Wimmer sharing time and accolades with Burton

Scott Wimmer doesn't have a full-time Busch ride, instead sharing time with Jeff Burton. Wimmer has hardly missed a beat, though, writes Rupen Fofaria.

Updated: June 27, 2007, 4:13 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Some might say that Scott Wimmer has a thankless job.

Wimmer splits time in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Busch Series entry with Jeff Burton, so he hasn't had the seat time to bolster his points standing. Wimmer is 17th after racing in just 11 races, with No. 12 on tap Saturday at New Hampshire (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

"He's doing a great job," team owner Richard Childress said. "They're sharing time in that car, but whoever's in there, it seems like nobody misses a beat."

That's why the No. 29 car is second in the owners' points standings. Burton has fared very well during his time in the 29 with two victories and eight top-10s in nine starts, raising the bar for Wimmer.

"The reason we are there is because of the way that Jeff ran at the beginning of the year," Wimmer said. "The past three weeks, I have been able to do the same and run up front and get a lot of points. … It is a lot of pressure because Burton will go out and run well every week so I feel like I need to go out and do the same when I am in the car.

"It would be great to get those owners' points for Richard and the whole team. If we keep running the way we are running we will be up front there in the next few weeks."

Harvick returns in time for old favorite
Kevin Harvick will jump back in the No. 21 Chevy this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway after three weekends off. He's just in time, too. Harvick has three Busch poles at New Hampshire and hasn't finished outside the top 10 there since his first series start at the track in 2001.

Montoya back, too
Harvick won't be the only one rejoining the Busch Series after a three-race absence. Juan Pablo Montoya, fresh off his first career Nextel Cup victory at the Infineon road course, will head to New Hampshire hoping that he can find some of that magic on an oval. Montoya has one career victory in the Busch Series, a win which also came on a road course. On half-mile through intermediate, 1.5-mile tracks, Montoya has five top-15 finishes in nine starts.

New England son returns
Bobby Santos, the 21-year-old third-generation driver from Franklin, Mass., will attempt to qualify at his home track this weekend in the No. 91 Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports Toyota. Santos has started two Busch Series races this season for Riley-D'Hondt, finishing 30th and 37th, respectively.

Rupen Fofaria has covered NASCAR for ESPN.com since 2002. He can be reached at rupenisracin@yahoo.com.