(LONG POND, Pa. - August 6, 2012) - On the heels of his landmark 75th victory in Indianapolis, Frank Kimmel continued his streak of stout summer performances with a fourth-place finish at Pocono Raceway.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' second appearance at the Pennsylvania Triangle featured a different complexion, as the event's distance of 50 laps put a premium on track position and pit strategy.
Kimmel and the Ansell/Menards team were able to parlay a 7th place qualifying effort to run in the top five for the majority of the race. With only 50 laps to work with, Kimmel made quick work of the competition to crack the top five on lap one. Before the first and only caution on lap 7, Kimmel was able to fine tune his line to the Goodyear rubber coated racetrack and improved his lap times, setting his sights on the top three.
Kimmel moved into the top three on the ensuing restart at lap 14. The nine-time series champion ran lap times as fast as the leaders on a consistent basis before crew chief, Jeriod Prince, employed a pit strategy cognizant of track position, attempting to place Kimmel in a position to race for the win at race's end. Kimmel came to the attention of the Thorsport Racing crew on lap 26 for a four tires and an air pressure adjustment to alleviate his loose condition. After battling a tight racecar in Friday's practice, Kimmel fought a free racecar during the race's opening fuel run.
Kimmel rejoined the fray outside the top fifteen, but was the first of the lead cars to hit pit road. Kimmel moved into the Lucky Dog position at lap 34, and back inside the top ten by lap 39. Once the cycle of green flag stops had circled back to the initial race leaders, Chad Hackenbracht, in the #58, assumed the lead by way of early race fuel strategy with Kimmel solidly in fourth.
Throughout the entire race weekend, the tire troubles from the June race were a concern, and came to the forefront yet again on lap 34 when Kimmel radioed a vibration. Down the final ten laps, Kimmel held Chris Buescher at bay for the 4th place finish and his fourth consecutive top five finish. The finish keeps Kimmel third in the championship point standings, now 80 points behind the leader, Brennan Poole.