Kimmel Racing 2009 awards banquet preview

Kimmel Racing Prepares to Celebrate 2009 Season at ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet CORNELIUS, N.C. (December 4, 2009) -- After completing another successful season in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition, veteran driver...

Kimmel Racing Prepares to Celebrate 2009 Season at ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet

CORNELIUS, N.C. (December 4, 2009) -- After completing another successful season in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition, veteran driver Frank Kimmel, along with the Kimmel Racing team, will celebrate their year during this Saturday's Championship Awards Banquet. The event, which is being held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky, will be hosted by SPEED Channel commentator Phil Parsons.

"I've always really enjoyed the banquet, whether we are celebrating a championship or just a good, solid year, it's nice to get together with our extended ARCA family," said Kimmel. "Even though everyone races hard throughout the year and were all competitive in our own right, we are still very much a family so the folks from ARCA are an important part of our lives."

Kimmel will be joined in festivity by his brother and crew chief Bill Kimmel Jr. as well as the entire Kimmel Racing organization and their families.

"For Kimmel Racing, we've always believed that the whole team should be at the banquet and we encourage them to bring their families because it shows them how much we appreciate their hard work throughout the year and all the sacrifices they make to travel across the country for 20 plus race weekends."

The 2009 season included some great highlights for the No. 44 Ansell/Menards team. Kimmel rounded out the season in third place in the championship standings with eight top-fives and 14 top-ten finishes. In addition, Kimmel led 96 laps throughout the season, including passing his career 10,000th lap led mark during his time at the front of the field during the race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

While Kimmel did not record a win, the team's consistent presence in the top-ten made the No. 44 Ford Fusion a force to be reckoned with each week throughout the season. It was, however, the first year since 1998 that Kimmel didn't visit victory lane. In fact, Kimmel had recorded at least three wins each year during the previous ten seasons of ARCA competition -- a standing the team hopes to return to in 2010.

"Looking ahead to 2010, I think that we can really expect to get back to the level of success we had in past years by building on our performance in the last race of the 2009 season at Rockingham," said Kimmel Jr. "At Rockingham, we went back to some of the things we were doing in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and it really seemed to work for us. The biggest thing was that the guys back at the shop had more input in the car's set up so we really had a collective team effort.

"If we're going to return to the level of success we had during our banner years in the sport, it all begins at the shop with the crew members having a lot of input into what we bring to the track so that's the biggest thing I plan to focus on in 2010."

While the team is happy to look back on its first year having both Ansell and Menards as primary sponsors, they are enthusiastic about the future. The upcoming season will include a 20-race schedule of competitive racing action at a diverse array of tracks.

"The 2010 schedule is going to be really interesting," said Frank Kimmel. "Road course racing is always a challenge so I'm looking forward to that race in South Florida and I'm looking forward to the old standard racetracks like Toledo and Salem. And it will be great to get back to Texas, although I did feel a bit of disappointment over losing the Kentucky dates but we had expected it and hope that we can get back there in the future because that was always a good track for us."

The 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series awards banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday night. In addition, the annual ARCA RE/MAX Series press conference will precede the banquet at 2 p.m. and will include several key announcements related to the series and teams.

-credit: kr

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