ARCA: Tying a Record; Kimmel Deadlocks Katona at Pocono With 43rd Career ARCA Pole

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Frank Kimmel won his first Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell in five years and tied an all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards record in doing so Friday.

Kimmel, driver of the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, will start on the front row of Saturday’s ModSpace 125 with his 43rd career pole award, tying the legendary Iggy Katona atop the ARCA Racing Series pole records. The race will air live at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports 2.

“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.”

Kimmel, driving for Venturini Motorsports, won the pole with a lap of 168.467 mph, or 53.423 seconds. Runner-up Grant Enfinger, in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, ran his lap in 53.555 seconds. Enfinger was fastest in the Friday practice session with Kimmel second.

Kyle Weatherman will start third in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Ford, Matt Kurzejewski fourth in the Costy’s Energy Services Chevrolet and Cole Custer fifth in the No. 00 Haas Automation.

Kimmel went out early in the qualifying session, then held on as cars like Enfinger and Weatherman went out later.

Kimmel last won a Menards Pole Award on July 31, 2010, also at Pocono Raceway. He started up front that day in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota that he owned. The No. 25 car, of Venturini Motorsports, started second that race with Mikey Kile behind the wheel. The pole was Kimmel’s first since he began driving for Venturini Motorsports. Venturini Motorsports has 43 all-time pole, including three this season.

“They’ve given me great race cars,” said Kimmel. “All year we’ve been flirting with this pole stuff – top two or three in practice and we’ve had top five qualifying efforts all year. I’m pretty happy with this one.”

Kimmel, 53, holds a slew of ARCA Racing Series records. The 10-time series champion has a series-record 80 all-time wins. His schedule is scaled back this year as he is splitting time with Brandon Jones in the No. 25 car. The ModSpace 125 will be Kimmel’s 497th career ARCA race.

Saturday’s ModSpace 125 is only 50 laps on the 2.5-mile track dubbed by some the “Tricky Triangle.” It means teams will be on different strategies for pitting come Saturday’s race. Every driver has to pit once, according to ARCA rules.

“This a really short race, so this could play into our strategy,” Kimmel said. “The tires are good – Hoosier brought a really good tire. It’s solid. I don’t see any problems with it. I’d say we’ll probably see a long green flag run at the end. The driver whose car is working best at the end is going to win this thing.”

CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series

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