Kimmel Hoping Luck Will Blow His Way in the Windy City: Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team will blow into the 'windy city' of Chicago this weekend as the ARCA RE/MAX Series prepares to compete at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on...
Kimmel Hoping Luck Will Blow His Way in the Windy City: Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team will blow into the 'windy city' of Chicago this weekend as the ARCA RE/MAX Series prepares to compete at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday afternoon. While Kimmel continues to sit atop the Championship points standings as he chases his unprecedented eighth ARCA Championship, he leads by only 180 points with four races remaining in the 2006 season. Kimmel left the dirt track in DuQuoin with a disappointing 31st place finish and gave up several points heading into Chicago.
"DuQuoin was pretty frustrating," said Kimmel. "But that was Monday and now we need to focus on Chicagoland. We do not have much of a points cushion with four races left in the season so we need to go for the win every week and if we cannot get the victory than we need to race smart and get a top-five finish. I like Chicagoland and I have had some success at this track, but with all the new winners we have had this season, you just never know who will be a threat once the green flag drops."
Kimmel is the only repeat winner in the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season scoring victories at the Winchester Speedway, the Kansas Speedway and the Pocono Raceway. While Kimmel has earned 11 top-five finishes and 12 top-ten finishes this season, he has also finished outside the top-15 six times. But Kimmel's record at Chicagoland includes one pole, one win and four top-ten finishes in his five starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.
"The Pork Racing team has not had the season we are used to," said Kimmel. "We have had a lot of bad luck which has really forced us to point's race in these final races if we want to bring the National Pork Board their first championship as primary sponsor. That is definitely the goal every time we pull into the race track and we are not a team that dwells on what happened the week before."
Kimmel enters this weekend's race with a 180-point lead over second place in the point's championship.