The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH)


Byline: Bob Queenan Post contributor

SPARTA, Ky. -- For the first time in more than a year, a driver other than two-time points champion Frank Kimmel will sit on the pole for an ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway.

John Metcalf, by virtue of being 0.95 seconds and 0.49 mph faster than Kimmel, will start the Channel 5-155 ARCA race tonight from the inside of Row No. 1 in his Chevrolet.

Right beside him in a Ford will be Kimmel, who has started the last two Kentucky Speedway ARCA races from the pole. Metcalf's pole-winning speed was 167.059 mph; Kimmel's was 166.569 mph.

Behind them will be 39 other drivers when the green flag drops at 8 p.m.

''We did our homework and found out how to keep up with Frank,'' said Metcalf, a 54-year-old three-year veteran of the circuit from the Denver suburb of Aurora who has never won an ARCA race. Since 1999, he has two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Said Kimmel, who has won the last two ARCA races at Kentucky: ''I sure hope the second-place qualifier wins (tonight). …

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