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Kimmel Looks To Continue Dirt Domination At DuQuoin
Posted by: newsla on Oct 10, 2012 - 09:20 PM
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Kimmel Looks To Continue Dirt Domination At DuQuoin


With two races remaining in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Frank Kimmel comes to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds to make up 85 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. In the series' first dirt event of 2012, Kimmel led 51 of 100 laps on the Springfield Mile, 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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On the heels of a fourth place finish at Salem Speedway in September, 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 in August. Four seasons ago, Kimmel led 96 of 102 laps en route to the victory that swept the dirt races 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, tied for 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: As a result of finishing 4th after being nearly two laps down at Salem Speedway on September 15th, Kimmel extended his streak of top fen finishes to nine 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.

POINTS REPORT: After 18 of 20 races, Kimmel currently sits second, 85 points behind championship leader, Chris Buescher. To this point in 2012, Kimmel has scored two victories, ten top fives, and fifteen top ten finishes.

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

DUQUOIN LAPS LED/WIN RECORDS: 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. Should Kimmel take the checkered flag, he would move into sole possession of the all-time with record at DuQuoin with six. Currently, he is tied with the late Dean Roper with five victories.

FAST TRACK CHALLENGE: Not only is Kimmel on the heels of a 10th championship, but he is chasing the ARCA Fast Track Challenge title as well. The Fast Track Challenge scores drivers' finishing position only and does not include bonus points for qualifying or leading laps. Kimmel trails Chris Buescher by 25 points with two events remaining. Kimmel and Buescher are the only two drivers that have scored top ten finishes in 2012.

S&S VOLVO LAPS COMPLETED AWARD: Through 18 of 20 races, Kimmel has competed all but four laps of competition thus far. His consistency has placed him second in series standings as well as second in the S&S Volvo Laps Completed Award. Kimmel is four laps behind award leader, Buescher, who has completed all the laps in 2012. There are 199 laps remaining in 2012 (100 at DuQuoin, 99 at Kansas).

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 months ago in chassis A-6. He also finished fourth with this chassis at Elko Speedway in June.

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HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE LAST TWO RACES CHASING THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"It's not going to change anything anymore. We've been behind all year, and we have to go out and do everything we can do to gain the most points. The team has really come together and the cars have been really fast. We've had really good opportunities to win the last five or six races, I think. We have to just keep doing what we're doing. All the guys that we're racing for the championship have been running really well the last few races. Being that we're 85 points behind, I feel like we're going to have to get a little help. If (Buescher) has some bad luck, we can get caught up and go into Kansas and race hard."

HOW DIFFERENT IS THE DRIVING STYLE FROM PAVEMENT TO DIRT?
"There is quite a bit of difference, but it still comes down to the same thing. You want a car that turns good and still gets forward traction. It's all the same, but there is a different technique for dirt. You run through the gas a little bit different through the turns, but you still have to get through the center of the corner like on pavement."

WILL THE RACE DATE CHANGE HAVE AN IMPACT?
"It really remains to be seen how the track will be. Considering there will be no race the day before like there usually is, and being deeper into the season, it's going to be a completely different track. Good thing for us racers is that Bob Sargent and his guys are so good at track preparation, that we know the track will be in good shape no matter what. They know what's going on and what it takes to get the track ready regardless of the circumstances."

Race Info
October 14, 2012
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
1 Mile Dirt Oval
Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care
100 Laps/100 Miles

Broadcast Info:
Live Timing & Scoring at ARCARacing.com
Sunday, October 14: Practice - 10-11am CT
Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell - 12 Noon CT

Race - 2 pm CT

Team Facts:
Current Driver Point Standings: 2nd
Chassis: A-6 (Recently Raced at Springfield - WIN)
Engine: TRD (Toyota Racing Development) & TRIAD

Frank Kimmel
ARCA RACING SERIES results at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds:
WINS: 5
POLES: 0
Top 5s: 12
Top 10s: 15
Total Appearances: 21

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