Kimmel to Drive for Spencer at Michigan

ARCA point leader Kimmel to spell Spencer STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 12, 1998) Travis Carter, owner of the No. 23 Team Winston No Bull Ford Taurus, announced today that Automobile Racing Club of America Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series point leader Frank...

ARCA point leader Kimmel to spell Spencer

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 12, 1998) Travis Carter, owner of the No. 23 Team Winston No Bull Ford Taurus, announced today that Automobile Racing Club of America Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series point leader Frank Kimmel will serve as relief driver for Jimmy Spencer in Sunday's Pepsi 400 presented by DeVilbiss at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn.

Kimmel, of Jeffersonville, Ind., won the Michigan ARCA 200 -- a companion event to the Miller Lite 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race -- at MS on June 13 and is the division's point leader. Kimmel has seven wins, 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 ARCA starts this season. He has 12 career victories and 94 top-10s in 139 career ARCA starts.

"We selected Frank Kimmel because we've seen him race this season on the ARCA series and he seems to be doing a great job," Carter said. "He's driven on a lot of the same tracks in ARCA as we have in Winston Cup. He's won a good deal of races -- he won the race at Michigan earlier this season -- and since he's about the same size as Jimmy, he's a natural fit."

Spencer, who is currently ranked 11th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings, is still experiencing problems with headaches as a result of a concussion he received in a lap 155 accident in the Aug. 1 Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Spencer ran only three laps in practice last weekend at the Bud at The Glen at Watkins Glen International and was spelled in the race and in qualifying NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Boris Said. Said qualified the Team Winston Ford fifth and finished 20th after relieving Spencer on lap 11 of the 90-lap event.

"We did pretty good last week with getting Jimmy out of the car and Boris in the car," said Carter, who added that he had yet to make an exact determination of who would drive when at Michigan. "We were lucky and had an early caution. We didn't want to have to keep Jimmy in the car any longer than we had to. It could be a little tougher this week because Michigan is a track that doesn't create a lot of cautions normally. If that's the case Sunday, then things could be a lot more difficult."

A decision regarding which driver will attempt to qualify the Team Winston Ford on Friday in Bud Pole Award Qualifying is expected to be made by Carter later in the week.

At Watkins Glen last weekend, Spencer said he was scheduled to meet with Charlotte, N.C., neurologist Dr. Jerry Petty to review his medical condition some time in the middle of this week.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series ARCA , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Jimmy Spencer , Frank Kimmel