Late Race Flat Tire Spoils Top Ten Run
Scott Wimmer started his second race in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet in the seventh position, and worked his way up to fourth by lap 110 despite fighting a loose condition.
After the second caution flag of the night on lap 194, crew chief Brian Campe called the Fastenal Chevy to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. But in exiting the pits, NASCAR penalized Wimmer for speeding, forcing him to relinquish sixth place.
Shortly after the lap 198 restart, Wimmer keyed the radio to talk with the crew.
“This is the best we’ve been handling all night,” he said. With that, the Fastenal Chevrolet began a push back inside the top 10.
Wimmer was up to eighth when Mike Bliss, on fresh tires, challenged the position on lap 230. Entrenched in a four-lap battle for position, Bliss slid up into Wimmer and made contact with his left-front fender. The contact resulted in fender damage and a severe tire rub on the No. 5.
Wimmer was able to hold on until lap 242 when the fender finally cut down the left-front tire. Remarkably, he kept control of the No. 5 and brought it to pit road for two left side tires under the green flag. The team finished the night in 18th.
“Overall, I think it was a good night for the Fastenal team,” said Wimmer. “I think we all know we should have had a top-10 finish. But it was a blast to run up front all night and put on a good show for our friends at Fastenal.
“The contact with the [No.] 1 car, that was just about hard racing. We both wanted that position and there was less than 20 laps left, so we weren’t giving each other an inch. I was hoping we could make it to the finish, but that tire rub was too severe. I’m just glad we didn’t end up in the wall after it went down. It wasn’t the finished we deserved, but I think we showed this Fastenal team can run up front on any given weekend.”
Next Up for Fastenal:
Event: Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Friday, July 3 / 7:30 p.m. EST
JRM Entries: No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)