Kimmel Racing Looking for Turn Around at Mansfield CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 16, 2009) -- After several challenging weekends at the racetrack, Kimmel Racing hopes its debut performance at Mansfield Motorsports Park will help catapult driver...
Kimmel Racing Looking for Turn Around at Mansfield
CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 16, 2009) -- After several challenging weekends at the racetrack, Kimmel Racing hopes its debut performance at Mansfield Motorsports Park will help catapult driver Frank Kimmel back into contention for a 10th series championship. Saturday's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200 will feature Kimmel in the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion racing on the half-mile oval racetrack in Mansfield, Ohio for the first time in his career.
"I think a short track is a great place for this team to go to really step up our performance," said Kimmel. "If we can just race clean and keep the fenders on the car, then we'll have a good chance of being in the hunt for a win at the end. We may have had some struggles in the last few weeks but we've been encountering a lot of little issues that aren't common place so hopefully this weekend we can just have a nice clean race weekend with a solid top-five finish."
Kimmel Racing Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., called on his friends at ThorSport Racing, who worked with the team last month to field a car for Paul Menard at Toledo Speedway, to help prepare for this weekend's series first visit to the moderately high banked oval with a wide racing surface. As part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, ThorSport Racing has five years of experience racing at Mansfield, including a best finish of fifth place that came with driver Tracy Hines in 2004.
"Based on my conversation with Bud Haefele (Crew Chief for the No. 88 NCWTS team) we're changing some A-frames and spindle combinations," said Bill Kimmel Jr. "The other thing that was very valuable was the information he provided as far as gear ratio. All his advice really gives us a great place to start in practice. Bud said he thought the car that we had for Paul at Toledo was a great choice for our primary car so that's what we brought for Saturday's race."
Kimmel Racing will unload 'The Don' as the primary car for this weekend's event. Kimmel won three races in The Don in 2008 including the races at Salem Speedway, Springfield and DuQuoin. 'The Don' was last raced at Toledo Speedway by NASCAR driver Paul Menard who finished fourth in the event. With a top performing car underneath Kimmel come Saturday, the team is working to make sure their race day is a successful one.
"Because we haven't seen Mansfield before it's hard for me to make a comparison of it to another track," added Bill Kimmel Jr. "It sounds to me like it's pretty different than other track we've visited but there may be some characteristics similar to Toledo."
Despite having never set foot on Mansfield Motorsports Park grounds before, the crew chief for nine-time ARCA Champion Frank Kimmel is used to employing some interesting techniques o help prepare for a race weekend.
"Until this year, I didn't really know much about the track," explained Bill Kimmel Jr. "But as soon as we knew we'd be racing there, I did a Google Earth search and you can actually see the groove the cars run from the picture on the internet. That's definitely somewhat of a help to us since we've never seen the track!"
Saturday's one day show will feature a full day of racing action. ARCA RE/MAX Series practice will take place from 2:30 -- 4 p.m followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5 p.m. Race day will feature an on-track autograph session from 6 -- 6:45 p.m. Racing gets underway at 7:00 with the 50-lap ARCA Lincoln Welders 50 Truck Series event followed by the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200 which will see the Green Flag at 8:30 p.m.