Kimmel Will Make Inaugural Iowa Speedway Start as 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Following his first career superspeedway win last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway, Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team will only need to pass technical...
Kimmel Will Make Inaugural Iowa Speedway Start as 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion
Following his first career superspeedway win last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway, Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team will only need to pass technical inspection at the Iowa Speedway this weekend in order to claim their historic Eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship. While Kimmel is thrilled to be winning the championship, the team is just as excited to head to the Iowa Speedway for the inaugural ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the .875-mile speedway.
"We were lucky enough to get to test at Iowa earlier this season as part of the Hoosier Tire test," said Kimmel. "They have built a beautiful facility that I'm sure is going to put on one heck of a show Sunday afternoon. It is exciting to end the season at a short track when we have been ending at a superspeedway for so many years. But the ARCA RE/MAX Series always puts on a great show on the short tracks like Salem and Toledo so I'm sure Iowa will be just as wild."
Kimmel carries the momentum of his career-first superspeedway win with him to Iowa along with the knowledge that passing technical inspection will secure him his unprecedented eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship. But Kimmel has been quick to point out that he will not celebrate until he knows the championship is secure. When Kimmel started the race at Talladega last weekend, his 2006 season statistics matched those from the 1999 season, which was the last year Kimmel did not win the championship. After 21 races, he had earned three wins, 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-ten finishes. But with his win at Talladega, Kimmel was able to bump all those numbers up and therefore put him in solid position heading into Iowa.
"This has been such a crazy season with so many problems and bad luck through the early and mid-part of the year," said Kimmel. "In seasons past we have been able to hold a comfortable lead heading into the final races of the year, but that was not the case this season. I think the least number of wins that we ever had in a championship season was six and this season the most we will be able to get will be five if we can win here at Iowa. This has been a much more stressful championship to chase because of some of the bad luck we have had, but that will make the celebration Sunday that much sweeter."
In addition to the excitement of winning his eighth championship at Iowa Speedway, Kimmel will also enjoy some hometown benefits with his primary sponsor, the National Pork Board being based in Des Moines, Iowa along with his team owner, Larry Clement calling Iowa home.
"It is great being able to finish up the season in Iowa and celebrate the championship with the folks from Pork," said Kimmel. "I know there will be a couple hundred Pork producers and employees at the race along with many of the Iowa producers cooking for the ARCA garage area on Saturday and Sunday. It means a lot to our entire race team to be able to race and celebrate with them this weekend."