“Our Chicagoland car will be our Pocono car, and our back-up road course car will be our dirt car for Springfield and DuQuoin, so we can’t complete our primary dirt car until we get New Jersey (Motorsports Park road course) behind us.
“As far as our short track cars go, we’re in pretty good shape. The car that won at Winchester will be our Berlin car, so that’s all pretty much ready to go.”
And from Kimmel’s perspective, and based on his performance so far in 2013 – he’s the only three-time winner this year – he’ll be more than ‘ready to go’ in the second half of the season.
In fact, between Chicagoland, Pocono, Berlin, Springfield, DuQuoin, Iowa, Salem, Kentucky and Kansas – all in the back half of 2013 – Kimmel has a combined 36 wins, including nine at Salem, eight at Springfield, five at DuQuoin and four at Kentucky just for starters.
“I think we’ve had so much success over the last part of the season is because I’m going to tracks I really like. Iowa’s just a beautiful facility and so much fun to drive. Salem’s our home track, and Pocono – we’ve always been good there.”
And then there’s the dirt – Springfield and DuQuoin – steeped in history and tradition with Kimmel’s name in the winner’s column more than any others. Kimmel is the defending race winner on the Springfield mile dirt, a record eighth at the legendary fairgrounds State Fair oval.
“I think Springfield and DuQuoin are my two favorite races of the year. There’s so much tradition at both tracks, and we ran so good there last year. It’s something I really look forward to every year. Can’t wait to get back to the state fairs.”
Despite Kimmel’s near four-year dry spell (September 2008 – July 2012) without a win, he’s not one to dwell on the past.
“It’s just so nice to be running well again. I don’t dwell on the past or what people have said about it (the dry spell). I don’t fault anyone for saying anything. I mean, I doubted myself for a time there; we just couldn’t win a race. I don’t carry a chip on my shoulder though; but I can tell you it feels really, really good to know we have a car that can run up front wherever we go.”