Concord, NC (December 10, 2015) – With the 63rd ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season in the rear view mirror it’s time for teams to converge for one final event before the flip of the calendar and the beginning of a new season.
Next up, the ARCA Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 10th. Once again the festivities will take place alongside the Performance Racing Industry’s annual convention and trade show in downtown Indianapolis.
Our Ansell-Menards Racing Season in Review
The 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards featured the driver duo of 10-time Series Champion Frank Kimmel and Brandon Jones behind the wheel of the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota with Venturini Motorsports (VMS).
Combining for 10 starts each, the pair notched nine top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes solidifying a third place finish in the ARCA Series Owner point standings.
“The tandem of Kimmel and Jones provided our team with two outstanding drivers,” said Billy Venturini – VMS’s General Manager. “There’s no question how Kimmel positively impacted our entire program on and off the track. Anytime you can tap into the experience of such an accomplished driver like Frank your entire program benefits. His ability to lead by example and mentor young drivers such as Brandon is just one of those invaluable assets which are almost impossible to replicate.”
Frank Kimmel Rewind – Ties Pole Award Record & Hits Major Career Milestone in ‘15
In ten season starts Frank Kimmel earned four top-5’s and five top-10 finishes with a season best runner-up position coming at Michigan International Speedway. In August, Kimmel etched his name into the ARCA record books again after earning his 43rd career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Pocono Raceway – tying legendary ARCA driver Iggy Katona for most all-time. Kimmel also set a career milestone starting his 500th ARCA Series race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sept. 7, 2015.
During Kimmel’s 26-year ARCA career he’s accumulated impressive stats across the board. Since 1990, Kimmel has amassed 80 wins, 43 poles, 272 Top-5’s and 372 Top-10 finishes – he’s led over 11,000 laps in 216 races. Kimmel’s unprecedented 10-ARCA championships came in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2013. He also finished second in driver points in 1994, 1997, 1999 & 2012. Kimmel’s 80 wins and 43 poles are most in series history. Kimmel is also a 6-time Superspeedway Challenge Champion and a 7-time Bill France Four Crown Champ.
Brandon Jones Rewind – Moving on Up
In ten season starts Brandon Jones earned five top-5’s and seven top-10 finishes with a season best runner-up finish coming at Mobile International Speedway during the second event of the season. In thirteen career ARCA starts since 2014 Jones has two wins and one pole award to his credit.
In addition to co-piloting the VMS’s ARCA Flagship No.25 for 10-races, Jones was busy behind the wheel running partial 2015 schedules in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (5 races) with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (17 races) with GMS Racing and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (2 races) with NTS Racing.
Jones who started 34 races across the board finished with a total of 13 top 5’s, 19 top 10’s. In addition to his season best 2nd place finish in the ARCA Series he also finished runner-up twice in the NCWTS (Iowa & Talladega) and a career best 5th place in the NXS at Kentucky. Jones’ success throughout the season fueled late season news announcing he’ll be joining RCR for fulltime action during the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series campaign.
Indianapolis Bound for 2015 ARCA Awards Banquet
The 2015 Championship Awards Banquet for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the next event on the ARCA schedule. The banquet will be held on Saturday, December 12, at the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI). It is ARCA’s fourth postseason trip to the Midwestern city. Rick Benjamin will serve as the banquet host.
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ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley, Erik Jones, and Justin Boston. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.