Scott Wimmer on Phoenix-- "I'm excited to go back out there," said Wimmer. "We won the Busch race out there last year. We also ran the Cup race and had a pretty decent car until we got wrecked coming off four. It's a track that I really like.
Scott Wimmer on Phoenix--
"I'm excited to go back out there," said Wimmer. "We won the Busch race out there last year. We also ran the Cup race and had a pretty decent car until we got wrecked coming off four. It's a track that I really like. It's kind of unique because the two turns are a lot different. You have to give up one end of the track to get the other one to work. It makes for a challenging day, but I really think we can get that accomplished. It's a lot like a track I used to race at - Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wis., except Phoenix is the reverse. The dogleg is on the frontstretch, not the backstretch."
Frank Stoddard on Phoenix--
"Thought the test went really well," said Stoddard. "I'm really disappointed that we won't be taking the same car back there that we tested because it was the #23 car that they will run. But, I still feel really good about going back there. I think our car we took to Martinsville will be just as good. When we tested, we didn't make any qualifying runs, just race runs and I thought on the longer runs we were just as competitive as the other cars. The #20 car was there and he was really fast, but I thought we were real competitive with the other cars there, especially on the long runs."
* Wimmer made one Winston Cup start at Phoenix International Raceway last year in the No. 27. Wimmer qualified 19th and finished 42nd after Robby Gordon made contact with Wimmer exiting turn four relegating him to a 42nd-place finish.
* After making his third Busch start at the track, Wimmer finally claimed a victory in last year's event. His performance had progressively improved at the one-mile track to the point where he could finally capture the win. Wimmer won four of the final eight races in the Busch Series last year.
* Crew chief Frank Stoddard was two Winston Cup wins at the one-mile oval in the desert. He was the winning crew chief for the 2000 and 2001 Winston Cup events at Phoenix International Raceway.
Cat equipment for the Checker Auto Parts 500-- Wimmer and the No. 22 Caterpillar team are taking the same car to Phoenix they competed with two weeks ago at Martinsville. The car sat on the outside pole and was slated for a solid top five finish until it tangled with teammate Kenny Wallace.
* Scott Wimmer and the #22 Caterpillar team spent Tuesday and Wednesday participating in a tire test on behalf of Goodyear. The team was selected to participate and couldn't pass up the opportunity since the track added progressive banking and repaved the track.
* The Bill Davis Racing teams will visit Caterpillar's proving grounds on Thursday, October 30, where the teams will be able to operate various types of equipment. The proving grounds are located in Tinaja Hills, Ariz., just south of Tucson.