Martinsville: Scott Wimmer preview

Scott Wimmer on Martinsville Speedway-- "I think our test went well last week," said Wimmer. "A lot has changed since we went there and tested last fall. The tires and the aero package are slightly different and I think that has made some...

Scott Wimmer on Martinsville Speedway--

"I think our test went well last week," said Wimmer. "A lot has changed since we went there and tested last fall. The tires and the aero package are slightly different and I think that has made some pretty significant changes on how you can approach this weekend.

"Martinsville is a pretty unique track. I've never run anywhere where there are such long straightaways and such tight corners as there are at Martinsville. I think pit strategy, when to pit for tires and fuel, are going to be a big part of the outcome for this weekend's race. The tires are definitely different, so we'll need to get a grasp on that real quickly Saturday. The keys to success at Martinsville are to have a decent qualifying run, stay out of trouble and keep all the fenders on and it should be a good day."

Frank Stoddard on this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway--

"We tested at Martinsville last week with Scott," said Stoddard. "I think it went really well. Scott grew up on the short tracks and I think that could help a little bit this weekend. We fought a loose-in condition all day, but we have made some changes to the setup to help that problem. I think we had good speed in the beginning of a long run, but the speeds trailed off a little bit the longer we ran because we just got too loose.

"I think Scott has done a really good job at adapting to the track. He looked really smooth the entire day and I think he will run just fine. I am a little concerned about qualifying, but I think if we can fix the loose in problem then he should be able to get the CAT car to qualify decent."

How I spent my off weekend--

Wimmer flew to San Francisco and participated in a driving school at Infineon Raceway in Sears Point, Calif., in preparation for the race in June. Wimmer had never seen the road course and doesn't have a lot of experience on road courses, so it was a perfect opportunity for him to gain some seat time. Wimmer and his wife, Jody, spent the remainder of Easter weekend touring the city.

Martinsville Speedway Notables--

* This will mark Wimmer's first start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway. Wimmer tested at Martinsville last fall and this last week in preparation for this weekend's race.

* Wimmer is second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, 32 points behind Kasey Kahne.

* The #22 pit crew will pit Darrell Waltrip's #11 Toyota Tundra in Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series Race.

Cat equipment for the Advance Auto Parts 500--

* Wimmer and the No. 22 Caterpillar team are taking car #62 to Martinsville Speedway. It is the same car that the team ran last year in both races at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Speedway. It has yet to compete in 2004.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer