Wimmer Nabs Top Ten at Detjens Memorial 100

            The 28th annual Larry Detjens Memorial race hit the track at Golden Sands Speedway Friday night and Chris Wimmer drove #52 to a top ten finish to cap off a special night of racing. 

Wimmer’s uncle, Larry Detjens, was one of the best short track racers in the Midwest when he was killed in a tragic racing accident at Wisconsin International Raceway in 1981.  Inspired by his late uncle’s racing career, earning a seventh place finish Friday was exciting.  “I always like to run well, but especially at this race every year,” says Wimmer, “My uncle is the reason my brother Scott and I got in to racing, so it’s always nice when I can run well at the Detjens race.”

Wimmer qualified 6th and lined up in that same spot in the feature.  In less than 20 laps he moved up to 4th position and held on until the mid-way point of the race.  That’s when his car went away from him a little and he held on for a 7th place finish.  “My car seemed good the beginning of the race,” said Wimmer, “My car was a little loose during the day and I think I just tightened it up too much for the feature.  As the sun went down and the track cooled down, my car just got too tight.”

Wimmer now has a quick turnaround as, ironically, he races at Wisconsin International Raceway Tuesday when the ASA Midwest Series get back underway.  “Kaukauna is always a tough place for my family to go,” says Wimmer, “But I’ve been there quite a few times and raced there since my Uncle was killed, so I’ve kind of dealt with those emotions.”

Now Wimmer hopes to follow-up for first ASAMT top five with another strong showing at WIR Tuesday.  “The Iowa race was a lot of fun and to get a top five was great for me and the whole team,” said Wimmer, “Kaukauna’s a pretty rough race track from what I remember, but we hope to keep this recent momentum going.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup point leader Kyle Busch joins the ASAMT Tuesday at Kaukauna where he hopes to defend his race win from a year ago.  Practice gets underway at 1p.m. with qualifying at 4p.m. and racing set to start at 7p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information visit www.asamidwesttour.com

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Last modified: April 04, 2006