TOLEDO, Ohio – It’s probably a good thing that ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams got the chance to regroup over the recent Independence Day holiday.
The short pause in the 2013 schedule will, no doubt, serve as welcome relief for many. It will also allow teams to prepare for the big push ahead – 10 consecutive races in 10 weeks, starting with the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21.
From there, much of the diverse personality of the tour comes alive with an interesting combination of short tracks, a road course, superspeedways, and good old-fashioned dirt track racing.
And if you’re nine-time ARCA champion and current point leader Frank Kimmel, the countdown starts even sooner.
As it turns out, Kimmel’s ThorSport Racing team has called upon him to drive the No. 13 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 this Saturday at Iowa Speedway.
And, just like Kimmel’s ARCA car, the truck will be sponsored by Ansell and Menards.
“It’s really exciting – of course to get back in a truck – but all my guys that work on the ARCA cars will be crewing the truck at Iowa,” Kimmel said.
“We’re going at it with a light attitude, no pressure, no points to worry about. We have a three hour practice session Friday; we’ll throw a lot at it and see what we can learn. It may even help the ARCA effort when we go back in September. We’ll even have our ARCA sponsor, Ansell and Menards, on the truck. It’s really a cool deal.”
And when the fun’s over at Iowa, it’s right back in the ARCA saddle for 10 more. To get ready, Kimmel’s crew chief Jeriod Prince and the ThorSport Racing team are doing all they can to get ‘ahead of it’.
“We feel like we’re ahead of it,” Prince said.
“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves because we’re racing the same cars at different tracks, but we’re as ahead of it as we can be at this point.