(SANDUSKY, Ohio - August 31, 2012) - With three races remaining in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Frank Kimmel returns to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds looking to make up 60 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 76 career victories. Two weeks ago, Kimmel led 51 of 100 laps on Springfield's dirt, and returns to DuQuoin hoping to take his third win of the season and sweep the dirt events in 2012.
Coming off a disappointing finish at Madison, Kimmel finds himself 60 points out of the point lead, and chasing his 10th career title with momentum still at his side. 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 two weeks ago. Four seasons ago, Kimmel led 96 of 102 laps en route to the victory that swept the dirt events 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, the all-time record at DuQuoin. After starting his DuQuoin career with three finishes outside the top 20, Kimmel quickly took a liking to dirt racing, and has scored 15 top-10s at DuQuoin, including four in the last five visits. Over the past 12 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 11 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 toward the championship lead.
Kimmel, who is representing Ansell's HyFlex® Precision Gloves, answered two questions about dirt racing prior to Monday's race.
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."
How much different are the two dirt tracks, DuQuoin and Springfield?
"The distance is probably the one thing similar between them. They are very, very different the way you drive them. The dirt itself is quite a bit different too. DuQuoin is kind of a brown sandy dirt and is more abrasive to the tires, where Springfield gets real packed down. You do things a little differently driving though the corner at both places, but the setup stays pretty close between both tracks."
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From Team Release