Wimmer, Holiday Inn Racing Notch Sixth-Place Finish in Front of Hometown Crowd

Race/Date:                                           Camping World RV Rental 250 – June 21, 2008

Location:                                              The Milwaukee Mile – West Allis, Wis.

Start Position:                                     12th

Finish Position:                                   Sixth

Owner’s Point Standing:                  Third (maintained position)

Strong pit stops fueled Scott Wimmer and the Holiday Inn Racing team to a sixth-place finish in Saturday night’s Camping World RV Rental 250 at The Milwaukee Mile.

The sixth-place effort was Wimmer’s seventh top-10 finish in 10 starts behind the wheel of the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet. Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 machine maintained the third position in the 2008 NNS owners’ championship point standings, just 260 markers behind the leader.

In qualifying Saturday afternoon, the Nationwide Series veteran toured the Milwaukee oval in 29.982 seconds (120.072 mph), locking in the 12th starting spot for the 250-lap event.

Wimmer and Company took the green flag shortly after 7:30 pm local time with thunderstorms in the region.  The Wausau, Wis., native was quick to radio crew chief Pat Smith that the Holiday Inn Chevy needed to turn better and was tight from the center of the turn through the exit.  

The first of the evening’s nine cautions came out on lap 19 for an incident in turn four with Wimmer having gained two spots. The team made use of the caution as Smith summoned the No. 29 machine down pit road for a new set of Goodyear tires, fuel and air pressure and track bar adjustments.  The Holiday Inn Racing team took their time on the pit stop adding a spring rubber to the right rear.  The 32-year-old driver was 20th on the lap-23 restart.

The adjustments seemed to work and the six-time Nationwide Series race winner made his ascent of the scoring pylon.  He was 17th on lap 26 and 12 laps later was scored 12th.

Wimmer noted that the changes had improved the handling but he continued to battle a tight condition.  He held the 12th position until lap 55 when the second caution of the evening brought the Holiday Inn Chevy down pit road.  Smith called for four Goodyear tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.  Blistering-fast service by the over-the-wall crew notched Wimmer four spots on pit road.

The No. 29 machine went back to green on lap 59, eighth in the running order.  Wimmer raced in to the top five on lap 72 and was second on lap 91.  He held the position over the next 34 laps on the one-mile oval. 

Tight-handling conditions returned to the No. 29 machine and the 2007 NNS owners’ championship driver slipped back to 11th.  A late caution for debris on lap 205 allowed Wimmer to duck down pit lane for service.   Fresh Goodyear rubber, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment were in order and another lightning-fast service by the boys in blue and green afforded the team three spots.

Wimmer went back to green eighth on lap 209 and was able to pick up two positions over the closing laps to cross the finish line in sixth.

Carl Edwards won the race followed by Joey Logano. Wimmer’s RCR teammate Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, and David Reuitimann rounded out the top-five finishers. 

Wimmer and the Holiday Inn Racing team head next to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World 200.  The race will be telecast live on ABC Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 18th stop on the 35-race Nationwide Series tour will be televised live on SPEED the same day at 10 a.m. EDT.

SCOTT WIMMER QUOTE:

“We had to pit early because the Holiday Inn Chevy was off at the beginning of the race and that bit us by using up a set of stickers (tires) there.  We got the car dialed in and drove up through the field to second.  We had to put on old tires on the next stop and that dropped up back.  The guys worked really hard tonight and had great stops.  We needed to be better there at the end but overall not a bad night with a sixth-place finish.”

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