Frank Kimmel

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Frank Kimmel
Nationality United States American
Born (1962-04-30) April 30, 1962 (age 52)
Clarksville, Indiana, U.S.
Related to Bill Kimmel, Sr.
Will Kimmel
2014 ARCA Racing Series
Debut season 1991
Current team Win-Tron Racing
Car no. 44
Starts 488
Wins 80
Poles 43
Best champ.
finish
1st in 1998, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '13
Championship titles
1998, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '13 ARCA Racing Series
Awards
1992 ARCA Permatex Super Car Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
7 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
54th (2002)
First race 1999 Pepsi 400 (Michigan)
Last race 2002 Pocono 500 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
94th (2001)
First race 2001 Pepsi 300 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
14 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
2013 position 48th
Best champ.
finish
44th (1996)
First race 1995 Ford Credit 200 (Louisville)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of September 1, 2014.

Frank James Kimmel (born April 30, 1962) is an American stock car racing driver. He competes in the ARCA Racing Series, driving the No. 44 Toyota for Win-Tron Racing. Kimmel has won the ARCA championship ten times, including eight consecutive. He won the championship in 1998 and also won the 2000 through 2007 championships, and again in 2013.[1]

Personal[edit]

Frank Kimmel was born in Clarksville, Indiana on April 30, 1962. His father, Bill Kimmel, Sr., was a three-time ARCA race winner.[2] Frank resides in Borden, Indiana [3] with his wife Donna. He has two children Holly and Frank II.[4] He also has two years of college education. Kimmel is involved in his community, participating in school events and coaching youth sports.[4]

Early career[edit]

Kimmel made his first career start racing street stock at the age of 15. Seven years later he moved to late models Before racing in ARCA, Kimmel won three championships racing Late Models.[5]

ARCA[edit]

Kimmel's 2013 championship car at Road America

Kimmel's first ARCA start was in 1990. His first full season was 1992, driving the #02 Indiana Steel Co. Pontiac. Kimmel was consistent and was able to claim Rookie of the Year honors. Frank won his first race at Toledo Speedway in 1994.

He is the only ten-time champion in the ARCA Racing Series and the only driver to win eight championships in a row (2000–2007). Kimmel became the first ever ARCA Racing Series driver to be assigned a seat in the IROC (International Race of Champions) Series in 2006.

As of 2006, the crew chief on Kimmel's team is his brother, Bill Kimmel Jr.[3] In 2008, the Kimmel brothers left Larry Clement Racing to form their own team, known as Kimmel Racing. The team initially ran a Dodge with the support of Cunningham Motorsport and sponsorship from Riverside Auto at Daytona before joining forces with Ford Racing for the remainder of 2008.

On August 2, 2008 Kimmel was injured in a 3 car crash on lap 68 at Pocono Raceway, suffering a concussion. H[4]He was taken to the hospital for observation overnight.[1] Though lacking a title sponsor for the entire year of 2008, Frank and team were able to pull out a 2nd place finish in points by a margin of 50. The loss of the championship was not the surprising part of that year but rather the surprise was how close Kimmel Racing was to winning a tenth title. As a result of his performance, Ansell and Menards joined forces with him the following season, a partnership that continues to this day.

Following the 2011 ARCA Racing Series season, Kimmel left the Kimmel Racing team, and drove for ThorSport Racing in the ARCA Racing Series starting in 2012.[6]

On June 30, 2013 Kimmel tied Iggy Katona's record for most wins in the ARCA Racing Series, winning his 79th career victory at Winchester Speedway.[7] On October 4, 2013, he clinched his tenth ARCA Racing Series championship at Kansas Speedway.[8] Kimmel went on to win the race, surpassing Katona to become the all-time win leader in ARCA Racing Series history.

For the 2014 season, Kimmel moved to Win-Tron Racing, retaining his No. 44.[9]

NASCAR[edit]

Kimmel made seven starts in the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) Series,[10] five of those coming with Travis Carter Motorsports in 2002.[11] He found little success in the series. His best finish to date was a 26th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He had one Busch Series start.[10] Through 2010 he had had two Top-10 finishes from twelve Craftsman Truck Series starts.[10] and ran the 2011 and 2013 Camping World Truck Series season finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway for ThorSport Racing.[6]

IROC[edit]

Kimmel was invited to participate in the 2006 edition of the International Race of Champions, IROC XXX. Kimmel was the first ever ARCA Racing Series driver to be assigned a seat in IROC.

That season, he placed seventh in points[12] with a best finish of third in the first race[13] of the four-race IROC season.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Busch Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

International Race of Champions[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Steele
ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Bill Baird
Preceded by
Bill Baird
ARCA Re/MAX Series Champion
2000–2007
Succeeded by
Justin Allgaier
Preceded by
Chris Buescher
ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent