Michigan: Frank Kimmel preview

Kimmel Racing Heads to Michigan -- a 'Save Big Money' Market and Home of One of Kimmel's Favorite Racetracks CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 9, 2009) -- After a busy weekend at Pocono, where nearly 150 guests were in attendance at the track, the team...

Kimmel Racing Heads to Michigan -- a 'Save Big Money' Market and Home of One of Kimmel's Favorite Racetracks

CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 9, 2009) -- After a busy weekend at Pocono, where nearly 150 guests were in attendance at the track, the team turns its attention to Michigan International Speedway and Friday's Racing For Wildlife 200. Within 100 miles of the race track, Kimmel Racing fans can visit one of four Menards locations - Lansing West, Lansing South, Battle Creek and Jackson.

"It's great to race near the Menards locations because we can tell our fans to go on in and check out the stores," said Kimmel. "I took my wife to Menards for the first time a few weeks ago and she was really impressed with the selection and especially with the Ansell glove display!"

Kimmel's goals for on track activity at Michigan are based on his season to date success at the intermediate tracks.

"For this weekend, we need to continue to improve on our intermediate track program," reasoned Kimmel. "We ran really well at Kentucky and that should mean we'll have a good chance for success this weekend. We just want to go to Michigan and be competitive and finish the best we can. Our ultimate goal would be to get a win in front of the Michigan crowd but a top-five finish is always good for us."

Kimmel is a two-time Michigan winner, who will be making his 22nd career start at Michigan since 1992. Kimmel's wins came in 1998 and 2005 making him the only repeat winner at Michigan in the last 14 events.

"Michigan is actually one of my favorite tracks," added Kimmel. "I don't know how they've paved the track over the years, but the surface has stayed smooth and if your car is not good on the bottom you can move up and try different lines which make for a really competitive race."

After completing a one day test two weeks ago, the team decided to bring chassis #440 back for this weekend's event. It was last raced at Kentucky Speedway where the No. 44 Ansell/Menards team finished fifth.

"Our game plan all along was to bring this particular car to Michigan," said Kimmel. "We tested a different car at Michigan with plans to get it ready for Pocono and because of the quick turnaround after Pocono it was best for the guys to have two cars ready to go last week. That's why we're taking our Kentucky car back to Michigan for the race."

Kimmel's Crew Chief Bill Kimmel has always been a fan of the racing action at Michigan and expects the team to better their intermediate track with a strong finish this weekend.

"The key to winning races is turning in the middle," said Bill Kimmel. "That's going to be our main focus during practice. The mid turn speed is where it's at right now and we need to keep the car from getting tight on longer runs. I believe the driver who can get the car too turn all day is going to be the one to beat and we're going to do our best to make sure that driver is Frank Kimmel."

The team enjoys its trip to Michigan for reasons beyond the great racing at MIS. For the past 10 years, the group has been staying at the house of Estella Roberts, a local woman who really roles out the red carpet for the team.

"Staying at Stella's is really a neat deal," said Kimmel. "We've had up to 18 guys stay at her house in one night. She has a swimming pool so all the guys will have some fun and she makes dinner for all of us after a long day at the track. It's fun for all of us to unwind at her house because she makes us feel right at home like family."

-credit: kr

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