NHRA: Tim Wilkerson to Race From 12th Spot at Gainesville
It was another “hit or miss” day on a “hit or miss” track during a “hit or miss” weekend in Gainesville, for Tim Wilkerson. Sometimes what matters is not so much whether you hit or miss, but when you and when you miss.
Wilk failed to put solid lap on the board during Q2 on Friday, when most teams were posting their best times, but he then came right back to run the 4th-quickest run during Q3, on a warmer Saturday. To wrap things up, he failed to negotiate the full 1,000 feet in Q4, and ended up slipping to the No. 12 spot on the race ladder. He will face Del Worsham in round one, for the second consecutive race.
“Well, we kind of showed our warm-track tune-up there, but we missed on the one run when we probably could’ve done some damage, so we end up in the bottom half of the field,” Wilk said. “Today, we made a heck of a lap on the first run, I mean a really solid lap for the time of day and the conditions we had, but couldn’t make it two in a row. If you look at it, almost nobody could make consistent runs back-to-back, and that’s just the sort of conditions we were dealing with here. You could run fast, but you could mess up too. It wasn’t easy out there.
“The key thing is we got in early and we stayed in, so that’s what’s important to us and to the people who support us. If you’re in, you can win, and we’re in the show so we’ll study this stuff all night and try to come up with a plan of attack for tomorrow. Hopefully, the lanes won’t be a real issue and we’ll be able to go from end to end on either side of the track.”