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Kimmel Focused On Sweeping The Dirt At Duquoin
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2012 - 04:16 PM
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Kimmel Focused On Sweeping The Dirt At Duquoin


With three races remaining in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Frank Kimmel returns to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds to make up 60 points on the championship lead. DuQuoin has been the site of much of Kimmel's success in the ARCA Racing Series, accounting for five of his seventy six career victories. Two weeks ago, Kimmel led 51 of 100 laps on the Springfield Mile dirt, and returns to DuQuoin hoping to take his third win of the season and is focused on sweeping the dirt events in 2012.

 

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Coming off a disappointing finish at Madison, Kimmel finds himself 60 points out of the point lead, and chasing his 10th career title with momentum still at his side. DuQuoin provides the Thorsport Racing team the perfect opportunity to gain points on the championship lead, given the Ansell/Menards team's performance on the first dirt track race two weeks ago. Four seasons ago, Kimmel led 96 of 102 laps en route to the victory that swept the dirt events that season, a feat that has been accomplished just twice since 2006, and one he is looking to replicate this weekend.

In his 21 career starts at the southern Illinois dirt track, Kimmel has amassed five victories, the all-time record at DuQuoin. After starting his DuQuoin career with three finishes outside the top twenty, Kimmel quickly took a liking to dirt racing, and has scored fifteen top tens at DuQuoin, including four in the last five visits. Over the past twelve events at DuQuoin, Kimmel's incredible dirt record includes his five victories, as well as eight top fives.

During the span of his five DuQuoin wins, Kimmel had an incredible run of results, in which he finished outside the top five just once in those eight races. Not only has Kimmel had a history of winning at DuQuoin, but he has had a history of leading numerous laps. He is currently second in the track's all-time laps led category, and is twelve behind the all-time record holder, Billy Thomas. With one stellar dirt track performance under his belt this season, Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards team are focused on using their performance and the nine-time champ's dirt experience to vault them back towards the championship lead.

TOP TEN STREAK: By salvaging a 9th place finish after a late race spin at Madison last Sunday, Kimmel extended his streak of top fen finishes to eight races. Kimmel is in the midst of his longest streak of consecutive top ten finishes in 2012, which dates back to a 7th place finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

CHASING THE RECORDS: Kimmel's 76th career win at the Springfield Mile two weeks ago moved him to within three wins of Iggy Katona's all time ARCA Racing Series win record of 79. Kimmel can tie Katona's all-time record of 43 pole awards this weekend during Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell on Monday morning at 1pm CT.

DUQUOIN LAPS LED RECORD: In 21 starts at DuQuoin, Kimmel is second all-time in laps led, just twelve behind Billy Thomas. In his career at DuQuoin, Kimmel has led twelve or more laps in seven races.

POINTS REPORT: After 17 of 20 races, Kimmel currently sits sixth points behind championship leader, Chris Buescher. To this point in 2012, Kimmel has scored two victories, nine top fives, and fourteen top ten finishes.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Thorsport Racing will bring chassis A-6 to the racetrack for the third time this season. Kimmel most recently drove to victory at Springfield two weeks ago in chassis A-6. He also finished fourth with this chassis at Elko Speedway in June.

SUMMER STREAK: In the previous seven consecutive weeks of racing, Kimmel has not finished worse than 9th and has finished outside the top five just once. The Ansell/Menards team currently has momentum on their side thanks to Kimmel's two wins at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and the Springfield Mile during the stretch of consecutive races.

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