Frank Kimmel Takes on Springfield Dirt Mile at Illinois State Fair

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All-Time ARCA Springfield Winner Approaching Milestone –
Kimmel Set to Make 499th Career Start

Frank Kimmel ARCA Racing Series

Concord, NC (August 19, 2015) – Frank Kimmel will make his ninth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Springfield dirt Mile on Sunday, August 23rd. Kimmel, driver of the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, talks about the significance of ARCA running on dirt: “Dirt racing is part of the success of the series and what makes this tour so special,” said Kimmel. “Everyone looks forward to this time of year – the fans, the teams and all the drivers. Year after year the dirt races provide some of the most exciting racing. Look at the history – over 50-years strong. It’s important we stay racing on the dirt.”

Kimmel and his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota team are coming off of a third-place finish at Berlin Raceway and looking to continue their mid-summer surge. The No.25 team is tied for a series best with nine top-5 finishes and occupies the second spot in ARCA’s owner championship point standings.

“We’ve got some good momentum going now. The team continues to work hard and put great cars out on the track and it really shows. I’m confident every time I climb in we’ve got good people and fast cars. It’s all about the confidence and our Ansell-Menards team shows up every week,” said Kimmel.

Kimmel Best in Show at Springfield Mile
The annual road trip to Springfield means two things; the first leg of back-to-back dirt races and of course, the State Fair…Illinois Style. And nobody does it better than 10-time ARCA Racing Series national champion Frank Kimmel who is the all-time Springfield winner with eight wins, his most recent in 2012.

Frank Kimmel 500th ARCA Race

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 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.

The Dynamic Duo – Frank Kimmel & Brandon Jones in Championship Hunt
In 15 races, the duo of Kimmel-Jones, who are splitting the driving duties this season, have combined for nine top-5 and eleven top-10 finishes placing the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota second in the ARCA Racing Series Owner Championship points’ standings – just 55 points out of the top spot with five races remaining.

Venturini Motorsports Prepared to Defend Dirt Title at Springfield
Frank Kimmel (No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota) along with VMS weekend teammate Matt Tifft (No.55 Toyota) have high hopes to defend VMS’s 2014 Springfield victory – It was Kevin Swindell driving for VMS on the Springfield dirt capturing his second career ARCA win.

Team Venturini continues to show support for driver Kevin Swindell (Nickname, Bull Dog) who was injured last week in a crash during a qualifying heat race for the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. VMS team cars will carry the #BulldogStrong mantra as the 26-year old Germantown, TN driver continues his recovery. Swindell, a two-time ARCA/VMS winner, earned his first ARCA career victory in 2012 winning at Chicagoland Speedway. Swindell, who started on the pole and led every single lap, gained an important win for VMS in their 30th Anniversary Season in ARCA competition.
100 Schedule & Media Coverage Practice for the 53rd running of the will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23rd, and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at 11:15 a.m. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 1:30 p.m. All times CT. will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day. The 100, the 16th ARCA event of the season, will be televised live on CBS SPORTS Network starting at 1:30pm CT on Sunday, August 23rd.

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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.