(LONG POND, Pa. - August 3, 2012) - Coming off his 75th career win last Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway, Frank Kimmel returns to Pocono Raceway looking for his second consecutive win and fourth career win at the Pennsylvania triangle.
Kimmel and the No. 44 Ansell/Menards team enter the second Pocono event of 2012 riding a wave of impressive performances through the summer, and are looking to continue gaining on the championship point leaders.
In June, Kimmel battled back from a flat tire to finish sixth in the Pocono ARCA 200. Since a weekend off at the beginning of July, Kimmel has gained 95 points on the series point lead on the strength of three top-five finishes. Leading up to his monumental 75th win, Kimmel scored a fifth-place finish in Iowa and followed that effort up with an impressive third at Chicagoland Speedway.
Pocono Raceway has been the site of great success for the 75-time ARCA Racing Series race winner. Kimmel has scored three wins at the track, with the most recent of those coming in July 2006, when he won from the pole. In recent history, Kimmel has been a model of consistency at the 2.5-mile facility, finishing inside the top 20 in each of the last six ARCA events at Pocono, and finishing all but one lap. The 2012 edition of the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 will hold added intrigue for the nine-time champ, as he will look to accomplish something he has not done since 2008: win back-to-back races.
Kimmel will race ThorSport Racing's A-2 chassis at Pocono in the car's fourth appearance of 2012. Chassis A-2 has been raced to three top-10 finishes in as many starts this season. The car raced at Pocono and Michigan (seventh) in June, and at Chicagoland in July.
This week, Kimmel answered several questions about his outlook for Saturday's Pennsylvania ARCA 125.
What did you learn at Pocono in June that will transfer to this weekend?
"We don't know if we'll have a tire issue when we go back. We don't know if the track has cured enough and lost a little bit of grip. We're going to be aware of the tire issues and pay attention to that. The tires are going to need some attention, and our car was pretty good in the spring race. What we learned at Michigan and Chicago we are applying to the car, because we've raced this chassis at all those races."
What kind of performance advantage do you have coming off of the win at Indy?
"Confidence. We were all worried if we were doing the right things to the race cars and in the race cars. We were close several times, but could never get ourselves to break through. All that is gone now. That pressure is off (crew chief) Jeriod Prince and myself, and the entire team. The guys that work on the cars want to win, and everybody wants to see results. It wasn't an easy one. We had to improve the car all race and really work for it. That's what you have to do. It really increased our confidence to know that we can go out and win races now."
The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday. ARCA's 50-lap shootout on Pocono's 2.5-mile triangle will air live on SPEED. Practice will take place today, from 1:40-3 p.m., and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 5:15 today. ARCARacing.com will provide live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track action. The event will be the 14th of 20 this season.
From Team Release