DuQuoin: Frank Kimmel race report

Magic Mile Not So Magical for Kimmel at DuQuoin Brake Problem and Wreck Lead to a 15th-Place Finish on the Dirt DuQuoin, ILL (September 7, 2010) - Dirt track racing is supposed to be where Frank Kimmel shines. Normally an ARCA Racing Series ...

Magic Mile Not So Magical for Kimmel at DuQuoin
Brake Problem and Wreck Lead to a 15th-Place Finish on the Dirt

DuQuoin, ILL (September 7, 2010) - Dirt track racing is supposed to be where Frank Kimmel shines. Normally an ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards visit to the dirt track means Kimmel is in victory lane or battling for a win. This season, if it weren't for bad luck the Ansell/Menards team would have no luck at all on the dirt. After a turn two wreck while leading in Springfield two weeks ago, Kimmel and team came to DuQuoin looking for revenge. Unfortunately, bad luck bit the Ansell/Menards team yet again in Monday afternoon's Southern Illinois 100 when a brake problem led to Kimmel's No. 44 getting in the wall, spinning and losing a lap. The team was able to get the lap back and rebound to score a 15th-place finish. The finish put Kimmel fourth in points, 50 behind leaders Patrick Sheltra and Tom Hessert with four races remaining in the 2010 season.

It was another busy day for the stars of the ARCA Racing Series as the gates opened for the Southern Illinois 100 at 5:30 a.m. With a one-hour practice session, qualifying and the drop of the green flag all before 1:00 p.m., the teams kept busy working on and preparing their machines all morning.

After posting the sixth-fastest time in practice and qualifying eighth, the Ansell/Menards team had a lot of confidence in their No. 44 Ford Fusion. When the green flag dropped for the start of the Southern Illinois 100, Kimmel wasted no time in proving the strength of his Ford. It took only 15 laps for him to move his Ansell/Menards Ford into the top-five.

When the yellow flag came out on lap 19, Kimmel relinquished his top-five position to come down pit road and top his car off on fuel. Returning to the track in 22nd position, Kimmel took the restart on lap 22. It was during this green-flag run that the day turned upside down for the Ansell/Menards team.

It took only three laps for Kimmel to bring his Ford up nine positions to 13th, but on lap 26 as he was going into turns one and two the brake pedal went to the floor and the No. 44 hit the wall hard. Kimmel received damage to the right side and rear of his Ford Fusion, but was still able to continue on. With a smoking right rear tire and no brakes, Kimmel continued on in green-flag conditions, but only three laps later he spun out, losing a lap and bringing out the yellow flag.

Kimmel brought his Ansell/Menards Ford to the attention of his team on lap 30, and they quickly got to work trying to repair the damage and changing tires. While stopped on pit road, Kimmel reported that he smelled brake fluid and that he couldn't stop. When he pushed on the brake pedal it went to the floor.

When the field restarted on lap 34, Kimmel was running 24th one lap down to the leaders. Just trying to hang on to his damaged Ansell/Menards Ford Kimmel maintained position throughout the next 34 laps until he finally earned the lucky dog award during a lap 68 caution. The lucky dog allowed Kimmel to get back on the lead lap.

For the final 34 laps Kimmel held on to his Ford Fusion, still fighting the handling of his machine while having no brakes. He was able to move forward to the 15th position when the checkered flag waved on lap 100.

Kimmel will look to rebound at the place where he scored his last victory, Toledo Speedway, on Sunday, September 12 in the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200.

-source: kimmel racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Tom Hessert , Patrick Sheltra