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Wimmer’s Race Ends Early in a 27 Car Tangle at Talladega


Scott Wimmer finished 28th in the NASCAR Busch Series Aaron’s 312 at the Talladega Superspeedway after being involved in the largest wreck in Busch Series history. The accident unfolded on lap 14 when the 4th place runner, Scott Riggs let off the throttle and was turned sideways by Shane Hmeil in front of the entire field. With all the heavy smoke, no one could see the track was completely blocked as cars continued to pile in. Only 13 cars made it through the melee unscathed, while at least 29 cars received some sort of damage.

“I saw the wreck happening in front and I thought we were going to make it through,” said Wimmer. “The car in front of me spun to the inside, so I thought I could get by on the outside, but then he got hit and shot back up the track in front of me and I hit him in the door.”

The race was red flagged for 40 minutes to clean up the track. When it was restarted, there were only seven cars left on the lead lap to battle for the win. The Bill Davis Racing team worked to repair Wimmer’s badly damaged Pontiac in the garage area. Wimmer returned to the race around lap 50, but only completed a couple of laps before retiring to the garage area for the day.

Wimmer ended up finishing in the 28th spot, completing 23 of the 117 laps. He also maintained the 10th position in the point standings. Next week, the Bill Davis Racing team heads to the California Speedway for race number nine of the 2002 season.