Scott Wimmer

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Scott Wimmer
Wimmer in 2009
Born (1976-01-26) January 26, 1976 (age 41)
Wausau, Wisconsin
Awards 1997 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Late Model Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
111 races run over 9 years
2011 position 64th
Best finish 27th (2004)
First race 2000 NAPA 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
226 races run over 10 years
2011 position 25th
Best finish 3rd (2002)
First race 2000 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2011 OneMain Financial 200 (Dover)
First win 2002 MBNA All-American Heroes 200 (Dover)
Last win 2008 Pepsi 300 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 74 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 races run over 2 years
2009 position 62nd
Best finish 62nd (2009)
First race 2007 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Last race 2009 WinStar World Casino 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 17, 2013.

Scott Wimmer (born January 26, 1976) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He has a total of 6 wins in the Xfinity Series. His brother Chris Wimmer competed in the Busch Series. Wimmer co-owns State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.[1]


Wimmer competed in the United States National Junior Olympics in downhill and slalom skiing at age 14, and finished 13th of the 150 competitors. His father began as the owner of his uncle Larry Detjens' racing team.[2] Detjens was a champion late model racer who competed at Slinger Super Speedway and Wisconsin International Raceway. Detjens had a race named after him after his death in 1981.

Pre-NASCAR racing career[edit]

Wimmer started racing at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1991 at age 15. He moved up through the ranks, and became a well-known driver in the Midwest. He moved down south, and in 1997 was the Rookie of the Year in the Hooters Cup late model series. He later finished second for the Rookie of the Year in the American Speed Association (ASA) series in 2000. He began the season with no sponsor for his family-owned team, but was able to run the full season after winning the first two races of the year. He also made his Winston Cup debut.

NASCAR career[edit]


Wimmer made his NASCAR debut in 2000, when he was signed to drive the No. 20 AT&T-sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix for Bill Davis Racing in the Busch Series. After failing to qualify for his first race at North Carolina Speedway, he finished 18th in his debut at Memphis, followed by a 19th finish at Phoenix. He also made his Winston Cup debut at Atlanta, driving a car he had originally intended to drive at an ARCA RE/MAX Series race that weekend. The qualifying session was rained out for that race, and he was able to take his No. 23 car and enter in the Cup race. He finished 22nd and led nine laps in that race.

He was named Davis' permanent driver of the No. 23 Jani-King-sponsored Pontiac in the 2001. He had two top-five finishes, eight top-ten finishes and finished 11th in points, second to Greg Biffle for the Rookie of the Year title. The team only had a sponsorship from Siemens for half of the races in 2002, and many rumors circulated that the team would shut down. The team remained open, and Wimmer won four races in the fall of that season at Dover, Memphis, Phoenix, and Homestead, and finished third in points. Davis was able to get Siemens sponsorship for Wimmer to run seven races in a No. 27 car in the Cup Series, but Wimmer was only able to make two of them. Wimmer also substituted in the No. 23 Hills Brothers Coffee-sponsored car at Talladega earning a season's best finish of 17th.

He got a full-time sponsor in Stacker 2/YJ Stinger/Stamina Rx in 2003, but after losing crew chief Bootie Barker and switching to Chevrolet, he won only one race at Pikes Peak with 4 Top 5 finishes, 12 Top 10's, and finished ninth in points. Wimmer ran two races in the No. 27 YJ Stinger-sponsored Chevrolet finishing 24th in both races at Bristol and New Hampshire. With four races left in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Wimmer was promoted to drive Bill Davis Racing's No. 22 Caterpillar Inc.-sponsored Dodge. In his second race in the No. 22, he earned his first Cup Series Top 10 finish (a ninth) at Phoenix.

At the end of the season, Wimmer was named the full-time driver for 2004 in the No. 22 Caterpillar-sponsored Dodge. Before the 2004 season, he was arrested in High Point, North Carolina for driving while intoxicated. He was later convicted and sentenced to probation and 24-hour community service. He began the year with a very strong performance at the Daytona 500, and appeared in contention to win after the final set of pit stops, but without drafting help, Wimmer was easily overtaken by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart, and ended up finishing third. After this, despite leading laps at a number of other races, Wimmer only had one other Top 10 at Dover and finished 27th in points despite failing to qualify for one race. The Davis team struggled in 2004 as the Cup operation was reduced the only one car and the dark cloud of a lawsuit from Dodge against the team[3]. He ran the full season again in 2005, but did not finish higher than 11th in a race that season. He was dismissed from Davis by mail at the end of the season after ending up 32nd in points. The nature of his firing later led to a lawsuit against Bill Davis Racing.[4]


Wimmer joined Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2006 to drive their No. 4 Aero Exhaust-sponsored Chevy. The team lost the Aero sponsorship (due to nonpayment) during the summer of the season, and he left the team following the race at Kansas Speedway. After joining up with Richard Childress Racing as a test driver and for the 2007 Busch Series season, Wimmer drove the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 33 Holiday Inn-sponsored Chevrolet earning a season best finish of 12th. Despite missing 12 races, Wimmer ended up 38th in points. That year he also drove part-time in the Busch Series in the No. 66 Duraflame/Yard-Man/United States Postal Service-sponsored Ford Taurus with Brewco Motorsports in 16 races. He also ran three races for Fitz Bradshaw Racing, two in the No. 14 Family Dollar Dodge and one in the No. 12 Goulds Pumps-sponsored Dodge. Wimmer had four top-ten finishes ending up 29th in points.

In 2007, he joined Richard Childress Racing as a test driver. He competed in 22 races between the No. 21 AutoZone (6 races) and No. 29 (16 races) Holiday Inn-sponsored Chevys. He also drove one race for KHI at Fontana in their #77 Dollar General Chevrolet (12th). He won his first career pole at Gateway International Raceway and had seven top-five finishes and fourteen top-ten finishes. Wimmer finished 14th in points despite his limited schedule. Wimmer shared the No. 29 car with Jeff Burton and with Burton's five wins, twelve top-five finishes and seventeen top-ten finishes combined with Wimmer's finishes, the No. 29 team won the 2007 Busch Series Owner's Championship. It was only the second time in Busch Series history that the Driver and Owner's Titles were not won by the same team. That year in the Nextel Cup Series, Wimmer attempted one race in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing car at Michigan and five races for Childress in his No. 33 Chevrolet with sponsorships from Holiday Inn (4 races) and Camping World (1 race). He only made one race at Indianapolis finishing 31st after a pit row accident damaged his car.

He ran 22 races in the No. 29 Holiday Inn-sponsored Chevrolet and one in the No. 21 Prilosec-sponsored Chevrolet for Childress in 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series and picked up a win at Nashville. Wimmer also had five top-five finishes and thirteen top-ten finishes helping the No. 29 finish 5th in Owner's Points while Wimmer ended up 17th in Driver Points. Wimmer also attempted one race in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series, failing to make the race at Richmond in the No. 33 Camping World-sponsored Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

Wimmer's No. 5 JR Motorsports car in 2009

Due to a lack of sponsorship, he was released from Childress and he spent the 2009 season splitting time between the No. 5 Fastenal-sponsored Chevy for JR Motorsports in six races and the No. 40 Companies Chevy for Key Motorsports in the majority of races in the Nationwide Series. He would end up with three top tens and finished 16th in Driver Points. Wimmer also returned to Morgan-McClure Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series driving one race at Bristol in the No. 4 Alpha Natural Resources-sponsored Chevrolet finishing 29th. He also failed to make the race for the team at Dover. Late in 2009, Wimmer and his father bought and made major improvements to State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI.

In 2010, Wimmer decided to only drive high quality equipment in the Nationwide Series. Because of this, Wimmer started the season without a ride. He got a two race ride with JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet at Bristol and Nashville. He was able to get finishes of 10th and 7th respectively. Wimmer then earned a three race ride with Baker Curb Racing in the No. 27 Red Man-sponsored Ford. His best finish with them was a 7th at Kentucky Speedway. Any hopes to continue with them ended when their Red Man sponsorship expired. Wimmer spent most of the rest of the season without a ride but was able to get a one race deal with Turner Motorsports (NASCAR). He drove the No. 10 AccuDoc Solutions-sponsored Toyota at Gateway International Raceway but crashed out. For 2010, Wimmer had 3 Top 10 finishes in 6 races and led laps in 5 of the races he ran.

Wimmer started the 2011 Nationwide Series season driving the No. 40 for Key Motorsports earning a best finish of 12th at Talladega before leaving after the 11th race due to a lack of sponsorship. After leaving, Wimmer drove three full distance races for No. 70 ML Motorsports with a best finish of 15th at both races at Iowa Speedway. He also drove one race each for No. 87 Nemco Motorsports at Nashville Speedway (Finished 13th), No. 40 Key Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway (Finished 24th) and No. 81 McDonald Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway (Finished 30th). In addition to these full race rides, Wimmer start and parked a few races for R3 Motorsports (1 race), Key Motorsports (2 races) and McDonald Motorsports (1 race). Despite only running 21 of 34 races, Wimmer used 6 Top 20 finishes to help him to finish 25th in Driver Points.

Wimmer was also able to run a few Sprint Cup Series races in 2011 for Robby Gordon Motorsports. Wimmer substituted for Gordon in the No. 7 Speed Energy-sponsored Dodge at Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway; earning a best finish of 27th at New Hampshire. In addition, Wimmer attempted to qualify a second Speed Energy-sponsored car (#77) at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway but he failed to qualify for either race.

After NASCAR[edit]

In 2012, Wimmer partnered with Russ Blakeley, Jim Budzinski and Kurt Wise to form Wild Motorsports. The team ran the ASA Midwest Tour race at the Milwaukee Mile in June and announced plans to run the Nationwide Series starting with the September race at Richmond with the goal of running the full 2013 schedule. The team was never able to obtain sponsorship and never attempted a race. During 2012, Wimmer took the position of driver coach/spotter for up and coming driver Cody Coughlin, who ran a variety of short track series.

Wimmer continued in 2013 to be a spotter/coach for Coughlin and helped him to two wins and the championship in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.

In early 2014, Coughlin was signed by Joe Gibbs Racing to a driver development contract. Coughlin will ran a limited schedule in his Team JEGS Late Model in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series in the No. 55 JEGS High Performance-sponsored Toyota. Coughlin ran 11 races with 3 Top 5's, 8 Top 10's and a best finish of 4th. Wimmer will continue his role as spotter/coach to Coughlin in both series along with running State Park Speedway.

On July 26, Wimmer returned to driving when he drove Coughlin's No. 1 JEGS Late Model in the 34th annual Larry Detjens Memorial 125 at his State Park Speedway. He started 16th and finished 13th.

Wimmer continued to help guide Coughlin in 2015. Coughlin drove the No. 55 JEGS Toyota in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports in 6 races winning poles at Talladega and Chicagoland with a best finish of 2nd at Talladega. Coughlin made his Camping World Truck Series for Venturini in the No. 25 JEGS Toyota at Kentucky finishing 20th. Coughlin would join Kyle Busch Motorsports in August, driving their No. 54 at Michigan to a 20th place finish.

Wimmer remained Coughlin's spotter/coach in 2016 when he drove 9 races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in their No. 51 (8 races) and No. 18 (1 race) trucks and 1 race for Athenian Motorsports (No. 05) in the Camping World Truck Series. He had a best finish of 12th at Texas. Coughlin also was able to win championships in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour.[5]

Wimmer and Coughlin's association would end in January 2017 when Coughlin joined ThorSport Racing. ThorSport's former driver Terry Cook assumed the role of spotter/coach for Coughlin when he joined the team.[6]

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2004 Bill Davis Racing Dodge 26 3
2005 16 33
2006 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

1 Ineligible for series championship points.

ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)


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