Salem: Frank Kimmel preview

Frank Kimmel "At Home" in Salem MOORSVILLE, N.C. (April 6, 2010) - With a record nine ARCA Racing Series victories at Salem Speedway, it would be an understatement to say that Frank Kimmel feels at home at the historic Indiana track. When the ...

Frank Kimmel "At Home" in Salem

MOORSVILLE, N.C. (April 6, 2010) - With a record nine ARCA Racing Series victories at Salem Speedway, it would be an understatement to say that Frank Kimmel feels at home at the historic Indiana track. When the green flag falls on Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com, Kimmel will not only be considered a favorite to win but will also be a favorite among the fans in his hometown crowd.

Hailing from Clarksville, Ind., Kimmel has logged thousands of laps around his hometown racetrack, Salem Speedway. With the Frank Kimmel Racing shop only 47 miles away, this race is circled on the Ansell/Menards team's schedule.

"Salem Speedway is a track with a lot of history," said Kimmel. "It is an important track to the Kimmel family. My dad raced here, and I have been coming to Salem for more than 30 years. As a team, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to run well here. We are not only racing in front of our hometown fans, we also have a lot of family and friends that come to the track. It is important to come out of Salem with a good finish."

When the checkered flag falls on Sunday, Kimmel and his Ansell/Menards team hope to write their names in the Salem Speedway record books for the 10th time, which would be one step closer to a record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series Championship.

On-track activities for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com will begin with practice and qualifying on Saturday, April 10. Sunday fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite ARCA driver from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. before the green flag drops at 2:15 p.m. audio streaming can be found on ARCAracing.com during the event.

"Kimmel's Top 10"

In anticipation of his 10th Championship, Frank Kimmel gives a look at his "Top 10" before each ARCA Series race. With the ARCA Series heading to his home track of Salem Speedway, Kimmel gives us his "Top 10" things to do in Southern Indiana.

10. Find a local restaurant- there are several great local restaurants around Salem!

9. Grab a canoe and go out on Blue River, Indiana's first designated scenic waterway.

8. Rent a water slide pontoon boat and go out on Patoka Lake.

7. Race go-karts at the Fun Farm in Corydon, Ind.

6. Check out Milan High School, this is where the movie Hoosiers originated.

5. Drive south to Louisville, Ky. and check out Churchill Downs.

4. Visit the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Ind.

3. Eat at Hubers Restaurant- Great Southern BBQ, Kimmel brings his crew, fellow ARCA competitors, family and friends here the night before the race.

2. Visit the No. 44 Ansell/Menards team at Frank KImmel Racing in Clarksville, Ind.

1. Watch exciting racing action at Salem Speedway!

Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford Notes

Good to Be Home: Salem Speedway is the home track for Frank Kimmel. The No. 44 Ansell/Menards team race shop is located less than 30 miles from Salem. To say that a win at Salem Speedway is important would be an understatement as Kimmel's family has been competing at the historic oval for over 30 years.

Looking for 10: Not only is Frank Kimmel looking towards getting back on track for his record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series Championship run, but he is also looking to put his name in the record books at Salem Speedway for a 10th time in this weekend's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com. With nine victories at the famed half-mile oval, Kimmel currently holds the record for the most ARCA series victories at Salem.

Family Affair: Any time Kimmel hits the track, it is a family affair for his Ansell/Menards team. This weekend's race at Salem really brings the family aspect of the Frank Kimmel Racing Team to the spotlight. His brother, Bill Kimmel Jr., serves as his crew chief and has been with Frank for eight of his nine ARCA championships. His nephew, Will Kimmel, serves as jack man and also climbs behind the wheel of his own street stock at Salem Speedway throughout the racing season. Frank's son, Frank Kimmel II, serves as occasional spotter and tire changer for his father's team. When Frank II is not working at the family-owned Frank Kimmel Racing, he is driving in the Street Stock Division at Salem Speedway, where he has won the past two series championships.

Chasing the Record Books: If you look at the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards record books, there are not many lists that do not include Frank Kimmel. This season, his sights are set on breaking the all-time ARCA win record. With 74 career ARCA victories, Frank is five wins shy of breaking the record held by Iggy Katona.

In The Points: Kimmel's 12th-place finish at Palm Beach International Speedway moved him up 14 positions in the series point standings. He now stands in 11th position, 145 markers behind leader Justin Marks.

Frank Kimmel:

What do you like about racing at Salem and what are some challenges at Salem? "I love that it is only 30 minutes from home! The track has a lot of character and history. Salem is a rough, short track, so it is not as aero dependent. To do well here, you really have to race the race track. It is a tight track with really tight corners. I love the atmosphere at Salem. I always look forwarding to not only racing in front of my home town fans but also the several family and friends that come to the track."

"Salem Speedway can be a really tricky track. Having success here is always a case of trial and error. It is a rough track with a worn out surface; there are even some chunks of asphalt missing on the racing surface. It is a tight track, so there is not a lot of racing room. To be successful, you really have to race the track and keep your nose clean. This year the track will be new to everybody because there has been so much construction. Nobody has been able to test, so it is really going to put everybody on a level playing ground."

What will your team need to do in order to pull out your 10th win at the track? "Track position is really important, so qualifying will be really important. We need to get up near the front, lead laps and stay out of trouble. We can't make any mistakes on pit road or on the track and make sure to be there at the end. If we can do that, I think we have a good chance on Sunday."

The Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series will also be competing at Salem Speedway this weekend, does that add to your level of excitement going into the weekend? "I am really excited for the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series this weekend. It will be the second race for the series at Salem. The rules and cars for the series originated out of the Salem Speedway area, so it's always exciting to see them compete here. Last year, I felt like this series had some of the best short track races I have ever seen at Salem. I am looking forward to seeing them get back to racing action; it is a great opportunity for those drivers to compete in front of a large ARCA crowd."

-source: kimmel racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Marks