The day didn't start out very well for Frank Kimmel, but it ended up like it usually does - in victory lane. Kimmel, in the Advance Auto Parts-Pork Chevrolet, overcame a variety of troubles to win the rain-shortened Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA 200...
The day didn't start out very well for Frank Kimmel, but it ended up like it usually does - in victory lane. Kimmel, in the Advance Auto Parts-Pork Chevrolet, overcame a variety of troubles to win the rain-shortened Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA 200 Sunday afternoon at Indiana's Salem Speedway. The win represented Kimmel's 32nd overall ARCA RE/MAX Series triumph and fifth at Salem tying him with Jack Bowsher as the winningest ARCA driver in Salem Speedway history. Kimmel passed runner-up finisher Jason Jarrett less than 50 laps from the finish and pulled away by five lengths before rain stopped the race nine laps from the finish of the intended 200-lap event. Ken Schrader, who had 1999 series champion Bill Baird qualify his car the day before, charged from the last row to finish third in his own Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. AJ Henriksen was stout from the start and steered the Fastenal-Engineered Components Chevy home in fourth while Andy Belmont, in the AOL Ford, completed the top-five. After winning the Old Milwaukee Pole Award on Saturday, his eighth of the season, Kimmel and crew discovered they had rear-end trouble just prior to the race, and had to scramble for a fix. As a result, Kimmel, who wrenches regularly alongside brother and crew chief Bill Kimmel, missed the drivers meeting and had to start from the tail-end as mandated by ARCA officials.
The race was stopped twice because of rain. Andy Belmont wistfully wished it had ended the first time the red flag was thrown because he was leading. "We were in front the first time the rains came, but it was a small storm and when it passed, the track put out the blowers and driers and got us going again. After we ran another 20 laps the real rains came and the day was over. By then we had cut a tire and were running in 5th. We had a great car this weekend. We were second quick in practice and ran up front all day. This was a strong field. In addition to the usual competitors, Tracey Leslie ran this week and Ken Shrader flew in after Saturday night's cup race in Richmond to run with us on Sunday."
The next race on the ARCA RE/MAX schedule is this coming Sunday at the half mile paved oval at Toledo, Ohio. "We have a great short track car and really like the track. We expect to do well there."
CURRENT POINTS: 1) Frank Kimmel 5725; 2) Jason Jarrett 4665; 3) Andy Belmont 4530; 4) Ron Cox 4020; 5) Norm Benning 3790; 6) Chuck Weber 3760; 7) Donny Morelock 3735; 8) Todd Bowsher 3725; 9) Tim Steele 3610; 10) Mike Buckley 2570.