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Frank Kimmel continues winning tradition in Grand National Super Series

Kimmel sweeps Grand National Super Series features in Jacksonville

Nicholas Wetherbee

JACKSONVILLE, NC – Frank Kimmel stole the show on Saturday night, sweeping both Grand National Super Series races in the series’ inaugural visit  – picking up his third and fourth wins of the season in the series in his first time racing at Goodyear All American Speedway.

Kimmel started second in the first of two 50-lap races and made the pass for the lead on pole sitter and series points leader A.J. Henriksen in the opening laps.  Once he took the lead, he never surrendered it, navigating through lapped traffic and crossing the line first.  The second 50-lap feature was almost an encore, with Kimmel surging to the lead in the first five laps after an invert and driving away for the victory.

“I’ll tell you, all the guys at Bob Schact Motorsports, really good racecar tonight,” Kimmel said in victory lane.  “We struggled in practice but I think it was a lot driver, and once I started to figure out this little place, it got better and better and the car just kept going faster and faster.  Had a great racecar tonight, good run.  A.J. had a really fast racecar too.  I had to stay on my toes to stay away from him.  I’m just glad to be able to get back first.”

The 60-year-old from Clarksville, Indiana had previously retired from racing after winning 80 races and 10 championships in the ARCA Menards Series.  He came back to race for Bob Schact in the Grand National Super Series at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina and said he remembered why he enjoyed racing – and he enjoys the winning part especially.

“It’s always fun to get to come and race and to get to come and run a car like that which runs so well meant a lot,” Kimmel stated.  “It definitely feels good when you win it, that’s for sure.  I really enjoy these cars and it’s a great concept Bob’s come up with and just glad to be a part of it.”

A.J. Henriksen finished second and Jeremy Mayfield finished second and third respectively in both features.

The series’ next race will take place at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, just south of the state’s border with North Carolina, on Saturday, July 23.

Frank Kimmel on track during practice at Goodyear All American Speedway. (Andy Marquis/Honey Badger Photography photo)


Results

Grand National Super Series – Race #1

  1. Frank Kimmel
  2. J. Henriksen
  3. Jeremy Mayfield
  4. Joe Wilder
  5. Marc Jones
  6. Kevin Kromer
  7. Garrett Braden
  8. Eric Barber
  9. Larry Wilcox
  10. Mike Kurkowski

Grand National Super Series – Race #2

  1. Frank Kimmel
  2. J. Henriksen
  3. Jeremy Mayfield
  4. Joe Wilder
  5. Kevin Kromer
  6. Garrett Braden
  7. Marc Jones
  8. Eric Barber
  9. Larry Wilcox
  10. Mike Kurkowski

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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