Wimmer Motorsports and Harrison Burton are ready to kick off the 2019 season this weekend at SpeedFest with the Champion Racing Association (CRA). While it’s only been a little over a month since Burton was on track, both the North Carolina driver and his crew chief are ready to get rolling in the new year.
“I’m super excited to get back to racing,” said Burton. “It hasn’t been a long off season, but it has certainly felt like one. I’m ready to get back in a race car and the Super Late Model is a great car to do it in.”
“We have a lot of good things rolling with Wimmer Motorsports this year and I’m excited to kick it all off this weekend,” said Wimmer Motorsports team operator and crew chief Chris Wimmer. “There’s no better way than to start off the year than with Harrison at SpeedFest. It’s become a tradition and one I look forward to.”
Burton has always showed speed at Crisp Motorsports Park, the home of SpeedFest. Two years ago, he and Wimmer took the checkered flag and in 2018 he was leading the event when a mechanical failure ended what could have been a repeat victory.
“Winning at a track always gives a driver extra confidence when they go back,” said Burton. “You can use that confidence and get the season started the right way.”
“We’ve been strong at Crisp Motorsports Park the last few years so it’s always exciting to head back when you know you will have a strong car,” said Wimmer. “Last year was disappointing as we knew we had a car that could win, but Harrison gets around that track so well and we expect to be there at the end again this time.”
Burton and Wimmer are coming off a strong run at the Snowball Derby where they appeared to be a car to beat all weekend. Despite a lower finish than they hoped, the speed in their new Fury race car has them excited for SpeedFest this weekend.
“Derby is definitely one you’d like to have back,” said Wimmer. “It’s one of those things where if the strategy worked out, you look like a genius, but it just didn’t work out for us. Our pit crew was struggling on pit road and our late-race pit strategy was our best chance to win. It almost worked out. The car was so good there all weekend though that I’m excited to get to Georgia and see what we can do there.”
“The last time we raced we had a great shot at winning the Snowball Derby,” said Burton. “With a car like that going into Cordele our confidence is high.”
Wimmer Motorsports will also continue its relationship with Josh Brock starting at SpeedFest. Brock, the 2018 CRA Champion, is set to kick off his 2019 campaign in the CRA event at Crisp.
“We have been working during the off-season to get everything tuned in and rebuilt,” said Brock. “Everything is refreshed and ready to go for the 2019 season and with great cars and Wimmer Motorsports, I think we will have one badass hotrod.”
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