship on Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway, marking his ninth title and eighth consecutive on the 55-year-old national stock car tour. Kimmel, a Clarkesville, Indiana native and 19-year veteran of the tour, remains the series' all-time champion and all-time money winner.
"It's just real cool and very rewarding," said Kimmel. "To be able to win this championship despite all of the competitive teams in ARCA this year. Michael [McDowell] and Eddie Sharp Racing put a lot of pressure on us and they made us want to run well. We struggled this year with all kinds of adversity. We didn't have a sponsor and despite the problems we had the team stuck together and it was good to be able to win a ninth championship."
En route to the 2007 title, Kimmel earned race victories at Iowa Speedway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds and The Milwaukee Mile, bringing his career total to 71, just eight shy of Iggy Katona's all-time win record in ARCA competition. He posted 11 top-5 and 17 top-10 finishes in 23 races.
For Kimmel, the opportunity to officially clinch the 2007 title during ARCA's Championship Weekend festivities at Toledo Speedway was very fitting. He earned his career first victory at Toledo Speedway in 1992 and is the track's all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner at Toledo with nine victories at the .5-mile track.
"The whole thing always seems to come back here to Toledo," said Kimmel. "My first race in ARCA ever was here at Toledo in a car fielded by Jack Wallace. My first win in ARCA came here at Toledo, and I have nine wins here. And of course, Toledo is special to ARCA as well since this is the series' hometown track. To be able to come back here to Toledo and celebrate a ninth championship is pretty special."
In addition to the 2007 championship, Kimmel is the 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion. He has been a top-ten points finisher the past 16 consecutive ARCA RE/MAX Series seasons and in 349 career starts since 1990, Kimmel has 207 top-5 finishes and 258 top-10s, more than any other active driver in both categories.
Kimmel and the Tri State Motorsports Team will formally accept the 2007 Championship at the ARCA RE/MAX Series National Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 8th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. The event is open to the public and tickets are available by calling the ARCA Home Office at (734) 847-6726.