Atlanta: Scott Wimmer preview

Scott Wimmer on his first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway-- "I always get excited about going to Atlanta," said Scott Wimmer, driver of the ...

Scott Wimmer on his first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway--

"I always get excited about going to Atlanta," said Scott Wimmer, driver of the #22 Caterpillar Dodge. "It has a special place in my heart since it is where I got my first Cup start. I can remember that day like yesterday and I am glad I am not racing under those circumstances any more. I remember leading the race and Dale Earnhardt was behind me and I was so nervous. I kept looking in my mirror and waiting for him to catch me. I just wanted to make sure that when he did pass me, I didn't wreck him."

Scott Wimmer on this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway--

"We tested down there before we went to Las Vegas and from what we saw we have a little bit of work to do. We never really got the right combination for speed and handling, but we do feel better about going there after racing last weekend in Las Vegas. I think we made tremendous gains from where we started the weekend to where we were after a few laps in the race.

"With my teammate, Dave Blaney, racing down there this weekend too that should really help us out. When you have close to the same setups and close to the same cars, then you can really compare information. It makes a huge difference when you have a teammate to talk to about what your car is doing and how the changes to the setup have affected it. Dave helped us out a lot during the test in Atlanta and the race last weekend. We're looking forward to working together this weekend. Dave has always run really well there."

Atlanta Motor Speedway Notables--

* Wimmer made his first NASCAR Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 19, 2000 after failing to qualify for the ARCA race that weekend due to qualifying being rained out. Since the ARCA cars were so similar to the Cup cars, Bill Davis opted to enter Wimmer in the Cup race. Wimmer led nine laps before settling into fifth place. Wimmer remained among the top 10 before running out of fuel just prior to the conclusion of the race.

* Wimmer tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week.

Cat equipment for the Golden Corral 500--

* Wimmer and the No. 22 Caterpillar team are taking car #76 to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Scott Wimmer , Dave Blaney