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KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (October 4, 2013) -- The ARCA Racing Series ended its 2013 season in grand fashion at Kansas Speedway with Frank Kimmel having a night he will never forget. 

The 51-year-old driver not only claimed his record 10th series championship, but then capped off the night with his record-setting 80th series win.

The Kansas Lottery 98.9 race was scheduled as a 99-lap event but with rain bearing down on the track, officials decided to call the race complete at 65 laps.   

The mid-race decision to end the race early played right into Kimmel's hand as race leader. The cagey veteran defended the top spot for ten more laps to claim the win 1.405 seconds ahead of Mason Mingus. 

With his 80th victory, Kimmel eclipses Iggy Katona as the driver with the most series wins. 

Kimmel commented after the race, "This is kind of a dream come true, to win the championship and get our 80th win on the same day." Kimmel added, "It's a great day for us, a great day for Ansell and Menards. It's a cool day."

After the historic win, the Clarksville, Indiana driver was presented a commemorative plaque by ARCA President Ron Drager. 

Dylan Kwasniewski, making his first-ever series start, won the pole for the evening's race circling the 1.5-mile track in 30.539 seconds (176.823 mph).  

The race, although shortened, had five leaders among four different drivers.

Drivers leading during the season-ending race included; Scott Lagasse 1-12, 14-17 (16 laps), Corey LaJoie 13 (1 lap), Dylan Kwasniewski 18-34 (17 laps) and Frank Kimmel 35-65 (31 laps).

The race had four cautions for a total of 20 laps. 

Following Frank Kimmel to the finish line was Mason Mitchell, John Wes Townley, Dylan Kwasniewski and Justin Boston in second through fifth, respectively. 

Justin Boston also claimed Rookie of the Year honors.

At the driver's meeting before the race, 79-year-old ARCA Series driver James Hylton was presented a framed picture commemorating his six decades of racing. 

Hylton was given a standing ovation by his fellow drivers in recognition for the contributions he has made over his years of racing.

Hylton competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1966-1994. The Inman, SC driver won Rookie of the Year honors while finishing runner-up to David Pearson in Sprint Cup points in 1966. Hylton also finished second in points to Richard Petty in 1967 and 1971. 

Hylton, who finished 18th Friday at Kansas, notched wins at Talladega (1972) and Richmond (1970) in over 600 Cup Series starts.  

As the 2013 ARCA season comes to a close, the final driver standings appear as follows:  

Unofficial Standings
 1.   Frank Kimmel              5460
 2.   Mason Mingus            5095
 3.   Justin Boston             4845
Tom Hessert               4730
Josh Williams             4550
 6.   Mason Mitchell         
 7.   Milka Duno                  4130
 8.   Will Kimmel                 3940
 9.   Thomas Praytor         3935
10.  Spencer Gallagher     3515 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. would like to congratulate Frank Kimmel on his historic 80th win and record-setting 10th ARCA Racing Series championship. 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to have been selected as the exclusive tire supplier to the ARCA Racing Series

Hoosier would also like to thank Hoosier's Dave Wroblewski and his entire crew for providing outstanding trackside service at all the ARCA events this season.

For more information about the race at Kansas Speedway or the ARCA Racing Series please visit www.arcaracing.com


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