Wausau, WI – Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Wimmer returns to racing this weekend at State Park Speedway for the 34th annual Auto Select Detjens Memorial 125. Wimmer, who has not raced a Super Late Model in over five years, looks forward to getting back behind the wheel. “I’m really excited to get back into a car and race. It’s been awhile since I’ve raced anywhere, let alone at State Park Speedway,” says Scott Wimmer, “There’s no better event than the Detjens Memorial and I’m really looking forward to racing again.”
This weekend’s events at State Park Speedway are named in honor of the late Larry Detjens, one of the greatest short track racers of all time, and also Wimmer’s uncle. Detjens’ name is still widely known and respected in the racing community and adorns an annual award given to an ARCA Midwest Tour driver for sportsmanship and also the trophy given to the winner of the prestigious Slinger Nationals every year.
“After being with my brother, Chris, last week and seeing him win the Slinger Nationals, I definitely got the itch to get back in a Super Late Model,” says Wimmer, “When I took a look at the Larry Detjens trophy he won I was reminded about the history and emotion that goes with everything Larry accomplished, so to be able to put something together to race again this weekend made perfect sense.”
Wimmer is a two time winner of the Detjens Memorial race, claiming back to back victories in 2001 and 2002. With a win on Saturday he would join a short list of drivers who have been able to win the race three times. “Those wins still stand out as two of the most important of my career,” says Wimmer, “This race always brings out some big names and it’s one of those races everyone wants to win. There will be a lot of good cars on Saturday and hopefully I can be there to compete for a win at the end.”
Wimmer, who is also one of two owners of State Park Speedway, hasn’t raced at the track in over ten years. In fact, he’s only raced there one time since claiming his last Detjens Memorial win. “Hopefully it’s like riding a bike,” says Wimmer with a smile, “I grew up racing at State Park Speedway and can’t wait to race again. I’ve wanted to try and put something together to race there the last few years, but there’s always so much going on that I need to be involved with on race day. This year things are falling into place where I can make it happen to get back on the track.”
In addition to Wimmer, other drivers who plan to race in the Auto Select Detjens Memorial 125 include Skylar Holzhausen, Tim Sauter, Mike Eagan, Chris Weinkauf and Chris Wimmer, meaning the Wimmer brothers will race against eachother for the first time in years. “It’s always fun when I get to race against Chris,” says Scott Wimmer, “We used to race against eachother all the time and now it’s been awhile, so I’m sure there will be some bragging rights on the line Saturday night.”
The 34th annual Detjens Memorial Weekend presented by Newsline Nine kicks off on Friday, July 25th with the Big 8 Series and support divisions. Fan gates open at 4:30pm on Friday with qualifying at 6:00pm and racing at 7:00pm. On Saturday the Auto Select Detjens Memorial 125 highlights a night full of racing that includes all support divisions. Fan gates open at 3:00pm on Saturday with qualifying at 5:00pm and racing at 6:00pm.
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– State Park Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Wimmer Archives