Wimmer Bounces Back for Top Ten Finish at Swiss Colony All-Star Race

After a 10th place finish at Grundy County Speedway Sunday night in the ASA Midwest Tourís ECHO Power Blower 100, Chris Wimmer and his crew quickly turned his car around for the Swiss Colony All-Star Race at Madison International Speedway Tuesday night.  There Wimmer picked up another top ten finish and raced against some of the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch.

Having just raced at MIS May 4th in the ASAMT, Wimmerís car was pretty good right away on Tuesday.  ďI had a good idea for a set-up when I went to the track on Tuesday,Ē said Wimmer, ďItís always helpful when youíve raced somewhere before, especially when it was just a month and a half ago.Ē Chrisís brother Scott was on hand to help the crew.

            The #52 Chevy posted the 13th fastest time in the second practice, second fastest in the third practice and qualified 13th.

            Just 30 laps in to the Swiss-Colony 100 Wimmer moved from his 13th starting position and was challenging for the top ten when he tangled with Tony Stewart in turn two.  ďMy car was a little faster at the timeď, said Wimmer, ďI probably drove in a little too hard and made contact.  Tony might have checked up a little bit too, but it was nothing intentional.Ē

            After Stewart was sent spinning, both Wimmer and the #20 Toyota were sent to the rear of the 24-car field.

            Wimmer didnít let that stop him as he charged back through the field.  By the break at lap 50 he was up to 15th place and in the final 50 laps moved up to the 7th position, which is where he finished.  After a quick adjustment to the car at the halfway point, Wimmerís #52 Chevy was one of the fastest cars on the track the final 50 laps. ďMy car was really good,Ē said Wimmer, ďIf I hadnít had to go to the back I think I would have had a top three finish, but itís just fun when you have a car thatís working for you like my car was tonight.Ē

            Longtime driver Steve Carlson won the Swiss Colony All-Star race, while Matt Kenseth finished second.  NASCAR Sprint Cup Points leader Kyle Busch finished 12th and Tony Stewart 16th.

            Wimmerís busy week at the track isnít over quite yet.  He plans to enter the Flip Merwin Memorial Race Thursday night at State Park Speedway. This race is special to Wimmer not just because itís at his home track in Wausau, WI, but also because he and his family were close to the late Flip Merwin.  ďHe was such a great guy,Ē says Wimmer, ďHe was the kind of guy who was friends with everyone and who everyone liked.Ē

Merwin was killed in January of 2003 at the Snowmobile Championships in Eagle River, WI.  Because of Merwinís love for racing, each year since there has been both a race at State Park Speedway in his honor as well as a snowmobile race at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau. 

While this is the 6th annual Flip Merwin Memorial Race, itís the first time Wimmer will be able to compete.  ďIíve always wanted to make it, but Iíve never had a car to bring,Ē said Wimmer, ďThis year I have my super late model that Iíve been running in the ASA Midwest Tour and some other features so Iíve really excited to bring it to State Park.  Itís been awhile since I raced there and Iím glad I can race in memory of Flip.Ē

Qualifying for the Flip Merwin Memorial gets underway at 6:30 p.m with racing set to start at 7:30 p.m.  The Super Late Models will race 52.5 laps around the ľ mile track in honor of Merwinís numbers 525.

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Last modified: April 04, 2006