Frank Kimmel Ready for Return to Racing Roots: Short-Track Racing Looks to continue points climb at Berlin Raceway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 5, 2010) - If there is one type of racetrack Frank Kimmel looks forward to most on the ARCA Racing...
Frank Kimmel Ready for Return to Racing Roots: Short-Track Racing
Looks to continue points climb at Berlin Raceway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 5, 2010) - If there is one type of racetrack Frank Kimmel looks forward to most on the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule, it is definitely a short track. Short-track racing paved the way for both Frank Kimmel and his brother and crew chief Bill Kimmel Jr., and that shows when you look at their impressive record at Berlin Raceway. At only 0.44-miles in length, Berlin Raceway is the shortest track the ARCA Racing Series competes on, and a track that Kimmel has highlighted on the schedule. He looks to add to his impressive record at Berlin Raceway Saturday night under the lights in the Berlin ARCA 200.
"Berlin is a short track; it's where Bill and I come from," explained nine-time champion, Frank Kimmel. "I just love short-track racing.That kind of track is closer to home; it's what we grew up on. We just seem to understand Berlin, and we have had a lot of success there."
To say that Kimmel has a lot of success at Berlin Raceway is an understatement. In 11 starts at the 0.44-mile track, Kimmel has only finished outside the top-five twice, while earning nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He comes to the track as the leading winner with three wins (1999, 2003, 2004) and one pole (2001).
Kimmel is looking to build off his past Berlin success with another strong run in order to continue his points climb. Looking for a record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series Championship, Kimmel has closed within 70 markers of leader Justin Marks and knows what he needs to do to close that gap.
"We need to continue doing what we have been doing," said Kimmel. "We qualified really well at Pocono, which was our first pole in a couple years. We got beat by a couple guys that are ahead of us in points in the race but still gained points on the leaders. That just shows qualifying well is going to be very important. We also need to keep out of trouble. Last year, we had a third-place finish going at Berlin and got spun by a lapped car coming to the white flag, so it's never really over until it's over. We are just going to keep doing what we do best and that is to finish races and get the best finish we can."
The ARCA Racing Series is set to hit the track at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, August 7.
On a Roll: Frank Kimmel enters this week's race at Berlin sitting third in points after earning the pole and a seventh-place finish at Pocono Raceway. The top-10 finish at Pocono was Kimmel's sixth in a row.
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