Frank Kimmel Inching Closer to Career ARCA Start 500

Venturini Motorsports

Return to Berlin Short-Track Awaits

Concord, NC (August 5, 2015) – 10-Time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Frank Kimmel is set to make his 498thcareer start this weekend in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway. Kimmel, driver of the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will make his 16th appearance at the distinctive Western Michigan .4375-mile paved oval short track.

Frank Kimmel Berlin Raceway

“It’s great to be back in the Ansell-Menards Toyota. Berlin is a unique track and has produced some great racing the last few years,” said Kimmel. “Our team continues to provide great equipment week after week. Our short track program really stands out and seems to be hitting on all cylinders lately – we’ve got as good of a chance as anyone – sure would be nice to get the guys one this weekend.”

Not surprising, Kimmel’s 16 starts, 3 wins, 15 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes are best among the expectant starting field at Berlin Raceway.

The Dynamic Duo – Frank Kimmel & Brandon Jones in Championship Hunt
In 14 races, the duo of Kimmel-Jones, who are splitting the driving duties this season, have combined for eight top-5 and ten top-10 finishes – placing the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota second in the ARCA Racing Series Owner Championship points’ standings – a mere 25 points out of the top spot with six races remaining. Milestone Approaching: Kimmel’s 500th Career ARCA Start

Kimmel, the all-time ARCA series leader with 80 victories, is on-track to make his historic 500th career start at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds’ dirt “Magic Mile” for the Southern Illinois 100 on September 7th. Kimmel is second on ARCA’s all-time start list behind racing icon Iggy Katona – who has 630 recorded starts. Over an incredible career that spans three decades, Kimmel, the modern day face of ARCA racing continues to re-write the record books.

Kimmel Etches Name into Record Books….Again
Frank Kimmel earned his 43rd career Menard Pole Award presented by Ansell last weekend at Pocono Raceway. Kimmel’s qualifying effort, the best in five years, tied an all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards record currently held by the legendary driver Iggy Katona. Kimmel’s Pole Award at Pocono Raceway also gave Venturini Motorsports the team’s 43rd pole award including 12 from Bill Venturini and one from Billy Venturini.

Discount Berlin Tickets Now Available at Menards – Meet Frank Kimmel
Tickets are now on sale at nine Menards stores in western Michigan, including store locations in Big Rapids, Comstock Park, Holland, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo East, Muskegon, South Haven and Wyoming. Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will be at the South Haven store from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7 and at the Comstock Park store from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Federated Auto Parts 200 Schedule
On-track activities for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway begin with two practice sessions from 2:30-3:15pm and final practice from 3:45-4:30pm. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:45pm with the Federated Auto Parts 200 scheduled to start at 8:50pm. The 200-lap race is preceded by an on-track autograph session at 8pm, followed by pre-race ceremonies at 8:30pm.

Media Coverage will feature live timing and scoring and flag-to-flag audio coverage of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities, plus live chat. All times are local/Eastern.

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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.