PRESTO! WILK PULLS No. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT OUT OF HIS HAT Considering the circumstances and recent history in the 2010 Countdown, Tim Wilkerson's run late in the day on a rain-soaked Saturday at the Texas Motorplex was clearly one of his best ...
PRESTO! WILK PULLS No. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT OUT OF HIS HAT
Considering the circumstances and recent history in the 2010 Countdown, Tim Wilkerson's run late in the day on a rain-soaked Saturday at the Texas Motorplex was clearly one of his best efforts of the season. Having earned some bonus points by being one of the top three runners in each of the Friday sessions, Wilk had slipped to 5th by the time he ran on Saturday (in a Funny Car session split in two by the rain, with nearly six hours of delay time inserted between the beginning of the session and its conclusion) but he then put on display a mammoth 4.079 to claim the top spot on the ladder by more than 2-tenths of a second.
With the No. 1 spot, Wilk's first since 2008, he gained another three bonus points for a total of seven out of the maximum of nine that were in play here. He will face Dale Creasy Jr. in round one.
"I knew we left a little on the table on Friday, but we were still running strong so I didn't see any reason to back it down or be timid there," Wilkerson said. "Right before the lap, the guys asked me what I thought it would run and I said a 4.09 or maybe a 4.08, so the 4.079 was even a little better. That's what we were trying to run, but we weren't necessarily trying to be No. 1 because I figured someone else would run that good, too, to tell you the truth. They didn't, so I guess it was our day to be top dog.
"But just like we race on Sunday, we absolutely didn't go up the to outrun anyone in particular. It's not like we were talking about how Hight might run this or Force might run that. We just went out there to run the lane and run as quick as we could, and we did that so it feels pretty good. The No. 1 thing is just a bonus, both for the points it brings us and for how it gives my guys a boost. They get most of the credit, because the bottom line is I can be totally confident that the car will do what I think it should do, because they bolt it together right every time.
"It's also a nice rebound for us after Charlotte, so now we just have to capitalize a bit on Sunday. If you overlook Dale Creasy you're about as stupid as a fence post, because that guy won a lot of races and the championship over in IHRA, so they know how to race. There is no doubt about that. We'll go out there and race the lane, and hope we get to the stripe first, just like we would if we were racing John Force or anyone else. We'll let the chips fall where they fall, but we hope to have a good day."