Frank Kimmel Joins ThorSport
SANDUSKY, Ohio — ThorSport Racing, the longest-tenured team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with over 500 active entries since 1996, announced today its plans to continue its growth model by fielding a full-season ARCA Racing Series team in 2012.
Nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Chevrolet under the ThorSport Racing banner in 2012.
Kimmel will kick off his partnership with ThorSport Racing by running the championship finale of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18. He will join new teammates Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Dakoda Armstrong — all running in their respective trucks — by piloting a fourth entry, the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Chevrolet Silverado at the Ford 200.
“This is an exciting move for ThorSport Racing, and we’re looking forward to growing together with the ARCA Racing Series and long-term with Frank Kimmel and his team,” said Matthew LaNeve, vice president of motorsports partnerships for ThorSport Racing. “Frank obviously has a pedigree of success within the series, as well as a history of setting the bar high for the rest of the field. ThorSport has had a long-standing pattern of excellence and championship-caliber teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and now rookie Dakoda Armstrong. We felt this was the right move at the right time.”
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with ThorSport Racing in 2012,” said Kimmel. “It’s a great opportunity to work with the best in class – from a world-class shop and staff to resources of such a strong organization. These guys know how to run for championships, and I think I’ve shown a few times that I can do the same. I’m ready to get back into the seat in Daytona and charge for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship together! To be able to kick everything off in Homestead is just icing on the cake — Matt Crafton and I have raced together for years as fellow ‘Menards teammates;’ I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone on the competition side and making a great run there for the team.”