Wimmer Finds Victory Lane at Flip Merwin Memorial 

            It’s been awhile since Chris Wimmer drove to victory lane in a late model feature, but that all changed Thursday night at State Park Speedway.  Wimmer not only completed the clean sweep, winning both his heat race and the feature, but also put his name in to the State Park Speedway record books.

            The day started off well when Wimmer’s fast qualifying time of 13.360 seconds set a new State Park Speedway track record.  “That was really cool,” said Wimmer, “I’ve raced here a lot and to come out and put down a lap like that is pretty awesome.”

            With the inverted start Wimmer lined up 6th for the 6th Annual Flip Merwin Memorial.  Drivers would race 52 ½ times around State Park Speedway in honor of Merwin’s snowmobile number 525.

            Wimmer got a good start and jumped up to 4th place just four laps in to the race.  Then it took just five more times around the ¼ mile track for the #52 to negotiate his way in to the lead.  “I thought the quicker I can try and get out in front the better,” said Wimmer, “My car was so good, it was just fun to drive tonight.”

            From there it was smooth sailing for #52 as he led the final 41 laps of the race to take the checkered flag.  “It’s just so exciting to win,” said Wimmer, “It’s been awhile since I’ve won one of these feature races and it feels good.  I just had fun out there tonight.”

            While it’s nice for Wimmer to find victory lane once again, his win Thursday means a little more.  “Flip used to help my brother on his car a lot and he helped me for a number of years,” said Wimmer, “To come out here and race so well and win on his night is really special to me.  He was such a great person and friend and to win this race means a lot.”

            Wimmer’s win Thursday at the track in his hometown of Wausau, WI was a great way to cap off a busy week of racing.  Wimmer finished 10th in the ASAMT race in Grundy, IL on Sunday and then 7th in the Swiss Colony All-Star Challenge Tuesday night at Madison International Speedway.  “It’s been a lot of racing and a lot of work, but it’s been fun,” said Wimmer, “I want to thank my crew, especially Dave Meyer and my parents for all their hard work over the past few days.”

Next up for Wimmer is the ASA Midwest Tour July Spectacular 100 Saturday, July 5th at I-94 Raceway in Sauk Center, MN.  Wimmer currently sits 7th in the ASAMT point standings, just five points out of the top five and in the hunt for a championship.

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Last modified: April 04, 2006