Frank Kimmel moves to Win-Tron Racing in 2014
The 2013 season saw Frank Kimmel win his record 10th ARCA Series Championship, as well as score his record 80th career win.
However with that said, the veteran is making the move from ThorSport Racing to Win-Tron Racing for 2004. He will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 44 Ansell Menards Toyota – just with a different team.
"I appreciate the support Ansell and Menards have given me, and I'll be forever indebted to Duke Thorson and all the guys at ThorSport for helping me achieve the goals we set for ourselves," Kimmel said.
In an interview with Popular Speed’s Matt Weaver, Kimmel said that he made the decision to leave ThorSport due to business reasons. With the current sponsorship situation, ThorSport could only do a package for Kimmel that included part of the ARCA schedule and some truck races. Kimmel wanted to run the full ARCA schedule so therefore had to make the decision to move on.
"At the same time, I can't wait to get behind the wheel of those Toyotas at Win-Tron Racing,” Kimmel said. “Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse have a great reputation in the ARCA Garage and that's well deserved. I feel like we have a shot to win every week in 2014."
Win-Tron Racing has had success of their own, including 13 race wins and 11 poles since 2004. Missing from their roster is an ARCA Championship, though, as the closest they’ve come is a runner-up finish in 2003 with Mason Mingus. It should be noted that Win-Tron has ARCA Racing Series victories at 10 different tracks including Daytona and Talladega, won the Bill France Four Crown award and has been honored with the ARCA Sportsmanship Award.
"We have raced against Frank Kimmel for the past 10 years, and based on that we couldn't be more pleased to welcome him to the team," Win-Tron team co-owner Nate Thiesse said. "Kevin Cywinski and I look forward to the challenge of adding to Frank's impressive performance record in the series."
Kimmel began his career in 1990 and has scored 261 top fives and 353 top 10s in 469 career starts.
"Frank Kimmel has been a great spokesperson for Ansell and for Menards," Jeff Abbott, Promotions Manager for Menards, said. "The 2014 season will be a celebration of the milestones Frank has achieved over his career, and especially since the 2009 season when Ansell and Menards have been on board. Frank represents Ansell and Menards extremely well, and while we're proud of our accomplishments to date, don't count us out to win more races and contend for another championship."