Kentucky II: Frank Kimmel preview

Kimmel Racing Bound for Kentucky Speedway; Team Looking for Win ...

Kimmel Racing Bound for Kentucky Speedway; Team Looking for Win #1 in 2009

CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 15, 2009) -- Kimmel Racing returns to Kentucky Speedway with high expectations for success during this weekend's Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.

"We look to be more competitive this weekend at Kentucky than we were there in the spring when we finished fifth," said Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion. "We got pretty close at Iowa where we could actually race with the top three or four cars and that's what we need to keep improving on as an organization. This weekend, however, we expect to be there battling hard and ideally we'll lead our first laps of the season and contend for the win."

Heading into the weekend, the team has two main factors in their favor -- a top-five run in the first race of the season at Kentucky Speedway and a solid test at the track last week.

"What we learned at the test will definitely help us this weekend," explained Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr.

The team worked on getting the car handling through the center of the corner, a handling characteristic Kimmel Jr.' says they have fought all year.

"We got the car turning really good in the center of the corner," added Bill Kimmel Jr. "Kentucky has been a great racetrack for Frank and we've got momentum in our favor so hopefully we can get that win we've been looking for, or at least be in the mix for it, until the end."

Kimmel, a four-time Kentucky winner, has not won at the track since 2005. As a veteran of the series, Kimmel expects this race to be one of the fastest races run in the series in many years.

"Kentucky has really gotten so fast, for whatever reason, and we have so much more grip," explained the nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion. "The cars are getting better and we have more power so I expect this race on Saturday to be really fast. If it's an overcast day for qualifying, I don't doubt that someone could run in the 29 second bracket, which is pretty much flying around Kentucky."

Kimmel Racing will unload one of their favorite chassis for this weekend's event, "The Biff". This is the same car Kimmel raced to a seventh place finish last week at Iowa Speedway.

"I think after testing "The Biff" at Kentucky, then bringing it to Iowa and now bringing it back to Kentucky is a definite plus for us," reasoned Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. "First off, Frank is comfortable with it. Secondly, our lap speeds at Iowa were better than they were last year and the lap speeds at the Kentucky test were better than they were in the past. We're definitely making small steps in the right direction."

"But we still need to take a few more steps in that direction towards finding speed throughout the race. On long runs we really catch the leaders but we need to be better from the drop of the green flag if we want to win races this year."

Saturday night's Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150, which follows the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, will air live on SPEED Channel beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. In addition, ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live audio streams of all the on-track activity at Kentucky Speedway.

-credit: kr

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