Kimmel Wins Second Straight at Kentucky Speedway
For the second straight ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky Speedway, polesitter Frank Kimmel ended up finishing where he started: at the front of the field. He became the first repeat winner in any series at Kentucky Speedway when he took the checkered flag of the Bluegrass Quality Meats 200 on Friday.
Kimmel dominated the second half of the race after taking the lead on the 88th lap during a timely caution. After falling off the pace late in the first half in the race, Kimmel pitted on Lap 65 to replace the right side tires on the No. 46 Advance Auto Parts - Pork Ford after feeling excessive tire wear. On Lap 87, Kimmel caught a break and pitted under caution and replaced all four tires. He gained the lead under yellow, and held on for the duration of the race.
"Early in the run the tires didn't feel good. They started to blister, and the weird thing was I didn't know which side was blistering," Kimmel said. "I came in to change the right side and we picked up speed. (Then) it was a very timely caution. When things go your way you get cautions like that. That helped us out a lot tonight."
Kimmel, the defending points champion and series points leader this year, won for the fourth time this season. He won the Lexington Herald-Leader 150 on May 12 at Kentucky Speedway and is now in a four-way tie for second all-time with eight career super-speedway wins. Kimmel is sixth in series history with 28 career wins.
The race went at a record clip. Kimmel averaged 120.060 mph for the 134 laps, shattering the mark of 115.720 that was set by Ryan Newman last season. Kimmel led 73 laps of the race.
The rest of the Top 5 was filled with career best finishes. John Metcalf placed second in the No. 05 RE/MAX International Chevrolet, coming in 3.486 seconds behind Kimmel. Billy Venturini, who led five laps, came in third in the Dana/Jeff Wyler Chevrolet. Todd Bowsher was fourth in the pbrnow.com-Resistol Ford and Chase Montgomery, though a lap down, was fifth in the Montgomery Motorsports Chevrolet.
The racing continues Saturday with the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series Kroger 225 at 8 p.m., a race that will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN and MRN Radio. Tickets are still available and may be purchased in person at the Speedway's ticket office in Sparta.