Scott Wimmer Two-Steps to a 13th-Place Finish for Turner Motorsports' NASCAR Debut at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas (November 9, 2009) -- For their NASCAR debut, Turner Motorsports, LLC returned to the state where it all began 10 years ago. In 1999,...
Scott Wimmer Two-Steps to a 13th-Place Finish for Turner Motorsports' NASCAR Debut at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 9, 2009) -- For their NASCAR debut, Turner Motorsports, LLC returned to the state where it all began 10 years ago. In 1999, owners Steve and Sandra Turner started the newly formed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team in a shop located in Hallettsville, Texas. Currently, the race team is based out of Mooresville, North Carolina and with driver Scott Wimmer behind the wheel at Texas Motor Speedway, Turner Motorsports was ready to make their NASCAR debut.
Starting the 147-lap race from the 20th position, Wimmer got a feel for the No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet and radioed to his Michael Shelton-led team that the truck was free getting into the corners. As the first caution of the night came out on lap 19, Wimmer came to the attention of his pit crew for fuel, along with track bar and wedge adjustments. The field restarted on lap 24 with the Wisconsin native scored in the 15th position.
Still facing a loose-handling condition, Wimmer took care of his Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet and stayed inside the top-20 as a green-flag run ensued. As the second caution slowed the pace of the field on lap 56, Shelton called Wimmer to pit road once again for four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel and track bar adjustment the next lap. When the field restarted on lap 60, the veteran ran in the 19th position.
Steadily Wimmer passed one competitor at a time and by lap 71, the No. 31 Silverado had broken into the top-15. Wimmer reported to his Turner Motorsports team that the truck was "a lot better but still a little free." While running in 12th-place, the third and final caution of the night came out on lap 89. Wimmer returned to the attention of his pit crew for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, in addition to taking fuel the following lap.
On the lap 94 restart, Wimmer was positioned in 18th-place and steadily regained the spots that were lost. Within 20 laps, the Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet was back into the 13th position, as a long green-flag run stretched out the field. Wimmer ran in this position for the duration of the WinStar World Casino 350 and claimed the impressive first finish for Turner Motorsports.
"This Turner Motorsports team did a great job all weekend," said Wimmer. "We started the race with a loose Chevrolet, but we kept making adjustments and during that last run, the No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet was very good. The field got spread out during that last green-flag run or I think we might have been able to contend for a top-10 finish. It was an honor to drive for Steve and Sandra Turner and they are going to be very successful in the Truck Series."