started in 1949 when Bill Kimmel Sr. saw a
good friend Cotton Priddy hauling his race
car to Sportsdrome Speedway in
Jeffersonville, Indiana. Bill Sr. would
have a car of his own the very next week
and Kimmel Racing was born. Bill Sr.
raced through out the Midwest from
Michigan to Florida, New York to Illinois
and all points in between. He won over
500 feature events and over 12 track
championships. Bill Sr. passed his racing
abilities to his three sonís Thom, Bill
Jr. and Frank.
compete against his dad and many other
great drivers of the sixties before going
off to service our country in the Vietnam
War. Just before Thom left for the war he
won a trophy dash at the old Danville
Speedway that included Bill Sr., Charlie
Glotzbach and Bobby Watson. It was
obvious Thom was on his way to a great
career before the war stopped him.
Frank and Bill
Jr. followed their Dad in the late 70ís
and 80ís. Frank would start driving
before he ever had a driverís license
while Bill Jr. would continue to work on
Bill Sr. car. Local late model racing
shifted from the Louisville Fairgrounds to
the Sportsdrome; Frank was racing in
street stock division and Bill Sr. was
really wanting Bill Jr. to start driving
as he had most certainly ran his share of
Speedway in Charlestown, Indiana opened in
the mid 1980ís. Frank would compete in
the late model class and win two
championships in 1986 & 1987. Bill Jr.
was racing full time now at the
Sportsdrome in the car that Bill Sr.last
Motor Speedway opened in 1988 Ėa ultra
modern facility. Frank went full time to
Louisville Motor Speedway while Bill Jr.
stayed at the Sportsdrome and Charlestown
Speedway, winning the 1989 Championship at
Charlestown Speedway. Sportsdrome quit
running late models in 1988. Charlestown
Speedway closed in 1990 and Louisville
Motor Speedway really grew bigger. Frank
won Louisville Motor Speedway Championship
in 1990, and moved to the ARCA Series
where he is at today since 1992. Bill Jr.
raced at Louisville Motor Speedway until
1998, winning Late Model Championship in
1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. At the end of
the racing season in 1998, Bill Jr. became
Crew Chief for Frank in the ARCA Series
beginning the 1999 season.
Frank won ARCA
Championship in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002,
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
In 1998, Will
Kimmel started his racing career in
Mini-Cups. Will is the 2X Valvoline
Champion, 2X National Open Champion, 2005
Salem Super Stock Rookie of the Year,
Speedway Super Late Model Rookie of the
Year and 2007 Salem Speedway Super Late
Model Champion. Will has over 90 feature
Frank II also
started his racing career in 1999 with
Mini-cups. He was 2001 Future Star
Champion, 2006 Sportsdrome Mini-cup
Champion, 2007 Salem Street Stock Rookie
of the Year.
As you can see
with the thoroughbred line, Kimmel Racing
is still going strong after 60 years.
We have had a
lot of help over the years to help us
reach these championships. Without each
of you no matter how small or how big a
part you played, we certainly do Thank You
for making Kimmel Racing so special!