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Kimmel looks to get back on track at Winchester

(TOLEDO, Ohio – June 30, 2014) – A weekend off of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour has Frank Kimmel primed and ready for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Winchester Speedway Sunday, July 6. 

The event at Winchester looms large on the horizon and not just because the ARCA Racing Series is helping to celebrate 100 years of racing at the historic track. No doubt Kimmel is eager to get back on track after a disappointing run in his last outing at Elko Speedway where he finished 11th. He was the defending race winner headed into Elko. 

“I’m just really disappointed,” he said. “After practice and that good qualifying run, probably the best of the year, the car just wouldn’t turn when the race started. That’s disappointing. I hate it for the Win-Tron guys; that’s their home track.” 

Despite the Elko outcome, he remains third in the ARCA point standings. 

“Well, I won there (Winchester) last year and the fastest car last year at Winchester was the 32,” Kimmel said. Kimmel was referring to the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing car with Mason Mingus in last year’s race. However, Mingus got caught up in a wreck leading the race, which left Kimmel in charge. Kimmel switched from ThorSport Racing in 2013 to Win-Tron Racing for the 2014 season. 

As a six-time ARCA winner at Winchester, Kimmel understands how to win on the historic half-mile, high-banked short track. 

“Staying out of trouble at Winchester can be more difficult than other tracks...the speeds are so high. You have to look way ahead of yourself, keep your nose clean and manage your tires. All easier said than done.” 

In addition to the great racing action fans always get at Winchester when the ARCA tour comes to town, Kimmel appreciates the history and tradition that comes with running Winchester. 

“It’s definitely one of the better short tracks we go to. Charlie Shaw (track owner) has been a great support of ARCA over the years and he’s made so many great improvements to the track. You can look back at over a hundred years of racing at Winchester...all the history, all the drivers who have won there; it’s incredible. It’s one of the most historic race tracks in the United States.” 

The Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care marks the series’ 25th silver anniversary appearance at Winchester, located near the Indiana-Ohio border, just northeast of Indianapolis. 

The Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 serves as the grand finale in a triple-header race weekend that includes the ‘King of the Wing’ Davey Hamilton-promoted Sprint Car East-West Shootout Friday, July 4 and the Top Speed Modified Tour on Saturday, July 5, which accompanies ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying. The explosive and festive weekend culminates with the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon. 

Celebrating a ‘Century of Speed’ at Winchester, the Friday night, July 4 show includes an Independence Day fireworks display, the ‘Party in the Pavilion’, the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona on big screen TVs and the Winchester Old Timers Club cars on display on the frontstretch. 

Discount tickets will be available for $20 each at Menards locations in Anderson, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Muncie and Richmond, Ind., plus stores in Celina, Sidney and Tipp City, Ohio. Race fans can save $10 by purchasing a single-day ticket, or $20 by purchasing a three-day ticket for $55. 

Kimmel will appear with his No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota at the Richmond Menards store, 3800 National East Rd. from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4 and at the Anderson store at 2245 E. 67th St. from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

His car will also be in the hauler parade heading to Winchester Speedway on Friday, July 4. A fireworks celebration will follow. 

The Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care will be at 2 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. 

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