Kimmel Captures Checkers in ARCA RE/MAX 150 at The Milwaukee Mile MILWAUKEE (June 4, 2005) -- Frank Kimmel knows a thing or two about winning races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The six-time series champion charged through the field...
Kimmel Captures Checkers in ARCA RE/MAX 150 at The Milwaukee Mile
MILWAUKEE (June 4, 2005) -- Frank Kimmel knows a thing or two about winning races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The six-time series champion charged through the field after a lap 47 pit stop to lead a total of 89 of the 150 laps in this afternoon's ARCA RE/MAX 150 race at The Milwaukee Mile, and captured his 59th ARCA checkered flag.
Kimmel had to withstand the pesky challenges of hungry young drivers Chad Blount, then Joey Miller, to withstand two caution flags and subsequent single-file restarts in the final laps to secure his first win of 2005.
After the race, Kimmel fondly recalled the last time he visited the historic speedway with his brother Bill to watch their father, Bill, Sr., race in a USAC Stock Car race in 1980. There had been seven previous ARCA-sanctioned races at The Milwaukee Mile, the last coming in 1983.
Kimmel now joins Rodger Ward, Tony Bettenhausen, Sr. and Fred Lorenzen as ARCA winners on the historic, legendary fairgrounds oval.
"It meant a lot to really win here," said Kimmel. "It's amazing when you consider the list of winners through the years. We had the choice of running a Mark Martin car or a Matt Kenseth car (that are now owned by Kimmel's team), and we decided we needed to bring the Matt Kenseth car since we were in Wisconsin. I thought it was a good race all the way around. I just feel very fortunate to get to race for a living."
Miller, a 20 year-old series rookie, battled back from a lap down to finish second, and remains within reach of Kimmel in second in the point standings. "We had a lot of issues with the car," said Miller. "We had that tire go down under green. Then we got penalized for speeding on pit road, so we overcame a lot and had a good points day. Frank Kimmel finished before us, but with more time, we think we had him."
A two-time winner already this season, Blount held on to finish third behind Milller.
Roush Racing development driver Erik Darnell, a third-generation driver in his career-first start, finished fourth in his Roulo Brothers-Reliance-Simply Wow Ford. Three-time Daytona ARCA winner Bobby Gerhart charged from his 14th starting position to finish fifth.