No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Federated Auto Parts 300 – June 7, 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. 050 from the Richard Childress Racing stable this weekend. Built new in 2006 and run as the No. 2 machine, Clint Bowyer drove this chassis in 2006 in February at California (St. 14, Fn. 16), in May at Charlotte (St. 17, Fn. 36), in September at California (St. 1, Fn. 13) and in October at Charlotte (St. 24, Fn. 7). In 2007, this chassis ran as the No. 29 Chevrolet when Wimmer drove to a third-place finish at Kentucky after starting 25th and finished 29th in September at Dover after being involved in an incident of another driver’s making. After receiving all the required 2008 updates, Jeff Burton raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to an eighth-place finish at both California and Charlotte.
· Defending a Championship … Based on Wimmer’s 12th-place finish last week at Dover, the No. 29 team maintained the third position in the 2008 NNS owners’ point standings. The Holiday Inn Racing team sits 296 markers out of the top spot.
· Defending Nashville … Wimmer is the defending NNS race winner at Nashville Superspeedway. The 18-gall fuel cell had less than a half gallon of fuel remaining when he drove the Holiday Inn Chevrolet to Victory Lane in March. The win marked his first NNS checkered flag with RCR and sixth overall.
· Wimmer in the Loop in Music City …
o Track Stat … In eight NNS starts at Nashville Superspeedway, Wimmer has posted one win, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. This weekend’s race is the eighth of 23 that the 32-year-old driver is scheduled to run in RCR’s No. 29 Chevy this season.
o Running Up Front … Wimmer has spent 99.3 percent of laps at Nashville runnning in the top 15.
o Average Running Position … Wimmer is third in the NNS Average Running Position category (4.489) at Nashville. 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 fourth in the Driver Rating category (122.2). 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.
· RCR at Nashville … In 30 previous NNS starts at Nashville Superspeedway, RCR has posted three wins (Wimmer, March 2008, Kevin Harvick, April 2006 and Bowyer, June 2005), two poles (Johnny Sauter, June 2003 and Harvick, April 2001), 15 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 681 laps at the 1.33-mile concrete oval.
· Under the Lights … The Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway will be televised live on ESPN2 on Saturday, June 7 beginning at 7 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 3 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
How did it feel to get your win at Nashville and that first Gibson guitar?
“The win at Nashville was long overdue for me and the Holiday Inn Racing team. They really worked hard to get me a win last year but we came up a little bit short. That was our third race together this year and we were able to pull out that win. I always look forward to going to Nashville because it’s a great racing town. There is a lot of history there with the old speedway at the fairgrounds. It will be a night race this time so hopefully we will get the setup right to have a strong run.”
You didn’t necessarily have the best car when you won but your team kept getting the car better.
“We made our car better and better all day long. We were good enough to run with the leaders but I don’t know if we were good enough to win. Racing isn’t over until the last lap and Kyle (Busch) had problems and I was able to get by my teammate (Clint Bowyer) who has been running strong all year. It felt really good to win and I am sure that the same guys are going to be fast. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch are the guys to beat so hopefully we can go back there and run with them.”
How did it feel to win your first race with Richard Childress?
“It felt really great to win. Richard (Childress) gave me this opportunity and we have had a lot of success over the past year-and-a-half with winning the owners’ championship being a highlight. I came close to winning some races last year but never did. Hopefully we can keep climbing up that ladder. It’s a long season and there are a lot points to be gained. I’m hoping to build on the win and carry that momentum through the year.”
Why do you think you run strong at Nashville?
“I try to take care of my equipment. I have seen so many guys run the car too hard and burn the car out. I just try to find a real steady pace and use the car up at the end of the race. It’s a tough race track. It has some characteristics from Dover and Bristol. It’s tricky to get around and easy to get in trouble. The key is to save the car for the end of the race.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVROLET 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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