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May 3, 2014

AUTO RACING: Kimmel extends top-10 streak

Clarksville native eighth at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Another ARCA Racing Series race, another top-10 finish for 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel.

Starting from the 22nd position, the Clarksville native ended up eighth in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. Kimmel extended his streak of top-10 finishes to 36 races.

With 13 laps remaining following the race’s lone caution period, Kimmel tried to make a charge to the front. But he got shuffled back a few positions in the closing laps and had to settle for eighth.

“I got a little greedy at the end,” Kimmel told arcaracing.com. “I got up to fifth, but lost it a little there. It was a good finish for the kind of day we had.”

Frank Kimmel’s nephew Will Kimmel had a rough day. After qualifying a solid sixth, the Sellersburg native finished 36th as he ran just 27 laps. Will Kimmel bowed out of the race because his No. 68 Ford, owned by Clarksville-based Kimmel Racing, experienced engine problems.

Tom Hessert won the race, followed by John Wes Townley, Austin Wayne Self, Mason Mitchell and Spencer Gallagher. ARCA points leader Grant Enfinger, who won the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway on April 27, finished ninth.

Frank Kimmel is currently third in the ARCA point standings, 100 points behind Enfinger. ARCA’s next race will be Sunday, May 18 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.

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