EVENTFUL DAY AT MILWAUKEE LEADS TO THIRD PLACE FINISH FOR KIMMEL AT MILWAUKEE West Allis, WI (August 27, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel certainly made the 200 laps at the famed Milwaukee Mile exciting after starting in the 13th position. Kimmel spun...
EVENTFUL DAY AT MILWAUKEE LEADS TO THIRD PLACE FINISH FOR KIMMEL AT MILWAUKEE
West Allis, WI (August 27, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel certainly made the 200 laps at the famed Milwaukee Mile exciting after starting in the 13th position. Kimmel spun early in the race event and was later involved in an on-track altercation with second place point's contender, Bobby Gerhart. But in true championship form, Kimmel and the Pork Racing team managed to fix the damage they had sustained in both incidents and come back to finish in the third position and further extend the ARCA RE/MAX Series points lead.
Kimmel and the team were pleased with the performance of the Pork Ford during the Saturday morning practice session and made minimal adjustments to the car before the qualifying session later that afternoon. But when Kimmel took his two laps of qualifying, his car was still loose costing his time and forcing him to start in the 13th position for the event. As the green flag flew on the event, Kimmel immediately began making his move toward the front as he had found himself in the fifth position by lap 20. As the event approached the lap 40 mark, Kimmel's car got loose in turns three and four forcing the car to spin, with the left-front fender making contact with the outside wall.
"I really think there was some fluid on the race track over in the turns," said Kimmel. "A lot of the cars were sliding in the corners almost like they were sliding on something. But we were able to make it down pit road and change left side tires. We just could not get a good handle on the race car all afternoon. We kept making adjustments to the track bar and the air pressure, but I was still real loose exiting the corners on just about every lap."
Kimmel was able to make his Pork Ford work for him at the midway point of the race as he took over the lead on lap 114 when the Pork pit crew got him out in front of the rest of the pack. On lap 121, Kimmel found himself challenged on the outside by Gerhart who would cut across the nose of the Pork Ford and spin up into the outside wall. While Kimmel did not spin, he did come down pit road to check for possible tire rub and damage to the right side of his car. The Pork team would make one last pit stop later in the race on lap 159 where crew chief, Bill Kimmel, made the call to put four sticker tires on the car along with a splash of fuel to get him to the end of the race. Kimmel would then battle his way to the third position behind local favorite, Tim Schendel, but was unable to make the pass and be forced to settle for the third position.
"It was a pretty good day for the Pork Ford," said Kimmel. "We were real strong there for awhile, but with the car being so loose off the corners; it made it pretty hard to get underneath another car to be able to make the pass. The incident with Gerhart was just racing. I had the line under him and he tried to battle back on the outside and when he chopped across the nose of our car, I just could not get out of the gas fast enough because his car was right there. Our Pork team did a great job today, the pit crew gave me good stops and got us the lead there halfway through the race so overall it was just another solid points day for us and that is definitely what we need right now."
Next weekend holds another doubleheader for the ARCA RE/MAX Series as they will compete at the half-mile Toledo Speedway on Friday, September 1 and then again on Monday, September 4 at the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds track in Illinois. While the ARCA RE/MAX Series points have not yet been posted following the Milwaukee event, it is estimated that Kimmel will now hold a 170-point lead over Gerhart as the series heads to Toledo.