RARE RULING LEAVES WILK UNRANKED Tim Wilkerson will have to secure a spot in the Charlotte field on Saturday, despite the fact his Q2 run was quick enough to be in the top 12. At the scales, Wilk's Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby was found to be...
RARE RULING LEAVES WILK UNRANKED
Tim Wilkerson will have to secure a spot in the Charlotte field on Saturday, despite the fact his Q2 run was quick enough to be in the top 12. At the scales, Wilk's Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby was found to be too low to the ground, as measured to the rocker panels behind the front wheel wells, and his 4.158 was thrown out. Wilk's earlier run, a tire smoker that produced only a 5.223, was not quick enough to stay in the top 12 after a strong "under the lights" session shuffled everything.
"There was no arguing with them down there when they measured it, even though I think I had some common sense on my side," Wilkerson said. "The bottom of the car was about and eighth of an inch too low in that spot, although I know it left the starting line just as legal as it could be. These cars deal with a ton of vibration, pressure, and downforce during a run, and if the fire wall or something else buckles under that pressure, just a fraction of an inch, you can be low in that spot. For me, the problem is that we were a little bit low behind the front wheels, not at the nose of the car, so it's no benefit to us and it doesn't change the way the car runs or is timed. It wasn't a great run, by any means, but all the increments on the time slip are just what they should be.
"I tried to state my case, but the only answer was 'You're too low there' and that was the end of the conversation. I understand that rules are rules, so we have no choice but to deal with it, but it still irritated me a bit because we would never go to the line for any run, much less the Friday night run, with a car we thought wouldn't pass the tech deal at the top end. We're knuckleheads sometimes, but we're not that dumb. We'll just have to get it in there in the heat tomorrow, and maybe this will work in our favor if it stacks us up, in the first round, against a Countdown team that's ahead of us in the points. Sunday will be like tomorrow, so that's the tune-up you need, anyway. No use worrying about it, because it's not going to change, so we'll just head into tomorrow looking for our hot weather tune-up."