Concord, NC (August 3, 2015) – The weekend started-off on a high note for Frank Kimmel, driver of the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, who earned his 43rd career Menard Pole Award presented by Ansell prior to Saturday’s ModSpace 125 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.
“It’s really cool to tie the record,” Kimmel said. “I don’t think about records a lot, but when you get this close, you start thinking about it. It’s quite an honor just to be mentioned in the same breath as Iggy Katona. He’s a hero of mine.”
Making his 497th career start, Kimmel secured his front row starting position, putting himself in great position for the 50-lap sprint on Pocono’s 2.5 mile configuration.
Unfortunately, Kimmel’s strong qualifying effort and chances were erased on lap-1 when Cunningham Motorsports’ driver Kyle Weatherman got loose coming out of the tunnel turn, making contact with Kimmel. The opening lap accident, which crashed Kimmel into the outside wall, created a domino effect also collecting front runners Tom Hessert, Matt Tifft, Grant Enfinger, and Austin Theriault.
Sustaining major right rear damage to his No.25 Toyota, Kimmel drove down pit road so his Ansell-Menards team could make repairs allowing him to return to competition, albeit, one lap down to the field.
Frustrated, Kimmel would return to action 27th in the running order but would fight back and overcome adversity to finish 15th – one lap down.
“It’s really unfortunate. We had a great Ansell-Menards race car all weekend giving us a real shot,” said Kimmel. “There was nothing we could do – wrong place at the wrong time. I just hate it for our guys. They’ve been working hard all year long and for this to happen so early in the race was a bad deal. We’ll put it behind us and move onto Berlin next week.”
Kimmel and his Venturini Motorsports team will return to ARCA Racing Series will action on Saturday, August 8th at Berlin Raceway.
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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 (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.