Just a few years ago, surpassing Iggy Katona’s record of 79 ARCA stock car victories seemed unattainable to Frank Kimmel.
With the competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series so much closer these days, and race seasons stretching no more than 23 events per year, victories, even for eight-time series champion Kimmel, were becoming less frequent.
Nonetheless, Kimmel, well on the way to a ninth series title at the age of 45, is making a run at Katona’s seemingly unattainable mark.
Back-to-back wins at Springfield, Ill., and the Milwaukee Mile the last two weeks have raised Kimmel’s career total to 71.
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“Every year, the competition in ARCA is increasing and the challenge to go out and win several races in the year is that much harder,” he said. “But that is a credit to the series and the amount of talent they have been able to draw year after year.”