Scott Wimmer Scores Best NNS Start for Key Motorsports, Finishes 16th After several weeks of challenging qualifying runs, Scott Wimmer gave Key Motorsports its best NASCAR Nationwide Series start in 16 years of NNS competition. Laying down a...
Scott Wimmer Scores Best NNS Start for Key Motorsports, Finishes 16th
After several weeks of challenging qualifying runs, Scott Wimmer gave Key Motorsports its best NASCAR Nationwide Series start in 16 years of NNS competition. Laying down a qualifying lap of 21.756 seconds, Wimmer started 6th in Friday's Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway, going on to score a solid 16th place finish after contact with the wall knocked him out of the top-10.
Taking the green flag from the third row, Wimmer made it clear that he and the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy belonged with the frontrunners. Still in qualifying trim from the fantastic run earlier in the day, the car's setup was not ideal for race conditions, yet Wimmer was able to remain in the top-10 until the team could make the first pit stop of the night.
The Key Motorsports crew performed a quality pit stop, returning the car to the track in the same position it came in. Wimmer raced hard when green flag racing resumed, but still struggled with the car's setup on the constantly-changing track.
When the No. 40 slipped back to 15th by the next yellow, Crew Chief Gary Showalter made a bold decision to make a fuel-only stop to gain track position. The quick gas-n-go stop shot the team up 12 positions, and Wimmer was the third car off pit road.
With track position on his side, it was evident that the StopRepairBills.com Chevy could hold its own at the front of the pack. Wimmer was maintaining a top-10 position and racing hard under the lights when three-wide racing forced the No. 40 up into the wall, flattening the right side of the car. With a damaged racecar and a tire going down, Wimmer was able to hold onto the car until the next caution of the night.
Sliding back to 20th after the run-in with the wall, the Key Motorsports crew used every remaining caution to repair and improve the car, but the remaining laps ticked away before the team was able to get the car back into top-10 shape. Regardless, Wimmer was able to pick off several positions, crossing the start/finish line just outside the top-15.
After the 16th place finish, the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet now sits 33rd in the NNS owner standings, 45 points behind 30th place.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series runs under the lights once again this Friday in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway. With Scott Wimmer stepping out of the car to fulfill obligations with another team, driver Jeff Green will take the wheel of the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy this weekend.