Wimmer Earns Second Top Ten ASA Midwest Tour Finish of the Season

        For the second time this season Chris Wimmer put up a top ten performance in the ASA Midwest Tour.  Over forty cars entered the Miller Lite 100 and the competition seemed to be some of the toughest so far this season.  “It was probably one of the best field of cars this year,” said Wimmer.

            Wimmer’s car seemed to be pretty good right away.  He registered the third fastest lap time in practice one and the sixth fastest in practice two.  His twelfth fastest qualifying time was good enough to make the feature right away.  “It’s always nice when you can get in right away,” says Wimmer, “Of course you always want to qualify better, but I dropped three tenth off my time from second practice, so I was please with that.”

            Wimmer just missed the invert on the start, and lined up 12 for the Mille Lite 100 Presented by Arby’s Restaurants.  Just eleven laps in to the race Wimmer narrowly avoided getting in to the wall as Blake Horstman spun out to his inside and nearly collected him  “We were racing side by side,” said Wimmer, “I was on the outside and I think he was trying to keep off of me and that made his car loose I think.”

            When the field went back to green, Wimmer went back to work and began to close in on some fast cars in front of him. “I felt my car was working well,” said Wimmer, “I felt I kind of got the feeling back I had in practice when I was running well and I seemed to be making up ground.”

            Wimmer worked his way up in to the eighth position, but then lap traffic became an issue.  “It’s hard to continue to catch the guys in front of you when the lap traffic builds up,” says Wimmer, “Those cars want to race you hard too, so it’s hard to gain ground.”

As the race wore on Wimmer rode solidly in the eighth position.  A late race restart with six laps to go bunched the field together, but by that time the #52 Chevy had used up its stuff trying to get through all the traffic.  “When I used to race at Dells the outside groove was really good,” said Wimmer, “As the track’s gotten older than groove has gone away, that makes it harder to get around and harder to pass people.”

This eighth place finish moves Wimmer up to sixth place in the overall series point standings.  The next ASAMT race is Friday, June 13th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Last modified: April 04, 2006