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From ThorSport To Win-Tron, It's A Seamless Switch For Kimmel
Posted by: newsla on Jan 16, 2014 - 06:29 AM
From ThorSport To Win-Tron, It's A Seamless Switch For Kimmel

When you've been around the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as long as Frank Kimmel has, you're going to see some changes.


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In fact, the 10-time ARCA national champion has changed teams three times over the last half-dozen years, and most recently when Kimmel switched from ThorSport Racing to Win-Tron Racing from 2013 to 2014.

Seems like a fairly big deal, but if you ask Kimmel, not so much.

"For me, it's really not as much change as you might think," Kimmel said.

"Win-Tron takes care of the cars much like ThorSport took care of all the equipment. Kevin (Cywinski/co-owner) takes care of the cars and motor side of things and Nate (Thiesse/co-owner) takes care of the business side of things. And I'm going to drive like I did at ThorSport so my role really remains the same. From here, it's really just sorting out the nuts and bolts of how things work at Win-Tron and (outside of the ownership) who takes care of what."

While Kimmel's focus will remain on the driving duties, there are new personalities to consider. For starters, Kimmel will be working with a new crew chief in 2014 - NASCAR veteran chief Jamie Jones.
Jones has crew chiefed for a variety of NASCAR drivers over the years including Terry Cook, David Green, James Buescher, Rick Crawford and David Starr to name a few. He also served as Mason Mitchell's crew chief when Mitchell successfully switched from Roulo Brothers Racing to Empire Racing in 2013.

"I know that Jamie has worked with a lot of successful drivers down through the years. He was taking care of Mason Mitchell's stuff toward the back end of last year and did a heck of a good job with all that, then went to work for Win-Tron at the end of the year. He's been around a while. He's 'old-school' so we'll get along well. He understands what makes these cars go fast. I've already talked with him several times.

"I went down to the shop in Mooresville (N.C.) a couple weeks ago, met with all the guys and got fitted into the seat. Spent time with everyone; it was good."

Kimmel and his new Win-Tron Racing adventure officially gets underway at Daytona in the 51st running of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real, live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday, February 15.
However, among the 78 drivers that tested at Daytona back in December, Kimmel was not on the list.

"I would have liked to have gone but it didn't work out this time. Fortunately, Terry Jones was able to test for Win-Tron down there and I know the guys threw a bunch of stuff at it. Sometimes you don't learn a great deal, and other times you learn a lot on those tests, but the main thing is you're always going to learn something. Win-Tron is very good at the superspeedways, so we're in good shape."

From the grandstands, Kimmel's new program will look seamless. The all-time ARCA winner will be in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, so everything will look virtually the same.

"Overall, the switch is seamless, no issues. Win-Tron's been good to work with. They're used to doing this deal. More than anything, I think it will be business as usual for them. They're used to working with different drivers over the years. They just add me to their long list of drivers."

On that list of Win-Tron drivers that Kimmel speaks of is a long list of winners, including Joey Miller, Blake Bjorklund, Matt Merrell, Justin Marks, Brandon McReynolds and James Buescher. Buescher won at Daytona with Win-Tron in 2009 prior to winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

Kimmel, with 80 career wins, more than any other driver in series history, has never won at Daytona, but he most certainly thinks he can.

"Absolutely I think I can win Daytona with Win-Tron. Our first goal will be to be competitive, and put ourselves in a position at the end of the race to win. Win-Tron's equipment is fast, so we should have the car to do it. We just need lady luck to shine on us at the end."

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