SPARTA, KY - May 12, 2001 - Frank Kimmel won for the third week in a row on the ARCA RE/MAX Series by claiming the Kentucky 150 Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native started in front of the pack after claiming his fourth...
SPARTA, KY - May 12, 2001 - Frank Kimmel won for the third week in a row on the ARCA RE/MAX Series by claiming the Kentucky 150 Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native started in front of the pack after claiming his fourth Old Milwaukee Pole Award of the season on Friday.
"This was a pretty emotional win for us," Kimmel said. "We consider this to be one of our home tracks."
Kimmel led all but four of the 100 laps on Saturday in his Advance Auto Parts-Pork White Meat Ford Taurus. After his only pit stop of the day under yellow on Lap 43, he was sixth at the restart on Lap 48. He regained the lead on the first lap under green.
"We knew that on new tires we would be better than before," Kimmel said. "As we came out of the caution, everything broke the right way."
Kimmel, the series points leader, picked up the win with an average speed of 115.016 mph. He won despite losing his power steering on Lap 27.
"Thank goodness the race went the way it did," Kimmel said. "There were a few bumps on the racetrack, and without the power steering, they seemed to get bigger."
The top three spots were the same at the end of the race as they were at the start. Tim Steele, the winner of the inaugural ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway, finished second by 1.665 seconds. Mike Swaim, Jr., came in third, Philip Kranefuss placed fourth and Willie Green rounded out the Top 5.
"We changed a couple things on the car after Happy Hour yesterday because we were a lot tighter than we wanted to be," Steele said. "The track had more grip today because it was cooler and the clouds were out."
The next racing at Kentucky Speedway will take place on June 15 and 16. Friday night will feature NASCAR Busch Series qualifying on Lexington Herald Leader Pole Night and a 100-mile NASCAR Gatorade ALL-PRO Series event. On Saturday, the NASCAR Busch Series inaugural "Outback Steakhouse 300" begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series.
Tickets for all the action at Kentucky Speedway are available by calling 1-888-652-RACE, online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com, in person at the speedway office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or at major retail outlets of Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play It Again Sports stores.
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