No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Pepsi 300 – March 22, 2008
Venue: Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Nashville Superspeedway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Nashville Superspeedway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 065 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable this weekend. Built new in 2007, Wimmer drove this Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a ninth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last March (started 22nd) and Jeff Burton finished 40th in August (started third) at Bristol after being caught up in an incident of another driver’s making. Since then, this Holiday Inn Chevy has a brand new body and has been outfitted with all the 2008 updates.
· Wimmer in the Loop in Music City …
o Track Stat … In seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Nashville Superspeedway, Wimmer has posted three top-five and six top-10 finishes. This weekend’s race is the third of 23 that the 32-year-old driver is scheduled to run in RCR’s No. 29 Chevy this season.
o Running Up Front … In 2007, Wimmer spent all 450 laps running in the top 15 at Nashville.
o Back that Stat Up … Wimmer is third in the NNS Average Running Position category (4.467) at Nashville and is currently the second-best Quality Passer (24.5) – a statistic derived from the number of positions improved while running in the top-15 during green-flag conditions. He is also fourth in the Driver Rating category (118.7). 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 Run … Wimmer posted a third-place finish at the inaugural Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on April 14, 2001.
· Defending a Championship … The Wausau, Wis., native will take the wheel seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owners’ point standings.
· RCR at Nashville … In 27 previous NNS starts at Nashville Superspeedway, RCR has posted two wins (Kevin Harvick, April 2006 and Clint Bowyer, June 2005), two poles (Johnny Sauter, June 2003 and Harvick, April 2001), 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 584 laps at the 1.33-mile concrete oval.
· Catch the Action … The Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway will be televised live on ESPN on Saturday, March 22 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
You have six top-10 finishes in seven starts at Nashville. Why do you run well there?
“I seem to run well on concrete tracks. I think Nashville is a great track and it is the perfect size for the Nationwide Series cars. I like the banking and Nashville Superspeedway has put a lot of effort into making it a great track. I think we put on really good racing and I have just become really comfortable with the track over the years.”
This is the first Nationwide Series stand-alone race of the year. Does that give you added confidence knowing that there won’t be as many Cup Series drivers?
“It is going to be better for the Nationwide Series regulars but there will still be a lot of Cup Series drivers in the field. There are some good drivers that are shooting for the championship in the Nationwide Series, as well. The only time that it is a little easier on the Nationwide Series regulars is when the Cup Series drivers don’t get any practice time but since they are off this weekend they are going to be practicing, as well. A lot of Cup drivers use their Cup pit crews in the Nationwide Series so it might be interesting because those guys have this weekend off. I think the Holiday Inn car will have a good weekend and hopefully have another strong finish.”
You never ran outside the top 15 last year at Nashville. What does it take to run up front there?
“Nashville is a pretty tricky race track because it gets slick. It constantly changes because there isn’t a lot of racing there during the weekend. We are the only series at Nashville this weekend so there aren’t any Cup cars or trucks putting any rubber down at practice. It has been a place where we see a lot of wrecks so you have to stay out of trouble. You have to be able to adjust your car and be good on long runs. The key is to get the handling right and as long as you can be adaptable, you will run up front.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVROLET 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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