LATE RUN ALLOWS WILK TO MOVE UP INTO 8th SPOT Tim Wilkerson made a nice clean (also read as "straight" and "safe") run during Saturday's first session, held at about 5:00 p.m. His 4.163, however, was not an improvement over Friday's 4.153 so it...
LATE RUN ALLOWS WILK TO MOVE UP INTO 8th SPOT
Tim Wilkerson made a nice clean (also read as "straight" and "safe") run during Saturday's first session, held at about 5:00 p.m. His 4.163, however, was not an improvement over Friday's 4.153 so it allowed the LRS driver to slip to the 11th spot heading into Saturday night's "under the lights" session. Hopes were high for record times, and some massive runs were laid down, but a surprising number of teams did not make it from A to B in the prime conditions.
Wilk was one of those who did, although his car pushed out a head gasket just short of the finish line. His 4.104 was still strong enough to move him back up to the 8th spot overnight. Two more sessions are set for Sunday, although both will be afternoon affairs.
"To tell you the truth, we were trying to run anywhere from 4.05 to 4.07, somewhere in there," Wilkerson said. "I saw it flash down there, but it kept running so I kept my foot down. How many hundredths that cost us I'm not sure, but I suspect we probably weren't too far off the target, at least the 4.07 side of it. The gasket probably cost us three hundreths, I think. It was running good, and was still charging when it pushed out the gasket, but that's how it goes sometimes, and it also mowed through the clutch on us early, so I'd say the .07 is about as good as it would've gotten, and that would've only moved us up one more spot.
"Tomorrow, we're all slaves to the weather. The sun is supposed to be out all day, and even though it's going to start pretty cool, I'm sure it will heat up as the day goes on. If it's like this afternoon was, or warmer, we might be in the part of the field that doesn't change, but you never know. There are plenty of smart people out here who can get down a good track in the sunshine."