Kimmel Racing Turns in Top-10 Performance at Mansfield MANSFIELD, OH (June. 21, 2009) -- Kimmel Racing turned in a top-10 performance during last night's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Kimmel's ninth place...
Kimmel Racing Turns in Top-10 Performance at Mansfield
MANSFIELD, OH (June. 21, 2009) -- Kimmel Racing turned in a top-10 performance during last night's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Kimmel's ninth place finish allows the driver to remain in third place in ARCA RE/MAX Series driver's championship standings.
Earlier in the afternoon, Frank Kimmel qualified his Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion in 14th place for the inaugural ARCA race at Mansfield Motorsports Park. The field took the green flag under a sunny Ohio sky and Kimmel immediately went to work on the cars in front of him as he battled towards the top-10.
By lap 10, Kimmel was knocking on the door in 11th place making various lines around the race track work to help him improve his position. He made the move for 10th place on lap 18. The No. 44 team was up to ninth place on lap 46 when Crew Chief Bill Kimmel called his driver down pit road for two tires, fuel and adjustments. The team performed a fast stop, although Kimmel was one of only several drivers who elected to pit so he restarted the race in 14th position on lap 54.
Within three laps Kimmel had put on an impressive show having gained six spots. The No. 44 car was up to eighth place. When the caution flag flew on lap 60, Kimmel was shown in the seventh position and reported to the team that the car was turning better in the center of the corner.
The pit strategy played in the teams favor as the leaders would now have to pit and Kimmel restarted the race in third place on lap 72. On lap 116, the team made its second and final pit stop of the night, taking four tires and fuel, hoping the fresh tires would propel him back to the front of the field.
Kimmel would restart in 17th place with 80 laps to go in the scheduled 200 lap event. Kimmel immediately picked up several spots and was shown in the 10th position by lap 127.
After a lengthy caution on lap 130, Kimmel restarted the race in ninth place on lap 143.
On lap 169, Kimmel made a terrific pass for sixth place after a 25 lap battle for the position despite reporting concerns about his brakes. But when the field restarted, Kimmel's brakes became a bigger problem and the veteran driver lost four spots on the restart.
"Since this is the first time we've ever seen this track, I guess a ninth is a decent finish for us," said Kimmel. "We really got the car handling good there towards the middle to the end of the race and I thought we'd be sitting good with the fresher tires and maybe we'd have something for the top-five.
"Unfortunately, again for this team, we had an unforeseen problem and I guess with about 20 or 30 to go, the brakes just went away on us. We had no brake at all on that second to last restart. The pedal went right to the floor. I did the best I could to hang on to it in the closing laps."
Kimmel Racing will enjoy two weeks off before heading to Iowa Speedway for the Prairie Meadows 200 on July 11, 2009.