Iowa: Frank Kimmel preview

Kimmel Racing Looks to Iowa Speedway for Big Weekend in Front of a Big Crowd of Supporters CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 8, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the entire Kimmel Racing crew will have the support of 150 Ansell guests during this weekend's...

Kimmel Racing Looks to Iowa Speedway for Big Weekend in Front of a Big Crowd of Supporters

CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 8, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the entire Kimmel Racing crew will have the support of 150 Ansell guests during this weekend's Prairie Meadows 250 at Iowa Speedway. As a former winner at the track, Kimmel expects this weekend to be a great opportunity for the team to continue its championship battle.

"To go to Iowa, run well and contend for the win in front of our big group of Ansell guests, would be a huge step towards Kimmel Racing accomplishing our goals," said Kimmel. "Even though there have been signs of our strength as an organization, the fact that we haven't led a lap this year is definitely weighing on my mind. Without a doubt, we're going to Iowa to turn our season around."

As a former winner, Kimmel looks back on that Iowa victory knowing it was a turning point of his 2007 season.

"Winning at Iowa Speedway in 2007 was a tremendous achievement for our team," said Kimmel. "Not only was it our first win of the year, but it definitely helped us rally through the second half of the season as a stronger organization in a battle for the championship."

Kimmel, who arrives in Newton, Iowa as the third place driver in the championship standings, would like nothing more than to record his first win of the year in the Prairie Meadows 200. In addition to his contingent of family and friends, Kimmel will have more than 150 guests representing Ansell on hand to cheer him on to victory.

"We always want to put on a good show for the fans, but with such a large group of Ansell guests in attendance, it would be even more special to get that first win of the year and to be one step closer to topping the all time win record."

With 74 career victories, Kimmel is currently second on the all time win list. His sights have been set on Iggy Katona, who holds the record with 79 victories, and a win at Iowa would be the first step towards achieving this goal.

"Iowa is really a neat little race track," said Kimmel. "The track has progressive banking which means you can run on the bottom of the race track but you can also move up if you need to so there's a lot of room for good side by side action."

The team tested earlier this week at Kentucky Speedway, where they were able to do some preparations for Iowa, as well.

"What we learned at Kentucky definitely rolls right over to Iowa," explained Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. "The shape and size may be different but they drive similar in a lot of ways."

The team worked on getting the car handling through the center of the corner, a handling characteristic that is a necessity at both Kentucky and Iowa Speedway.

"We got the car turning really good in the center of the corner," added Bill Kimmel Jr. "Iowa has been a great racetrack for Frank and we really want to run well in front of all our fans and supporters during the race on Saturday."

In addition to working on the handling of the racecars, the driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion also selected which car to bring to Iowa based on his findings at Kentucky.

"We're taking 'the Biff' over car #340," explained Kimmel. "I just felt more comfortable with it and it was consistently two or three tenths faster than the other car we tested. We'll make a few changes to adjust to Iowa, which is a shorter track, but it's a small little track that acts like a speedway so we'll definitely be able to pull from what we learned at the Kentucky test."

As for weekend expectations, Frank Kimmel's response is often simple and to the point.

"We've been successful at Iowa before and I expect for us to be successful again this weekend," said Kimmel.

Practice at Iowa Speedway begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Prairie Meadows 200 takes the green flag at 8 p.m. Eastern. The event will not be televised, but flag-to-flag coverage will broadcast live through the ARCA Racing Network at arcaracing.com.

-credit: kr

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