Kimmel Racing Looking Forward to Tomorrow's Test at Kentucky Speedway CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 28, 2009) -- On the heels of the team's first top-five finish of the season, Kimmel Racing heads to Sparta, Kentucky for a one-day open test at ...
Kimmel Racing Looking Forward to Tomorrow's Test at Kentucky Speedway
CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 28, 2009) -- On the heels of the team's first top-five finish of the season, Kimmel Racing heads to Sparta, Kentucky for a one-day open test at Kentucky Speedway.
"This test is a great opportunity for this team," said Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. "If we can continue to work on our all around program both on race weekends as well as during the week, then I think we'll see a continued improvement in our performance."
Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion, is especially looking forward to returning to the race track following a solid run at Talladega Superspeedway where the team recorded its first top-five finish of the season.
"Our performance is definitely on the upward swing," said Kimmel. "Last weekend's fifth place finish gave us some real momentum heading into the next stretch of races. To be able to test this week at Kentucky Speedway will definitely enhance our program when we get there next weekend."
Despite his status as the series' veteran driver and nine championships to boot, Kimmel still sees the value in testing.
"Being able to test at a track a week to ten days before you race there definitely shortens your "get up to speed time" at the track," said Kimmel.
"When you return to the track following a test, you're ready to go fast off the truck and you know what to expect from track conditions."
The ability to rehearse before the big show is especially useful at a track like Kentucky Speedway where the sometimes harsh Kentucky winters can wreak havoc on the racing surface.
"Kentucky is a track that roughens up during the winter so there's usually some surprises in the form of bumps which is different than other tracks," explained Kimmel. "To see where those are and how to navigate the track gives us a definite boost heading into the race weekend."
Kimmel's brother/crew chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., see's value in testing on a completely different level.
"There's minimal pressure at a test," said Bill Kimmel Jr. "There's still that desire to go there and be fast but it's just a more relaxed day for everyone where we can shake the car down and work on some things that will help us evaluate what's best for a set up off the truck come race day."
The team will test with car #440 which they have fondly named "The Biff" as it came from the Roush Racing stable of cars and was once driven by NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle.