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.