Mooresville, N.C. – (August 17. 2016) – Cunningham Motorsports co-owner, Kerry Scherer announced today that the best known ARCA Racing Series driver in modern history, Frank Kimmel, will return to the track to drive the No. 22 at Salem Speedway. In making his announcement, Scherer stated, “Having the greatest driver in the history of the ARCA Series driving for Cunningham at the 100th Salem race is awesome. It is an honor to have Frank Kimmel drive for us at a track where he has so much success.” That success for Kimmel includes 9 victories at the Salem Speedway, with 65% of his 43 starts ending with top-5 finishes (28 times).
The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing at the Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 10 will mark the 100thARCA Series race at the .5-mile track. With many teams planning throwback paint schemes for this memorable event, the Cunningham organization added a twist to the ‘throwback’ idea by teaming up with Kimmel…. the all-time win leader with 80 Series wins.
Winning a mind-blowing 10 ARCA Championships, between 1998 and 2013, Kimmel became the all-time ARCA win leader with 80 victories. In 501 ARCA Series starts since 1990, the Jeffersonville, Indiana native has led an incredible 11,151 laps in 218 races. In 501 ARCA career starts, since 1990, Kimmel climbed into the Series’ history books…where his records will be tough to beat.
After running a partial ARCA season in 2015 (11 of 20 races), with only one start in 2016, Kimmel is looking forward to getting back on the race track. He commented, “I am really excited to have the chance to get back to the track, especially at Salem Speedway, my home track. There are so many great aspects of this opportunity…the 100th race at Salem, teaming up with Cunningham Motorsports, who will give me a great chance at another Salem checkered flag and the chance to get back in a Ford.”
Kimmel will team up with current championship leader, Chase Briscoe, who is currently leading the points battle by 450 points.
Continue to follow Cunningham’s twitter (@cunningham_race) to see what unique throwback paint schemes will be on the No. 22 and No. 77.