Richmond: Chris Wimmer preview

Prepares for Richmond with Memphis Test On the heels of a strong run at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Chris Wimmer and his MB Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team is preparing for the Kroger 200 at the Richmond International Raceway ...

Prepares for Richmond with Memphis Test

On the heels of a strong run at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Chris Wimmer and his MB Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team is preparing for the Kroger 200 at the Richmond International Raceway Thursday night. Wimmer spent last week testing at Memphis Motorsports Park to get ready for the three-quarter-mile short track.

"We haven't had the best of luck at the short tracks this year," said Wimmer, "but running a strong race at Bristol has given us all the confidence to have faith in our short-track program. We went to Memphis last week and that helped a ton. We were able to experiment with some setups and get a lot of things figured out.

"Plus, this will be my second race in a row where I'll be racing the same weekend as my brother, Scott, so that's pretty cool," he continued. "My parents have been at all my races this year, but it's always great to be able to spend time with Scott and (wife) Jodi as well."

Although Bristol and Richmond are short-tracks, that is where the similarities end, as Bristol is a high-banked concrete oval, Richmond is a D-shaped flat, asphalt track. Wimmer said his American Speed Association (ASA) experience should come in handy for this race.

"A lot of the short tracks I ran in ASA tended to be flat, so hopefully, that experience will help Thursday night."

MB Motorsports owner/crew chief Mike Mittler is also looking forward to Richmond Thursday night. "I think we're as prepared for this race as we've been this year," said the St. Louis native. "We may not have the finishing spot to show for it, but Chris ran a helluva race at Bristol and we expect he'll do the same at Richmond."

The Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway will be presented live on SPEED Channel at 8:30 p.m. local time and on radio by MRN at 7:30 p.m. local time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Chris Wimmer