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Wimmer looks to crack starting grid in Phoenix


Chris Wimmer will make his second attempt at racing in the Nascar Busch Series behind the wheel of the #23 BMAR Chevrolet this weekend.

Last week Wimmer failed to qualify for the O’Reilly Challenge in his first ever attempt at racing on the Nascar Busch Series. Wimmer showed steady improvement through the lone practice session but was unable to crack a tight field filled with Nextel Cup regulars.

“I’d much rather have made the race, but it was a good experience,” said Wimmer. “Right now it’s a learning process for everyone. I’m trying to learn the cars and the new crew and they are trying to learn what makes me the most comfortable.”

Wimmer has made one start at PIR in the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series. He started in 32nd position but was forced out early when he encountered suspension problems on lap 115. He ended the race in 33rd.

“It reminds me a lot of Milwaukee in (turns) three and four,” said the Wausau, Wis. native.  “I’ve only raced there the one time but I really like the track.”

Forty eight cars are entered in the Arizona 200 this week. With the top 30 teams in owner’s points already locked it and one spot reserved for a past champion, Wimmer will be one of 17 drivers competing for the 12 remaining starting positions.

Qualifying will air on Speed at 11 a.m. on Friday with race taking place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on TNT. All times are eastern.