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FRANK KIMMEL RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD WINNER'S CIRCLE
8-20-2012
A happy Frank Kimmel after winning the Allen Crowe 100 Sunday (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com).SPRINGFIELD, IL (August 19, 2012) -- Frank Kimmel went nearly four years without a win before finally tasting victory at Lucas Oil Raceway in late July. 

After that long drought, the 9-time ARCA Series champion made it two wins in less than a month leading 51 of 100 laps in the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

More importantly for the veteran driver, he vaults into second place in the points chase. Kimmel is now just 15 points out of first place with four races remaining in the 2012 season. 

Thirty-five cars were entered in qualifying with 32 cars posting times. Alex Bowman, who has three wins this year, won the pole for the race with the fastest time in qualifying.

Bowman circled the 1-mile clay oval in 33.183 seconds (108.489 mph). Bowman was followed by Kevin Swindell who posted a time of 33.356 seconds (107.927 mph).

The 100-lap race had just three cautions for a total of 13 laps. 

The race also featured six leaders among four different drivers. Leaders during the event included; Alex Bowman 1-10, 77-86 (20 laps), Kelly Kovski 11-14 (4 laps), Kevin Swindell 15-39 (25 laps) and Frank Kimmel 40-76, 87-100 (51 laps).

Kimmel, who started 10th, finished 5.087 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Alex Bowman. 

Kevin Swindell, who started the race alongside Bowman, finished in third followed by Kelly Kovski and Chris Buescher in fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Overall, it was Frank Kimmel's eighth win at the Springfield mile.

Chris Buescher maintains the top spot in the driver rankings (3975) with Frank Kimmel leaping into second place just 15 points behind Buescher. 

The ARCA Series travels next to Madison (WI) International Speedway this Sunday, August 26, for the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200

Hoosier is proud to have been selected the exclusive tire provider for the ARCA Series for the past 18 seasons.

Members of the Hoosier track service team providing sales and service at Springfield included; David Wroblewski, Chad Wight, Kevin Perkins and Waylon Haynes.

For more information about the ARCA Racing Series you can visit www.arcaracing.com.  

      

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