* Teammate Turnaround: Wimmer Back In No. 29 In Burton's Back Yard * Keselowski Cleared; Will Spend Remainder Of Year With JRM * In The Loop: Harvick Seeks Third Straight Richmond Fall Win Great Scott: Wimmer A Major Part Of No. 29 Owner Title...
* Teammate Turnaround: Wimmer Back In No. 29 In Burton's Back Yard
* Keselowski Cleared; Will Spend Remainder Of Year With JRM
* In The Loop: Harvick Seeks Third Straight Richmond Fall Win
Great Scott: Wimmer A Major Part Of No. 29 Owner Title Chase Success
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2007) -- Scott Wimmer (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) must be glad to get back behind the wheel of the Richard Childress Racing ride he shares with Jeff Burton for the first time since finishing seventh at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in late July.
The No. 29 is once again in the lead in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings -- by 68 points over the No. 60 Scotts Winterguard Ford of Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing.
But it figures that Wimmer takes over the No. 29 this week. The car -- with Burton as the driver -- comes off an exciting win at California Speedway last Saturday. And his teammate -- a native of South Boston, Va. -- happens to be a fan favorite at Richmond International Raceway.
Wimmer has competed in 17 races this season -- 12 in the No. 29 -- and has one Busch Pole, four top fives and seven top-10 finishes in the Holiday Inn entry. And although Burton has brought home each of the team's three wins thus far in 2007, it's Wimmer he gives the credit to as far as the organization's current first-place hold on the owner standings lead.
"Scott Wimmer does a really, really good job putting us in a position to win," Burton said following the California victory. "This isn't just about me. It's about Scott and what he's been able to do, too.
"Scott has been an incredible addition to what we've been doing at RCR. It's (the owner championship race) not over by any means. Scott has (played) a huge role putting us in this position."
Keselowski Back On Track At Richmond; In With JRM For Remainder Of '07
After being involved in an accident Saturday at California that had his No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet riding the SAFER barrier then skidding on its nose before coming to a halt, Brad Keselowski has been medically cleared to race at Richmond.
After the incident, Keselowski was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center where he underwent CT scanning and x-rays on his head, left ankle and chest. Those tests came back negative.
Following standard NASCAR procedure, Keselowski was examined by Dr. Jerry Petty for NASCAR Competition upon his return to North Carolina Monday. He underwent an MRI exam and saw Petty again Tuesday before being cleared to race.
"I just have to comment California Speedway for installing the SAFER wall and NASCAR and other parties for developing it," Keselowski said. "I hit the wall pretty hard but thanks to the SAFER wall and all the safety equipment I use, I was able to escape injury."
The news got better for the 23 year old as he was named the driver for the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevy for the remainder of the season.
Keselowksi replaced Shane Huffman for the July 14 race at Chicagoland Speedway and has competed in six races since, deferring in the two road course events to Andy Pilgrim. He posted two top 10s and finishes of 13th and 14th in those events to earn the permanent position.
In The Loop: Harvick's Richmond Playground Has Bullies Ready For Friday Night Fight
Kevin Harvick (No. 33 RoadLoans.com Chevrolet) must have been under the weather during the first 2007 NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond in May. He finished fourth and didn't lead a single lap. It was an unsusual performance by his Richmond standards.
Usually, the two-time and reigning NASCAR Busch Series champion dominates. He did so in 2005, leading a race-high 149 laps in a win. He did it again twice in 2006, leading a total of 203 laps and sweeping the Richmond card.
Must be nice to finish fourth and consider it a bad day.
Harvick finds himself at or near the top of practically every key pre-race Loop Data category over the last five races at Richmond. He leads in Driver Rating (123.2) and Fastest Laps Run (156), is third in Average Running Position (6.8) and second in Laps in the Top 15 (1,132).
Clint Bowyer (No. 2 BB&T Chevrolet) was able to stop the Harvick machine last May, grabbing his second series win of the season. In that race, Bowyer scored a Driver Rating of 13.20 and an Average Running Position of 2.9.
Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota) could surprise this weekend if he can rebound from a tough performance in May. He finished 37th in the first Richmond race, his worst finish in nine starts at the .75-mile track. Prior to that, he had three straight top-25 finishes and led laps in three consecutive Richmond races.
Leffler's stats there are also impressive. He has a solid Driver Rating of 90.8, an Average Running Position of 13.8, 33 Fastest Laps Run and 648 Laps in the Top 15.
Another angle sure to heat up is the owner points battle between the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Jeff Burton drove the No. 29 to Victory Lane at California last weekend and regained the top spot in the standings. This weekend, Scott Wimmer will be piloting the car. He has a solid Driver Rating of 83.9 in three races at Richmond since 2005, while No. 60 driver Carl Edwards has a Richmond Driver Rating of 99.1.