Frank Kimmel celebrates 10th ARCA crown with Kansas win

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After clinching his 10th career ARCA championship earlier Friday during practice, Frank Kimmel became the stock car series’ all-time wins leader last night at Kansas Speedway.

In a weather-shortened Kansas Lottery 98.9, Kimmel scored his 80th ARCA triumph, which broke a tie for the top spot with six-time ARCA champ Iggy Katona.

“It’s been just a phenomenal year for the entire team,” Kimmel told The Associated Press. “The guys have worked extremely hard. The cars have been really good this year – just a model of consistency – and that’s what it takes in a points race.”

Kimmel pitted on Lap 20, but stayed out to take the lead while most of the leaders pitted following a crash. He kept the lead through the halfway point, and on Lap 55, ARCA officials made the call to end the race at 65 laps with severe weather approaching the 1.5-mile oval.

In the final laps, Kimmel was able to keep Mason Mitchell behind him en route to the historic victory. John Wes Townley, pole sitter Dylan Kwasniewski and Justin Boston rounded out the Top 5.

Last night’s race also marked the end of 79-year-old James Hylton’s driving career. Hylton, a three-time championship runner-up in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finished 18th in his final race.

Prior to Hylton’s last ride, five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson praised Hylton as someone who was “truly passionate and loves our sport.”

“Every time I see him out there in that No. 48, it puts a big smile on my face,” Johnson said.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).