Denver: Tim Wilkerson Saturday report

WILK WILL RACE FROM No. 10 SPOT Tim Wilkerson should be getting somewhat accustomed to, if not comfortable with, racing from the upper reaches of the bottom half of the field. After all, in Norwalk he qualified 10th and won the race. ...

WILK WILL RACE FROM No. 10 SPOT

Tim Wilkerson should be getting somewhat accustomed to, if not comfortable with, racing from the upper reaches of the bottom half of the field. After all, in Norwalk he qualified 10th and won the race. In Seattle, he qualified 11th and won the race. The next week, in Sonoma, he stepped up to the No. 7 spot and lost in the first round. If that's a trend, Wilk should be well positioned here in Denver, as he slotted into the 10th spot on Saturday, but the downside to that position is the chore of facing alliance partner Bob Tasca in round one.

On Saturday, Wilk put his best lap of the weekend on the board under the afternoon sun in Q3, posting the 4.263 that eventually landed him where he is. In the final session, with a bit of cloud cover and cooler temps, he took a swing for the fences but some irregular clutch performance caused tire spin before half track.

"For some reason, and I haven't figured it out yet, the clutch can throw curveballs at you when you least expect it," Wilkerson said. "We knew there was enough out there for someone to take the top spot from Force, and we weren't going to be shy about taking a shot at it, but it acted like a grumpy race car and we didn't make it. We kind of knew, going up there, that it would be one of those laps where if it made it, it would be good, but it might not make it, and sure enough that's how it happened.

"I don't like having to race out of the bottom half like this, but we seem to have done okay lately out of the 10 or 11 spot, so I guess we'll haul our stuff up there and see how it goes against our buddies from next door. We also don't like having to race them, but like we always say 'You can't pick your opponent in round one. The ladder makes that pick for you'. Well, the ladder picked Tasca again and there's nothing either one of us can do about it now."

-source: twr

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