Coming off of Second-Place MIS Run, Frank Kimmel Aims for Win No. 81

Coming off of Second-Place MIS Run, Frank Kimmel Aims for Win No. 81

by June 20, 2015 0 comments

JOLIET, Ill. — A runner-up finish at Michigan International Speedway for 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel has the 80-time race winner aiming for his first win in over one year.

Kimmel and his No. 25 Ansell/Menards team enter tonight’s Scott 150 at Chicagoland Speedway fresh off a seceond-place run at Michigan International Speedway

Coming off of his best finish since last year’s season opener at Daytona, Kimmel ended a streak of three consecutive finishes outside of the top-10 with his Michigan run.

As Kimmel says, his Venturini Motorsports team has been clicking all along, just that the team hasn’t come home with the results it wanted in the respective race weekends they’ve run together despite putting in strong efforts each and every weekend.

“I really felt like we clicked all year, honestly,” Kimmel said at Chicagoland on Friday. “I don’t think we’ve had really what I’d call a ‘bad run’ – our cars have been very strong.

“We haven’t gotten the finishes we felt like we deserved in the first few races but the cars have run really well. As long as we can stay away from those misfortunes at the end of the day, I think we’re going to do really well. I’ve really been looking forward to every race.”

Partnering with Brandon Jones, who, like Kimmel, is running the No. 25 car in 10 races apiece, the 10-time champion’s contributions have helped place Venturini’s flagship entry in the third position in the owners’ standings.

Entering the Scott 150, the No. 25 Venturini entry sits 60 points behind the points-leading No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports entry.

When speaking if he expected such a tight battle for the owner’s title, Kimmel says he expected as much entering the 2015 season.

“Yeah, I knew it was going to be tough,” Kimmel stated. “There’s a lot of good cars that are running for the whole year. I didn’t know how Brandon and I were going to do doing just 10 races each, so that’s a little bit of a different deal.

“I knew how good Brandon was going to do and I felt like if we could hold our own, we’d be right there too. It’s going to be a battle all year long and I can’t wait.”

As for who he believes will be right up towards the front battling him for the race lead in tonight’s race, the 2003 Scott 150 winner expects both of his teammates for the weekend, Cody Coughlin and Daniel Suarez, to be challenging for the win as well as ARCA’s regulars.

“Our teammates, Cody Couhglin has been running really well and Daniel Suarez is here this weekend and he’s improved every single weekend in the Truck Series so he’s going to be tougher and tougher,” Kimmel remarked. “I think you’ve got to look at Grant [Enfinger] and Tom [Hessert] and all of the natural cast of players. The No. 52 car has been very strong for the past few weeks and Matt Tifft does a great job too.

“There’s a lot of good racers out there this weekend that can win this thing.”

Completing the third-fastest lap in practice on Friday, qualifying awaits Kimmel at 2:30 p.m CT with tonight’s 100-lap race scheduled to kick off at 6:00 p.m CT.

FOX Sports 2 will have live television coverage of tonight’s race.

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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