Engine Trouble Ends Wimmer's Day
Scott Wimmer earned his third top-10 starting spot of the season and second with JR Motorsports after qualifying the Fastenal Chevrolet seventh for the 250-lap race.
Wimmer’s day got off to a promising start when he broke into the top five by lap 20. He continued to work the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet as high as fourth before the caution flag slowed the field on lap 75.
Wimmer radioed the Fastenal crew that the car was suffering from a tight condition that hindered it from carrying speed through the center of the corner.
Crew chief Brian Campe called the No. 5 to pit road for four tires, fuel, and both a chassis and air pressure adjustment. With other teams electing to take two tires or no tires, Wimmer lost several spots on pit road. He lined up for the restart in 10th place.
Traffic didn’t hinder Wimmer’s progress as he methodically began creeping back to the front, one spot at a time. By lap 120, he was back in fourth position.
The Fastenal Chevrolet still ran in fourth place, when smoke began emanating from the car’s exhaust on lap 150. The team determined it was an engine problem, but optimistically hoped it could last the final 100 laps of the race. Unfortunately, the internal damage proved too severe and the Fastenal team ended its race 82 laps early. The team finished 31st.
“This was a tough break for the Fastenal team,” Wimmer said. “These Hendrick engines are the best out there, so this isn’t something we’re used to. We had a solid Fastenal Chevrolet and we were able run up front like we have the past couple of weeks. I was really impressed with what we were capable of this weekend. It just wasn’t meant to be. I know we can do better for Fastenal in my next race at Richmond.”
Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: Zippo 200 at the Glen
Date: Saturday, August 9 / 3:00 p.m. EST
TV/Radio: ESPN2 (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No. 88 GoDaddy.com Chevy (Brad Keselowski), No. 5 Fastenal Chevy (Ron Fellows)