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Frank Kimmel Wins Championship, Sets All-Time ARCA Series Wins Record

October 4th, 2013 at 10:31 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It was a historic day for veteran ARCA Series driver Frank Kimmel as he won his 10th career ARCA Racing Series championship and took the checkered flag to win the Kansas Lottery 98.9 to win his 80th career ARCA Racing Series event, which is an ARCA record that was held by Iggy Katona. The race was shortened by 34 laps due to rain but that didn't stop Kimmel from a historic run. 

"It's been just a phenomenal year for the entire team. The guys have worked extremely hard," Kimmel said. "The cars have been really good this year, just a model of consistency and that's what it takes in a points race."

Kimmel won his tenth career championship after he won nine in 11 seasons. It's been five years since Kimmel has won and that makes it a bit more sweeter for the Jefferson, Indiana native. 

"As I explained earlier, this is a different feeling, a different deal to win after not winning," he said. "It's a pretty special day. As you get a little bit older, things you look back on, what's important, what's not, for us to come out as a second-year team and then be very competitive in our first year and then come out this year and be very competitive, that's good. It's a pretty special season for me, for sure."

Finishing in the second position was Mason Mitchell with John Wes Townley coming home in the third position. Finishing fourth was Dylan Kwasniewski in his ARCA debut. He also sat on the pole. Justin Boston finished in the fifth position. Finishing sixth was Will Kimmel and Spencer Gallagher finished in the seventh position. Finishing eighth was Steven Mathews and Mason Mingus finished in the ninth position. Josh Williams rounded out the top ten. 

Other notables in the field include Justin Allison in 11th. He is the grandson of former NASCAR Cup driver Donnie Allison and was making his first ARCA start. James Hylton finished in the 18th position in his final career race at the age of 79. Corey LaJoie finished 25th after crashing on lap 21. Scott Lagasse Jr led 16 of the first 17 laps but on lap 17 crashed out of the race and finished 27th.

Hylton was running his final career race after over 50 years of driving professionally. After all those years the Inman, South Carolina native is still going to miss it. 

"I'm retiring at the end of the day, but my heart is wanting to keep going," Hylton told The Associated Press. "But it's a done deal. I won't be back as a driver."

The Kansas Lottery 98.9 was the final race of the season for the ARCA Racing Series who will start their season once again at Daytona in February during Speedweeks 2014. 

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