Frank Kimmel Seeking Dirt Track Revenge in DuQuoin Looking for First Win of Season at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 2, 2010) - DuQuoin's one-mile dirt oval is no ordinary racetrack, known as the "magic mile," it is a ...
Frank Kimmel Seeking Dirt Track Revenge in DuQuoin
Looking for First Win of Season at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 2, 2010) - DuQuoin's one-mile dirt oval is no ordinary racetrack, known as the "magic mile," it is a place filled with rich racing history. Boasting an impressive list of racing legends among its former winners, the DuQuoin dirt mile's list of champions include names such as Jerry Unser, Fred Lorenzen, AJ Foyt, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel. A win at the magic mile means your name is among some of the greatest in auto racing history. As ARCA's king of dirt track racing, Kimmel looks to add his name to the winner's list for a sixth time at the storied track in Monday afternoon's Labor Day classic, the Southern Illinois 100.
When Kimmel and his Ansell/Menards team roll into DuQuoin's "magic mile" Monday morning, they are looking for more than just a solid finish. They are looking to make up for what could have been in the dirt at Springfield, when they watched a potential win slip through their gloves in a turn two wreck. They are looking to retake the points lead in their battle for a 10th ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards championship, and they are looking to get Kimmel Racing back into victory lane after a two year hiatus, the longest since Kimmel captured his first-career ARCA victory at Toledo in 1993.
While Kimmel is certainly one of the favorites heading into DuQuoin, the Ansell/Menards team will have to race without their favorite dirt track car, "The Don." After the wreck at Springfield only two weeks ago, Kimmel and team were not able to repair "The Don" and are coming to the DuQuoin Fairgrounds with a different car.
"I am pretty optimistic about our car for DuQuoin," said Kimmel. "The car, No. 249, is a really good racecar. It actually scales out better; the weight is distributed a little bit better on this car than it is on The Don. We have used this car at Salem and Toledo this year, and it ran really well at both places. It's a good racecar. I don't think we'll have any issues with it. We are coming with a little bit of a different setup than we have in the past, just because of the way the track has been here in recent years. I'm pretty optimistic that we'll run really well."
With five wins, 11 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in his last 14 races at DuQuoin, Kimmel boasts one of the most prolific records at the magic mile. He will look to add to that record on Monday, September 6 in the Southern Illinois 500 presented by Federated Car Care. ARCA Racing Series practice is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. CDT (10:00-11:00 EST), followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 11:00 a.m. The green flag is set to drop on the stars of the ARCA Racing Series at 1:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. EST) with live audio and timing and scoring featured on ARCARacing.com.
In anticipation of his 10th Championship, Frank Kimmel gives a look at his "Top 10" before each ARCA Racing Series event. Boasting one of the most illustrious dirt track records in ARCA Racing Series history, Kimmel is not short on stories when it comes to racing on the dirt. This week Kimmel takes a look at his favorite dirt track moments throughout his ARCA Racing Series career.
10. 2001- Tony Stewart drove one our backup cars at DuQuoin, and I beat him by a car length for the win.
9. 2002- Tony Stewart drove one of Andy Petree's cars at DuQuoin. We battled side by side for the lead for over 20 laps. I ended up edging out Stewart by a fender. Both Tony and I went on to win our series championships.
7. 2008- We won both Springfield and DuQuoin this year, while earning our first wins for Kimmel Racing.
8. 1998- We won at the 5/8 mile West Virginia Motor Speedway in Parkersburg, W.V. by lapping the entire field.
6. 2008- Broke the track record at Springfield
5. 1999- I wound up on the driver's side in the hay bales between turns one and two while racing Bill Baird for the lead. We ended up pushing the car back on its wheels and finishing the race.
4. 2003- We fought an overheating issue with the car and were still able to challenge Tony Stewart, who drove his own car, for the lead late in the race. We ended up finishing fifth.
3. 2000- I won my first one-mile dirt race at Springfield.
2. 2001- I won my first pole on the dirt at Springfield. We ended up winning the race as well.
1. 2008- Prior to the race at DuQuoin, Patrick Sheltra and I made a pact that if either one of us won we would both jump in the infield lake. I won and Patrick finished second- we both went for a swim in the lake.
This Week's Ford: Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., has chosen to bring chassis No. 249, 'Yorkie II" to DuQuoin. This chassis was used to finish eighth at Salem and fourth at Toledo earlier this season.
Meet Kimmel at Menards: Fans in the Southern Illinois area will have the chance to meet Frank Kimmel and see the car he will be driving in Monday afternoon's Southern Illinois 100 on Sunday, September 5th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. CDT at the Menards store in Marion, Ill.
Kimmel on Battling for a 10th Championship:
"It doesn't change the way we come to race at all. I've told a lot of people this year that it is better to be 500 or 600 points ahead, but if not, this is a pretty cool way that the points are going right now. You really can't think about the points, you have to go out and race every single lap as hard as you can run, because all the other guys are doing that same thing. The next five races the guy who is the most consistent and runs the fastest is the guy that is going to win the points. We have got to be the fastest car every week, lead some laps and hopefully get us some wins."
-source: kimmel racing