Las Vegas: Scott Wimmer preview

Scott Wimmer on Las Vegas "I am really looking forward to racing this weekend in Las Vegas," said Scott Wimmer, driver of the ...

Scott Wimmer on Las Vegas

"I am really looking forward to racing this weekend in Las Vegas," said Scott Wimmer, driver of the #22 Caterpillar Dodge. "We had a great test there in January, probably the best test that we have had so far. If that is any indication of how we can run, I think we'll be pretty good.. We were real competitive and we figured out right away what the car needed. It was our first chance to test the new tires and the new body style and we were pleased with how it turned out. It also gave me a chance to knock the rust off and get comfortable in the car.

"We rolled off the truck and were real fast right away. We made a run with both cars we had brought out there, but on the second run with our primary car I got up in the loose stuff and the car came around on me coming off the turn. It destroyed the car completely. The good thing was that the backup car we brought was real fast too, so we are taking that car back there to race. I think we should be in good shape."

Frank Stoddard on Las Vegas

"I think our test went great. It's a shame that we wrecked the car we were hoping to take out there because it was so fast. Scott jumped right out there and ran some very fast laps right off the truck. I think that has given all of us something to look forward to when we go back there. I think we should be pretty competitive.

"I love racing at Las Vegas.  I've been fortunate to have some success
there, so that's a good reason to like it.  But, it's a really nice track
and the racing is great.  You can pass anywhere on the track and that makes
for some very close races.  It's a real wide track for side-by-side racing."

Scott Wimmer films CAT Rental Store Commercial in Las Vegas
Wimmer filmed a commercial at Cashman Equipment in Las Vegas in January following his wedding. The commercial will air later this season.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notables

*Wimmer married wife Jody in Las Vegas on January 10th.

*Wimmer tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in January.

*Crew chief Frank Stoddard has two Winston Cup wins at the 1.5-mile oval. He was the winning crew chief for the 1999 Las Vegas 400 and the 2000 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

*Wimmer and Stoddard tested in Atlanta Motor Speedway this week in preparation for next weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

*Wimmer leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points chase after finishing third in Daytona and 15th in Rockingham.

Cat equipment for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

*Wimmer and the No. 22 Caterpillar team are taking car #72 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Wimmer