Chicagoland: Frank Kimmel race report

Kimmel Racing Earns Top-Five Finish in Ansell Cut Protection 150 JOLIET, I.L. (August 29, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the entire Kimmel Racing team represented Ansell well both on track and off track during this weekend's Ansell Cut Protection 150...

Kimmel Racing Earns Top-Five Finish in Ansell Cut Protection 150

JOLIET, I.L. (August 29, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the entire Kimmel Racing team represented Ansell well both on track and off track during this weekend's Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

"It was another good, solid finish for this Ansell / Menards team," said Kimmel after Friday night's race. "A top-5 is a hard fought finish in this series and especially this year when the competition is really strong.

Kimmel participated in an array of activities on behalf of his sponsors outside of the race track, including an appearance at the local Menards store as well as visits to both Ansell's display area and its hospitality tent.

"Overall, it was a great few days at the track and I feel like we put on a strong showing for the contingent of Ansell folks on hand for their race," said Kimmel of the 200 plus group in attendance for the race. "It's really an honor to race for a company as supportive as Ansell and this has been a great season so far and we look forward to representing them long into the future."

The No. 44 Ansell / Menards Ford Fusion lined up seventh for the 100-lap event, but the first caution flag flew early and Kimmel was shown in sixth place on lap 2. The field went back to green and Kimmel hung tough in sixth place but made swift work of the No. 81 car, taking over the fifth spot on lap six.

The No. 44 car, carrying an on board in car camera for SPEED's television coverage, continued to ride in the fifth spot through lap 20 when Kimmel claimed the fourth spot. When the caution flag flew on lap 35, Kimmel pit for four tires and fuel. Despite reporting the car was just a bit snug, Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. made the call for no adjustments and radioed his driver that a different set of tires may be all he needed to get the car handling better during the next run.

Kimmel's over-the-wall crew picked him up two spots on pit road but a rough restart on lap 39 relegated Kimmel back to fifth spot. The veteran driver reclaimed the fourth spot on lap 47 before settling in for an extended caution period that brought the field through to the halfway point of the race. On lap 54, Kimmel lost a multi-car heated battle for position, which relegated the driver to the eighth position when the caution flag flew on lap 56.

Kimmel battled back to sixth place by lap 67. With his usual veteran finesse, Kimmel's lap times during the green flag run which ensued, allowed the No. 44 car to stay in the mix of the lead pack of cars.

On lap 70, Kimmel claimed a spot in the top-five when he passed the No. 11 car for position and seven laps later he took the fourth spot from the race pole sitter Brian Ickler.

The caution flag flew on lap 80 setting up for interesting race strategy. While team calculations said the No. 44 car could go the distance on fuel, the question remained as to who would pit for tires. With the leaders remaining on the track, Kimmel stayed out as well. The field went back to green on lap 85, with only 15 laps to go. Kimmel lost one position on the restart but hung in fifth place before losing two more positions in the final 10 laps.

Kimmel's fifth place finish at Chicagoland Speedway marked the driver's fourth top-five finish of the season and his ninth top-ten. With only six races to go in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Kimmel and his Ansell/Menards backed team will work towards win number one of the season beginning next week Friday at Toledo Speedway.

-credit: kr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Brian Ickler