SOLID POINTS DAY AND SOLID FINISH FOR KIMMEL AT CHICAGOLAND Joliet, IL (September 9, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel and the Pork Racing team enter every race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule with the idea of winning and Kimmel is definitely one of ...
SOLID POINTS DAY AND SOLID FINISH FOR KIMMEL AT CHICAGOLAND
Joliet, IL (September 9, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel and the Pork Racing team enter every race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule with the idea of winning and Kimmel is definitely one of the most competitive drivers on the race track. But with only four races remaining in the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season Kimmel knew he needed to look at today's Chicagoland race as the potential to pick up some points heading to the final three races of the season. With that in mind, Kimmel qualified his Pork Ford in the third position earning five bonus points for the team, led three laps of the race giving him another five bonus points and then finished the race in the fifth position and leaving Chicagoland with a 250-point lead over second place.
While Kimmel would have enjoyed racing for the win, with several incidents happening on track, a conservative approach was needed in order to earn a top finish and additional points. Kimmel ran in the top-five for much of the first half of the race event and stayed out as the leaders began making their way to pit road in order to lead a lap for bonus points. But when Kimmel decided to make his way to pit road, he got into the speedy dry at the entrance to pit road and spun his No. 46 Pork Ford. He was able to quickly recover and head to his pit stall, but just as his crew began changing the right side tires, a caution flew over the field forcing Kimmel to abort his four-tire stop and head back onto the speedway in order to stay on the lead lap. Kimmel was able to come back in under caution and finish the service on his car, but some scoring confusion would keep the Kimmel team guessing as to whether they were indeed on the lead lap or a lap down to the race leader. After a lengthy caution delay it was determined that Kimmel was the last car on the lead lap and therefore was forced to restart directly in front of the leader.
As the field restarted, another caution quickly flew allowing Kimmel to come back around to the 13th position on the lead lap. Kimmel would come back to the attention of his pit crew for a four-tire change and would pit again when the field was given the one-to-go signal for fuel, hoping to be able to go to the end if the race should go green. There was no chance of that as the lap 77 restart produced a may lay of cars on the front straight also causing some right side damage to Kimmel's car when another car made contact to the right rear of his Pork Ford. Kimmel would again make several pit stops for repairs, tires and fuel before taking another restart on lap 84 from the 13th position. The remaining laps of the race would see another three caution flags, but Kimmel remained on the race track and continued to move up through the field with a conservative outlook. When the checkered flag flew, Kimmel sat comfortably in the fifth position.
"This was the kind of day that we needed as far as the points go," said Kimmel. "We gave up a lot of points last week getting wrecked out early, but we gained a lot back today. We also had a pretty eventful day that started when I was heading for pit road for that green flag pit stop. I didn't realize there was still speedy-dry there at the pit entrance until my front tires got to it and that got me turned around. Then when I got to the pit stall a caution came out on the track so Bill made the call to change only right side tires and get right back out so we could stay on the lead lap. But the scoring kept showing us almost two laps down, they got that fixed and then we restarted and with another quick caution we got back on the lead lap. I don't really like racing the way we had to today, but I know I need to keep the points race in mind and Wallace's car was just so strong today. But with everything we endured today, to take a fifth place finish out of here and a 250-point lead, I will consider that a great day!"
Kimmel heads to his home track of Salem Speedway next weekend for Saturday's running of the Eddie Gilstrap 250. While Kimmel did not have the best luck at Salem in the spring, his track record of seven ARCA RE/MAX Series wins at the half-mile track means the Pork Ford is sure to aim for victory lane. Kimmel enters the Salem Speedway event with a 250-point lead in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship standings over second place. Saturday's event is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:30pm ET.
Cleary Motorsports Salem II race report
Ryan Foster Chicagoland race report