NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kimmel all but wraps up 9th ARCA title

All Frank Kimmel has to do this week is show up.

Once the 45-year-old Clarksville, Ind., driver jumps into his Ford on Sunday and fires up the engine for the season-ending Hantz Group 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, he will wrap up the ninth championship of his ARCA RE/MAX Series career.

Kimmel all but finished off his eighth straight title with a second-place finish last Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. That also gave Kimmel his fifth Bill France Triple Crown Award, measuring a driver’s success on three very different racetracks – the dirt track at DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, the short track at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and the big track at Talladega, Ala.

“There were days where we definitely did not have the fastest cars this year and we had to go out and get the very best finish we could that weekend and know that next week we can strive to do better,” said Kimmel, who has three wins this season, matching the series runner-up, rookie Michael McDowell.

“I think that’s the mark of any championship team. It’s not how you do when you win, it’s how you do when you’re not doing too well.”