Blown Tire Ruins Top-15 Run For Key Motorsports It looked like it would be the breakthrough weekend for Key Motorsports at Dover International Speedway, the track where driver Scott Wimmer scored his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win,...
Blown Tire Ruins Top-15 Run For Key Motorsports
It looked like it would be the breakthrough weekend for Key Motorsports at Dover International Speedway, the track where driver Scott Wimmer scored his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win, but with only eight laps remaining, a blown tire on the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet turned a potential top-10 into an 18th place finish.
Scott Wimmer took the green flag in the Helluva Good! 200 from the 14th position after laying down a solid qualifying lap of 23.536 seconds. Honing in on a solid setup during the weekend's only practice session, the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Impala was competitive out of the gate, sliding into the 11th position before the first yellow of the day on lap 23.
A slow pit stop set Wimmer back to 20th when racing resumed on lap 35, slowing but not derailing the No. 40 team's march into the top-10. Fighting heavy traffic on the short concrete track, Wimmer raced into the 17th position by lap 85, when he narrowly avoided the No. 10 of Marc Davis who wrecked hard in front of him. Less than ten laps later, Wimmer skillfully avoided the No. 5 of Ryan Newman who spun just feet in front of the No. 40's bumper.
With danger out of his path, Wimmer piloted the StopRepairBills.com Chevy around his competitors, picking off the field until breaking into 9th with 52 laps remaining. Wimmer raced competitively in the top-10 for over 30 laps before the Monster Mile took its toll on his tires. Wear was evident on the Goodyear Eagles as the No. 40 slipped into the 14th position, and Wimmer's right front finally gave way with eight laps to go, heavily damaging the Impala's fender.
A yellow flag gave Wimmer the opportunity to pull into the pits, and the Key Motorsports crew quickly changed his tires and hammered out his fender before sending the No. 40 back on its way. The speedy repair kept Wimmer on the lead lap, crossing the finish line 18th after a green/white/checkered restart.
Scott Wimmer's 18th place finish bumped the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet up to 31st in the NNS owner standings, effectively locking the team into next weekend's race. Because the No. 5 owned by Rick Hendrick, currently 25th in the standings, has not attempted every race this season, it is not eligible to be locked in.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series goes night racing this Saturday in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.