Columbus: Jeff Wilson preview

Wilson going back to square one in Columbus. KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - Earlier in the year, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson debuted his new Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon backed Spitzer dragster at the O'Reilly...

Wilson going back to square one in Columbus.

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - Earlier in the year, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson debuted his new Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon backed Spitzer dragster at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston. At that event, Wilson qualified strong in the 5.4 second zone, and made it to the quarterfinals. Following that event, Wilson and his team have had their share of 'new car blues' trying to find the right combination for his new car. During this weekend's Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway just outside of Columbus, Ohio, Wilson plans to go back to their initial set up that brought them success in Houston.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., feels that information gathered in post-race testing in Topeka, Kan., has his Associated Builders & Contractors/ Starcon team going in the right direction going into this weekend's event.

"We're trying to get back to our baseline of what we did earlier in the year," said Wilson. "We've backed everything back to that point to see if we can't get it back in line. We're basically taking a step back to take a step forward."

"Based on last year, low 5.40's (elapsed time) was about as much as anyone could put on the track," continued Wilson. "I think that's probably where it will be again this year. A mid 5.50 will probably put you in the top half of the field."

Wilson has had his fair share of success at Columbus as well. Last year, Wilson won the NHRA Sportsman All-Stars event held there, an event where the best eight racers across the country battle it out to see who's the best.

"We can always look at last year's data," said Wilson. "But right now, the two cars don't run very parallel with each other. We're on a whole different setup than what we were last year."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars with two sessions, followed by one final session Saturday morning. First round of eliminations will start Saturday afternoon, and final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in the world of alcohol racing.

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