Wimmer, Holiday Inn Chevy Overcome Setback to Claim 12th in New Hampshire
Race/Date: Camping World RV Rental 200 – June 28, 2008
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.
Start Position: 18th
Finish Position: 12th
Owner’s Point Standing: Third (maintained position)
Scott Wimmer, driver of the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet, rallied from a late-race pit-road penalty to finish 12th in Saturday’s Camping World 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
In qualifying Saturday morning, the 32-year-old driver toured the one-mile oval in 30.299 seconds (125.707 mph), knocking down the 18th-fastest time of the session.
At the drop of the green flag, Wimmer began his charge toward the front. He was 16th by lap 19, 15th on lap 24 and 14th when the second caution flag flew on lap 47.
Crew chief Pat Smith summoned his driver to pit road one lap later for a four-tire pit stop that included air pressure and chassis adjustments to help with the car’s handling. The six-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner restarted the race 14th on lap 54.
The adjustments seemed to help the blue and green Holiday Inn Chevy and Wimmer cracked the top 10 on lap 75. The No. 29 machine continued to run in and round the top 10 until the final caution flag flew on lap 127.
On the final pit stop of the day crew chief Pat Smith called for two right-side tires and fuel to help Wimmer gain valuable track position and compete for the win. Unfortunately, a lug nut was missing from the right-rear tire, which forced NASCAR to summon the Holiday Inn Chevy back down pit road to fix the problem. As a result, Wimmer was forced to relinquish his sixth position in the running order and drop back to 21st.
Despite having to heed the penalty, Wimmer snared nine positions in the final 68 laps to pick up his 10th top-15 finishes in 11 starts this season. At the same time, the Wausau, Wis., native maintained the third position in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series owners’ championship point standings, just 328 markers behind the leader.
Tony Stewart won his fifth Nationwide Series victory of the 2008 season. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five finishers. .
Wimmer’s Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer finished ninth and continues to lead the 2008 NNS drivers’ championship point standings by 182 markers.
Next week, Scott Wimmer and the Holiday Inn Racing team head to the Sunshine State for the final restrictor-plate race of the season when the division makes its second annual stop at Daytona International Speedway. Live coverage of the Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola begins Friday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be televised live on ESPN2 and will broadcast coast to coast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 19th race on the 2008 schedule will be televised live the same day on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius Radio will broadcast qualifying updates live.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTE:
“We had a really fast car today but left a lug nut off on that last stop. We had to go to the rear but managed to work our way up to 12th. If we had a few more laps I think I could have notched a top-10 finish. I’m proud of my Holiday Inn crew and they work hard all day. We changed a lot but just couldn’t get the track position to run up front. It seems like clean air is what it took to win.”
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