Dirt Track Master Kimmel Dominates on DuQuoin Mile Dirt DuQUOIN IL (9-1-08) -- Other than a brief late-race threat from Patrick Sheltra, Frank Kimmel decimated the competition in the 56th Southern Illinois 100 Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin...
Dirt Track Master Kimmel Dominates on DuQuoin Mile Dirt
DuQUOIN IL (9-1-08) -- Other than a brief late-race threat from Patrick Sheltra, Frank Kimmel decimated the competition in the 56th Southern Illinois 100 Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, leading 96 of 102 laps en route to his 73rd career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory, and fifth at DuQuoin.
"I'm pretty tired," said Kimmel after the race. "That was a long day. I look forward to running well here all year and it means a lot to be able to pick up a win at DuQuoin. That's two in a row for the Ford Drive One Kimmel Racing team, and we're feeling real good about that. Didn't want to see that last caution, but fortunately our Ford Fusion was so good today it really didn't matter."
Kimmel, in his own Ford Drive One-Holiday Inn of Mt. Vernon Ford, pulled away as necessary throughout the 100-lap, 100-mile race until the field bunched up for a green-white-checker finish after AJ Fike made contact with the turn three wall on lap 97. Sheltra made a hard charge on the restart and peaked inside of Kimmel coming off turn four for the checkered flag, but fell back one length at the final stripe to finish second in the Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Dodge.
"I was trying to give it everything I had but we didn't have no more," said Sheltra. "I really don't think anyone out there had anything for Frank today, not even us on fresher tires. This was his (Kimmel) day, and that's all there was to it."
Ken Schrader, in his own Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet, finished third.
"Good effort," said Schrader. "Basically there were two cars I was racing all day. This is the best racing I've seen here at DuQuoin and it seems to just keep getting better every year."
Dexter Bean, who pitted twice, steered his way to fourth in the final running order in the Glock Chevrolet.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished fifth in the Aflac Ford. Stenhouse also set a new one-lap track record in SIM Factory Pole Qualifying with a speed of 109.436 mph, eclipsing the old mark of 108.196 set by Brian Tyler in 2005. Stenhouse also closed to within 75 points of point leader Scott Speed headed to Chicagoland Speedway for next Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200. Stenhouse was also the SunTrust Highest Finishing Rookie.
Stenhouse led the first lap, but that was all before Kimmel, who started second, passed Stenhouse to lead the second circuit. From there, Kimmel gave up the lead just once for five laps to James Buescher before reassuming command for good on lap 31.
Matt Carter, Kelly Kovski, Speed, Buescher and Bryan Silas rounded out the top-10 respectively.
Kimmel was also the Aaron's Lap Leader, the Klotz Half Way Leader, and posted the Accel Fastest Lap of the Race. Kimmel's brother and crew chief, Bill Kimmel, was the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race.
John Wes Townley started 24th and finished 11th to earn Casite Hard Charger honors.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series remains in the state of Illinois for event 17 of the 21-race schedule, the Chicagoland ARCA 200 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, on Saturday, September 6th, 2008. Check SPEED for broadcast times.
Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9-1-08); 1) Scott Speed 3905; 2) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 3830; 3) Matt Carter 3795; 4) Frank Kimmel 3705; 5) Justin Allgaier 3650; 6) Tom Hessert III 3305; 7) Tayler Malsam 3295; 8) John Wes Townley 3280; 9) Patrick Sheltra 3235; 10) Ken Butler III 3170.