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Kimmel Excited For Busy Stretch Of Racing

MILLVILLE, N.J. - June 2, 2014) - Frank Kimmel put together yet another top-five finish in an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards road course race Sunday, coming home fifth in the Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Kimmel has never won on a road course. But, in his road course stats are impressive nonetheless. After the performance Sunday on the 14-turn, 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway, Kimmel now has 12 top 10 finishes in 13 career road course starts. He has three top five's in the seven races ARCA has run at New Jersey.

“I tell you, I had a great car today,” said the driver of the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota. “It was the best car I've had on a road course. This Win-Tron team put together a solid package for me.”

Kimmel started in the top 10, moved up a couple of spots and stayed there most of the afternoon. There were only two cautions and Kimmel stayed with the leaders during every pit cycle.

“I spun the car down in one of the turns, got out of it a little bit,” Kimmel said. “That may have cost us a spot. But, Grant (Enfinger) and I were running about the same lap times and he finished just in front of me. No one had anything for Andrew Ranger. I finished fourth in the ARCA race and he won the Andrew Ranger race.”

The race at New Jersey was the only road course race on the 2014 ARCA Racing Series schedule. The season is now six races only and Kimmel stands in third place in the driver point standings. He's looking forward to the next several weeks, however, as the series is reaching its busiest point with races just about every weekend. The next seven ARCA races will be televised, including five races on Fox Sports 1 and two on CBS Sports Network.

“I love this time of the year,” Kimmel said. “There's not a lot of turnaround and guys have to be prepared. This stretch really shows which teams are prepared.”

This week, Kimmel will go with his Win-Tron team to Pocono Raceway for an open ARCA test Wednesday.

“I believe this is the first time I've been able to test at Pocono,” Kimmel said. “I can't wait. It's exciting to get to go there with these guys. I know they have great cars for these tracks. I'm sure there are some things they will want to work on with the car. Then, we go racing on Saturday. There's not a lot of time. I love it.”

The ARCA Racing Series will race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Saturday, June 7, the return to the track less than a week later at Michigan International Speedway for a Friday, June 13 race. Both will be on Fox Sports 1.

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- By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com

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