News and Tribune

February 17, 2014

AUTO RACING: Kimmel comes up short again at Daytona

Clarksville native finishes second for third time at historic oval

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Frank Kimmel fell short of winning at historic Daytona International Speedway again.

The Clarksville native and defending ARCA Racing Series champion finished second in the Lucas Oil 200 Saturday at the high-bank 2.5-mile oval. It was ARCA's season opener and Kimmel's first race with his new team, Win-Tron Racing.

Kimmel placed second at Daytona for the third time in his career, but he still could not come up with his coveted first victory at the famed track.

After the race, Kimmel said he could not set up the pass on eventual winner Grant Enfinger in the final two laps.

"I think it ended the way it probably would end no matter what we did," Kimmel said on arcaracing.com. "It's great for Win-Tron Racing to start the year with a second-place finish."

Kimmel did not lead a lap, but he was in the lead pack of cars throughout the race. Clay Campbell placed third, followed by Tom Hessert and Tyler Reddick.

It was a disappointing race for Kimmel's nephew, Will Kimmel.

After qualifying eighth and running strong in the opening laps, Will Kimmel got caught up in an accident on lap 13 in the main straightaway. The driver of the No. 69 Ford, owned by Clarksville-based Kimmel Racing, wound up 38th.

"It was running really good. It's a shame," the younger Kimmel said in an interview with Fox Sports 1 shortly after the wreck. "We had a lot of people [racing] who haven't been here. For three or four laps, I sat there watching them beat and bang with each other like 'Days of Thunder.' It finally caught up with them off of [Turn] 4. When I let off the [accelerator], they didn't and then they turned me."

ARCA's next race will be at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway on Saturday, March 22.