Wimmer Turns Day Around for Top Ten Finish at Madison International Speedway

Madison, WI – 5/5/08 – Chris Wimmer’s day at Madison International Speedway went from bad to good in a matter of three hours Sunday.  When the #52 Chevy hit the track for first practice, Wimmer registered the second slowest time in the group.  Wimmer and his crew went hard to work on the car, making wholesale changes for the next practice.  Said Wimmer, “The set up we went to the track with was just way off.  We were too soft and had trouble getting through the corners because the nose was dragging.”

Those changes paid off and Wimmer found himself 13th in the second practice and then went out and qualified 11th, putting him in the ECHO Chainsaw 100 on time. “We worked really hard on the car during the end of the first practice and before the second.  It’s nice to see that pay off and it’s always nice to get in on time right away and focus on the feature.”

With the inverted start Wimmer started on the pole at Madison International Speedway.  During the 100 laps he slipped out of the top ten only once and avoided getting caught in three incidents that happened in front of him to bring out cautions.  Wimmer lined up 6th for the final restart with just 13 laps to go and help his ground to take the checkered flag in that position.  “From where we started the day to where we ended, I’m really happy and thankful to my crew for all their hard work. We were really tight during the race, so to finish where I did is exciting.”

Wimmer’s sixth place finish at MIS moves him up two places and in to ninth in the ASA Midwest Tour point standings.  Said Wimmer, “To be in the top ten in points just two races in is great.  Of course you always want to be higher, but it’s so important in this series to get in the points and stay towards the top.”

NASCAR Spring Cup points leader Kyle Busch appeared to be the favorite to win after he put up fast times in both practice sessions, but qualifying was a different story.  Busch qualified 14th and in the race was never able to negotiate his way to the front of the pack.  His #51 Nos Energy Camry crossed the checkered flag in third position.

Chris’s next ASA Midwest Tour race will be on May 17th , 2008   at Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson WI.

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