King Kimmel Sweeps Goodyear All American Speedway
Mooresville, N.C. - This past Saturday night Frank Kimmel showed the world why he is a ten-time champion! for never seeing Goodyear All American Speedway, he mastered the course in record time. Saturday's events began with practice. The drivers struggled with their setups. "I've never raced on a track with this design; it has proven to be a challenge," said Garrett Braden. As practice went on, you could see the pieces come together, and everyone find their rhythm. Until Saturday, the only GNSS driver to ever grace Goodyear All American Speedway was Jeremy Mayfield in a modified.
Qualifying was up next. A.J. Henriksen once again took fast time for the fourth time this year. Young Joe Wilder broke an axle during his final lap, which he was able to repair before the race started.
After the invert, Henriksen and Kimmel would start on the 3rd row with Mayfield right in front of them. The green flag dropped, and it would be Joe Wilder who led the first lap. The battle between Mayfield, Henriksen, and Kimmel assumed. Mayfield battled a tight car from the start of the race. There were also fierce battles throughout the field between Kevin Kromer, Marc Jones, and Joe Wilder. Rookie Garret Braden was also in the mix with his Mike Kurkowski-owned machine. The entire fifty-lap race went green. With Kimmel coming out the victor.
The second race would prove to be just as exciting. The invert shuffled Mayfield, Henriksen, and Kimmel to the middle of the pack for the start of the race. When the race started, it was Henriksen on a mission to the front leading the first lap. Kimmel and Mayfield would soon find themselves chasing Henriksen. Mayfield once again fought a tight car. After battling for a few laps, Kimmel would take the lead again. A caution came out, and Mayfield found himself on pit road for adjustments on his machine. When the field took the green, Mayfield and Henriksen were sides by side. After several laps, the top five fell in line: Kimmel, Henriksen, Mayfield, Wilder, and Jones. A late race caution would once again bunch the field up, giving Henriksen a chance to overcome Kimmel. Mayfield wouldn't make it so easy. The green fell, and the top three battled once again. In the end, Kimmel would come out on top. Eric Barber, who rallied to fix a broken gear in practice, would not finish. Larry Wilcox and Mike Kurkowski also had mechanical failures at the end of the second race and did not finish. This weekend's race was also the first start for Garrett Braden, who previously had never run a stock car. Dusty Silvers suffered a broken axle in practice ending his day. Jason Schue was en route when mechanical failures on the way down prevented him from making it to the track.
The next race for Grand National Super Series presented by Engineered Components Co. will be Saturday, July 23rd at Dillon Motor Speedway. As always, we couldn't do this without the support of our sponsors; Engineered Components Co., Howe Racing Enterprises, Chalew Performance, and Circle Track Warehouse.
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