KIMMEL LOOKS FOR WIN AT MICHIGAN: STEERING TOWARD RECORD-SETTING 7th ARCA RE/MAX SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP BROOKLYN MI (8-3-05) -- As the current ARCA RE/MAX Series point leader and a six-time defending champion, Frank Kimmel is used to success in...
KIMMEL LOOKS FOR WIN AT MICHIGAN: STEERING TOWARD RECORD-SETTING 7th ARCA RE/MAX SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
BROOKLYN MI (8-3-05) -- As the current ARCA RE/MAX Series point leader and a six-time defending champion, Frank Kimmel is used to success in auto racing.
The Indiana native has two career wins at Michigan International Speedway. For any driver, that would be pretty good: For Kimmel, however, it's not enough.
With three career finishes at MIS of 30th or worse, Kimmel's stats package at MIS has been pretty spotty. He finished 10th there in 2004, 3rd in '03 and 32nd in '02. In 2001, Kimmel finished 30th in June and 2nd in July. He finished 13th in '00, 8th in '99, 4th in '97, 7th in '95, 3rd in '94, 2nd in '93 and 34th in '92.
But Kimmel, who has always managed to succeed on the track, has stepped up his program at MIS, winning at the 2.0-mile speedway this past June.
In fact, one could say that the road to reversing his luck at Michigan Int'l Speedway first began last June, when, with a healthy mix of Cup flavor and a rock-solid lineup of series regulars, Kimmel, in the end, led the most laps and had nary a challenger.
Kimmel, in Larry Clement's Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, passed Ken Weaver with 13 laps remaining and drove away from the competition to win the Hantz Group 200.
"The Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford was really good all week," said Kimmel from victory lane in June. "The guys gave us great pit stops. The car just worked so well. Sometimes I feel like the luckiest guy on earth, racing for a living with a bunch like this."
Kimmel also won the 1998 event here at MIS and would love to sweep both 2005 events.
"We definitely want to win," said Kimmel from his shop. "Michigan's always a fun place to go back and run. We feel very confident."
But if Kimmel is to find victory lane again here at Michigan Int'l Speedway, he will need to out race a full field of ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors eager to compete at the series' hometown superspeedway. The June race saw a stellar 55 entries compete for 41 starting positions. Expected entries for the August event include Rookie of the Year contenders Joey Miller, Chad McCumbee, David Ragan and Johnny Leonard.
The August race card at MIS is sure to be full, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series all scheduled to compete. To add to the hectic schedule, the ARCA RE/MAX Series teams are scheduled to race on the Springfield, Illinois mile-dirt two days later on Sunday, August 21.
ARCA RE/MAX Series registration and technical inspection for the Hantz Group 200 is scheduled for Wednesday, with a practice session and Pork Pole Qualifying set for Thursday. The Hantz Group 200 at MIS is scheduled for 5:15 pm on Friday. The event will be telecast live on the Speed Channel.
For up-to-date information on the Hantz Group 200, check out the official ARCA website at www.arcaracing.com. Tickets to the ARCA RE/MAX Series event, as well as both NASCAR events and the entire MIS season are available at the MIS website at www.misspeedway.com/tickets.