Nashville II: Scott Winner race report

WIMMER SPINS RUNNING 4TH, "SOLDIERS" ON TO FINISH 21ST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2010) -- Scott Wimmer was running fourth in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway when he got loose off Turn 2 and made contact with the wall on...

WIMMER SPINS RUNNING 4TH, "SOLDIERS" ON TO FINISH 21ST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2010) -- Scott Wimmer was running fourth in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway when he got loose off Turn 2 and made contact with the wall on lap 118 causing damage to the left side of the Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion. The Baker Curb Racing crew worked hard the remainder of the race to repair the damage and keep Wimmer on the lead lap enabling him to finish 21st.

"The Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion was definitely a top-5 car and with a few adjustments we could've been in contention at the end of the race," said Wimmer. "The car was a little loose and we we're trying to tighten it up and I spun off Turn 2 and hit the wall. The crew did a great job of repairing the damage to keep me on the lead lap and I just soldiered on trying to get as many points for this team as I could."

In final practice Friday, Wimmer showed that the No. 27 would be one of the cars in contention for the finishing the session atop the leaderboard with a speed of 157.286 mph. During Saturday afternoon's qualifying session the veteran driver made his way around the 1.33 "D-shaped" concrete oval at a speed of 155.998 and started the race from the eighth spot.

By lap 10, Wimmer had driven the Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion up to fourth. He communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the car was a little tight in the center of the corners. As the early stages of the race proceeded, the car began to lose grip keeping the veteran driver from being as aggressive as he needed to be to drive to the front but he continued to run in the top 10.

Lap-car Michael Annett spun Wimmer's teammate Scott Lagasse Jr. bringing out the caution on lap 108. Viers called for a fuel-only stop which put the Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion in the fourth spot when the race went back to green flag conditions on lap 113.

Wimmer communicated to Viers that the car was in need of grip to turn better off the corners as he remained in the fourth spot. Shortly after the radio communication, the veteran driver spun off of Turn 2 brining out the caution on lap 118. The Baker Curb Racing crew went to work repairing the damage to the Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion and returned Wimmer to the track in 25th still on the lead lap when the race restarted on lap 123.

As the race continued the Wausau, Wisc. native communicated that the left-side damage was making the car tight but he remained on the lead lap. When a caution occurred on lap 167, Viers called for Wimmer to remain on the track to lead a lap and pick up five bonus points. After leading a lap the former Nashville winner brought his No. 27 down pit road for fresh tires and fuel and returned to the track in the 24th position.

When the final caution of the race occurred on lap 199 the Baker Curb Racing crew made one final attempt to allow Wimmer to make a run toward the front putting the car on jack stands and adjusting the tow. When the green-flag dropped for the final time on lap 203 the No. 27 was scored in the 26th position. During the final 22 laps of the race Wimmer weaved in and out of competitors making his way up to the 19th position. The change to the tow had freed the car as the run went along and the Red Man Moist Snuff/G2 Gemini Custom Apparel Ford Fusion came across the line in the 21st position.

Wimmer, who has now led at least one lap in all four of his NASCAR Nationwide Series starts this season, returns to the No. 27 for the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

-source: bcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Wimmer , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Michael Annett