Frank Kimmel Ready for ARCA Return to Texas Motor Speedway MOORSVILLE, N.C. (April 6, 2010) - Frank Kimmel is set to lead the field of ARCA drivers back to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), ending ARCA's 11-year absence from the 1.5-mile oval. ...
Frank Kimmel Ready for ARCA Return to Texas Motor Speedway
MOORSVILLE, N.C. (April 6, 2010) - Frank Kimmel is set to lead the field of ARCA drivers back to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), ending ARCA's 11-year absence from the 1.5-mile oval. The only other time the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards competed at TMS was in 1998, when Kimmel captured the pole, leading the field to the green flag.
After capturing the pole in 1998, Kimmel went on to lead he race before getting caught up in a wreck after only 32 laps. Since that race at TMS, Kimmel's career has rocketed. He went on to win the ARCA Racing Series championship in 1998, the first of what is now a record nine ARCA Series Championships.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to Texas," explained Kimmel. "We have had good luck there, we ran really fast there in the race when ARCA first went there. We sat on the first pole, that was exciting, and ended up getting crashed out of the race but I thought we had a really good opportunity to win at TMS, so I am looking forward to going back. It is a different venue, and for our team, it's been a while since we have been there, so it will be like a new racetrack for us. I can't wait to just go and compete."
On-track activities for the Rattlesnake 150 will begin with practice and qualifying on Thursday, April15. Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a full day of racing action at TMS on Friday as the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will begin practice and qualifying before the ARCA Racing Series event begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
"Kimmel's Top 10"
In anticipation of his 10th Championship, Frank Kimmel gives a look at his "Top 10" before each ARCA Series race. This week Kimmel takes a look at his "Top 10" favorite ARCA Series race tracks.
10. Talladega Superspeedway
9. Texas Motor Speedway
8. Pocono Raceway
7. Kansas Speedway
6. Berlin Raceway
5. Kentucky Speedway
4. Toledo Speedway
3. Salem Speedway
2. DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
1. Springfield (Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Fast Facts
Welcome Back: Frank Kimmel leads the field of ARCA drivers back to racing action at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). He is one of two drivers that competed in the inaugural ARCA race in 1998, Brad Smith is the other.
About Salem: Frank Kimmel battled a loose car all day enroute to a hard-fought eighth-place finish in Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com. The Ansell/Menards team worked hard on the car all day, and was able to overcome going a lap down early in the race to pull out their first top-10 finish of the season. "That was a hard-fought finish for us," explained Kimmel. "The guys worked really hard in the pits today. We threw everything at it, but it seemed like no matter what we did we couldn't get the car handling; we tried everything we could think of. The weather was hot, which made the track slick. We are going to throw that setup away and try again next time. I'm just looking forward to going to Texas next week."
Chasing the Record Books: If you look at the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards record books, there are not many lists that do not include Frank Kimmel. This season, Kimmel looks to break his own record of nine championships and win a record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series Championship. His sights are all set on breaking the all-time ARCA win record. With 74 career ARCA victories, Frank is six wins shy of breaking the record held by Iggy Katona.
In The Points: Kimmel's 8th-place finish at Salem Speedway moved him up one position in the series point standings. He now stands in 10th position, 170 markers behind Steve Arpin and Justin Marks, who are tied for first.
Tune In: Live race coverage for the Rattlesnake 150 begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT on SPEED. Log on to ARCAracing.com for live audio streaming and timing and scoring during the event.
Frank Kimmel Quotes
What will be the biggest challenge at Texas Motor Speedway?
"We didn't go test so the biggest challenge will be getting our car ready and up to speed right off the bat. Some of the other guys will have an advantage on us because they were there testing a couple of weeks ago and they already understand the place a little bit and have some ideas as far as setups and things like that, so we are going to be a little bit behind nut I think we can adjust very quickly and try to go after them."
How does your team prepare for such a busy stretch of racing in the month of April?
"It's really a difficult time for everybody in the ARCA Series because we have so many races and the problem is that they are different types of venues so it is a challenge. We go from the short track at Salem and turn right around and go to an intermediate track like Texas, so you have to take a good intermediate car there, then you turn right around and in a couple days you have to be at Talladega which is another car that's completely different. There is a lot of travel involved and the logistics of getting people and equipment from one place to the other. There is a lot to it and it's a stressful situation for everyone involved trying to get ready to go to the next race."
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