No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Camping World RV Rental 250 Ė June 21, 2008
Venue: The Milwaukee Mile Ė West Allis, Wis.
Scott Wimmerís NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at The Milwaukee Mile
∑ This Weekís Holiday Inn Chevrolet at The Milwaukee Mile Ö Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 037 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Built new in 2005, Clint Bowyer unveiled this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2006, Jeff Burton drove this chassis to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the spring after starting eighth. Most recently, Burton raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to an eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November. Since then, this Monte Carlo SS has received all the required 2008 updates.
∑ Going Home Ö Wimmer, a native of Wausau, Wis., grew up just under 200 miles northwest of The Milwaukee Mile.
∑ Drive Like a Champion Ö Based on Wimmerís second-place finish last weekend at Kentucky, RCRís No. 29 team maintained the third position in the NNS ownersí championship point standings and sits 235 markers out of the top spot. The strong run was Wimmerís second top-five and sixth top-10 finish in nine starts this season.
∑ Wimmer in the Loop in the Badger StateÖ
o Track Stat Ö Wimmer has competed in five NNS races at The Milwaukee Mile, completing 92.2 percent of the contested laps. He has an average starting position of 19.8 and an average finishing spot of 15.6. Additionally, Wimmer boasts two top-five finishes at the one-mile oval.
o Crank it Up Ö Wimmer is eighth fastest on restarts at the Milwaukee oval. His average speed on the first two laps back under green is 112.943 mph.
o Driver Rating Ö He is also 15th in the Driver Rating category (93.0) at ďAmericaís Legendary Oval.Ē 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.
∑ Cheering Section Ö Over 80 members of Scott Wimmerís Fan Club will be at the track on Saturday for autographs and a chance to meet their favorite driver. Once the fans take their seats, Section 302 will become the Scott Wimmer Fan Zone at The Milwaukee Mile.
∑ RCR in Brew City Ö In 17 starts at The Milwaukee Mile, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have earned one win, one pole, four top-five and six top-10 finishes with four different drivers including Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday and Wimmer. At the same time, RCR cars have lead 301 laps in seven races at the suburban Milwaukee race course.
∑ Catch the Action Ö The Camping World RV Rental 250 will be televised live Saturday, June 21 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 for the 17th of 35 races on the 2008 NNS calendar will air live the same day on ESPN2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Talk about your run last year at Milwaukee.
ďWe had a really good package last year at Milwaukee and finished second. Iím looking forward to going back there and I consider it my home track. It was a good finish for our team but it was disappointing to finish second. We are going to go up there and hopefully have a strong car and a strong run. Itís going to be a big homecoming. I have a lot of family and friends coming to the race. Iím excited to see everyone and it will be my first trip home this year.Ē
How far from the track did you grow up?
ďI grew up about three hours away from The Milwaukee Mile but I moved to Milwaukee when I was about 20-years-old and worked about 15 minutes from the track. Iíve only raced in five Nationwide Series events at Milwaukee and I ran a late-model race. I havenít had a ton of laps on the track but Iíve watched a lot of races there. Iíve been going there since I can remember and have seen some greats like Rusty Wallace, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and Jim Sauter race there. The same things still apply as when I watched races there as a kid. Itís the same track that it was in the 80ís. It has new stands and new pavement but it drives the same as it did 20 years ago.Ē
Is there added pressure racing in front of the hometown crowd and getting them tickets to the race?
ďI tell everyone I canít get tickets so I normally pawn some of that responsibility off on my mom or wife. There is a lot of pressure racing in front of the home crowd but I think I put that pressure on myself. You want to do well and you donít want to fail. Last year I was really disappointed with a second-place finish but thatís what keeps me driving every week. There are a lot of great drivers and race fans up there. I definitely want a win at Milwaukee before Iím done racing.Ē
Do you notice a Scott Wimmer fan base when you are at the track?
ďItís unbelievable the support that not only myself but all Wisconsin drivers get when we go to Milwaukee. There will be people there that were watching me race over 10 years ago when I was short-track racing. Itís really neat knowing they have been following my career. Sometimes when you get up in the NASCAR level you sometimes forget what it was like coming up through the ranks, all of the hard work and all of the support it took. Itís great to see those people, catch up with them and see how they are doing. Itís a great feeling knowing they are supporting me and still following my career.Ē
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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