Kimmel is Tuned-Up Heading to Nashville: When the ARCA RE/MAX Series started racing at the Nashville Superspeedway five years ago, Frank Kimmel was quick to show that he knew his way around the 1.33-mile oval. But in recent years the influx of ...
Kimmel is Tuned-Up Heading to Nashville: When the ARCA RE/MAX Series started racing at the Nashville Superspeedway five years ago, Frank Kimmel was quick to show that he knew his way around the 1.33-mile oval. But in recent years the influx of NASCAR driver development teams who wish to race at Nashville have managed to steal the famed Gibson guitar from Kimmel's grasp. With the Pork Racing team leading the Championship point's battle and heading to Nashville for the second time in 2006, Kimmel looks to reclaim the guitar in victory lane Saturday afternoon.
"I have always enjoyed the Nashville Superspeedway," said Kimmel. "We had a lot of success here when the race track first opened and while we have continued to run good here each year, getting a hold of that guitar has been a challenge since 2002. There have been a lot more of the NASCAR teams fielding cars for development drivers when we come to Nashville and that shows to be true again this weekend with 50 cars on the entry list. But we are bringing 'Bacon' back to Nashville which is the car we won Pocono with just a few weeks ago. It is one of our best intermediate cars and it just seems appropriate to run a Pork Ford Fusion named 'Bacon'."
Kimmel has made 11 starts at the Nashville Superspeedway earning an impressive five pole awards, three wins and eight top-five finishes including a third place finish in the spring race. While Kimmel currently holds the ARCA RE/MAX Series points lead by 60 points over Bobby Gerhart, he knows that is a very tight battle for this point in the season and knows consistency is the key to holding the point lead all the way to the season finale at Iowa Speedway in October.
"I don't necessarily focus on the points, but it is pretty hard to avoid them," said Kimmel. "We are trying to focus on winning every race and if we can either win or come close, then we know the points will be there. Bobby has been consistent this season and that has kept him up in the point's battle. It is also pretty cool to see our other race car of Ryan Foster move his way up to the third position considering he has run one less race this season than a lot of other teams. He is doing a great job and we definitely want to see him continue that. And with the two dirt tracks still coming up on the schedule this season, I'm sure it is going to get even more interesting."
Kimmel is currently leading the ARCA RE/MAX point's battle by 60 points over Gerhart with ten races remaining in the 2006 season. The ARCA 200 from the Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled to start at 3:00pm ET on Saturday, August 12 and will be televised live on SPEED.