Scott Wimmer Finishes 21st at Bristol After Last-Lap Wreck It looked like it would be a top-10 finish under the lights for Key Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway. On a weekend when many competitors destroyed their racecars in Thunder Valley,...
Scott Wimmer Finishes 21st at Bristol After Last-Lap Wreck
It looked like it would be a top-10 finish under the lights for Key Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway. On a weekend when many competitors destroyed their racecars in Thunder Valley, some before the green flag waved, Scott Wimmer kept the No. 40 Westerman Companies Chevrolet out of trouble until a competitor wrecked him on the final lap, resulting in a 21st place finish.
After running 15th quickest in practice, Scott Wimmer took the green flag from the 22nd position and began to route through the field, skillfully avoiding the wrecks that plagued his competitors. Though the No. 40 Westerman Companies Chevrolet felt tight in the center, Wimmer was able to work his way up to 13th by lap 47.
On lap 54 the field received the third caution of the night for a multi-car wreck that took three of the leaders out of contention. Electing not to pit, Wimmer restarted 11th on lap 59 and got a jump on his competitors, picking up a position before the completion of the lap. Wimmer had another great restart ten laps later, taking the 9th spot almost immediately after the green flag. One lap later Wimmer stole the 8th position and appeared to be on his way into the top-5.
As Wimmer battled with the top-10 on lap 72, the No. 40 suddenly became extremely tight, and he began to slowly lose the positions he'd fought so hard for. Hoping for a quick caution, crew chief Gary Showalter began to plan what adjustments he'd make once the Westerman Companies Chevy hit pit road, but it wasn't until lap 140 that the field would see the yellow flag. During the long green flag run Wimmer slid back into the 14th position and was passed by the leader, putting him a lap down.
Finally able to make his first pit stop of the day, Wimmer brought the No. 40 down pit road for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment, and a wedge adjustment. Taking the green flag in 18th, Wimmer quickly learned that the adjustments hadn't helped the unbearably tight condition of the car, and he struggled with the No. 40 until lap 164 when a caution allowed him to bring the car into the pits once again.
Relaying to Showalter that the car was extremely tight off and bouncing on the track, Wimmer received a track bar adjustment, another air pressure adjustment, and fuel. Restarting 20th on lap 177, Wimmer was able to quickly move into the 18th position, but he continued to wrestle with the Westerman Companies Chevy, feeling like he was losing power or dragging something on the race track.
Running 19th when the field restarted for a green/white/checkered finish on lap 252, Wimmer had just received the white flag when the No. 66 of Steve Wallace got under his left rear quarter panel, spinning the No. 40 around. As Wimmer attempted to right his car and finish the race, the No. 12 of Justin Allgaier slammed into his left front fender, heavily damaging the car. By the time Wimmer was able to get the No. 40 past the start/finish line and receive the checkered flag, he was scored in the 21st position.
"We had a really good race going in the beginning," said Wimmer. "We kept moving our way up, we got up to the top-10, and we just got caught on that long green flag run. We were racing so hard in the back that the leader caught us all and started putting a lot of cars a lap down. We just never could really make up from that. I don't know if we had something dragging or what it was, but it was like we were losing power in the motor and I just couldn't go fast. All in all it still looked like we were going to have a top-20, but we just got wrecked out at the end. I don't know what happened there, but we'll have to take that and we'll move on to the next race."
Curtis Key's No. 40 remains 23rd in the NNS owner standings after Scott Wimmer's 22nd place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Key Motorsports Chevrolet is now 191 points ahead of 30th place.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series goes north of the border for this weekend's race in Montreal, Quebec. Jeffrey Earnhardt will get behind the wheel of the No. 40 Chevrolet for Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.