DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND PROVES TO BE ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR PORK RACING DuQuoin, IL (September 4, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team headed into their second doubleheader weekend of the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season with their...
DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND PROVES TO BE ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR PORK RACING
DuQuoin, IL (September 4, 2006) -- Frank Kimmel and his Pork Racing team headed into their second doubleheader weekend of the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season with their focus on further extending their point lead. However the team would experience a roller coaster of emotions between their visit to the Toledo Speedway and the DuQuoin Fairgrounds.
Kimmel earned a tenth place starting position at the half-mile Toledo Speedway after setting fast time in practice. Kimmel would battle his way to the second position early in the race and take over the lead on lap 89 before pole sitter Brian Keselowski battled back to take the lead from Kimmel only seven laps later. The Pork Racing team made the decision to pit for fresh tires when a caution flew with only 15 laps remaining in the race in order to work to catch the race leader, Barnes. While Kimmel was able to get close to the race win, the knowledge that the driver in second place in points was already out of the race forced Kimmel to make a conservative decision and settle for a second place finish.
"This was another solid point's night for the Pork Racing team," said Kimmel. "During practice earlier today, this was one of the best cars that I think I have ever had at Toledo, but there was a lot of hard racing tonight and I knew that I needed to think about the points and leave here with a good finish. I really wanted to get up to Barnes and battle with him at the end of the race, but I also knew that a second place finish would be good for the point's battle."
Monday morning the Pork Racing team pulled into the DuQuoin Fairgrounds for the running of the Southern Illinois 100 on the one-mile dirt track. Kimmel turned the tenth fastest time during the hour-long practice session before qualifying in the sixth position. Kimmel did not have the same luck at DuQuoin that he experienced at Toledo as on lap 41 he was chasing race leader, Ken Schrader, when he was taken to the wall by another car entering turn one. The Pork Ford was damaged beyond repair and Kimmel was forced to watch the end of the race from the garage area and take a 31st place finish.
"I am just really disappointed for our Pork Racing team," said Kimmel. "We had a good car and the team worked real hard after Friday night's race to get the car finished and get down here, we were catching Schrader and I think we would have had a great battle for the fans. The 16 car just drove into turn one too hard and got into me. Unfortunately it really tore up our Pork Ford and cost us some ground in the championship points. But we will head to Chicagoland this weekend and try to make those points up."
Kimmel was uninjured in the accident at DuQuoin. Updated ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points have not yet been released, but it is estimated that Kimmel holds a 180-point lead over second place following Monday's race at DuQuoin. The next race on schedule for the ARCA RE/MAX Series will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.