From Staff Reports
While this Saturday will mark the first time the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will visit the Atlanta Motor Speedway it will mark the 16th trip for five-time ARCA Re/Max Series Champion, Frank Kimmel.
Kimmel will once again pilot the No. 29 K Automotive Ford F-150 as he will attempt to showcase his talent and experience at one of his favorite race tracks.
"Atlanta is a driver's race track and I think that is what I like about it," said Kimmel. "We have always run well there in the ARCA car, but this will be a different situation in the truck. Daytona gave me a chance to get the feel of the trucks again and these K Automotive trucks are always so easy to drive it really makes my job easier."
Kimmel's Daytona performance gained attention as he started 28th in the field before quickly moving into the top ten, leading laps and finishing eighth. Looking at his 15 race history on the 1.54-mile quad oval of Atlanta Motor Speedway proves he is one to watch in both qualifying and the race. In his 15 starts Kimmel has earned six poles, nine front row starting positions, ten top ten finishes, nine top five finishes and six top three finishes. However with this list of impressive statistics, a win has remained elusive at Atlanta for Kimmel.
The EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 will take the green flag on Saturday, March 13 at 1:00pm. The race will be carried live on Speed Channel, MRN Radio an XM Radio 144.
Two women thriving on Truck Series
Being one of two women competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Tina Gordon usually knows what question is coming when a reporter approaches: Are you treated any differently because you're a woman?
Gordon laughs and says emphatically that no, she doesn't get treated any differently. No sugar in the fuel tank, no slashed tires.As if to prove her point, fellow competitor David Starr approaches at that moment, engulfing Gordon in a big bear hug."It's like that with all of the guys," Gordon said. "I don't know how many times David has taken me out on track to show me the line before practice starts. Or how many times Robert Pressley has come over, taken time out of practice, to help me. All of them have been great to me."
Gordon and Kelly "Girl" Sutton are both competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year, the first time that any national NASCAR touring series has had two women running a full-time schedule.