Frank Kimmel Quick at Salem Speedway SALEM, Indiana (April 10, 2010) - Frank Kimmel and his No. 44 Ansell/Menards team took one step closer to their goal of winning a record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race...
Frank Kimmel Quick at Salem Speedway
SALEM, Indiana (April 10, 2010) - Frank Kimmel and his No. 44 Ansell/Menards team took one step closer to their goal of winning a record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race at Salem Speedway during Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com.
Kimmel completed 32 laps during the 90-minute practice session, the only of the weekend. The Indiana native toured the track at a time of 17.584, fifth-fastest among the 34-car field. Although the Ansell/Menards Ford was fast, Kimmel felt like there were still some unknowns heading into Sunday.
"I don't know yet," said Kimmel. "We came with a different setup than we have ever run here before, and we are staying with it and trying to learn as we go. The car is fast, I mean it runs really fast, so we are happy with that, but I am a little concerned with how long it will run like that. Right now, we are just optimistic, cautiously optimistic.
Saturday's practice session provided the ARCA Series drivers with their first on-track action of the season at the half-mile oval. With Salem Speedway under construction, no ARCA teams had the opportunity to test at the historic oval, creating a challenge for both the teams and drivers.
"The biggest obstacle has been the setup we are using," explained Kimmel. "We are trying something completely different than we have ever run before. It's different with the track being so fresh and green and dirty and everything with all the construction. We just have a lot of variables right now, and it's hard when you don't really know what's going on. We are going to just keep plugging and see what we can come up with."
Kimmel didn't slow down during qualifying later in the afternoon. The Ansell/Menards Ford rolled off pit road 33rd out of the 34-car field. Kimmel ran two laps, with a best time of 17.426, 114.656 mph, enough for the fourth-place starting position for Sunday's 200-lap event.
"You always want to qualify fastest, but that's the best we have qualified here in a long time," said the Indiana native. "With the new set-up, we are pretty encouraged. I knew we could run fast for one lap, but I hope we can run fast for a long time."
Rookie Max Gresham, making his ARCA Series debut, posted the fastest time during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell with Steve Arpin, Joey Coulter, Kimmel and Mikey Kile rounding out the top-five.
Kimmel looks to take the checkers for his 10th win at his home-track and break his streak of 26 races without a win, the longest winless period since his first ARCA win.
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