Just this Sunday, Frank Kimmel made history at Winchester Speedway, now tied with Iggy Katona for the all-time series victory record of 79 wins. Kimmel took the victory at Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 for the 79th ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Every once in a while you have one of those near flawless days," said Kimmel. "This was one of those days for us.
This weekend landed Kimmel’s third win of the season and sixth win overall at Winchester where he led 158 laps during the 100-mile, 200-lap race. Kimmel held off teenager Austin Wayne Self in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge, who lost by just a car length.
"He had a fast car, but I knew if I didn't make a mistake, held my line and stayed in the middle and didn't spin out or something that he would have a hard time passing me," Kimmel said.
Due to some issues for his top two competitors, Mason Mingus and Tom Hessert, Kimmel was able to extend his lead even more. After the issues were resolved, Hessert was still able to finish sixth in the Barbera’s Autoland Dodge while Mingus landed 12th, the first time this season that he didn’t grace the top ten.
The track started on the damp side due to morning rain and as soon as the race went green, Kimmel led the pack until lap 106. Mingus came up for lap 107, but was trapped in a multi-car crash during lap 128 in turn two. At that point, Weatherman took the lead, but had to make a pit stop for all four tires along with the rest of the pack, including Mitchell, who won the race off turn pit road. That’s when Kimmel came out from the tail-end of the leading cars after a lengthy pit stop due to a missing lug nut. Mitchell then led 15 laps until Kimmel overtook him for the lead on lap 149.
After scoring the win, Kimmel was presented with a sign by ARCA Racing Series officials in post-race, which commemorates the 79th win. Kimmel’s first win for the ARCA Racing Series was in 1994 at another half-mile track, Toledo Speedway.
"It crossed my mind, but then I told myself not to think about it too early," he said. "When I saw the checkered flag, it was a sort of a flood of emotion. It is a big deal."
The top five finishers include Brennan Poole in the No. 55 Break the Cycle Toyote for Venturini Motorsports, Kyle Weatherman in the No. 11 Rogers Automotive Group/Pat Rogers Harley-Davidson Dodge, and Mason Mitchell in the Happy Cheeks-BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series will be the Chicagoland Speedway on July 21st for the ActivArmr 150.