Wimmer Returns Home; Runs 18th at Kokomo KOKOMO, IN (June 10) -- After several months of racing in California, Brandon Wimmer returned to his native Indiana Tuesday to run the World of Outlaws' Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo ...
Wimmer Returns Home; Runs 18th at Kokomo
KOKOMO, IN (June 10) -- After several months of racing in California, Brandon Wimmer returned to his native Indiana Tuesday to run the World of Outlaws' Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway.
Wimmer's first race in the familiar #7TW Maxim -- now owned by Alan Barton -- was successful, considering he hadn't raced with "the greatest show on dirt" this year. The 20-year-old driver from Fairmount, IN, was the 20th-fastest qualifier in the 31-car field, qualified for the main event with a runner-up run in the "B" Feature and finished 18th in the "A" Feature.
"I really want to thank Alan for helping me out when I needed it," Wimmer said. "He gave me a ride last year when I didn't have one, and now he's doing it again. He put a car together for me to run the (Knoxville) Nationals last year. He bought the #7TW from Grandpa (former World of Outlaws car owner Tom Wimmer), but it's all new equipment. He just wanted to keep the number because it's well-known."
Brandon passed World of Outlaws regulars Zach Chappell, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Jason Martin and Tim Shaffer during the first half of Tuesday's 40-lap main event, then battled veterans Paul McMahan and Jac Haudenschild around the semi-banked, ¼-mile oval before settling for an 18th-place finish.
Tom Wimmer joined the World of Outlaws in 1989 with Joe Gaerte behind the wheel of his #7TW. Joe, who now builds engines with his father, Earl, won the March 8, 1989 race at Kings Speedway and earned Rookie of the Year honors while finishing fifth in the point standings. Sprint car racing veterans Kenny Jacobs, Jeff Swindell and Bobby Davis Jr. also drove the famous "Two Winners" sprinter before young Brandon came of age.