Wimmer Survives “Big One” For Season-Best Finish
P1 Groupe driver Scott Wimmer, driver of the #40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet Malibu, left the Talladega Superspeedway with a solid Top-15 finish yesterday. The race included drama, hard wrecks, and two green-white-checkered attempts, and while some cars couldn’t make it to the finish, Wimmer and his team continued to work on the car to ensure a successful day on one of the biggest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
When the green flag dropped on Saturday afternoon Wimmer knew that he would have to be patient and wait for the right time to begin to make his push to the front. This strategy paid off because even though he went a lap down early in the race, constant adjustments, focus, and a well-placed cautions allowed Scott to get back on the lead lap. He was able to make his way through the field and avoid a wreck that took out half of the field with 28 laps left in the race. The goal was no longer to only survive the race, but it was now time to contend for a Top-10 finish. When the checkered flag finally dropped after two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, Scott Wimmer and his team could enjoy a solid 12th place finish.
“Any restrictor plate race that we run is intense because we have to worry about bump drafting and “The Big One”. With the new cars, we essentially have to learn how to bump draft all over again. This showed today with late wrecks that took out a lot of really good racecars. The new style of racing with the two car packs is something that we have never seen before here or at Daytona. It’s exciting for us and the fans. I love racing here, and I’m happy that we were able to adjust on the car all day and be able to come home with a solid Top-15 finish. I’m proud of all my guys here and back at the shop because we had a really good car and one that could contend for a Top-10 today.”
Talladega ended up being a big points’ race for both the Driver and Team on the day as both moved up five spots in their respective Championships. Wimmer now 18th in Driver Championship points is only 36 points outside of the Top-10, and Curtis Key jumped up to 27th in the Owners Championship points, well within the coveted Top-30 which guarantees making the field next time out. The next stop for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be Nashville Superspeedway on April 23rd for the Nashville 300.
-source: key motorsports