ARCA: Kimmel Closes In On 8,000 Laps Completed at Salem

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SALEM, Ind. – official release — ARCA photo — Today’s Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic presented by JayC Food Stores will mark Frank Kimmel’s 42nd career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

Over a span of 22 years, Kimmel has recorded nine wins, 29 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes, in addition to nine poles. The 10-time champion is 40 laps shy of turning 8,000 laps on the .555-mile track. This will be the first race, however, with nearly half of the track freshly paved.

“The good news is it is still Salem and it’s still got all its character,” Kimmel said. “Turns three and four are very smooth, no big bumps. It does seem to have a few more waves in it that it didn’t have before.

“As far as the car wanting to get loose off turn four…that was better. It’s much improved all the way around three and four. The fast lane is still around the top, but the lower lane is improved too.”

Earlier this month, Kimmel and the Mark Rette-led team headed from the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds to Salem Speedway to test in preparation for this weekend’s Fall Classic. After a full day of practice, the Win-Tron Racing team felt optimistic about returning to the Indiana short track and competing for the victory.

This weekend’s event marks a return to the Hoosier State for Kimmel, a native of Clarksville, Indiana. Kimmel and his wife Donna continue to live a short drive from Salem Speedway in Borden, Indiana.

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