Wimmer sues for $1.2M in unpaid '06 salary

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer has filed a lawsuit against former employer Bill Davis Racing, asking for $1.2 million in unpaid salary for the 2006 season.

Wimmer, now driving a part-time NASCAR Busch Series schedule for Richard Childress Racing, filed the suit Monday in Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges Bill Davis Racing did not follow correct procedure when it fired him. It says Bill Davis Racing did not notify Wimmer in writing, as required in his contract, that he had 30 days to improve his performance "to the satisfaction of sponsor and team" or issue a written notice that his services would be terminated at the end of the 2005 season.

Wimmer claims the team told the media in early October that he would return in 2006 but then sent him a termination letter on Oct. 24, just three weeks later.

According to the lawsuit, Wimmer was paid $600,000 for 2004 and $900,000 for 2005 and was to get $1.2 million for 2006.

Wimmer drove 24 Cup races last year for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.