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Kimmel leaves Daytona second in the ARCA Racing Series point standings
 
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 17, 2014) – Frank Kimmel will leave Florida in second place in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver point standings after a runner-up finish in the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona International Speedway.

What’s remarkable about that fact is Kimmel is actually two spots higher at this point over last year when he dominated the ARCA Racing Series season in claiming his 10th series championship.

“It’s great for Win-Tron Racing to star the year with a second-place finish,” Kimmel said.

In finishing second at Daytona, Kimmel extended his personal ARCA Racing Series streak to 32 consecutive races with a top-10 finish.

Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, finished just behind Grant Enfinger.

He started 16th but was in the top 10 for most of the race. He avoided a 12-car mishap early in the race and remained in contention for his first Daytona victory.

When a late caution flew, Kimmel was lined up third behind Enfinger and Chase Elliott. He pushed Enfinger for the final eight laps, but couldn’t make the pass. He had Clay Campbell behind him.

Kimmel said he didn’t think he was going to get by Enfinger when the two were single-file coming down to the white and checkered flag.

“I think it ended the way it probably would end no matter what we did,” Kimmel said.

It was an eventful first race with Win-Tron Racing for Kimmel.

First, a snowstorm hitting Southeast Wednesday canceled flights throughout the south. He found out his flight was delayed about 11 p.m. Tuesday. He was forced to drive to Indianapolis, board an airplane bound for Tampa-St.Petersburg, and hitch a ride with his uncle, Paul, to get to Daytona Beach.

And, Win-Tron co-owner Nate Thiesse didn’t make it to Daytona as his wife was having a baby.

Kimmel’s Win-Tron teammate, Terry Jones, finished eighth, also scoring a top 10 finish.

The ARCA Racing Series will next head to Mobile, Ala. for the ARCA Mobile 200 March 22 at Mobile International Speedway. Kimmel, who was fourth in the driver point standings after Daytona last season, finished fifth at Mobile last year.
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