Kimmel Poised for Solid Run at Talladega; Eyes Unprecedented Eighth ARCA Championship: Frank Kimmel will be the first to acknowledge that superspeedways are not his team's strong suit as the seven-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion has never visited...
Kimmel Poised for Solid Run at Talladega; Eyes Unprecedented Eighth ARCA Championship: Frank Kimmel will be the first to acknowledge that superspeedways are not his team's strong suit as the seven-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion has never visited victory lane on a track over 2.5-miles in length. But with a new Pork Ford Fusion and a very solid test session behind them at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway last week, Kimmel feels like he has his best chance at superspeedway success this week as the series prepares for Friday's running of the Food World 250.
"We had a real good test at Talladega last week and between the new race car and the new surface at the track, things went real well," said Kimmel. "They did a great job on repaving the track and it is just super smooth now which will probably give everyone a lot more confidence. I think this could be one of the most exciting ARCA races at Talladega because there will be a lot more potential for two, three and four wide racing. But we are hoping that our new Pork Ford Fusion is fast enough to earn a top starting position so we can get away from some of the craziness that I'm sure will be taking place in the middle of the pack."
Kimmel enters the Food World 250 sitting atop the ARCA RE/MAX Series point's standings with a 290-point lead ahead of second place. In seasons past, Kimmel has been able to enter the second to last race of the season with the championship already clinched or in position to clinch. That is not the case this week as Kimmel would have to show a 550-point lead leaving Talladega and the maximum lead he would be able to leave with would be 540 points. While Kimmel is not used to his championship quest stretching all the way to the final race of the season, he and his Tri-State Motorsports team remain focused on what they need to do in order to earn their historical eighth championship; lead laps and win races.
"We are definitely aware of what we need to do for the championship," said Kimmel. "But that does not change our goal of leading laps and winning races. While we know we need to have a solid finish at Talladega and stay out of trouble, we also feel like this will be the most competitive we have been on a superspeedway so competing for the Pork pole and the win is also real important to us. I think if we can achieve our goals at Talladega we will be in good shape heading to the final race at Iowa Speedway."
Kimmel has made 13 starts at Talladega, earning a single pole position in 2004 and earning his best finish of second in 1999. The Food World 250 is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:30pm CT at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. The race will also be broadcast on SPEED with same-day coverage starting at 8:00pm ET. The final race of the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season will take place on Sunday, October 15 at the brand new .875-mile Iowa Speedway with the race being televised live on SPEED at 2:30pm ET.