Wimmer, Holiday Inn Racing Bring Home Hard-Fought Top 10
Race/Date: Federated Auto Parts 300 – June 7, 2008
Location: Nashville Superspeedway – Lebanon, Tenn.
Start Position: Seventh
Finish Position: Seventh
Owner’s Point Standing: Third (maintained position)
A dedicated effort from the Holiday Inn Racing Team offset the effects of an ill-handling race car, an under-the-weather driver and contact from another competitor as Scott Wimmer finished seventh in Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 team also maintained the third position in the NNS owners’ championship point standings but advanced 76 points on the leader and sits 220 markers out of the top spot. The strong run was Wimmer’s fifth top-10 finish in eight starts this season.
In time trials Saturday afternoon, Wimmer lapped the suburban-Nashville oval in 30.273 seconds (158.517 mph). The Wausau, Wis., native posted the seventh-fastest qualifying time, lining up the No. 29 Chevrolet on the inside of row four for Saturday’s 225-lap race.
Shortly after the drop of the green flag, Wimmer reported a loose-handling condition from the center of the corners through the exit but continued to race inside the top 10.
Green-flag pit stops began on lap 57 with the No. 29 Chevy scored fifth on the leaderboard. Crew chief Pat Smith called for fresh tires, with major air pressure adjustments to three of the Goodyears, a track bar adjustment and fuel.
On lap 88, Wimmer radioed that he had made contact with another competitor and that there was slight damage to the right-front fender. The caution flag waved on lap 104 and Smith summoned his driver to pit road for fuel and another round of major air pressure and chassis adjustments. The Holiday Inn Racing team had an extended stay on pit road to repair the green and blue machine’s front fender.
Back under green on lap 109 in the 16th position, the 32-year-old driver spent the next 60 laps battling his way back up the leaderborad. Despite fighting a continued loose-handling condition, Wimmer cracked the top 10th on lap 167 and moved to eighth by lap 176.
The six-time series winner notched one more position over the closing laps to take the checkered flag seventh.
Brad Keselowski earned his first NNS victory and was followed to the line by David Stremme, David Reutimann, Wimmer’s fellow RCR teammate Clint Bowyer and David Ragan.
Next week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for round 16 on the 35-race tour. The Meijer 300 will take the green flag Saturday, June 14, with Wimmer behind the wheel of the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. Race coverage will be televised live 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 will air live on ESPN2 the same day beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTE:
“We struggled with the car all race long but the Holiday Inn Racing team was able to hang on for a good finish. I would have loved to have brought home another guitar trophy but we could never really get the car tightened up. I was battling the flu this week and about halfway through the race I started getting really hot but I tried not to let that effect me. We’ll take a top-10 finish and have another strong run next week at Kentucky.”
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