No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Sharpie Mini 300 – March 15, 2008
Venue: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Bristol Motor Speedway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 041 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Built new in 2005 and ran as the No. 2 machine, Clint Bowyer drove this chassis at Kansas (St. 10, Fn. 16) and Texas (St. 20, Fn. 7). In 2006, Bowyer raced this car at Nashville in April (St. 2, Fn. 2) and again in June (St. 4, Fn. 2). Last Season, Wimmer piloted this Holiday Inn Chevy at Nashville in April (St. 14, Fn. 7) and again in June (St. 9, Fn. 4) and at Memphis in October (St. 12, Fn. 6). Since then, this chassis has received all the required 2008 updates.
· Climbing the Ladder … Based on Jeff Burton’s third-place finish at Atlanta last week, the No. 29 Holiday Inn Racing team climbed from 10th to sixth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owners’ championship point standings. In four races, the No. 29 Holiday Inn team has posted a 13.25 finishing average.
· Wimmer in the Loop at “Thunder Valley” …
o Stat Facts … In nine NNS starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Wimmer has posted three top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led 39 laps. This weekend’s race is the second of 23 that Wimmer is scheduled to drive the Holiday Inn Chevrolet.
o Taking Care of Business … Wimmer is the division’s third-best Closer – a statistic derived from the number of positions improved over the closing 10 percent of each race. Wimmer has gained an average of four spots over the last three years at Bristol and has improved a total of 12 positions over the closing 10 percent of those same races.
· RCR at Bristol … Richard Childress leads the way for Nationwide Series car owner victories at Bristol with five – four of them coming with Kevin Harvick and one with Jeff Green. In 38 starts, RCR boasts four poles, 17 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes and has led for 1,313 laps at the high-banks of Bristol.
· Feel the Thunder … The Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live on ABC on Saturday, March 15 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The race will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the fifth of 35 races on the 2008 Nationwide Series calendar will air on taped delay on SPEED the same day beginning at noon EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
You ran the Nationwide Series race last season in August. What did you think of the new configuration at Bristol?
“I ran RCR’s No. 21 Chevy last year in August and was really impressed with the job they did. It was an amazing place to race before they repaved the surface and now I think it is even better. The three-groove racing is back and you can run fast on the top, middle or bottom. I think that we are going to see a different tire with the changes to the track. I’m looking forward to racing the Holiday Inn Chevy this weekend. I think it’s going to be some of the best racing that we have seen in a long time.”
Is it easier to stay out of wreck with the new surface and multiple grooves?
“Not really. It’s the same old Bristol in that aspect. It’s fast and when cars start getting sideways, they’re all over the place. The biggest thing is worrying about cars getting in to you and you will always have all of the wrecking at Bristol.”
Does Bristol feel like rush-hour traffic?
“Bristol definitely makes you feel like you are driving down the highway during rush hour. We will run three-wide down the straightaways and two-and-three wide going through the corners. One little slip up by someone will take out a bunch of cars. Usually it’s a hard hit when you wreck there, too. The racing is always going to be the same no matter what they do to the track. It’s short-track racing so it’s always going to be competitive and it’s always going to fast.”
You have been out of the driver’s seat for three weeks while Jeff Burton has been behind the wheel. Is it difficult to share the Holiday Inn Chevy ride?
“It’s tough to be on the sidelines but I have been at the track with the Holiday Inn Racing team and have been doing some testing as well. It’s tough but when you have a teammate like Jeff Burton and an organization like Richard Childress Racing, it makes it a little bit easier because I am just as excited to see Jeff do well as I would if I were behind the wheel.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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