Toledo: Kimmel Racing preview

Kimmel Racing Toledo Bound for Menards 200 Team fielding second entry for NASCAR driver Paul Menard CORENLIUS, N.C. (May 13, 2009) -- On the heels of his second top-five finish of the season, Frank Kimmel leads his Ansell/Menards sponsored...

Kimmel Racing Toledo Bound for Menards 200
Team fielding second entry for NASCAR driver Paul Menard

CORENLIUS, N.C. (May 13, 2009) -- On the heels of his second top-five finish of the season, Frank Kimmel leads his Ansell/Menards sponsored team to Toledo for this week's Menards 200. Kimmel's participation in his primary sponsors namesake event will be bolstered by teammate Paul Menard, who will race a second entry for Kimmel Racing in Sunday's event.

"Running fifth at Kentucky definitely helped our entire team because it showed that we had really come a long way with our mile and a half program," said Kimmel. "As an organization, it's the perfect lead in to this weekend at Toledo where we're fielding two cars -- mine and one for Paul Menard -- and because it's our sponsor's title event."

Toledo Speedway has been an important stop in Frank Kimmel's career. In addition to recording his first ever ARCA win at the facility in 1994, Kimmel leads all drivers with nine total victories at Toledo. In 27 total starts, Kimmel has scored 20 top-five finishes and three pole awards. In addition, he has led 1,113 laps.

"Toledo is a racetrack that has been very good to me over the years," said Kimmel. "Having so much past success at a particular track definitely helps boost the team's confidence heading into a race weekend."

On Saturday, Kimmel will work with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton, who will be on hand to practice and qualify Paul Menard's car. Having another driver to discuss track conditions and set ups of with will certainly be a welcome opportunity for Kimmel and his crew. Crafton's crew chief and truck chief, Bud Haefele and Jeriod Smith, will also be on hand to help field the No. 98 Johns Manville Ford.

"Matt Crafton has been very competitive in the last few years so I definitely think he and his crew will bring some new fresh ideas to Toledo," said Kimmel. "Hopefully, we can put our heads together and make both cars better. There would be nothing cooler than having a one -- two finish for Kimmel Racing on Sunday."

Kimmel's brother and crew chief, Bill Kimmel, will also be on hand to run the show for the No. 44 team and to offer up support and manpower to the efforts of the No. 98 team. For both teams, there are some definite keys to getting around Toledo Speedway.

"To run well at Toledo, you've got to get through the middle of the turn really quick and easy," said Bill Kimmel. "Aside from that, the biggest thing is planning your race strategy so that you don't have to hit pit road too late in the race. Track position late is really important at Toledo because the Lucky Dog deal keeps a lot of cars on the lead lap. To get through all that traffic at the end would be next to impossible, so the key to winning at Toledo is being up front in the top-three or top-five during the last 50 laps of the race."

The No. 44 Ansell/Menards team will race chassis #34 this weekend. The car was purchased from Roush Racing last year and had several strong finishes in 2008, including a third place run at Iowa Speedway and a runner-up finish at Cayuga Motor Speedway. The most recent appearance of #34 was at Rockingham Speedway last month where Kimmel finished 11th.

ARCA RE/MAX Series practice is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell beginning at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care begin at 1:15 p.m. Sunday followed by the Menards 200 2:15 p.m.

-credit: kr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Matt Crafton , Paul Menard