Kimmel Seeks Win at MIS: Chasing 7th Championship BRROKLYN MI (6-14-05) - Frank Kimmel is well underway to earning his record-breaking seventh career ARCA RE/MAX Series championship. Yet despite being a six-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX...
Kimmel Seeks Win at MIS: Chasing 7th Championship
BRROKLYN MI (6-14-05) - Frank Kimmel is well underway to earning his record-breaking seventh career ARCA RE/MAX Series championship.
Yet despite being a six-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion, and for all his successes over the past fifteen years, Michigan International Speedway is one of only a few places Frank Kimmel has not dominated.
Kimmel is currently tied with Tim Steele as the ARCA RE/MAX Series all-time Pork Pole Award winner, having earned eighteen in his career. Yet he has never won one at MIS.
Kimmel ranks second on the all-time superspeedway race winner's list, also to Steele, having posted fifteen career wins on tracks larger than 1.0-mile. Overall, Kimmel has recorded 58 career ARCA RE/MAX Series victories, second only to Iggy Katona. Yet, only one of Kimmel's 58 wins has come at the 2.0-mile MIS oval.
Kimmel's only trip to victory lane at MIS came in 1998. He finished second in 1993 to Jeff Purvis, and has also posted a pair of third place finishes (1994 and 2003). His only other top five finish in 13 starts came in 1997.
Three times Kimmel has finished 30th or worse with engine failure. One year ago, Kimmel finished tenth. Kimmel's average finish at MIS is 11.46. By contrast, overall, Kimmel has won more than 19 percent of all the ARCA RE/MAX Series races he has started.
Despite Kimmel's past failures at MIS, the driver remains confident that he can win Friday's Hantz Group 200. And, a win might be exactly what Kimmel needs in order to increase his point lead over red-hot rookie Joey Miller, who trails Kimmel by just 35-points heading into Michigan.
"We definitely want to win," said Kimmel from his shop. "Michigan's always a fun place to go back and run. We feel very confident."
The Hantz Group 200 kicks off Friday evening, June 17 at 5pm and is LIVE on SPEED Channel. Pork Pole qualifying is scheduled for Thursday.