Nine-Time ARCA Champ Frank Kimmel Appearing at Menards in Comstock Park to Promote Saturday's Race at Berlin Raceway
(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) - This weekend, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will compete at West Michigan's Berlin Raceway, and nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel will be front and center.
Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, will appear at a Menards store in Comstock Park to promote the stock car series' 25th appearance at the short track.
Kimmel's appearance will take place Friday, from 6-7:30 p.m. at 4151 Alpine Avenue NW.
The 75-time ARCA race winner will meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures next to his No. 44 show car. Guests who purchase a pair of Ansell gloves inside the store will receive a voucher for a free second pair of gloves, presented by Kimmel outside the store.
As the ARCA Racing Series continues through its 60th Anniversary Season, race fans in West Michigan have the chance to "Save Big Money" on tickets to see the action live.
Through Friday, fans can buy tickets for Saturday's race at $15 - a $10 discount off the at-track race day price - at the Comstock Park store as well as stores in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Holland, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, South Haven, and Wyoming.
The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage available at ARCARacing.com.
Practice for the 200-lap race will take place that afternoon from 2-2:45 and 3:15-4, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5 p.m. ARCA Racing Series drivers will participate in an autograph session - open to all fans - at 6:15. The race will be the 15th of 20 this season.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
Griffin Hickman, ARCA
(419) 574-2685 (mobile)
Don Radebaugh, ARCA
(419) 450-0611 (mobile)