Budds Creek: Gene Wilson race notes

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Gene Wilson fell short of breaking Bob Glidden's single-season win mark with a quarter-final finish at the CARQUEST President's Cup Nationals; but that's okay - he isn't going to lose a minute's sleep. When you consider what...

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Gene Wilson fell short of breaking Bob Glidden's single-season win mark with a quarter-final finish at the CARQUEST President's Cup Nationals; but that's okay - he isn't going to lose a minute's sleep. When you consider what he's encountered in just one lone season, with seven national event wins, a world championship and the quickest run in Pro Stock history, it's very easy to understand why he's feeling an inner peace that is unparalleled.

With the quickest Pro Stock in the history of the class at 6.532 second at 213.37 miles per hour to his credit during qualifying, Wilson points out hat it is just another incredible feat that his team has been blessed with this year.

"It's the season where the dreams never stopping coming true," explained Wilson, who dropped a tough match opposite of Brian Gahm in the second round. "My crew and everyone that has helped us deserve the credit. They are what make me what I am. I feel fortunate to be standing here today.

"There are people that race a lifetime and never get to enjoy the things I've been blessed with this year. People just look at us as going out there and dominating to no avail. What they fail to notice is the lucky breaks that we get along the way. We have had a lot of luck."

Wilson clinched his first IHRA World Championship a week ago in Rockingham, North Carolina. In just ten national events, the 28-year old, machine shop owner from Canton, Ga., has reached the finals eight times. He has emerged victorious seven times. A testimony to his tremendous season, Wilson has qualified on the pole a record eight times.

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Series Drag
Drivers Bob Glidden , Gene Wilson