Talladega: Frank Kimmel race report

Kimmel Earns a Come-From-Behind 11th-Place Finish at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 24, 2010) - Frank Kimmel overcame two pit road penalties and an equalized tire to score an 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in the Talladega ARCA...

Kimmel Earns a Come-From-Behind 11th-Place Finish at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 24, 2010) - Frank Kimmel overcame two pit road penalties and an equalized tire to score an 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in the Talladega ARCA 250 Friday afternoon.

Rookie driver, Dakota Armstrong led the 42-car field to the green flag for 250 miles of ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX andMenards action. Kimmel, who started 23rd after struggling to find speed in his No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion in qualifying, maintained his position in the field until bad luck struck only 13 laps into the 94-lap event.

Kimmel radioed to crew chief, Bill Kimmel Jr. that he had a bad vibration and was forced to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop on lap 13 to change four tires. Unfortunately, that was not the end of Kimmel's bad luck as he was caught for speeding on both entry and exit of pit road. The flat tire and penalties put Kimmel back to 33rd position, one lap down to the leaders.

It didn't take long for the Kimmel to get his No. 44 Ford Fusion back on the lead lap. He radioed to his Ansell/Menards team that the car was running pretty good, especially from the middle of the corners off, and was able to stay with the leaders to earn the lucky dog only 10 laps after the unscheduled stop put him a lap down.

"I am disappointed that we had a tire equalize at the start of the race," explained Kimmel Jr. "I think that getting the lucky dog went as well you could expect it to. It might have been the best thing that could have happened to us because it put us in the back, and we missed the big wreck that happened in front of us."

After receiving the lucky dog, Kimmel Jr. called his driver down pit road to top off on fuel and sent him back out on the track in 25th position. It didn't take long for Kimmel to power his Ansell/Menards Ford through the field, working his way to the sixth position in only 15 laps before being shuffled back to 20th just two laps later.

The melee began on lap 50, as an eight-car wreck occurred right in front of Kimmel. With some great driving, Kimmel barely squeezed through the wreck. "Our spotter, Tony Hirschman, and Frank did a pretty remarkable job missing that wreck," said crew chief Bill Kimmel Jr.

Kimmel brought his Ansell/Menards Ford down pit road for the final time, during the caution on lap 51. He took fuel only and went back to the track in sixth position. After the restart on lap 58, Kimmel quickly moved into the top-five and never looked back from there.

Kimmel remained in the top-five for the next 33 laps before the field started getting racy, with only three laps remaining. Stuck on the inside lane, the outside line hooked up, and Kimmel got shuffled back to 11th place when the checkered flag flew.

"I am really excited about how good the car ran during the race," explained Kimmel. "We ran in the top-five and top-10 pretty much all day and just got shuffled there at the end. I hung with the bottom, and it didn't work out for us so we ended up 11th. I am disappointed by our finish, but I am happy with the way the race went. We just have to get a faster race car, that's what we have to work on."

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a few weeks off before heading to Toledo Speedway short track racing action in the Menards 200 on Sunday, May 23.

-source: kimmel racing

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