TOLEDO OH, 1-23-02 - Three-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel has established a clear-cut identity with sponsors Advance Auto Parts and Pork The Other White Meat as well as the number 46. While the sponsors will remain the same, his car...
TOLEDO OH, 1-23-02 - Three-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel has established a clear-cut identity with sponsors Advance Auto Parts and Pork The Other White Meat as well as the number 46. While the sponsors will remain the same, his car number however is changing for this year's Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Kimmel, in honor of ARCA's 50th anniversary season in 2002, will be wearing the #50 when his Larry Clement-owned Ford Taurus rolls off the trailer at Daytona.
"It's a great honor to commemorate ARCA's 50th year," said Kimmel. "My father was an ARCA racer and won some races over here. In fact, my dad raced with ARCA in its first year in '53 at the old Detroit fairgrounds dirt-mile. He led the race in a 1937 Ford Coupe until his cylinder head split right down the middle. And of course my brother is our crew chief so it's a proud day for the Kimmel family. Our car owner Larry had actually been thinking about this for a couple of years now. I'm just glad we were able to make it happen."
ARCA's 50th anniversary logo will provide the backdrop for the number 50 on the side of Kimmel's car. In addition, Kimmel will also be running a combination Advance/Discount logo for the race. Discount Auto Parts, the title sponsor of the event, was acquired by Advance Auto Parts at the end of November 2001 further strengthening Advance's position as the nation's second largest retailer of auto parts and accessories.
Outside of Daytona, look for Kimmel to return to the number 46 when the series heads to Atlanta in March. "There's a possibility that we may utilize the number 50 again later this year," said car owner Clement. "If ARCA feels like we can help in this promotion down the road somewhere, we're certainly willing to utilize the number 50 again. We're going to start the year honoring ARCA's 50th year; maybe we'll finish it with the number at the Charlotte finale. Either way, we're honored to carry the number."
All the while enjoying his championship status, Kimmel, whose brother Bill Kimmel has won crew chief of the year awards in the last two consecutive seasons, is quickly becoming the leader in several RE/MAX Series statistical categories. The Jeffersonville, Indiana driver is now the all-time RE/MAX Series money winner with 1.8 million in career earnings. In addition, Kimmel leads the way in top-5 and top-10 finishes with 116 top-fives and 151 top-tens in 214 starts. Overall, Kimmel is fifth on the all-time win list with 33 triumphs and has led 4,945 laps in 90 races.