No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Camping World RV Sales 200 benefiting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma – Sept. 20, 2008
Venue: Dover (Del.) International Speedway
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Dover International Speedway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 065 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series Stable. Built new in 2007, Wimmer drove this Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a ninth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last March (started 22nd) and Jeff Burton finished 40th in August (started third) at Bristol after being caught up in an incident of another driver’s making. After receiving a brand new body and being outfitted with all the 2008 updates, Wimmer drove this Holiday Inn Chevy to Victory Lane at Nashville Superspeedway in March and to a sixth-place finish at Bristol last month.
· A Look at the Charts … Based on Wimmer’s second-place finish two weeks ago at Richmond, the No. 29 team maintained the fourth position in the 2008 NNS owners’ point standings but, for the third week in a row, made gains on the leader. The team now sits 303 markers behind the leader and just 18 points out of third.
· Dover Luck Strikes Twice … Wimmer claimed his first NNS victory September 2002 at Dover in his 63rd career start. He went on to win three of the final seven races that season -- Memphis Motorsports Park, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Crew chief Pat Smith also scored his first NNS win at Dover International Speedway. Burton was behind the wheel of the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevy for the June 2006 win.
· Dover Lowdown … In 11 starts at the Monster Mile, Wimmer has one win, three top-fives and four top-10 finishes. He has a 17.6 starting average combined with a solid 11.2 finishing average. At the same time, the six-time NNS winner has completed 2,167 of 2,202 laps (98.4 percent) contested over those 11 races.
· Wimmer in the Loop at Dover …
o Driver Rating … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Wimmer has an 87.3 Driver Rating over the past five Nationwide Series races at DIS. The Driver Rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The Driver Rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
o Running Up Front … Meanwhile, the six-time NNS winner has spent 68.8 percent (689 of 1,002) of laps contested running in the top 15 over the past five races at Dover.
o Average Running Position … The 32-year-old driver has an Average Running Position category of 13.388 over the past three years at DIS. That statistic is derived from the sum of his position on each lap divided by the number of laps run in each race.
· Mr. Concrete … In 31 Nationwide Series starts on concrete tracks (Bristol, Dover and Nashville), Wimmer boasts two wins, 10 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. The Wausau Wis., native has lead 208 laps on concrete surfaces.
· RCR Nationwide Notes at the Monster Mile … In 36 Nationwide Series starts at Dover’s high-banked one-mile concrete oval, RCR boasts two poles, two wins, 10 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Dating back to June 3, 2000, RCR-prepared race cars have led 565 laps at the “Monster Mile” and completed 6,884 of the 7,204 laps (95.6 percent) contested.
· The Collective RCR … In 28 races this season, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have notched two wins (Clint Bowyer – Bristol1 and Wimmer – Nashville1), 19 top-five and 44 top-10 finishes. RCR NNS cars have also led 584 laps in 2008 and finished on the lead lap 53 times with five different drivers including Bowyer, Burton, Bobby Labonte, Stephen Leicht and Wimmer.
· Scott’s Season Stats … This weekend’s race will be the 19th of 23 that Wimmer is scheduled to drive the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. In 18 starts, he has posted one win, four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
· Up to Speed … Live coverage of the Camping World RV Sales 200 benefiting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma from Dover International Speedway will take the green flag Sat., Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. EDT. The race will be televised live on ESPN2 and broadcast from coast to coast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 29th race on the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule will be televised live on SPEED the same day at 11 a.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will broadcast qualifying updates live.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Is the Nationwide Series race at Dover an endurance race?
“It definitely is an endurance race. The Nationwide Series race tends to have a lot of green-flag runs and it seems like the last 100 laps takes a long time to complete. It is such a grueling race track. It’s really hard, it’s physical to drive and it’s fast. I think it feels like the fastest place we go to. It’s got a lot of great characteristics. I think the fall race has a little better racing because the groove seems to widen out a little bit. I really enjoy running Dover and it’s where I got my first win. I’m looking forward to going back with the Holiday Inn crew because they always give me a great car to race and I think we will run well.”
How does it feel pulling back into a track where you’ve won before?
“It’s been a while since I’ve won there but it still feels great. You feel like you know a little something more than somebody who hasn’t won there. The track has changed so much in the past few years so I don’t know if my little tricks still apply but a win gives you a lot of confidence. Also, the NASCAR fans are so great at Dover. The ones who were there for my first win in 2002 are still there and remember it, so it’s fun to see those fans and talk with them. We’d love to win another one there.”
Wasn’t there a time that you were known as “Mr. Concrete” in the Nationwide Series?
“I always seem to run well on the concrete tracks of Dover, Nashville and Bristol and have had a lot of success on them. I feel very comfortable on concrete tracks and we notched a win at Nashville earlier this year in the Holiday Inn Chevy. I had two really good runs at Bristol, too. Things change from year to year but the Holiday Inn Racing team has put together an excellent package and I’m looking forward to running well this weekend.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVROLET 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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