Chris Wimmer dominated the second half of the Triple Crown Challenge Round 3 Friday night at Madison International Speedway and in one fell swoop picked up the win and the overall Triple Crown Challenge championship. “This is pretty awesome,” said Chris Wimmer, “There were a lot of good cars here tonight and it feels really good to win one of these Triple Crown races. I know the points were close coming into tonight and Feiler has been so good here I wasn’t sure I had a chance for the overall, so to win and win the overall championship feels amazing.”

Bobby Wilberg jumped out to the early lead in the Triple Crown Challenge Round 3 and Wimmer waited no time working his way into second from his fourth place starting position. Wimmer caught Wilberg and track him around Madison International Speedway lap after lap after lap. A caution on lap 25 bunched the field and started Wilberg and Wimmer side by side. The two raced door to door for the lead for a few laps with Wilberg gaining the advantage.

Wimmer didn’t let him get away though and continued stick to the rear bumper of 28 car. This continued for 25 more laps until Wimmer finally made his move. Wimmer got to the inside of Wilberg and took the lead coming out of turn four on lap 55.

Wimmer continued to lead until the caution flew for the break. Drivers had ten minutes to make adjustments to their cars for the final 25 laps of racing. “I just made minor adjustments at the break,” said Wimmer, “I thought about making some bigger changes, but when you’re leading that’s a hard call to make, so we kept it simple.”

“I made a few changes to try and tight the car up at the break,” said Bobby Wilberg, “We were getting pretty loose there at the end, so hopefully we can make some changes and have something for him (Wimmer) in the final laps.”

At the break Feiler sat third and was still in place to win the overall title. If Wimmer won the race, Feiler needed to finish in the top five to win the Triple Crown overall title.

On the restart Wimmer took the lead again and it took just one lap for him to put distance between himself and the rest of the field. While Wimmer continued to stretch his lead, Nick Murgic and Skylar Holzhausen worked their way around Feiler and into third and fourth respectively.

Murgic briefly moved past Wilberg and into second, but Wilberg fought back to get the spot back.

As Wimmer sailed to the checkers, Travis Sauter, who started 18th, dove to the inside of Feiler on the closing laps and took the spot away, helping to hand Wimmer not only the win, but also the Triple Crown Challenge Championship.

“The whole Triple Crown Challenge was a neat deal and I want to thank Madison International Speedway and Terry Kunes for putting it together,” said Wimmer, “It feels awesome to win here at Madison. I knew I would probably have to win to have a shot at the overall championship and we had a good car all day everything just fell into place tonight.”

100 Lap Feature:1. Chris Wimmer (Wausau, WI), 2. Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 3. Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN), 4. Skylar Holzhausen (Bangor, WI), 5. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 6. Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 7. Casey Johnson (Stoughton, WI), 8. Bobby Kendall (Montello, WI), 9. Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 10. Russ Blakely (Delavan, WI), 11. Brian Johnson Jr (Machesney Park, IL), 12. Colin Reffner (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), 13. John Baumeister (Beloit, WI), 14. Dale Nottestad (Cambridge, WI), 15. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 16. Kyle Shear (Roscoe, IL), 17. Jeff Storm (Waterford, WI), 18. Ross Zumbach (Racine, MN), 19. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 20. Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI), 21. Steve Rubeck (Rockford, IL), 22. Michael Bilderback (South Beloit, IL), 23. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 24. Gary Lamonte (West Allis, WI),

B and B Lawn Care Dash:1. Kyle Shear (Roscoe, IL), 2. Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 3. Bobby Kendall (Montello, WI), 4. Colin Reffner (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), 5. Russ Blakely (Delavan, WI), 6. Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN),

Heat 2:1. Chris Wimmer (Wausau, WI), 2. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 3. Steve Rubeck (Rockford, IL), 4. Dale Nottestad (Cambridge, WI), 5. Skylar Holzhausen (Bangor, WI), 6. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 7. Ross Zumbach (Racine, MN), 8. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 9. Michael Bilderback (South Beloit, IL),

Heat 3:1. Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 2. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 3. Casey Johnson (Stoughton, WI), 4. Gary Lamonte (West Allis, WI), 5. Jeff Storm (Waterford, WI), 6. Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 7. Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI), 8. Brian Johnson Jr (Machesney Park, IL), 9. John Baumeister (Beloit, WI),

Qualifying:1. Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN), 2. Russ Blakely (Delavan, WI), 3. Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 4. Colin Reffner (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), 5. Kyle Shear (Roscoe, IL), 6. Bobby Kendall (Montello, WI), 7. Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 8. Chris Wimmer (Wausau, WI), 9. Bobby Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 10. Skylar Holzhausen (Bangor, WI), 11. Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI), 12. Austin Luedtke (Adell, WI), 13. Casey Johnson (Stoughton, WI), 14. Landry Potter (Genoa City, WI), 15. Brian Johnson Jr (Machesney Park, IL), 16. Michael Bilderback (South Beloit, IL), 17. Jeff Storm (Waterford, WI), 18. Chuck Garetson (Albany, WI), 19. Travis Sauter (Prairie du Sac, WI), 20. Dale Nottestad (Cambridge, WI), 21. Gary Lamonte (West Allis, WI), 22. Steve Rubeck (Rockford, IL), 23. John Baumeister (Beloit, WI), 24. Ross Zumbach (Racine, MN)

– Story by: Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Correspondent

Photo Credit: TJ Harron

Wimmer’s Win Gives him Madison’s Triple Crown Title