Defending Race Winner, Kimmel, Looking to Extend Points Lead at Milwaukee: Frank Kimmel has only competed once at the Milwaukee Mile in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition and that resulted in a race win in 2005. This weekend, Kimmel is coming off of a...
Defending Race Winner, Kimmel, Looking to Extend Points Lead at Milwaukee: Frank Kimmel has only competed once at the Milwaukee Mile in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition and that resulted in a race win in 2005. This weekend, Kimmel is coming off of a second place finish at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt track in Springfield where he was able to regain the ARCA RE/MAX Series points lead and extend it to 130 points over Gerhart. While Kimmel knows he needs to be focused on the point's race as he chases his eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship, he also wants to get the Pork Racing Ford to victory lane as many times as possible in the final seven races of the 2006 season.
"I have always been a point's racer," said Kimmel. "But sometimes the adrenaline takes over, like at Michigan, when winning the race takes over as the priority. But I know how much we were able to regain with the Springfield finish so I am going to do my best to keep that in the back of my mind in these remaining races. There are a lot of these race tracks that we are looking forward to racing on and that includes Milwaukee this weekend. We will be taking 'Bacon' to Milwaukee and hopefully we will be able to further extend the points lead and give ourselves a little cushion before we get into the Toledo, DuQuoin weekend."
Kimmel and the Pork Racing team have endured a lot more drama this season on the race track than they are used to at this point in the season. In season's past, Kimmel has been more than 300 points ahead of the second place competitor as the season reaches the final stretch. But this season the team has endured on-track accidents and blown tires which has placed Kimmel in the heat of one of the closest points battled he has been a part of in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition.
"This has been a tough season for our Pork Racing team," said Kimmel. "I have been asked if winning the championship this season would be sweeter because it is such a history-making thing, but I think it would mean a lot to win the championship this season because our team has worked so hard to overcome the obstacles that have been placed in front of us. I think the true sign of a championship team is to be able to overcome adversity and learn from it. Bill (Kimmel) works real hard with the guys and I think we have a great team behind us who have never gotten down this season. I feel like if we can just keep our focus and make it to Iowa Speedway then we will be able to stay in the hunt and fight for the title."
Kimmel enters this weekend's race leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series point's battle by 130 points over Gerhart with seven races remaining in the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. The Governor's Cup 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, August 27 at 3:00pm CT.