Iowa Speedway Preview - Fastenal Chevrolet
July 29, 2009RACING WITH JRM– Wimmer’s only short-track start with JRM came last week at ORP. He finished ninth and led 39 laps, a season-high lap statistic for both Wimmer and the No. 5 Fastenal team.
WIMMER OUT FRONT: Prior to last week’s race, the last time Wimmer led 39 or more laps was at Nashville Superspeedway in 2007. There, he led 41 laps en route to a fourth-place finish. The last time the No. 5 team lead more than 39 laps dates back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008. The team led 81 laps before taking its first victory under the JRM banner.
CONSISTENT FINISHES – Wimmer earned a top-10 finish in two of his three races with JRM. This weekend’s U.S. Cellular 250 marks Wimmer’s fourth race with Fastenal and JR Motorsports. He will race again at Richmond International Raceway and Kansas Speedway this fall.
SHORT-TRACK SUCCESS – Throughout his career, Wimmer has performed well on short tracks similar to Iowa Speedway, which include Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, O’Reilly Raceway Park and Memphis Motorsports Park. He has one win (Memphis), eight top-fives and 23 top-10 finishes, with one pole (Bristol). In 37 short-track starts, Wimmer led 230 career-total laps, and has an average finish of 11.3.
CHASSIS INFO – The No. 5 Fastenal team will run chassis 299. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove it to a 20th-place finish at Texas in the spring.
WIMMER (looks ahead to Iowa Speedway) – “Last week at ORP was just what this Fastenal team needed. We were able to run with the leaders for most of the night and keep ourselves in contention for a good finish. It felt good to lead some laps there, too. This week will be a little different heading to Iowa with it being a track that the series has never raced on before. Fortunately, for me, it’s another short-track and I really enjoy short-track racing. Hopefully we can pull some momentum from last week into this weekend at Iowa.”
WIMMER (on achieving success at Iowa) - “A lot of our goals from last week’s race will carry over to Iowa. Track position will again be key. You’ve got to get up front and be able to stay up front at these smaller tracks and plan a good pit strategy. You can’t overestimate the importance of a good qualifying effort, too. The leaders catch lapped traffic quickly and you don’t want to be stuck back in traffic when that happens. If we can get most of those things right come race day, we can get another good finish with this Fastenal Chevrolet.”