Travis Sauter and Chris Wimmer have teamed forces and entered the Joe Shear Classic this Sunday afternoon at Madison International Speedway.Read more
Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer brought home his highest finish in the ARCA Midwest Tour this season with a runner-up finish at Dells Raceway Park Saturday. Wimmer led much of the race, but Dan Fredrickson chased him down in the closing laps to take the win, while Wimmer held on for second. “I really wanted to win this one,” says Wimmer, “I had a pretty decent lead over Danny with about 12 to go and then it seemed like he just came out of nowhere. My Preval Chevy was good all day and it feels good to have a good run and be in a position to compete for the win.”
Wimmer qualified 6th for the Wisconsin Dells 100 and used the fast heat to work his way from his 7th starting position up to third, deciding where he would start the 100-lap feature.
When the green flag flew for the start of the Wisconsin Dells 100 Wimmer wasted little time working his way to the front. He used the inside line to get past Jason Weinkauf to take the top spot on lap 14. Wimmer held the top spot, but had Travis Sauter, Dan Fredrickon and Jonathan Eilen hot on his tail.
Wimmer held off the efforts of Sauter through two restarts, but with 49 to go Sauter was able to make the pass of the #52 to take the lead. A few cautions gave Wimmer a chance to try and take the lead back from Sauter, but every time Sauter was able to withstand the charge.
On lap 76 all of the sudden Sauter was off the pace and Wimmer, who was right there in second, took the lead back. Sauter pulled in to the pits and the caution flew, lining up Fredrickson right next to Wimmer. Wimmer held him off on the start and put some distance between himself and Fredrickson. But with just under ten laps to go, Fredrickson’s #36 came alive. He was able to chase down the #52 of Wimmer and clear for the lead with just seven laps reaming. Fredrickson won his second straight ARCA Midwest Tour event and Wimmer earned his highest finish of the year.
“I really thought I had it after I was able to put some distance on Dan on the restarts,” says Wimmer, “He’s been really good lately and his car was better today. It was a good day and we’ll get back to work and try and pick up that win soon.”
Next up for Wimmer is the Ropa’s Pizza Flip Merwin Memorial Race and round one of the Triple X Challenge at State Park Speedway on Thursday, June 20th and then it’s back to the ARCA Midwest circuit at Marshfield Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 29th.
Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer kept his ARCA Midwest Tour top-five streak alive with another solid finish, this time at the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway. “I thought we had a pretty good day overall in Madison,” says Chris Wimmer, “My car got tighter and tighter as the race went on but any time you can bring home a top-five finish on the Midwest Tour circuit is a good day.”
Wimmer qualified his Preval Chevy 11th out of over 30 cars and began the 100-lap feature from the pole position. Wimmer held steady in the top five and fell back to sixth just before the break. At lap 64, the caution flew, signaling a 10-minute break for all teams and setting up a 36-lap dash to the finish in honor of the late Joe Shear. “We made a few changes at the break,” says Wimmer, “I tried a few things to free the car up more, but during those first 64 laps I also seemed to be having some issues with my motor. It kept shutting off down the straight away, but whatever it was we fixed at the break.”
Wimmer restarted from the 6th position and worked his way back up into the top-five in just a few short laps. The final 36 laps were plagued by restarts, but every time, whether on the high side or low side, Wimmer held his ground. With just under 20 laps to go, Wimmer made his move in to the top four, but just ten laps later was passed by veteran driver Rich Bickle. Wimmer held strong in the fifth spot to bring home his second straight top-five finish of the year. “We definitely learned some things this race,” says Wimmer, “These tires we run on are difficult to get used to, but hopefully we can take what we learn and keep improving and get back up in to the top three.”
Next up for Wimmer and the ARCA Midwest Tour is a stop at Wimmer’s home track of State Park Speedway. “It’s always nice when you can race close to home,” says Wimmer, “I had a good run there in a local show last year, so hopefully we can put some things together and have a strong day.”
Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer and the ARCA Midwest Tour hits the ½ mile pavement at Madison International Speedway for the first point race of the 2013 season. Fresh off a runner-up finish at Toledo Speedway, Wimmer feels good about his Preval Chevy as he heads to the Joe Shear Classic. “It’s always nice when you can start the season off with a good run, says Wimmer, “The car was really good at Toledo two weeks ago and I’m hoping that will continue this weekend.”
Wimmer brought home 4th and 6th place finishes last year during the Midwest Tour’s two stops at the Oregon, WI track and it wasn’t too many years ago that Wimmer passed NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth late in a race to find his way to Victory Lane. “Madison is a really neat track to run,” says Wimmer, “But it’s also one of the toughest. That place is really hard on your brakes and your equipment, so you need to make sure that your car handles well and you can save your tires in order to be around at the end.”
The fifth annual Joe Shear Classic honors the late race car driver Joe Shear, who was a short track legend in the Midwest. ARCA Midwest Tour teams will get a day of practice on Saturday; weather permitting, with the 100-lap feature event taking place on Sunday afternoon. Qualifying will be at 1:15pm on Sunday with racing set to start at 2:30pm.
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Wausau, WI – The ARCA Midwest Tour kicks off its season in Toledo, Ohio with “Border Wars”. Both ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA CRA Series cars will compete in the 7-Up 150 at Toledo Speedway on Saturday, April 20th. Even though two series will be competing, it does mark the official start of the ARCA Midwest Tour season for drivers like Chris WImmer. “With the change in sanctioning body for the Midwest Tour, I think it’s neat that they are getting together with other top ARCA sanctioned series and getting us all together to race.”
Wimmer, who finished third in Midwest Tour points last year, is anxious to get back on the track after bad luck a month ago at South Alabama Speedway. “My Preval Chevy was really good down at the Rattler last month, says Wimmer, “And I was so disappointed in how the weekend ended. I had a lot of work to do on the car to get it ready for Toledo, but it’s back together and I’m just excited to get back on the track again.”
There are already over 50 entries for the 7-Up 150 at Toledo Speedway, drawing drivers from the Midwest area as well as the South, where the ARCA CRA Series races. “When you look at the entry list for this weekend there are a lot of good cars,” says Wimmer, “It’s great to see so many cars on the entry list, but I know we will have our work cut out for us this weekend. It will definitely be a battle just to make the show.”
Toledo Speedway has an open practice session from 3pm-7pm on Friday before drivers qualify Saturday afternoon and get set for the 7-Up 150 Saturday night. “It’s been a long time since I’ve raced at Toledo Speedway,” says Wimmer, “And I’m really looking forward to going back. This will be the first time a lot of the drivers from up here have been on the track yet this year, so it’s always nice to have that extra practice day, especially at tracks where we don’t normally race.”
Fans will be able to follow along with live timing and scoring updates during practice on Friday on www.arcaracing.com and the race will also be broadcast live on the ARCA website as well.
Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer brought home a second place finish from the 3M 150 Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Wimmer led almost 130 of 150 laps, but was passed by Brent Kirchner on the final restart with just over 10 laps to go. “It was disappointing because I really wanted to win,” says Wimmer, “But it’s hard to be upset with a second place finish. It feels good to have a good run and a strong finish and now we need to carry this momentum for the rest of the year.”
Wimmer qualified 11th for the 3M 150 and began the feature from the 4th position. Wimmer quickly moved the Preval Chevy in to the second position and battled with Jonathan Eilen for the lead. Wimmer made his way past Eilen eighteen laps in to the race and held that top spot all the way to the break at lap 75.
During the 10 minute break all teams put two new right side tires on their car and Wimmer made just a few minor adjustments. “My car was really good those first 75 laps,” said Wimmer, “It was so easy to drive. But it’s always hard to be the leader at the break because you know all the guys behind you are making adjustments, so you want to make enough to make your car better, but not do too much to it either.”
Wimmer held the lead for the next 65 laps, until the final restart. After two attempts at a restart, the officials said the third one was good. Kirchner managed to stay inside of Wimmer and make the pass for the lead with under ten laps to go.
Wimmer pulled back within a car length of Kirchner, but wasn’t able to challenge for the lead again. Kirchner took the checkered flag and Wimmer finished second. “I got really tight there at the end,” says Wimmer, “I don’t know if had something to do with that long caution and letting our tires cool down, but those last few laps I was really tight. Then once Kirchner passed me I was just over driving it trying to give him a run.”
Wimmer’s solid run on Friday tightened up the ASAMT point race even more. With just two races left on the 2012 schedule Wimmer trails point leader Jonathan Eilen by just eight points and the top four drivers are separated by only twenty points.
“It will be important to really focus and run well the last few races now,” says Wimmer, “I was surprised we were able to gain that many points at Iowa and it’s exciting to be in a championship hunt. All of te top four drivers are capable of winning this thing now and it will be fun to see how the next two races play out.”
Next up for Wimmer and the Preval Chevy is the Thunderstuck 93 Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd at Elko Speedway.
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Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer brought home his sevenths top-ten finish of the season with a tenth place run at Elko Speedway last Saturday and also picked up his fourth fast time award of the year. “Any time you can finish in the top ten in the ASA Midwest Tour is a pretty good day,” says Wimmer, “We had been running in the top-five the last few weeks, so we’re hoping to get back on track.”
Wimmer set fast time for the fourth time this season, laying down a blistering lap of 14.536. He’s the only driver in ASA Midwest Tour history to set four fast times in one season. “We have really had the Preval Chevy dialed in for qualifying this year,” says Wimmer, “We’ve set two new track records and it’s always exciting when you can go out there and lay down a fast lap.”
Wimmer started the 125-lap feature from the 12th position and fell back to 14th when the caution flag flew to signal a 10minute break at lap 75. “The car got really loose during those first 75 laps,” says Wimmer, “A few times I didn’t think I was even going to be able to hold on to it.”
The crew went to work on the Preval Chevy during the 10minute break and when the field went back to green Wimmer’s car was much better. In the final 50 laps he picked off four cars to finish the day in tenth. “You always hope to be up front competing for a win, but I’ll take a top ten,” says Wimmer.
With another top-ten finish and another fast time, Wimmer moved from third to second in points and inched a little closer to point leader Jonathan Eilen. With three races left Wimmer sits 32 points back from that top spot. “It’ll be tough to catch Jonathan,” says Wimmer, “But the battle for second, third and fourth is pretty tight between myself, Nathan Haseleu, and Chris Weinkauf. We need to run strong to the end of the year and hopefully we can pick up a win along the way.”
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Earns a top-ten finish in ASAMT opener
Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer and his Preval Chevy now hold the Madison International Speedway track record. The record fell a few times during qualifying, but it was Wimmer who broke it for the final time with a lap of 17.245 seconds, shattering the previous record of 17.417 seconds.
“The practice times were fast all weekend,” says Wimmer, “So I think everyone had a feeling the record was going to be broken. My car was pretty good in practice, but I was a little surprised to have that fast of a lap. To be able to break a track record feels pretty good and it was definitely an awesome way to start of the 2012 season.”
Wimmer, who is racing a brand new Pathfinder Chassis this year, started the 100-lap feature event from the 9th position. The first 64-laps went caution free, and Wimmer found himself in the 8th spot at the break. “The Prerval Chevy was pretty loose those first 64-laps,” says Wimmer, “We’re on a new tire compound this year, so it’s all about trying to figure out what adjustments will work with this tire. The tire has a lot of speed, which we showed in qualifying, but it definitely races different than the tires we had last year.”
Wimmer made a few adjustment to the Preval Chevy during the ten-minute break and in the final 36 laps worked his way just outside the top-five, for a 6th place finish. “I would have liked to get up and battle within the top-five,” says Wimmer, “But on that final run the car got a little tight towards the end and I just couldn’t quite catch those guys. “
After just one ASA Midwest Tour race in the books, Wimmer sits a comfortable 4th place in the overall point standings. “It’s definitely too early to be worried about points racing yet,” says Wimmer, “But to get a fast time and a solid finish in the first race of the year, especially with a new car and new tires feels pretty good. When you work so hard in the offseason building a new car and can come out and compete, it’s a rewarding feeling. I have a great group of guys that help me and we look forward to staying strong all season.”
Next up for Wimmer is his home track, State Park Speedway, this Saturday, May 19th. “It’s always nice when you race at home for many reasons,” says Wimmer, “We didn’t run that well at State Park last year, so we definitely want to turn that around this year. Last year the race at SPS was probably the best ASA race of the year, so hopefully we can put on an awesome show again.”
Fan gates open at 2pm on Saturday with qualifying at 4pm, autograph session at 5pm and racing at 6pm. For more information log on to www.stateparkspeedway.com or www.asamidwesttour.com
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