||Frank Kimmel Captures Fourth-Place Finish at Madison
MADISON, Wis. (August 25, 2014) Entering any particular event on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule, Frank Kimmel usually has completed more laps than any of his fellow competitors. But with Madison International Speedway hosting only their fourth event since Kimmel began driving in the national series, the 10-time champion was on even ground with the tough youngsters. During Sunday afternoon’s Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200, Kimmel battled hot weather conditions, completed every lap inside the top-10 and captured a fourth-place finish.
“It got pretty hot out there today,” said Kimmel after the race. “The Ansell-Menards car was pretty good though. I could keep an eye on the leaders, except for that long run with Grant (Enfinger) pulled away. For the most part, we had a pretty good car; just lacked a little forward drive. Mark Rette and the guys are working hard and we are getting better every week. If we keep finishing in the top four and five, we will get to Victory Lane before the season is over.”
With rain showers washing out the majority of Saturday’s practice session, as well as qualifying, the starting lineup was set based on the current owner point standings, which placed Kimmel in the third position. Quickly, Kimmel settled into a rhythm and held his position when the first caution was displayed on lap 29. The veteran driver radioed to crew chief Mark Rette the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota was “free on entry, tight in center and on exit.” Kimmel stayed on the Illinois short track and continued to run inside the top-five.
Due to the rain showers overnight, a competition caution was displayed on lap 60. Rette brought Kimmel to pit road for right side tires, fuel, and air pressure and chassis adjustments. After a quick stop by the Win-Tron Racing crew, Kimmel gained two positions to restart from second-place on lap 67.
A long green-flag run ensued over the next 100 laps, as the Ansell-Menards Toyota was battling an ill-handling condition with no front grip. As the third caution was shown on lap 173, Kimmel returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, and air pressure and wedge adjustments. Another solid stop by the pit crew allowed Kimmel to hold his position and restart from sixth-place on lap 180.
Over the final 20 laps, Kimmel charged back into the top-five and crossed the finish line in the fourth position. This finish marked Kimmel’s seventh top-five effort of the 2014 season and the Indiana native remains third in the driver championship point standings.
Kimmel and the ARCA Racing Series will now head back to the dirt at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 1. The green flag will wave shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring and audio coverage throughout the day’s on-track activities.
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