LATE ACCIDENT TAKES WIMMER OUT OF CONTENTION FOR TOP-5 FINISH TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2010) -- After playing it safe in the early stages of the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Scott Wimmer had the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford in...
LATE ACCIDENT TAKES WIMMER OUT OF CONTENTION FOR TOP-5 FINISH
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2010) -- After playing it safe in the early stages of the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Scott Wimmer had the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford in line for a top-5 finish when a caution occurred with four laps remaining. The race would end with a green-white checkered finish. On the second-attempt to finish the race, the field came down the frontstretch for the final with the Wausau, WI native still in line for a top-5 finish when two cars made contact in front of the pack, collecting 10 cars along the way, including Wimmer. After coming to rest near the tri-oval, the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford slowly emerged from the pile of cars and limped to the line for a 12th-place finish.
"The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was right where we wanted to be at the end, unfortunately the 88 and 21 got together in front of us and we were unable to make it through clean," said Wimmer. "Overall it was still a pretty good day. We crawled across the line for a 12th-place finish in a heavily damaged car. I'm proud of all the guys on the Red Man Racing team, they worked hard to make the car better all weekend and it was real strong all race long."
Wimmer started the race from the 34th position and was content to play it safe, slowly making his way to the front in the early stages of the race. When NASCAR threw a competition caution on lap 20, he communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was handling really well and did not need any changes. The Red Man Racing crew put four fresh tires on his No. 27, filled it with fuel and returned Wimmer to the track scored in the 14th position.
As the race progressed Wimmer ran in the lead pack of cars, jostling between the fifth and 15th positions. On lap 93 the six-time Nationwide Series winner brought his No. 27 down pit road where the Red Man Racing crew put on right side tires, added one can of fuel and returned him to the 2.66 mile oval.
The Red Man Racing crew's lightning-quick pit stop placed Wimmer in front of the lead pack as the field crossed the stripe for lap 95. Once back to full-speed, he settled in behind a pack of four cars as the race entered the final 20 laps. The five-car pack broke away from the rest of the field and the Red Man Racing team seemed destined for a top-5 finish. With three laps remaining, a seven-car accident brought out the caution, setting up the green-white-checker finish.
Greg Biffle returns to the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Friday, April 30th, when the series heads to Richmond International Raceway.