||Kimmel Leaves Kentucky with 11th-Place Finish
SPARTA, Ky. (September 22, 2014) With just two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races left on the 2014 schedule and a battle for third-place in the championship point standings, Frank Kimmel and his Win-Tron Racing team looked to Friday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway to make up ground and points on their competition. After a full day of practice and qualifying at the 1.5-mile oval, the Ansell-Menards Toyota never quite had enough speed and Kimmel crossed the finish line in the 11th position.
“My Win-Tron Racing team worked hard all day,” said Kimmel after the race. “Our Ansell-Menards Toyota was actually pretty good during the race, a little tight at times. We just didn’t seem to have the speed needed to keep up with those top teams. A little past halfway, I felt a vibration inside the car but couldn’t tell which tire it was. Once the caution came out, we changed four and the vibration went away, but could only work our way back up to 11th. We are still in the hunt for third in the points though and have one more race to get it. Kansas will be fun.”
Kimmel posted the 14th fastest time in qualifying and started the ZLOOP 150 with his sights set on the front. The first caution was displayed on lap 18, with crew chief Mark Rette bringing the No. 44 Toyota to pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment to help the “tight center and off” handling condition Kimmel was battling. The 10-time champion restarted in the 12th position and went four-wide on the restart to break into the top-10.
Halfway through the 100-lap event, the second yellow slowed the pace, allowing Kimmel to return to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Kimmel reported the Ansell-Menards Toyota was handling pretty good, just couldn’t run very fast. Even with the adjustments on pit road, Kimmel restarted inside the top-10, in ninth-place.
With 30 laps remaining, Kimmel radioed he felt a vibration inside the No. 44 Toyota Camry. A timely caution came on lap 72, allowing Kimmel to pit for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. With varying pit strategies among the front-runners, Kimmel restarted in 15th-place with 20 laps to go. Quickly, Kimmel moved into the 12th position and was able to pick up one more spot over the final stretch to finish in 11th-place.
Kimmel and the Win-Tron Racing team will have a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series season finale on Friday, October 3rd. The green flag will start the ARCA 98.9 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, with live television coverage on FOX Sports 2. ARCAracing.com will also carry live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.
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