Concord, NC (September 21, 2015) – Frank Kimmel’s highly anticipated return to Salem Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Fall Classic was cut short Saturday night delivering a disappointing 23rd place finish.
Kimmel, making his final season appearance behind the wheel of the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, was forced to the garage early after hitting debris on track blowing out his right front tire sending his car hard into the outside wall on lap-153 – causing terminal damage after the car’s suspension knocked out the oil pump. The late race incident was Kimmel’s second incident of the race involving tire issues.
“Not much to say, disappointing ending to a promising beginning,” said Kimmel. “We unloaded really fast and had a great car – I was excited for a good night but losing that right front tire and wrecking was a total disappointment. Not much we could do at that point.”
After posting the quickest practice speed of the day, Kimmel qualified 11th for the 98th running of the Federate Care Car 200. After quickly making his way inside the top-5, running down the leaders, Kimmel had a left rear tire go down on lap-33. Pitting under green for right side tires Kimmel lost 3-laps early.
“Didn’t get the best qualifying effort but we knew we had a good car for the race. The ARCA rule change with the tires added a level of difficultly but we were able to be smart and just ride early. We had a good car and gained a bunch of spots which allowed me to get up to fourth fairly quick before that first tire went down – things seemed to spiral downward from there.”
Kimmel has split time this season co-piloting the No.25 with Brandon Jones, driving 10 races each in the Ansell-Menards entry, finished the year with four top-5 and five top-10 finishes. He also earned his record tying 43rd career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Pocono in August.
“It’s odd to be in this position after running the full season for so long. We’ve prepared ourselves for this and Brandon will take the reins for the last two races – I’ll be at Kentucky and Kansas – the 25 team will finish the year strong.”
After a five race hiatus, Brandon Jones will be back in the Ansell-Menards car Wednesday afternoon for a pre-race test leading up to Friday night’s Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway.
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