Veteran Frank Kimmel leads rookie Mason Mingus for ARCA’s Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge title headed to Kentucky SpeedwayPress Release
But that’s not the only title Kimmel’s thinking about as ARCA’s 61st season winds down. The Clarksville, Indiana second-generation ARCA driver is also ARCA’s Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge title leader, which will be decided in the last two events of the year – the ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway Friday, September 20 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 finale in early October.
The Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge title consists of race points accumulated on all of ARCA’s superspeedway tracks: Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas.
“The speedways that ARCA races on are such a big part of ARCA’s schedule, and certainly some of our marquis events,” said Kimmel. “You want to win the overall title – that’s the big prize – but it means a lot more if you can win the superspeedway championship too. We’ve done it both ways in the past. Some years we’ve won the overall championship without winning the speedway title, but I can tell you, it’s so much better winning both. Winning the speedway title along with the overall championship just completes the deal.
“It’s been a while since we’ve won the superspeedway championship, so it would mean a lot.”
Kimmel’s a five-time Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge champion, but hasn’t won the speedway title since 2006.
Kimmel currently leads top SCOTT Rookie Challenge contender Mason Mingus by 55 points for the speedway title headed to Kentucky.
“It’s going to come right down to it; that’s for sure. I’m just glad we get to decide a part of it at Kentucky. We haven’t raced there since ’09, and Kentucky is the closest speedway that we race on, in ARCA, to my home, and so that makes it special.”
It probably doesn’t hurt that Kimmel has already won four times at Kentucky.
“I don’t really know except to say we’re racers, and we race — and Kentucky has always been a track with what we like to call character. It’s a challenge to get your car working as good as it needs to be to get the most out of it — and to be better than your competitors.
“We’ve always been able to achieve that here, whether it was Bill (brother) and I working with our family team or with what we have in 2013 with ThorSport Racing and our Ansell / Menards Toyota.”
From 2001 through 2009 Kimmel virtually owned the deed to Kentucky Speedway. He won three consecutive races from 2001-2002 — with both in 2001 coming from the pole — then was second in the next two after that.
In 19 career starts at Kentucky, Kimmel has 11 top-five finishes, 14 top-10s, four poles and has led 553 laps in 11 races, more than anyone else.
Former Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge champions include Davey Allison, Bill Venturini, Bob Keselowski, Bob Strait, Jeff Purvis, Tim Steele, Bobby Gerhart, Kimmel, and Chris Buescher, to name a few.
Practice for the ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway is Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 3, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:15. The ZLOOP 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8. All times are Eastern.
In addition to Live Timing and Scoring at ARCAracing.com, the race is live on FOX Sports 1 at 8 eastern.
Source: Automobile Racing Club of America Press Release