Chris Wimmer Makes World Crown Global Again
Wisconsin Drivers Sweep Top Two Spots to End Georgia Streak
By Elgin Traylor - Twitter: @ElginTraylor
In 1983, Wisconsin native Dick Trickle won the first-ever World Crown 300 at what is now Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia.  Since then, Rich Bickle had come south to win the World Crown. 

But after a long absence, Wisconsin drivers are back on top of the World Crown after sweeping the top two spots. 

Chris Wimmer swept all three segments and beat out fell Badger State driver Ross Kenseth for the win.

"The car was flawless," said Wimmer after the race. "It's really unbelievable to come down here and not only run this good, but to win all three segments.  The car was great from the first lap-on and it never changed."

Wimmer won the first segment and suffered a six car invert.  He was back leading before the 50 lap of the second segment.  A late caution in the second segment left Wimmer a sitting duck as he stayed on the track while most of the field came in for tires.  That left Chase Elliott back only three sports in fourth with fresh tires.

"I was worried when Chase was right behind us there," added Wimmer.  "I wanted the tires, but the track position won us the race.  I offered the ride to my brother (Scott) and he said he didn't want to do it, so I am glad he turned me down."

For Wimmer, the victory goes to the top of his biggest win list, joining one at Madison and a Larry Detjens Memorial win. 

"This is huge," said Wimmer. "It's a big as a Nashville race or Winchester or any of those.  To win this is unreal.  I never thought this could happen. " 

The race behind him was pretty epic as Ross Kenseth and Chase Elliott went door-to-door for countless laps in what would be for second.  The two never really touched with the exception of some slight paint trading.

“We ran really hard with Chase and he ran me super clean and that's a lot of fun when we can do that," said Kenseth, who was  born and raised in Wisconsin before moving to Illinois and now to South Carolina for college.  "It's really cool to see Chris win and a fellow ASA Midwest Tour guy do well.  It's also a one-two finish for Pathfinder Chassis."

Elliott settled for third after flying in from Phoenix International Raceway (AZ), where he finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race Saturday night. The rest of the top five included Stephen Nasse, and Erik Jones making the average age of the top five 19.2 years old.

Fast Finishes
-Eddie Hoffman took top 10 runs in both Late Model races after a seventh on Saturday in the Pro Late Model race and fifth on Sunday. 
-The 10-year win streak by Georgia drivers came to an end with Chris Wimmer's victory on Sunday in the World Crown 300.
- Wimmer walked away with $20,000 after winning all three segments.  Kenseth took home over $6,500 and Elliott got over $5,000 as each segment paid for finishing position. 
-Jimmy Garmon grabbed his third-career top 10 in the World Crown 300.
-34 cars started the World which was up from last year's 25.

Chris Wimmer got his Crown.
(#25) Ross Kenseth beats out (#9) Chase Elliott to the line with about 15 to go.  These two put on a great show in the closing laps.  (Speed51.com Photo)