No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Lipton Tea 250 – May 2, 2008
Venue: Richmond (Va.) International Raceway
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Richmond International Raceway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 041 from the Richard Childress Racing stable. Built new in 2005 and ran as the No. 2 machine, Clint Bowyer drove this chassis at Kansas (St. 10, Fn. 16). In 2006, Bowyer raced this car at Nashville in April (St. 2, Fn. 2) and again in June (St. 4, Fn. 2). Last Season, Wimmer piloted this Holiday Inn Chevy at Nashville in April (St. 14, Fn. 7) and again in June (St. 9, Fn. 4) and at Memphis in October (St. 12, Fn. 6). After receiving all the required 2008 updates, Wimmer drove this No. 29 machine to a 12th-place finish at Bristol in March.
· Richmond Recap … In 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Wimmer has earned one top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The 32-year-old driver boasts an impressive 10.2 finishing average at the “Action Track.” Meanwhile, the Wausau, Wis., native has led 47 laps at the three-quarter mile D-shaped oval.
· Points Check … Based on Wimmer’s ninth-place finish last week in Talladega, the No. 29 team maintained the fourth position in the NNS owners’ championship point standings and sits 99 points behind leader Joe Gibbs’ No. 20 machine. In 10 races this season, the duo of Wimmer and Jeff Burton has earned one victory, three top-five and six top-10 finishes.
· RCR at Richmond … In 36 NNS starts at Richmond International Raceway, RCR has earned five wins (Bowyer – May ’07 and Kevin Harvick – May ’03, Sept. ’05, May ’06 and Sept. ‘06), two poles, 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 804 laps in Virginia’s capital city.
· Make it Four … Scott Wimmer will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Cup Series race of the season this weekend at RIR driving the No. 33 Camping World Impala SS, giving RCR four entries in the Crown Royal 400. Wimmer was behind the wheel of the No. 33 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2006 (St. 24 Fn. 12) and most recently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (St. 21, Fn. 31) in July 2007. The less than desired outcome was the result of an incident on pit road that sent him to the garage for repairs.
· Scott’s Season So Far … This weekend’s race will be the sixth of 23 that Wimmer is scheduled to drive the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet. In five starts, he has posted one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Despite competing in half of the events, he is seventh in the Laps Led category of NASCAR’s loop data. He has led 47 of the 713 (6.5 percent) laps contested and has completed every lap of competition.
· RCR’s NNS Stable … In 10 NNS races this season, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have notched two wins (Bowyer – Bristol and Wimmer – Nashville), nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 285 of the 1,665 (17.1 percent) of the totals laps run this season.
· RIR Party Zone … Wimmer will appear at RIR’s Party Zone Friday, May 2 from 2:45 – 3 p.m. for a fan Q&A.
· This is a Test … Wimmer and company tested the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet on Richmond’s 14-degree banked course for two days in March following their win at Nashville Superspeedway. This was the third of four Nationwide Series tests on the 2008 schedule.
· Carry Me Back to Old Virginia … Two members of the Holiday Inn Racing team hail from the Old Dominion State. Rear-tire carrier Tommy Wallace calls Richmond his hometown and shock specialist and catch can man P.J. Bryant was born in Dale City.
· Happy Birthday … Jeff Stankiewicz, car chief and gasman for the Holiday Inn Racing team, will celebrate his 25th birthday on Friday, May 2.
· Friday Night Lights … The Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway will be televised live on ESPN2 on Friday, May 2 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 11th of 35 races on the 2008 Nationwide Series calendar will air live on SPEED the same day beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Do you enjoy racing at Richmond?
“I think that Richmond is one of every drivers favorite tracks on the schedule because it’s what we all grew up doing – short-track racing. Richmond is a great track with multiple grooves and it seems like we always have exciting racing when we go there.”
You tested the Nationwide Series car in March. Can you use what you learned in the Cup car?
“You really can’t use the information any more. With the changes to the new Cup Series car and the differences between the Nationwide car, there’s not much you can learn. Shocks and springs are all different now. The one thing that seems to translate is tires. You can learn air pressure and what the tires will do on a long run. I think that’s one way that the full-time Nationwide drivers suffer with, is just not knowing what the tires are going to do after a long run or what will happen if you put on a new set. We are so limited on tires during practice on a weekend. I learned about tires at the Richmond test and it was nice to get reacquainted with the track.”
After Richmond, you won’t be in the Holiday Inn Chevy until Dover. Is it difficult to share the ride?
“I’m fortunate that Richard (Childress) tries to get me in a car whenever he can. I try not to stay idle and try to do as much testing as I can. Even when I’m not racing, I try to be at the track so I can listen to the crew chiefs and drivers. There is so much you can learn just from listening to them. The cars and tracks are always changing so it is difficult at times to be in and out of the car.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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