Scott Wimmer Finishes 21st at Auto Club Speedway, No. 40 Moves Up In Owner Points Key Motorsports came from the back of the pack to score a 21st place finish for the second week in a row, gaining a spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner...
Scott Wimmer Finishes 21st at Auto Club Speedway, No. 40 Moves Up In Owner Points
Key Motorsports came from the back of the pack to score a 21st place finish for the second week in a row, gaining a spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings. With Scott Wimmer behind the wheel of the StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet, hard racing and fast pit stops allowed the No. 40 team to overcome a disappointing starting position at Auto Club Speedway.
A 40th place starting spot was a lot for Key Motorsports to overcome in Saturday's Copart 300. After posting the 42nd fastest time in the weekend's only practice, Scott Wimmer's 41.472 second qualifying lap was only a minor improvement, but the team was determined that the No. 40 would perform a lot better under race conditions.
Wimmer would begin to gain positions from the drop of the green flag, advancing to 39th before the completion of the first lap, and moving into the 31st spot by lap 6 of the 150-lap race. The StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet was in 27th when debris brought out the first caution of the day on lap 39, but despite his ability to pick off his competitors, Wimmer was a lap down when he brought his car down pit road.
The Key Motorsports pit crew would make the first of many great pit stops, performing a track bar adjustment before sending the No. 40 back onto the track with four fresh tires and fuel. Restarting in the same position he left the track, Wimmer would maintain his position until the next caution on lap 72.
Another speedy pit stop would gain a position for the team, but the No. 40 slid back into 28th by the next caution on lap 84. Wimmer came into the pits to tighten up the StopRepairBills.com machine, which not only improved the handling of his car, but also allowed him to stay out during the next caution on lap 100. Receiving the wave around, Wimmer was back on the lead lap when the field restarted on lap 106. The yellow would wave again only four laps later, allowing Key Motorsports to pit with the leaders for the first time that day.
After restarting 28th on lap 113, Wimmer steadily moved through the field, earning positions on the track and on pit road through a string of cautions and short green flag runs. Wimmer was running 17th when the caution flag waved once again on lap 132, and crew chief Gary Showalter made a bold move by keeping the car on the track for position.
Wimmer restarted 13th on lap 135, but couldn't maintain the position after many of his competitors took fresh tires under yellow. Wimmer quickly slid back into the 21st position and was unable to make up any ground before crossing the finish line in a green/white/checkered finish.
Curtis Key's No. 40 moves up to 22nd in the NNS owner standings after Scott Wimmer's 21st place finish at Auto Club Speedway. The Key Motorsports Chevrolet is now 374 points ahead of 31st place, and 222 points outside the top-20.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take the green flag under the lights for the final time in 2009, racing Friday, October 16th at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Scott Wimmer will be running the green and white Westerman Companies paint scheme for the Charlotte, North Carolina race.