BUSCH: Wimmer gets first win of season at Pikes Peak

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Scott Wimmer motored past Jason Keller on lap 227 and went on to score his first victory of the year. Wimmer came into 2003, as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit after winning four of the last eight events of the season....

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Scott Wimmer motored past Jason Keller on lap 227 and went on to score his first victory of the year. Wimmer came into 2003, as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit after winning four of the last eight events of the season. He went winless while the No. 23 Chevy struggled until Saturday's break out victory at Pikes Peak. Wimmer led for seventy laps and landed his fifth career victory.

"Fortunately, I just got my fender up on his right rear quarter (panel) and he didn't run me into the wall," Wimmer said. "He let me stay up there and I was able to get past."

Jason Keller held on to take the checkered flag in second, followed by Scott Riggs, Johnny Sauter and Joey Clanton.

Pole sitter Bobby Hamilton, Jr. led the first 31 laps before being spun out by Mike Bliss on lap 63. Bliss, who was taken out by Hamilton, Jr. last weekend at Loudon, paid it back in spades by tapping Hamilton from behind and sending him into the wall.

Both drivers were called to the big blue NASCAR trailer to discuss the incident after the race. No word at this time on any pending penalties for aggressive driving.

Drivers endured a 102-degree ambient air temperature, which spike average track reading to 139-degrees at times.

Scott Riggs moves two points ahead of David Green in series standings. Jason Keller, Ron Hornaday and Brian Vickers round out the top five, with just fifty points separating the top four in the hunt for the NBS championship.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Keller , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Bliss , Brian Vickers , Joey Clanton