Dover II: Scott Winner race report

Scott Wimmer Brings Home Top-15 for Key Motorsports at Dover Rain held off long enough for Scott Wimmer to score a top-15 finish in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. In what was initially thought to be a race against the rain,...

Scott Wimmer Brings Home Top-15 for Key Motorsports at Dover

Rain held off long enough for Scott Wimmer to score a top-15 finish in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway. In what was initially thought to be a race against the rain, Wimmer fought changing weather and track conditions to finish 14th at The Monster Mile.

The speed charts didn't look good for Key Motorsports before the wave of the green flag, with Wimmer running 29th and 21st fastest in the weekend's two practices. A 24.453 second qualifying lap put Wimmer 32nd on the starting grid, but his experience at the track and a solid day in the pits would quickly prove just how competitive the Key Motorsports team could be.

With rain clouds looming, many teams thought that the Dover 200 was going to be a race to the halfway point, so the racing was competitive and aggressive from the drop of the green flag. It took only three laps for Wimmer to move up to the 25th position, and by lap 8 he'd worked his way up to 23rd.

Despite his ability to quickly make up for the team's starting position, Wimmer was fighting his car's lack of bite and the constantly changing track. It took only 24 laps for the leader to put the No. 40 a lap down, but Wimmer maintained his top-25 position until green flag pit stops began. Even with the limited time due to green flag conditions, the Key Motorsports crew adjusted aggressively on the StopRepairBills.com Chevy when Wimmer pitted on lap 86, making spring rubber and air pressure adjustments to combat the car's loose in, tight off condition.

The adjustments paid off when Wimmer returned to the track, and when the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 110 the No. 40 was running 20th. A very quick pit stop under yellow allowed Wimmer to make up two more positions, putting him in 17th when the field restarted on lap 116. Another caution quickly followed on lap 121, and the Key Motorsports team opted to remain on track, keeping the No. 40 in 17th for the restart on lap 125.

Wimmer maintained his position for the next 65 laps, coming into the pits 17th when the field received the final yellow flag of the day on lap 190, and another quick stop put the No. 40 in 15th when the race restarted on lap 192. In the final 8 laps Wimmer would navigate the StopRepairBills.com machine past one more competitor, crossing the finish line 14th. Despite the threat of rain on the radar, it was only after the race reached its scheduled conclusion that the skies opened up over The Monster Mile.

Curtis Key's No. 40 remains 23rd in the NNS owner standings after Scott Wimmer's 14th place finish at Dover International Speedway. The Key Motorsports Chevrolet is now 332 points ahead of 31st place.

The next stop for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, October 3rd. With Scott Wimmer racing the No. 5 for JR Motorsports for the last time this season, Mike Bliss will get behind the wheel of the No. 40 Chevrolet.

-credit: km

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Wimmer , Mike Bliss
Teams JR Motorsports