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.