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Turn Back the Clock: 2008 ARCA Season And Justin Allgaier’s Championship

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When it comes to the ARCA Menards Series, there have been seasons where future stars are born and brought into the picture. In 2008, Justin Allgaier earned the ARCA Re/Max Series championship battling the likes of Frank Kimmel, Matt Carter, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Scott Speed. The 2008 season saw many drivers who made it …

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Frank Kimmel II Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2015 Salem Fall Classic

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Venturini Motorsports announced on Tuesday that two Kimmel’s will pilot rides at Salem Speedway on September 19 with the organization. Frank Kimmel, a 10-time ARCA champion, will pilot the No. 25 Toyota for the well-known ARCA Racing Series team. The other? If you had guessed Frank Kimmel II then you are correct! Kimmel II isn’t …

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Patrick Staropoli Tops ARCA Charts in Final Practice at Daytona

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The doctor has arrived. Patrick Staropoli, who won the inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge with Michael Waltrip Racing, paced the way during final practice for the ARCA Series season-opener at Daytona. After testing with Empire Racing, the University of Miami medical school student received an opportunity to race the Lucas Oil 200 in the No. …

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ARCA’s Road Racers Find No Solace in New Jersey

As the ARCA Racing Series left the Berlin bullring in Marne, Mich. for the 12-turn road course in Millville, N.J., attention shifted from the battle for the championship to a handful of left and right-turn specialists. But when Sunday’s 150-miler at New Jersey Motorsports Park was done, the road ringers had gone through the ringer …

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Access ARCA: Steve Arpin Ends Title Pursuit, Frank Kimmel Lurking & is Tom Hessert the New Favorite?

Ninth in points after failing to score a top-10 finish in ARCA competition since winning at Texas back in mid-April, Steve Arpin is abandoning his pursuit of the 2010 ARCA championship. Josh Richards will drive the Venturini Motorsports No. 55 at Mansfield this coming Saturday, while Arpin will drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway. Arpin will also miss the ARCA race at Pocono on July 31, presumably to participate in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway that same Saturday.

Toledo Aftermath Leaves No Favorite Unscathed in 2010 ARCA Title Chase

It didn’t used to be this way in ARCA. It used to be a foregone conclusion. A challenger would rise, a challenger would fall, and Frank Kimmel would ride off into the sunset with another ARCA championship. This past Sunday at Toledo, Kimmel finished fourth, yet another top five at a track that has been …

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The Road to an ARCA Title Goes Through Talladega

After last week’s race at Texas, it seemed clear that the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship hunt was a three-horse race between Venturini Motorsports’ red-hot Steve Arpin, Win-Tron Racing’s veteran Justin Marks and ARCA’s own “Mr. Showtime,” Patrick Sheltra. But if recent history is any indication, Dakoda Armstrong just made himself contender number four this …

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What to Watch For: 2010 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem

After grabbing the provisional pole, Steve Arpin thought he had dodged his biggest bullet when Joey Coulter, fastest in Saturday’s extended practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Salem Speedway, fell short of his qualifying time. He thought wrong. Instead, it was another first-time pole winner that would end the day celebrating. Max Gresham, a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Frank Kimmel on Road Racing, ARCA Licenses & The Future

Before setting out two seasons ago to start his own team, Frank Kimmel utterly dominated the ARCA Racing Series, winning eight consecutive championships and becoming the first series regular ever invited to participate in the International Race of Champions. Can 2010 be the year he makes it back to the top? Kimmel sat down with …

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Bill Elliott Racing’s Casey Roderick Scorches Field for Palm Beach ARCA Pole

As nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel prepared to hit the track for his qualifying run, the No. 44 car’s spotter radioed in that the current pole speed was a 78.037-second lap. “Uh oh, that’s not good,” replied Kimmel. It wasn’t good news for Kimmel, or the rest of the field for that matter. …

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Driven to the Past: 1 of the Friendships I Treasure…

One of the oldest friends I have in racing is Bill Kimmel of Clarksville, Ind., and I’m proud to be friends with the rest of the Kimmels as well. Bill is the patriarch of a very proud racing family, and is of course the father of Frank Kimmel, the eight-time ARCA champion, and Bill Jr., the crew chief on that operation. I first came in contact with Bill Kimmel when I was selling National Speed Sport News as a kid of not quite 11 years of age. He was racing what we called “hardtops” at the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Sportsdrome in 1949. Those were mostly 1939-41 Ford coupes and sedans, with a Hudson or two from the same time period thrown in. We had a real interesting introduction.

10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

1. Now We’re Talking… Real Fascists! – Formula 1 racing is embroiled in a nasty and controversial sex scandal and some within the organization are asking for the removal of its president, Max Mosley. Mosley has been accused (complete with video) of engaging in a kinky XXX Nazi-role playing session with five prostitutes. Mosley and the paid performers were play-acting, he as a Nazi soldier and the prostitutes as Jewish women in a Nazi concentration camp. The 68-year old Mosley’s father was a well-known political figure in pre-war Britain and was a leader of the British Union of Fascists. In fact, Mosley’s parents were married at Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ home in Berlin, with Adolph Hitler in attendance as a guest of honor.

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