Wimmer Finishes 12th in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 3, 2009) – The JR Motorsports team of Brad Keselowski and Scott Wimmer had another solid showing in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski and the No. 88 Delphi team continued its long streak of consecutive top-five finishes, with a third-place finish. Keselowski led twice for seven laps, and now has seven consecutive top-five finishes. Wimmer and the No. 5 Fastenal team overcame handling issues and, after falling a lap down, battled back to finish 12th. Joey Logano earned his fourth victory of the season, followed by Kyle Busch and Keselowski. Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.
Scott Wimmer qualified 15th in the Fastenal Chevrolet for his final race with JRM. After moving up to 12th by lap 10, Wimmer radioed the crew of a free in, tight off condition on the No. 5.
With the leaders setting a blistering pace around the 1.5-mile speedway, only 15 cars remained on the lead lap by lap 50. Wimmer went a lap down on lap 54 while in 16th position.
Crew chief Brian Campe focused on several chassis adjustments throughout the team’s pit stops. By lap 76, Wimmer was happy with the changes made on the team's initial stop, and was able to keep the No. 5 in position for the free pass to get back on the lead lap.
When the caution flag waved for debris on lap 139, Wimmer received the wave around and was placed back on the lead lap. He restarted 21st.
Wimmer remained among the top 20 in the closing stages of the race. After the race’s final caution emerged on lap 192, Wimmer brought the No. 5 to pit road for a two-tire change. When the field took the green flag restart with six laps to go, Wimmer ran in 13th. Before the checkered flag waved, he managed to pick up another spot to finish 12th.
“Today wasn’t the perfect day we were hoping for,” Wimmer said. “We struggled with the handling on our Fastenal Chevy early on, and that put us behind the eight ball a bit. Fortunately, we were able to rebound, get back on the lead lap, and still get a decent finish out of it.
“It was all a team effort today. It’s been a lot of fun racing with JRM and the Fastenal crew this year. I wish them the best of luck for their remaining races in 2009."
Wimmer ended his six-race stint with JRM with two top-10 finishes (Darlington Raceway and O'Reilly Raceway Park). Both finishes were his best of the 2009 season.