Kimmel surpasses Steele in ARCA dollar earnings by Don Radebaugh Toledo, Ohio (January 14, 2000) - ARCA veteran and '98 champion Frank Kimmel continues to assault the ARCA record books; this time with dollars and cents. Kimmel, upon...
Kimmel surpasses Steele in ARCA dollar earnings by Don Radebaugh
Toledo, Ohio (January 14, 2000) - ARCA veteran and '98 champion Frank Kimmel continues to assault the ARCA record books; this time with dollars and cents.
Kimmel, upon completing his 10th season competing on the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series tour, became the 2nd million-dollar money-maker in ARCA history, and now the all-time leader in team earnings as well with $1,039,518. The popular Jeffersonville, Indiana driver surpassed 3-time ARCA champion Tim Steele in that category who is currently 2nd with $1,021,267.
"We only ran a total of 7 races in '90 and '91, so we didn't really get going until the '92 season," said Kimmel. "But if you're handing out accolades we're sure appreciative of the honor. But if we do that, we need to steer them in the direction of our team owner Larry Clement. He's the biggest reason for our success in ARCA. His win-win attitude coupled with undaunted determination is the driving force behind the 46. You can't excel in ARCA racing anymore without top-notch equipment, and we're never without that. He gets more done before 6 AM than most of us do by noon. We've got all the pieces and parts it takes to do this; the best car owner in ARCA, a great relationship with our ongoing sponsor Advance Auto Parts and a crew that refuses to lose. We're all very fortunate."
They're all very fortunate indeed, not to mention extremely effective. In addition to the money earned to go along with Kimmel's 17 career victories, 12 with car owner Clement, 4 with Dan Falldorf and one with Terry Shirley, the Advance Auto Parts team has finished closer to the front more often than any other team in the '90s. In 169 career starts, Kimmel and crew have racked up 84 top-5 and 116 top-10 finishes and led 2,505 laps in 57 races. If you add that up in points starting with his first full season on the tour in '92, it will crank out 8 consecutive top-10 point finishes; 8th in '96 (did not compete in 10 races), 5th in '92, '93 and '95, runner-up in '94, '97 and '99 and champion in '98. Veteran Bob Strait is next in line in the top-5 and top-10 category with 76 and 101 respectively.
Given Kimmel's track record in ARCA, one could easily assume that he will remain a perennial contender on the tour well into the new millennium. It all makes plenty of dollars and sense.