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Kimmel Seeks Home Track Victory At Salem
Posted by: newsla on Sep 12, 2012 - 04:20 PM
Kimmel Seeks Home Track Victory At Salem

Salem Speedway's second event of the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season provides Frank Kimmel with a prime opportunity to add to his legendary record on the Indiana high banks. With a record nine wins at the lightning fast short track, Kimmel's bid for a 10th championship reaches a pivotal mark, sitting 60 points out of the championship lead with three races remaining. In addition to chasing a championship, Kimmel is chasing two ARCA records, the all-time pole award record and the all-time race win record, both held by series legend Iggy Katona.


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After salvaging a 9th place finish after a late race spin at Madison Int'l Speedway, Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards team return to the site of their first top five finish of 2012. In the April event at Salem, Kimmel finished 2nd and was the race that kick-started their impressive performances on short tracks in 2012. The Indiana native's most recent trip to Salem's victory lane occurred in 2008 when a led 62 laps, en route to his third win that season, a feat that he will attempt to duplicate on Saturday night.

Through 37 starts at Salem, Kimmel's record of nine-wins is two ahead of Jack Bowsher's 7 victories, and holds the all-time pole record, with 8 pole awards. Since the beginning of his ARCA career, Kimmel quickly found success at his home track, finishing in the top five in his first four starts. 2012 marks the beginning of Kimmel's third decade racing at Salem in the ARCA Racing Series, looks to notch his tenth win on his home asphalt.

Salem will round out the ten short track events of 2012, and few drivers have outperformed Kimmel and the Thorsport team on short tracks this year. Through the nine short track races thus far, Kimmel has an average finish of 5.8 including his win in Indianapolis as well as the runner-up finish at Salem in April. In the ten most recent races at Salem, Kimmel has finished ninth or better including his win in the 2008 fall race, and has three consecutive top five finishes. Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards Toyota team will look to keep up their short track performance and inch closer to Iggy Katona's win record with a victory on Saturday night.

TOP TEN STREAK: By salvaging a 9th place finish after a late race spin at Madison, Kimmel extended his streak of top ten 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 races 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 Saturday afternoon at 4pm ET.

SALEM RECORD HOLDER: Kimmel holds the all-time win record at Salem with nine victories and the all-time pole record with eight pole awards at his home track. From April 2000-September 2002, Kimmel won five consecutive races, all from the pole position. Over his 37 starts, Kimmel has led 1,737 laps at his home track.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Kimmel's son, Frankie Kimmel, will make his first start of 2012 at Salem driving the #09 entry, and will mark the second consecutive fall race at Salem the father and son duo have competed against each other. In the fall race last season, Frank finished 5th while young Frankie notched a 7th place finish.

POINTS REPORT: After 17 of 20 races, Kimmel sits second in the season long championship point standings, 60 points behind leader Chris Buescher. In 17 races, Kimmel has amassed two wins at Indianapolis and Springfield, as well as nine top fives and fourteen top ten finishes.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Salem will mark the return of chassis A-1 after a 9th place finish at Madison Int'l Speedway one race ago. Kimmel finished second driving A-1 at Salem in April, and will race it for the ninth time this weekend. (Mobile - 17th, Salem - 2nd, Toledo - 2nd, Winchester - 11th, Iowa - 5th, LORP - Win, Berlin - 2nd, Madison - 9th)

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