Wimmer Motorsports and Harrison Burton earned a podium finish at last weekend’s Blizzard Series finale at Five Flags Speedway. After qualifying 13th, the Huntersville, NC driver raced as high as second position before bringing home a third-place finish in the final Super Late Model tune-up at the track before the prestigious Snowball Derby in December.
“I felt like our weekend went pretty well pretty well all in all,” said Burton. “The guys worked really hard on trying to find some stuff for the Derby and I think we found some stuff for sure.”
“It was a solid weekend,” said Wimmer. “Our qualifying effort wasn’t as strong as we would have liked, but Harrison did a great job in the race picking off cars one at a time. Anytime you can run up front in the final Blizzard race of the year, it’s a pretty good day.”
The team put a new Wimmer Motorsports-built Fury racecar on the track Saturday night in Pensacola, FL. Its much-anticipated debut didn’t disappoint and looked pretty sporty all weekend.
“We were pretty close to having a winning car,” said Burton. “All we needed was more drive center-off and I think we would have had a shot.”
“It felt good to finally get this car to a race,” said Wimmer. “We planned to race it in Indy, but that was cancelled and had even talked about racing it at Berlin, which was also cancelled, so to get it on track felt good. Anytime you have a new car it can take a little bit to learn a few things, but for the first race out I think we were all pleased with the performance.”
Being the final race at Five Flags before the Snowball Derby a stout field tried to learn as much as possible before one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the year. Burton and Wimmer Motorsports feel they now have a good baseline when they head back to Pensacola in early December.
“I feel like this doesn’t only help us set-up wise for the Derby but also helps get us back in the swing of thigs on the Super Late Model side,” said Burton. “It had been awhile since we raced, and it was good to get the track time.”
“There is always more to learn, but I think this past weekend gave us a good starting place for Derby,” said Wimmer. “That track can change a lot and we will need to keep up with those changes come December, but this run definitely gives everyone confidence going back in a few months.”