Wimmer Finishes in Top Ten at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 8, 2009) – Known for testing the mettle of NASCAR’s finest drivers and teams, Darlington Raceway lived up to its historic reputation Friday night in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. A total of 10 cautions plagued the event – one fewer than the total in Friday’s first practice – and the race ended under caution after one attempt to a green-white-checkered finish. In his first race in JR Motorsports’ No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet, Scott Wimmer earned a “Darlington Stripe” on the very first lap, but kept it clean the rest of the way to finish ninth. Brad Keselowski and the No. 88 Delphi team overcame three spins – one from a blown tire – to finish 11th. Matt Kenseth won the race after a dominant Kyle Busch suffered a flat tire just before a green-white-checkered restart. Busch led 143 of the scheduled 147 laps. Jason Leffler, Carl Edwards, Erik Darnell and Justin Algaier rounded out the top-five.
No. 5 Fastenal Team / Wimmer
Start – 31th / Finish – 9th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 138
After rain washed out Nationwide Series qualifying, the field was set by owner points, putting the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet in 31st place for the 147-lap race. But it took only 16 laps for Wimmer to reach the 16th position.
“The corner entry is solid, but the car seems tight under throttle,” he told the crew over the radio.
Wimmer moved forward two more positions to 14th before an accident on lap 93 brought out the fifth caution. The Fastenal Chevy came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The Fastenal pit crew performed a stellar pit stop in 13.7 seconds and gained Wimmer four positions on pit road.
The No. 5 took the lap-97 restart in ninth place. Wimmer remained in the top-10 over the final 50 laps and emerged with a ninth-place finish. It was his career-best finish at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The No. 5 team has five top-10 finishes in six starts this season.
“We had to start pretty far back because of the rainout today,” said Wimmer, who earned his first top-10 finish of the season driving for JR Motorsports. “But I’m really happy for the Fastenal Chevrolet. Everyone worked real hard. I got into the wall in my first lap of practice so the guys rebuilt the car. It wasn’t a bad run for us. We’ll look forward to Milwaukee and hopefully run a little better there."