Frank Kimmel Claims Pole at Pocono Raceway Moves one step closer to record books with 42nd-career pole LONG POND, Penn. (July 30, 2010)- Frank Kimmel came to Pocono Raceway carrying momentum from his season-best finish last race at ...
Frank Kimmel Claims Pole at Pocono Raceway
Moves one step closer to record books with 42nd-career pole
LONG POND, Penn. (July 30, 2010)- Frank Kimmel came to Pocono Raceway carrying momentum from his season-best finish last race at Mansfield Motorsports Park. That momentum certainly isn't slowing down as Kimmel won his 42nd-career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell this afternoon. He also took one step closer to the history books as he now stands only one pole away from tying the record for most ARCA Racing Series poles of all-time.
As the 36th car to make his qualifying run, Kimmel knew what he had to do to put his Ansell/Menards Ford on the pole. Pacing the 2.5-mile triangle-shaped tack in a time of of 54.108 seconds (166.334 mph), Kimmel put his No. 44 on top of the leader board with a lap over one-tenth of a second faster than second place, Mikey Kile.
"I am really excited for the entire team and for our sponsors Ansell and Menards," said the nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion, Frank Kimmel. "It's been a long time since we have been on the pole and the car was worthy of doing it. It was really fast all day, and it was just up to me to do my job and get the best lap I could. Thank goodness it was good enough; I think we will have a great racecar and we will race them real hard. Hopefully we will come out of here with a win too."
Kimmel's 42nd-career pole marks his first pole award since August of 2008 when he won the pole at the Illinois State Fairground's dirt track in Springfield. It is also his first superspeedway pole since 2006 when he claimed the top-spot at Pocono Raceway.
Sitting on the pole at Pocono Raceway has proved to be lucky for Kimmel. The last two times he started from the top-spot he went on to claim the win. Kimmel looks to keep that streak alive in Saturday afternoon's Weis Markets 125.
Starting alongside Kimmel on the front row for the Weis Markets 125 is Mikey Kile. Craig Goes, Brandon McReynolds and Donny Lia round out the top-five.
-source: kimmel racing