Will Kimmel Wins The Polar Bear 150, Beats Former Cup Champion Kurt Busch at "The Rock"

Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , ,

From Speed51.com:

Kurt Busch’s best finish at Rockingham Speedway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race was second.
Thanks to a dominating performance by Will Kimmel, Busch was not able to better that finish in the Frank Kimmel Street Stock National Polar Bear 150 at the track. Kimmel led 148 of 150 laps en route to his first victory at the track. Busch was the only other lap leader after going making the racing four wide to briefly move out front.
“It was a little intimidating to look back and see the No. 22 (Busch) in the mirror,” said Kimmel from victory lane.
But the Indiana native didn’t let the fact that he was being pursued by a former Sprint Cup champion rattle him.
“I was pretty confident in my car but at the same time it was pretty hard to keep it on the bottom where it ran the best,” said Kimmel, who started on the pole. “My guys built a great car today. It was awesome. This thing just ran awesome all day. This is great. It's been a while since we've been in victory lane, so this is really cool.”
Busch had to battle back in the race’s second stanza after contact with Kimmel forced him to make a pit stop to pull the fender off the left front tire. After restarting twelfth, Busch passed both lead lap and lap-down cars and capitalized on a caution to get on Kimmel’s rear bumper over the last 40 laps. But as the laps wound down, Kimmel was able to use traffic to pull away.
“It was a blast,” said Busch, despite the contact with Kimmel. “It was just as much fun as I thought it would be. It was old school racing – toss it in sideways and drive the hell out of it. We got every ounce out it. There at the end I think we lost a cylinder. I could definitely feel the power loss.”
J.D. Frey finished third, with Chad Hall finishing fourth and Cliff Gaumond rounding out the top-five.
“It was a good day all-in-all,” said Frey, who works for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. “The car was not that great during the first half. We didn’t make a whole lot of adjustments on it, we just put a new set of tires on it and the car really came to life. I’m just happy to finish where we did.”
Chuck Barnes, the winner of the last two Polar Bear 150s, retired early after hitting the wall early in the second half.
“The car just wouldn't go after the restart,’ said Barnes, who started fourth. “I don't really know what was wrong with it. Tried to keep up and stay out of the way and the car just got loose, and it got in the wall. It wasn't right all day. We had to make some changes to the car before we came down here. We didn't get enough practice in it. It's disappointing.”
Brett Hudson, who finished second in last year’s Polar Bear, failed to make the race after his car engine blew up during practice.
The race was slowed by nine cautions for 42 laps. Ten of the fifty cars that started finished on the lead lap.
“It was as much fun as it always was,” said Busch. “There were all the lanes to choose from. We worked the low groove and the high groove. This place is so fun with the bumps and quirks. This racetrack, for sure, gets a gold star. Guys in our series (Sprint Cup) that are car guys – that are racers – should definitely be down here racing.”

Victory at Rockingham!!

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Will wins at Rockingham in the Polar Bear 150.

Crew and Will in victory lane.

W Kimmel wins at The Rock

Posted: Saturday, November 27, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , ,

Will drove the #69 car to victory lane at Rockingham Speedway today in the Polar Bear 150.



Practice went good, the team worked to make some small adjustments and Will got some good laps.

Final set up and ready to go Rockingham

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , ,

Final set up and preparations were done before loading on Wednesday night.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family and friends.

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , ,

Final preparations being done on the car as Davey, Bob, Scott, Bill and Will are in the garage tonight.

Rockingham November 27th preparations

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , ,

Work began this morning as you see Will and Eric installing the engine in the street stock for the upcoming race at Rockingham on November 27th. All should be completed and ready to go in the next few days.

The team also got the engine installed in the late model just a week ago and it is now all ready to go.

WKR is preparing for the Polar Bear 150 at The Rock

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , ,

Will is ready to go racing! Final preparations are being made for Will to race in the Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway on November 27th.

From Speed51.com ---Kurt Busch To Run Polar Bear 150 Street Stock Race at The Rock

Rockingham Speedway (NC) has announced that Kurt Busch, driver of the Penske Racing South Miller Lite Dodge, will be racing in the Polar Bear 150 Street Stock race at the track on Nov. 27, 2010.

Jim Thieneman in Will's Legend Car

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by WKR in

Our thoughts and prayers go out the the Thieneman family for their loss of a husband, father and grandfather- Jim.

We will all miss you.

Halloween 200 at Salem Speedway

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , ,

Due to unforeseen engine issues, Will is not going to be racing in the Halloween 200 at Salem Speedway.

WKR is currently working on the rest of the 2010 schedule and we will post information as soon as it it confirmed.

As always, thanks for your continued support of Will and Will Kimmel Racing!

DuQuoin ARCA Race

Posted: Monday, September 6, 2010 by WKR in

Will was the 3rd fastest in overall practice, qualified 9th and finished 6th. Great day of racing for WKR! Pictures and video coming soon!

Will finishes 21st in his NASCAR debut race at KY Speedway. Pictures and video will be posted soon.

Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 by WKR in

Will selected as spotlight driver on SPEED - Pre-Race 7:30, Race 8pm

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Lives updates from track on Will Kimmel Racing facebook

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Will qualified for the NASCAR truck race

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KY Speedway 9/2/10 - NASCAR Truck Practice Recap

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , ,

It was a good day at Kentucky Speedway for Will and Will Kimmel Racing. NASCAR Camping World Truck practice was from 4pm-7pm. Will made a few different runs in practice, making a few changes to the truck throughout the practice session. The team did a great job today and we appreciate everyone's help. The #44 Lucas Ford is ready for qualifications tomorrow at 4pm, LIVE on SPEED TV (insight channel 551).

Quote from Will about today: "Truck was pretty tight right off dad and the guys made some good changes and we picked up everytime we went out and ended up 25th in the first practice, we changed some spring and went out and did a mock run and went a 32 flat an the truck was a bit loose dead in the middle, came in worked on it and went a 31.69 puttin us 16th, we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Click here to become a friend of Will Kimmel Racing on Facebook, where we post pix from the track, live updates and video.

Will is now listed on www.nascar.com as a driver, click here to view

Will Kimmel - Jayski NCWTS News

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , ,

Here is a link to the NASCAR Camping World Truck page on http://www.jayski.com/. There is a paragraph about Will down towards the bottom, as well as other information about the Truck Series.


NASCAR Truck race next Friday, Sept 3rd at Kentucky Speedway - there is a Will Kimmel Racing section, so if you are planning to go, contact Chris Ryan by email at cryan@kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone (859) 578-2689 to purchase tickets in the WKR section!!!


Left: Will and Sarah Fisher.
Right: Will and Tony Cruise

Will to be guest on Joe B and Denny Radio Show

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , ,

Wednesday, September 1st at 11:30am - Will is going to be a guest of the Joe B. and Denny Radio Show on AM790.

Tickets for the NASCAR Truck Race Sept 3rd at Kentucky Speedway

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , ,

NASCAR Truck race next Friday, Sept 3rd at Kentucky Speedway - there is a Will Kimmel Racing section, so if you are planning to go, contact Chris Ryan by email at cryan@kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone (859) 578-2689 to purchase tickets in the WKR section!!!

Will to be guest on Fox In The Morning

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , ,

This Tuesday, August 31st from 5am-9am, Will is going to be on Fox In The Morning LIVE from the race shop.

WDRB Fox 41 (Insight channel 9)

WKR welcomes Lucas Oil to our racing family

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , ,

Will Kimmel Racing is pleased to welcome Lucas Oil to our racing family... very exciting a local company on board with our local race team!


Will makes Nascar debut announcement

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Springfield Photos

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Here is a link to some of the pictures taken at Springfield race.

Springfield picture - click here

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Will Kimmel - Upcoming Events

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , ,

Thursday, August 19th
Will is going to appear on Kentuckiana Motorsports at 12am (midnight) on the CW channel and it will re-air on Saturday, August 21st at 12pm (noon).

Sunday, August 22nd
Will is going to be racing in the ARCA race in Springfield, Illinois and you can follow live timing and scoring on ARCA's website at www.arcaracing.com. Practice 9am, Qualifying 11am and Race 1pm.

Tuesday, August 24th
2pm - Will is going to be representing Kentucky Speedway, Nascar Camping World Trucks and Ford at the Nascar Press Conference held at Louisville's Slugger Museum.

6:55pm - Will is going to throw the first pitch at the Louisville Bats game.

Thursday, September 2nd
Nascar Camping World Truck Series Practice at Kentucky Speedway 4-7pm LIVE on Speed Channel

Friday, September 3rd
4pm - Nascar Camping World Truck Series Qualifying LIVE on Speed Channel

8pm - Will is going to be racing in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series race

Monday, September 6th
Will is going to be racing in the ARCA race in DuQuoin, Illinois. Practice 9am, Qualifying 11am, Race 1pm. You can follow live timing and scoring on ARCA's website at www.arcaracing.com.

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How is preparation going for next week's ARCA race at the Springfield dirt mile?

We had the car on the scales Wednesday and it looked very good. It’s pretty much done and ready! We are really excited to have Messina Wildlife Management and Menards coming on board to support our effort this week. I have a lot of confidence in my guys. I know they will bust their butts – and I think we can make the right calls on adjustments. I don’t want to be overconfident, but I’m really looking forward to this race. I’d really love to be in the top 5 with 10 to go and able to be competitive with them!

What about the Camping World truck?

The truck is really coming along good. We got the seat mounted this week and the engine is plumbed. It was really surprising to get in and feel how large the truck is in comparison to the cars. It is really a nice truck!

Pictures from Pocono and updated News

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , ,

A few pictures of Will at Pocono Speedway with the MGR team.

Pocono Recap

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , ,

Will Kimmel and his Mark Gibson Racing team finished 15th in Will’s first start at the Pocono Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series by Menards and ReMax Weis Markets 125.

A Few Quotes

Post practice. (17th at 159.526 mph)

Both Will Kimmel and Car Owner Mark Gibson were visibly excited after the days single practice session.

Will: “Man this place is a blast to drive. It’s really fun. The front straight just goes on forever. The car is good through the corners – not bad at all. We’re down a little on horsepower to some of the bigger teams. I was able to get behind Frank and then Dakoda Armstrong to watch their line through the turns. I could see where they picked up the throttle and I could match them there – but they would ease away from me down these long straightaways.

Mark: “Wow, this is more fun than I’ve had in years! It’s great that we’re putting up times pretty competitive with some of the bigger teams. Thank you, Will!” Will responded a little shocked “Mark, you brought the car – I just appreciate you just letting me drive it!”

Post Qualifying. (15th at 161.250 mph)

Will: “We’ll be fine in the race. The track is really rough. There are a lot of bumps and the car shakes and moves a lot. It’s just so much fun, I thought about it out there – Man, I wish I’d gotten to drive here when they were shifting!”

Mark: “This is just so much fun! I’m really enjoying it! The guys are doing a great job working on the car and Will is doing fantastic. Timing shows we made 19 laps in practice, but when you count the laps out (getting up to speed) and in (slowing to pit) we really only got 9 laps at speed. I couldn’t be more proud of the way we’ve performed. This engine has a lot of laps on it and it’s not what Frank’s is and definitely not with the Toyotas. If I can get the right deal together, Man – I’d like to put one of the new ones in there and really show what we can do!”

Bill Kimmel: “This track really is a bear to get around. You know, to have never been on the track here before and only have one practice session today – Will and those guys have just done great!”

Pre Race.

Will: “My plan is to get through the start, find a hole to settle into and then ride. We’ll race with the cars we can race with and stay on the lead lap ‘til the end. There are some really fast cars starting behind us today, and there are some drivers around us who don’t have very much experience in these heavy stockcars. The start is going to be pretty tricky and we don’t need to get into trouble.”

The Race Is On

As Will predicted, on the start trouble erupted early as one car up front failed to take off cleanly on the start. Several cars received damage in the melee but all continued. Will said “My spotter cleared me low to avoid the sliding cars – and I never lifted! I kept waiting to hear the yellow was out, but it never came. So I just kept hammering towards turn one. The spotter said I was clear, then clear by two, then “Clear by eight! Nice Turn!” Heads up driving took Will rocketing from his 15th place starting position up to 9th by the time the field headed on to the Long Pond Straight for the first time! “The car was great on the short run – which is usually what you have here at Pocono. It really stuck well in turn one early in a run. I could bury it off in there! Unfortunately, after a little bit I could feel the right front tire start to give a little bit. As the car tightened up I didn’t have any choice but to ease up a little to keep from abusing that tire. So I settled in and took what it would give me. You don’t want to blow a right front here!” Somewhat uncharacteristically, the race would remain green well past the halfway point of the 50 scheduled laps. Kimmel was caught by the leaders on lap 30, but was fortunate to receive the Aarons Lucky Dog free pass when caution came out for debris one lap later. Once in the pits for an adjustment and new tires, the Mark Gibson Racing crew found the source of the right front tire problem. A fender rub had worn the tire to the cords. A second caution on lap 36 for Sean Corr’s spin in the Tunnel Turn allowed the MGR team to pit for further repairs to clear the fender. Kimmel would restart in 21st position with 10 laps remaining. According to Car Owner Gibson: “ After we came back in on 36 to fix the fender, Will ran his fastest times of the day in those final 10 laps. To go from 21st to finish 15th, we were really cooking. He ran down Gerhart, passed him, got passed back then made a great crossover move to try and get back under him. We just couldn’t quite make it stick.” Kimmel commented: “It was really neat racing door to door with Bobby Gerhart the last two laps! I really thought I had him in Turn 3 coming to the checkered flag.” Gerhart held the preferred middle groove allowing Will one last shot on the bottom racing onto the final straight. “I got to his door, but just couldn’t quite hold it. When I started to lose the grip in the front end I had to let him go.”

After the race, all agreed it was a good day. Gibson stated “It was a great day! Hopefully some people have taken notice of what we are capable of doing here.” Will summed up the day, “It was fun to get some really good experience and to be able to race hard through the last part of the race! Again – BIG Thank You to Checkmate Boats and Coyle Used Autos for supporting us, and to Mark Gibson Racing for providing this opportunity!”

Kimmel heads next for the dirt mile at Springfield Illinois for the Allen Crow 100 on August 22nd. Will finished 8th there in 2009 in his first ever race on dirt! “We’re really looking forward to Springfield! We are bringing a different car this year and with last year’s experience we hope more competitive.

Qualifies 15th at Pocono

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Good qualifing run for Will and MGR in the #59 car.

Congrats to Frank, Dad and the Kimmel racing team for qualifing on the pole.

Race is saturday July 31st at 3pm live on SPEED or online at www.arcaracing.com

Will at Pocono Raceway

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Here is a picture of the #59 team working on the car in the garage at Pocono before practice.

Qualifying is LIVE on ARCA's website at http://www.arcaracing.com/ at 1:45pm.

Will Kimmel Racing welcomes Checkmate Boats

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , , ,

Press Release 7/27/10 Sellersburg, IN:

Will Kimmel is proud to announce his association with Checkmate Marine for the upcoming Weis Markets 125 ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway on July 31st. Checkmate traces their origins back to the early 60s and individually hand-built racing boats. Today the Bucyrus, OH company manufactures a full line of high performance boats, from the family runabout to the rough waters off-shore.

Kimmel will be making his first ever start at Pocono in the number 59 Checkmate Boats / Riverside Auto Parts Dodge Charger for Mark Gibson Racing following a successful outing at Iowa Speedway, where he and the MGR team overcame early adversity to record a top 20 finish. “I’m really looking forward to going to Pocono. It’s another track I haven’t raced on yet, so my goals will be the same as Iowa: Finish the race, run all the laps, and be as competitive as possible while getting experience at this really challenging track. Mark and the guys have worked hard in the shop to get the car prepared so that we can go out there and do a great job representing Checkmate Marine. We appreciate Checkmate for coming on board to support us and we want to put on a great show for their customers and employees alike! I want them to be proud to be associated with us.”

Checkmate Marine’s website (http://www.checkmatepowerboats.net/) says “Checkmate is all about speed. It’s in our DNA.” That makes Checkmate a fitting partner for Will Kimmel. Kimmel, of Sellersburg IN is a 3rd generation stockcar racer following in the footsteps of Grandfather Bill Kimmel Sr., winner of over 500 races throughout the Mid-West in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70s, Dad Bill Jr. who won 4 NASCAR Winston Regional Championships as a driver and 8 ARCA Crew Chief of the Year awards, and Uncle Frank – the 9 time ARCA Racing Series National Champion. Will is the youngest ever winner of the Salem Speedway Super Latemodel Championship and 90+ wins in other racing divisions. When not pursuing his own career as a driver, Will regularly works as a mechanic and jack man on the Kimmel Racing ARCA Racing Series entry.

Will is currently scheduled to compete in the following races:
ARCA Racing Series Presented by ReMax and Menards:

Pocono Raceway Weis Markets 125, July 25 *LIVE on SPEED TV
Illinois State Fairground Allen Crowe 100, Aug 22
DuQuoin State Fairground Federated Car Care 100, Sept 6

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Kentucky Speedway Built Ford Tough 225, Sept 3, Broadcast live on SPEED TV

Will Kimmel Racing is currently seeking marketing partners so that we may expand our racing schedule. If you are interested in being associated with Will and WKR, please visit our website for sponsorship information:

http://www.willkimmel.com/ or call: (502) 645-9370