No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Heluva Good! 200 – May 31, 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. 041 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Stable. Built new in 2005 and ran as the No. 2 Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer drove this chassis at Kansas (St. 10, Fn. 16). 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). After receiving all the required 2008 updates, Wimmer drove this No. 29 machine to a 12th-place finish at Bristol in March and tallied a 10th-place finish at Richmond.
· A Look at the Charts … Based on Jeff Burton’s eighth-place finish last week at Charlotte, the No. 29 team maintained the third position in the 2008 NNS owners’ point standings. The Holiday Inn Racing team sits 273 markers out of the top spot.
· First Wins at Dover … 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.
· Wimmer in the Loop at Dover …
o Track Stats … In 10 starts at DIS, Wimmer has notched one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has also led 67 laps.
o Driver Rating … Wimmer enjoys a 97.0 Driver Rating over the season’s first 13 races. 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 Average Running Position … The 32-year-old driver is ranked 13th in the Average Running Position category. His average position over the past three years at DIS is 12.790. That statistic is derived from the sum of his position on each lap divided by the number of laps run in each race.
· RCR Nationwide Notes at the Monster Mile … In 33 Nationwide Series starts ay Dover’s high-banked one-mile concrete oval, RCR boasts two poles, two wins, nine top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. At the same time, RCR-prepared race cars have led 565 laps at the “Monster Mile.”
· Six-Week Stretch … Wimmer takes over driving duties of the Holiday Inn Chevrolet for the next six NNS races. The stretch spans from Dover to Daytona on July 4. This weekend’s race is the seventh of 23 that the Wausau, Wis., native is scheduled to run.
· Catch the Action … Live coverage of the Heluva Good! 200 from Dover International Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, May 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be televised live on ESPN2 and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying will be televised live on ESPN2 the same day at 10:30 a.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will broadcast qualifying updates live.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about racing at Dover?
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the Holiday Inn Chevy. Dover is a special place for me because I got my first Nationwide Series win there. Hopefully, we can go up there and run strong. We have had some really good finishes the past few weeks and I’m hoping to keep that up.”
What do you remember about your first Nationwide Series win at Dover?
“It was back in 2002 and it was really exciting. Dover is just an amazing town with all the military support. I didn’t qualify very well for that race but I just raced my way to the front. There was a rain delay toward the end but we ended up getting the race completed and were able to bring home the win.”
Wasn’t there a time that you were known as “Mr. Concrete” in the Nationwide Series?
“I have had a lot of success on concrete, whether it is Bristol, Nashville or Dover. I feel very comfortable on concrete tracks and we notched a win at Nashville earlier this year in the Holiday Inn Chevy. I had a really good run 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.”
What makes the Monster Mile a monster?
“It is by far the fastest track that we go to. When you drive off the corners at Dover you really feel the sensation of speed. It will catch you every now and again. It gets real tight coming off the corners. The track throws you out of the corners and it will throw you in the wall just as quick. The bad part about that track is that if you spin you are going to hit the inside wall and if you do that then you are likely to slide back up the track and hit the outside wall. It’s amazing how fast we get around there and there is not a lot of room for error. If you slip up you are definitely going to be in the wall and that will put an end to your day real quick.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVROLET 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULT
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