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
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.
his 80th victory, Kimmel eclipses Iggy Katona as the driver with the most
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
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
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
Hylton was given a standing ovation by his
fellow drivers in recognition for the contributions he has made over his years
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.
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:
2. Mason Mingus 5095
3. Justin Boston
4. Tom Hessert
5. Josh Williams
6. Mason Mitchell
7. Milka Duno
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.