Kimmel dominates at Nashville

Kimmel Dominates at Nashville Belmont has Engine Failure If you're going through the Tennessee Titan team roster, then add ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Frank Kimmel to the list. Kimmel, in Larry Clement's Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, pumped out...

Kimmel Dominates at Nashville
Belmont has Engine Failure

If you're going through the Tennessee Titan team roster, then add ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Frank Kimmel to the list. Kimmel, in Larry Clement's Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, pumped out another perfect score card Saturday night under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway with a convincing victory in the Waste Management 200. The Jeffersonville, Indiana driver and current point leader won the Old Milwaukee pole with a new one-lap track record, led the most laps, and in the end, raced away from outside polesitter Jason Jarrett to earn his sixth win of the year, and 29th of his career. Jarrett, the only other driver to finish on the lead lap, finished second in Mary Miller's Biomet-Damon RV Chevrolet. In all, there were nine lead changes among three drivers under mostly green flag conditions while four caution periods slowed the 151-lap race for 27 laps. Kimmel led 72 circuits while third-generation driver Justin Labonte, competing in the first-ever Dodge Intrepid in ARCA RE/MAX competition, led 52 laps in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. And when Kimmel was comfortably up front, Labonte and Jarrett swapped second a number of times throughout the 200-mile race. However, with 15 laps remaining, Labonte's machine, which had moved to within three lengths of Jarrett's, broke loose in turn two and made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. Although his Dodge received heavy right-side damage, Labonte was shaken, but otherwise unhurt, and through for the night. Jarrett was the only other leader having posted 27 laps atop the leader board.

Ed Berrier, in Cavin Councilor's Target Saws & Blades Chevrolet, was in contention for the win before a cut right-front tire forced the Winston-Salem, North Carolina veteran onto pit road for an unscheduled pit stop during a green flag run. The former NASCAR Busch Series winner went a lap down as a result, but still managed a third place finish. Laurel, Mississippi driver Robert Burroughs finished a respectable fourth two laps back with Chesapeake, Virginia rookie Jeff Falk, in his father Joe Falk's Supe rior Logistics Services Chevrolet, trailing in fifth. In addition to the winner's pay, Kimmel picked up the Loctite Halfway Leader award as well as the Pork Pole-Win bonus bringing his total earnings for the night to $19,695. Jarrett, who moved into second in points ahead of Andy Belmont who dropped out early with engine trouble, won the ARCA Highest Finishing Rookie award as well as the Thermo-Tec Cool Drive award. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania veteran Norm Benning won the Hoosier Tire Hard Charger award for advancing the most positions, from 30th to tenth in the final running order.

Andy Belmont broke his motor 13 laps into the race. "This is the fourth race in a row where we have had engine problems. It is getting very frustrating. We qualified 6th fastest in race trim. Not being a high dollar team means that we don't fool around with qualifying motors or taping up the front--we work on race setups. Our qualifying time was 2/10ths of a second faster than Frank Kimmel ran during the race and he lapped the field. (Andy's brother and crew chief) Kevin started the race in the 51 car so when I went out, we radioed him to press on. In fact, Kevin and I swapped roles with me changing tires on his pit stops. Unfortunately Kevin blew an oil cooler and we had to bypass it. This cost him a bunch of laps and he finished the race in 19th."

Andy discussed the atypical slate of engine problems. "We haven't changed anything but we are looking at our parts and talking to our suppliers. We are going to regroup and go on. The motor we ran at Pocono is well suited for short tracks so that is our bullet for this coming weekend. I still think that we can finish the season ahead of Jason Jarrett but you have to be there at the finish to beat people. Right now we are getting out dollared by Kimmell, Jarrett, and Steele, but we can beat them if we can just solve our current reliability problems."

The ARCA RE/MAX Series travels next to the one-mile dirt oval in Springfield, Illinois for the PAR-A-DICE 100 this Sunday afternoon, August 19.

-LCR-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Robert Burroughs , Jason Jarrett , Justin Labonte , Ed Berrier