Kimmel turns in another Top-10 Finish in Saturday's Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 SPARTA, K.Y. (July 19, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the Kimmel Racing crew battled their way to a eighth place finish in Saturday's late night special at...
Kimmel turns in another Top-10 Finish in Saturday's Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150
SPARTA, K.Y. (July 19, 2009) -- Frank Kimmel and the Kimmel Racing crew battled their way to a eighth place finish in Saturday's late night special at Kentucky Speedway.
"Another top-10 finish is good, even though it's not great," said Kimmel following the race. "The car actually handled great all night. Those leaders just beat us right in the middle of the corners where we just can't quite rotate through the center the way they do. We also had a few issues on pit road that set us back both times we stopped, but overall this Ansell / Menards team did a great job this weekend. They set up a fast car and we have another solid finish to our credit."
After turning in a seventh place qualifying effort, Kimmel rolled off and took the green flag in the 100 lap event just shy of 10 p.m. on Saturday night. Kimmel got an early jump on the field moving up to fourth place by the second lap. When the caution flag flew on lap three, Kimmel was up to third place and radioed Crew Chief Bill Kimmel Jr. that he was still a bit free but the car was good overall.
Kimmel took advantage of another restart by gaining a position immediately. Hanging tough in the runner up spot, Kimmel reported a possible problem with his brakes to the team. Still he was running second on lap 24 when the caution flag flew. Kimmel Jr. called his driver down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to help Kimmel's handling concerns. Kimmel returned to the track in seventh place after a slightly long pit stop cost him five spots on pit road. Kimmel passed for sixth place on lap 37 and used the clean air to find the best line for his Ford Fusion. When the next caution flag flew on lap 39, Kimmel was back in the top-five.
Kimmel restarted the race in third place on lap 45 and began a multi-lap battle for the second spot until the caution flag flew on lap 48. Kimmel was still battling for second on lap 61 when the caution flag flew and the team opted to come to pit road for four tires and fuel. Kimmel's reports that the car was handling great came as a welcome report to the crew. Another long stop due to a problem with the lug nuts relegated Kimmel to a 16th place restart on lap 69. Kimmel had another great restart and gained three positions upon taking the green flag.
Another caution flag ensued, setting up a 24 lap chase to the checkered flag in which Kimmel started in 12th place. He went after the pack ahead of him and was up to 10th place in one lap. Kimmel battled every lap for position, fighting his way up to eighth place.
With race number 11 in the books, Kimmel Racing heads to Berlin Raceway for next weekend's Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac.