KANSAS CITY, Kan. — official release — ARCA photo — Wth the 62nd ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season nearly in the books, the results are in for Will Kimmel, and the scorecard looks fabulous, especially on the bigger intermediate tracks where the third-generation ARCA racer has been rock-solid all year in the Kimmel Racing Ford.
In fact, if there was a National Honor Society of intermediate tracks, Kimmel would have made the grade in 2014. In five intermediate starts this year – two Pocono’s, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kentucky – he’s not finished outside the top-six, and more often than not, in the top-five with a career-best speedway finish of second at Pocono in early August.
“It’s been a combination of things,” Kimmel said. “I’ve been trying to get better…trying to get to the end of the races, and I’m getting better at giving feedback. Everyone in the shop has really come together to help us; they’re a lot more thorough at going through everything. We just need to keep it up, and we’ll get there.”
Kimmel’s next shot to “get there” will be Friday at Kansas Speedway where the ARCA 98.9 is set to go live on FOX Sports 2 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.
“I like Kansas; it’s got so much more grip since the repave. Based on our preparation this year, and all the things I’m continuing to learn, there is no reason we shouldn’t be good. We’ve made our car better, so I’m really confident going in. We didn’t get to test and that never helps, but, based on how we’re running on the intermediate tracks, we should be good. Hopefully, it stays that way.”
Like several of the cars in the ARCA garage, Kimmel will be sporting some pink accents throughout his Kimmel Racing Ford paint scheme, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Like many families, breast cancer has touched our family, and we want to show our support any way we can. It’s a small thing…putting some pink on the car…but, hopefully, it helps in some way. I know there’ll probably be several cars dressed in pink, and that’s a good thing. Every little bit helps.”
Kimmel, in addition to his longtime sponsor Messinas, will get some support from Accel for Friday night’s ARCA 98.9 at Kansas.
“We’ve been doing some late model racing this year outside of our ARCA program and Accel has been instrumental in making that happen. We were going to run an Accel late model car in the Nashville 400 but some rules changed that we were not able to accommodate, so since we had one more opportunity with Accel, we thought having them on our ARCA car at Kansas would be a perfect replacement…actually better…with live TV and all the opportunities that the series brings. They liked the idea, and here we are. They even let us put some pink accent in their logo that will be on our quarter panels at Kansas. Our Messinas-Accel Ford should be good…pretty in pink.”