Kimmel Earns 40th Career Pork Pole

Kimmel Earns 40th Career Pork Pole
Becomes All-Time Series Superspeedway Pole Winner
LONG POND PA (7-21-06) - Seven-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel earned his 40th career Pork Pole Award Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. It was also his 19th career superspeedway Pork Pole thereby becoming the all-time series superspeedway pole winner, breaking the tie he and Tim Steele held. 

Kimmel posted a speed of 165.004 mph around the Pocono Raceway triangle, his second Pork Pole Award of 2006.  

“We just didn’t really have a good qualifying run during practice so our practice speed didn’t necessarily reflect our qualifying abilities,” said Kimmel.

Starting Grid

“Once the 4 made his lap, and we saw what he posted we knew we had a good chance. And there were some other guys out there that we had to look out for as well. We really just basically run race setup all day, we don’t really do a lot for qualifying anymore. We just try to use our knowledge and past experiences, we all know I have plenty of that. You know, we changed some spring rubbers and that kind of stuff, just whatever we could do to try and beat those Dodge development drivers. For the most part those young kids are pretty good.” 

The Dodge development driver Kimmel was referring to was 19-year-old Chase Miller, who earned his first career victory at Pocono in June driving a No. 4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge. The Canton, Georgia native, who is part of a driver development program for Dodge and Cunningham Motorsports, starts second in Saturday’s Pennsylvania 200 after posting a speed of 163.126 mph. 

“The car was really good but we didn’t have it taped up because I need more experience,” said Miller. “We’ll have a really good car. We’re really excited and happy and ready to go tomorrow.” 

Justin Allgaier, in the No. 16 AG Tech-USAF-Trashman-Hoosier Tire Midwest Chevrolet, was third quickest, at 163.126 mph. Chad McCumbee and Damon Lusk rounded out the top 5. 

Early during Friday’s Pork Pole Qualifying session, Ed Pompa backed into the turn 1 wall in his No. 1 Rifenburg Construction-Fast Track Driving School Chevrolet. The Ballston Spa, New York driver was examined and released from the infield care center. Pompa will start 35th in Saturday’s Pennsylvania 200, his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series start. 

The Pennsylvania 200 rolls off Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m. The race will be LIVE on SPEED.