Chris Wimmer Continues to Race Smart with 21st-Place Finish at Kentucky SPARTA, KY -- MB Motorsports driver, Chris Wimmer, continues to impress with his smart driving and hard-charging attitude, finishing 21st Saturday night at the...
Chris Wimmer Continues to Race Smart with 21st-Place Finish at Kentucky
SPARTA, KY -- MB Motorsports driver, Chris Wimmer, continues to impress with his smart driving and hard-charging attitude, finishing 21st Saturday night at the Kentucky Speedway during the Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Cincinnati Area Ford Dealers. Despite starting 32nd due to qualifying being rained out for the second-consecutive week, Wimmer was able to race impressively on a very green track and picked up 11 spots by the end of the race.
"This has been a very long week for the entire team," said Wimmer. "We worked day and night building a brand-new truck to bring here and the work paid off. The truck handled almost perfectly in the corners. With the rain, we were concerned about the handling, but my guys put a good truck under me.
"It was a long night," he continued, "with the rain delay and the heat and humidity, but we were able to run some pretty consistent times and stay out of trouble. Obviously, we wanted to do better than 21st, but given the condition of the track and having to start from the back, we'll take it."
Mike Mittler, owner and crew chief for the #63 Dave Porter Truck Sales Ford, was pleased not only with Wimmer's performance on the truck, but his crew's performance in the shop the week prior. "My guys really busted their butts this past week," he said. "I couldn't ask for a more loyal, dedicated team. They literally went without food and sleep to make sure the truck was done in time--they definitely went beyond the call for the sake of the team. And I include Chris in there, too. He was supposed to do some appearances and refused to go because he felt his place was with the team, working on the truck. He's a team player and we're going to have a lot of success with him behind the wheel."
Wimmer will take a well-deserved break this week as he returns to his native Wisconsin to participate in the 25th Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals in Slinger, Wis. The race pits local talent against some of the finest drivers in NASCAR, including 2003 Nextel Cup Champion, Matt Kenseth, Scott Wimmer, Kyle Busch, Dick Trickle, and defending race champion, Rich Bickle.
"I'm really looking forward to this race. It'll be nice to see my brother again and be even nicer to beat him on the track," said the younger Wimmer with a grin. "I ran here last year and didn't do so well, but I'll be doing a lot of testing, both for my car and Scott's Tuesday afternoon, so I should have enough seat time."
The next race for Wimmer and MB Motorsports will be the team's home track, Gateway International Raceway, in Madison, Ill. The Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 will be carried live on SPEED Channel at 7 p.m. local time and on MRN Radio live at 6:30 p.m. local time.