Kimmel Racing Looking Forward to Weekend at Berlin Raceway; Past Performance at Track Gives Team Confidence CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 22, 2009) -- Kimmel Racing heads north to Berlin Raceway for the running of Saturday's Wolverine Power Systems 200...
Kimmel Racing Looking Forward to Weekend at Berlin Raceway; Past Performance at Track Gives Team Confidence
CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 22, 2009) -- Kimmel Racing heads north to Berlin Raceway for the running of Saturday's Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac.
"We know this is a great opportunity to battle for the win and lead some laps," said Kimmel. "If not a win, then a solid top-three finish is what we're looking for and we feel like we should be good. We're past half way and if we're going to start competing with the 77 and the 6 (teams) week in and week out and battle for wins, we need to stop talking about it and start doing it."
Kimmel has finished in the top-five at Berlin Raceway nine out of the last 10 times he raced at the .438 mile paved oval. This impressive track record is bolstered by three race wins and one pole award.
"Berlin has always been a good track for us. It's a short track, so it takes some of the aero and motor factoring out of the equation and it really comes back to the team that has the best set up in the car and has the best pit stops throughout the night."
Berlin's short straight-aways make the track feel almost circular, a perfect place to run the team's newly named chassis the "Yorkie", which was last run at Toledo Speedway where Kimmel ran in the top-five most of the day until a last lap incident relegated him to a 13th place finish.
"Since Toledo, we worked on some brake issues that we've had and we're thinking that will help us this weekend," explained Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. "Berlin is a momentum track and a lot of times, we find that the entrance into the turn is the most important point on the track to handle well at, especially into turn three because you build so much speed."
Kimmel Jr. added that the team acquired some new equipment that should help alleviate any previous issues had with the brakes.
"We've got new brake pads this week and that will be particularity helpful at this track," said Kimmel Jr. "We haven't got the finishes that we've wanted this year despite running strong. Realistically if things went our way in about three or four races this year, we could have been top-three at the end and that's what we expect for this weekend at Berlin. Our cars our getting better and we're hitting our mid-season stride so we should have a great weekend."
Practice for the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac at Berlin is scheduled from 2:30 -- 4p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 25th with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5p.m. The Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac is scheduled to begin at 8:30p.m. Saturday night.