Kimmel Claims 12th Top-10 of Season at Salem Speedway Races to a Ninth-Place Finish Under the Lights SALEM, Ind. (September 20, 2010) - Frank Kimmel ended a busy day at Salem Speedway with a top-10 finish in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA ...
Kimmel Claims 12th Top-10 of Season at Salem Speedway
Races to a Ninth-Place Finish Under the Lights
SALEM, Ind. (September 20, 2010) - Frank Kimmel ended a busy day at Salem Speedway with a top-10 finish in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic 200, earning his 12th top-10 finish of the 2010 season.. Kimmel, the hometown favorite, came to his home track with high hopes but battled the handling on his Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion en-route to a ninth-place finish.
The Ansell/Menards team brought the hometown crowd to their feet after setting the fastest time during Saturday afternoon's lone practice session. Kimmel circled the half-mile Salem Speedway in 17.443 seconds (114.545 mph), nearly one-tenth faster than the rest of the 33 car field.
Looking to backup his practice time, Kimmel set to the track during qualifying later in the afternoon. As the 32nd car to take the track, the nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion knew exactly what he needed to do. Kimmel paced the high-banked oval in a time of 17.319 seconds (115.364 mph), picking up more than one-tenth of a second from his practice time. The time was good enough to earn a fourth-place start for the drop of the green flag.
The green flag dropped signaling the start of 200 laps of short-track competition shortly after 7:00 p.m. EST. As the race got under way, Kimmel settled into the sixth position for the first 50 lap green-flag run. The yellow flag came out on lap 50 signaling the first caution of the night. During the caution Kimmel radioed to his Ansell/Menards team that the car was "bouncing really hard on the track, sometimes causing the brake pedal to go to the floor."
Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. took the opportunity to bring his driver down pit road on lap 53 for adjustments. The Ansell/Menards crew went to work on their Ford Fusion changing two tires, making a track bar adjustment and adding Fuel. After a quick stop Kimmel returned to the track in seventh position.
It took only one lap for Kimmel to motor his No. 44 machine back into the top-five after the lap 57 restart. Kimmel rode in the top-five for the next 43 laps, but was still fighting the handling of his car.
When the caution flag came out for a wreck on lap 105, Kimmel Jr called his driver down pit road for adjustments. Kimmel brought his Ansell/Menards machine in on lap 108, and the crew quickly went under the hood to make a shock adjustment, looking to help control the bouncing of their Ford Fusion.
The long stop relegated Kimmel to the 10th position for the lap 112 restart. With the leaders in fresh tires Kimmel did all he could to hold on to his Ford during the next 12-lap run. Luckily the yellow flag came out on lap 125 allowing Kimmel to bring his Ansell/Menards Ford back down pit road on lap 128 for four tires and fuel.
The green flag came back out restarting the field on lap 129, and Kimmel had some work to do as the last car on the lead lap in 11th position. It only took 15 laps for Kimmel to work through the field, climbing to the sixth position on lap 153. For the next 30 laps Kimmel staged a great four-car battle for fourth place with the No. 25 of Mikey Kile, Patrick Sheltra's No. 60 and the No. 32 of Justin Marks.
Unfortunately on lap 183 the handling of the Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion went south forcing Kimmel to hold on for the remaining 17 laps of the race. When the checkered flag flew on lap 200, Kimmel brought his Ford Fusion across the finish line in ninth place.
The finish allowed the Ansell/Menards team to hold on to their fourth position in the championship standings with only two races remaining on the schedule.
The ARCA Racing Series will take a much needed weekend off before heading to Kansas Speedway on Thursday, September 30th for the ARCA Kansas Lottery 150.
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