No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo – June 14, 2008
Venue: Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Kentucky Speedway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 49 from the Richard Childress Racing stable in this weekend’s Meijer 300. Built new in 2006, Jeff Burton drove this chassis at Dover to notch Holiday Inn’s first series win. Last season, Wimmer drove this No. 29 Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at New Hampshire. Since then, this Holiday Inn Chevrolet has received all the required 2008 updates.
· Defending a Championship … Based on Wimmer’s seventh-place finish last week at Nashville, RCR’s No. 29 team maintained the third position in the NNS owners’ championship point standings but advanced 76 points on the leader and sits 220 markers out of the top spot. The strong run was Wimmer’s fifth top-10 finish in eight starts this season.
· Wimmer in the Loop in the Bluegrass State…
o Track Stat … Wimmer has competed in four NNS races at Kentucky Speedway, completing 99.9 percent of the laps. He has an average starting position of 19.3 and an average finishing spot of 7.5. Additionally, Wimmer boasts three top-five finishes at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval.
o Going Back to Green … Wimmer is sixth fastest on restarts at the Kentucky oval. His average speed on first two laps back under green is 162.352 mph.
o Average Running Position … Wimmer is 12th in the NNS Average Running Position category (12.090) at Kentucky. That statistic is derived from the sum of his position on each lap divided by the number of laps run in each race.
o Driver Rating … He is also 12th in the Driver Rating category (97.4). 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 points 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
· Inaugural Winner … Richard Childress Racing won the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on June 16, 2001 when Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in the Outback Steakhouse 300.
· RCR Nationwide Cars at Kentucky … In 14 previous NNS starts at Kentucky, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have posted one win (Harvick, June 2001), five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 184 laps at the Northern Kentucky race track.
· Catch the Action … The Meijer 300 will be televised live on Saturday, June 14 on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying will air live on ESPN2 the same day beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Talk about the fans at Kentucky Speedway.
“It’s amazing. We go up there and have about 65,000 Nationwide Series fans in the stands. It’s a great place to race and it’s been a great track for RCR. The Holiday Inn Chevy finished third last year despite not qualifying very well. The folks at Kentucky Speedway do a good job of giving us everything that we need to put on a great race. I hope to go there and finish as well as we did last year, if not better.”
What makes Kentucky a driver’s favorite track?
“They had a lot of talented people involved when they were designing that track and I know that Darrell Waltrip was one of them. When you’ve got a guy that has been racing that long help design your track then they are going to make it right and do a good job. It’s similar to what Rusty Wallace did in Iowa. It’s a track where you need good aero and horsepower but you need to handle well. It puts a lot of emphasis on driver and crew. It’s a fun track and I enjoy racing there.”
Why do we see so much side-by-side racing and exciting finishes?
“I think the racing is better because the pavement is getting older. When we first went to Kentucky the racing was pretty single file but now the groove has widened out. The pavement is getting rough and getting more characteristics. I hope they leave the pavement alone for a while and we will see better and better racing.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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