Kimmel Ready to Round out Season with Rockingham Win Team has High Expectations for a Trip to Victory Lane MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 6, 2010) - As the 2010 season comes to a close, Kimmel and his Ansell/Menards team race into Rockingham ...
Kimmel Ready to Round out Season with Rockingham Win
Team has High Expectations for a Trip to Victory Lane
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 6, 2010) - As the 2010 season comes to a close, Kimmel and his Ansell/Menards team race into Rockingham Speedway with one goal in mind - win a race before the season is over.The Ansell/Menards team has knocked on the door to victory lane several times this season, but this weekend, they look to close that door and the season by adding their names as victors at the infamous rock.
"Our expectations are pretty high at Rockingham," said Kimmel. "We ran really well here in the fall race last year. I think the open practice day on Thursday will be very beneficial to us, because we have never tested at Rockingham. I am looking forward to going there and testing. Hopefully, we will come up with a good setup and try to win a race this year before the season is up."
Kimmel has only been to Rockingham on three occasions, but his results don't show how good he is at the one-mile oval. While he struggled in his first two trips to The Rock, the Ansell/Menards Ford Fusion was very fast last time the ARCA Racing Series competed at the high-banked track. Kimmel ran in the top-three and lead 26 laps before getting involved in an accident that relegated him to a 12th-place finish.
Known as a "driver's track," Rockingham Speedway is the perfect place to wrap up the 2010 season, and there is no better driver than Kimmel to find his way around the one-mile oval.
"Rockingham is a track that tears up tires, but it also has multiple grooves you can run. If you are not running well, you can search and find a line that works better. It makes for a fun race for the competitors."
As the 2010 season wraps up, several teams and drivers look ahead to the off season. It's a time to spend with family, around the house and relaxing after several weeks on the road. Kimmel doesn't use the off season to slow down or relax; his head is always in racing. He proves this in this week's top-10: "Kimmel's top-10 favorite things to do in the off season."
10. Spend more time at home with Donna.
9. Catch up on chores at the house.
8. Work on the Koi pond at my house.
7. Visit Holly and Frankie at school in N.C.
6. Go to Halloween 200 at Salem Speedway on October 24th.
5. Evaluate, redo or purchase cars for next season.
4. Go to Leftover Turkey 150 at Rockingham Speedway on November 27.
3. Go to IMIS Racing Industry show In Indianapolis, Ind.
2. Go to Dave Dayton's Racers Auction show in Indianapolis, Ind.
1. Get ready for Daytona test.
Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Fast Facts
In the Points: With only one race remaining on the ARCA Racing Series schedule, Kimmel stands fourth in the championship standings. He holds a 25 point lead over Justin Marks in fifth and sits 160 markers behind leader Patrick Sheltra.
Test 1, 2, 3: Kimmel and team will be participating in a day-long open test session at Rockingham Speedway on Thursday, October 7. The team will be testing two different cars during the test to prepare for Saturday's American 200.
Meet Frank Kimmel: Fans will have the opportunity to meet Frank Kimmel and several other drivers of the ARCA Racing Series during Rockingham's annual ThunderFest on Thursday, October 7 from 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. EST. Drivers will be signing autographs and introduced on stage for a brief Q&A with fans.
This Week's Ford: Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel Jr., has chosen to bring chassis No. 340, "Courtney" and 320, "Carrie" to Rockingham Speedway. They will choose which chassis to run after the test session on Thursday.
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