BUSCH: Wimmer knocks out third win in Phoenix

BUSCH: Wimmer knocks out third win in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ- After a long struggle to finally score his first win, Bill Davis Racing's Scott Wimmer is making winning a habit as he grabbed his third career win this year Saturday afternoon on the one-mile track at the Phoenix International...

Phoenix, AZ- After a long struggle to finally score his first win, Bill Davis Racing's Scott Wimmer is making winning a habit as he grabbed his third career win this year Saturday afternoon on the one-mile track at the Phoenix International Raceway. After battling door to door with Roush Racing's Greg Biffle for a handful of laps, Wimmer finally took the lead with 14 to go and never looked back.

Scott Wimmer.
Photo by Chuck McCoy.

Wimmer, whose #23 Pontiac continues to run minus a sponsor was elated in victory lane. "What a team, no sponsorship, and we're still winning races."

Wimmer received coaching from crew chief Robert Barker throughout the course of the race as the driver steering the 23 was concerned there was an internal problem. "Our motor was laying down since the beginning of the race," Wimmer said.

With less then four laps remaining, the yellow flag flew after the 21 of Jeff Green slammed the outside retaining wall hard in turn one. The rear of Green's Chevrolet burst into flames as Mike McLaughlin and Tony Raines also suffered damage. It appeared as though McLaughlin's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing entry lost it's brakes, drove into the rear of Green and as Raines' #33 attempted to avoid the wreck, McLaughlin also got into the rear of Raines' car.

To race fans' dismay, NASCAR chose to leave the field under yellow rather then red-flag the event for clean-up. Wimmer rode out the caution to the drop of the checkered.

Biffle, who ended up finishing third, was on a mission to win both the race and the title. Throughout the course of the day, he proved he was the one to beat as he dominated the first 185 laps but used up his car before losing the lead to Wimmer. As Wimmer made the pass, Biffle radioed his crew, "I can't do anything with him guys, that was it."

Stacy Compton started at the rear of the field following an engine change after Happy Hour and charged his way to a strong second place showing. With Biffle third, his toughest contender in the title chase, ppc's Jason Keller finished fourth and David Green finished fifth after putting up another impressive run in the #5 Hendrick Motorsports entry.

There were a total of eight caution flags throughout the day, a record high for a Busch Series event at Phoenix. After a caution brought out for Brad Teague's stalled #52, Shane Hmiel and Jamie McMurray brought out caution number two on lap 13.

Hmiel's #47 broke loose, bounced off of the wall and collected McMurray. The wreck ended the day for Hmiel and his Innovative Motorsports team. The team which entered Phoenix riding momentum of two straight victories, Brewco Motorsports, were forced to spend 75 laps behind the wall making repairs to the radiator of McMurray's car before he could re-enter the race.

RCR's Kevin Harvick's day ended early on lap 141 when he and Hank Parker Jr. collided to bring out the sixth caution flag. Harvick's car spun as he and Parker were fighting over track position. His #29 suffered severe rear-end damage and was unable to finish the race.

Although Harvick had a tough day, fellow Winston Cup regular Jimmy Spencer had a strong showing in sixth. Johnny Sauter finished seventh, with Ashton Lewis Jr., Kerry Earnhardt and Wally Dallenbach closing out the top-10.

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