Wilson loses the battle; winning the war. HEBRON, Ohio - Sometimes you lose a battle, but learn something that will ultimately help you win the war. Such was the case for NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson during this past weekend's...
Wilson loses the battle; winning the war.
HEBRON, Ohio - Sometimes you lose a battle, but learn something that will ultimately help you win the war. Such was the case for NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson during this past weekend's Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. Wilson put his Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon dragster back into the 5.4 second zone this weekend, but lost to Shelly Howard on a holeshot in round one.
Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., qualified the ABC/Starcon Blown Alcohol Dragster 13th with a 5.595 second elapsed time at 252.80 mph. In the first round, Wilson stepped up considerably to a 5.454 at 256.16 mph, but could not catch Howard's 5.501 at 252.85 mph, due to her starting line advantage. Wilson's e.t. was the quickest of the round by a blown alcohol car.
"We had a couple of small bugs bite us," said Wilson. "But we finally got the motor back lined out and happy, and we seem to have a handle on the chassis situation. If we can just wake the driver up, I think we'll be back in the ballpark. We are a lot more confident than we have been in the past month or so."
>From Columbus, the ABC/Starcon team will head straight to the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, Mich., for the third race in the Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Armed with their renewed confidence, the team is looking forward to doing battle again.
"It's just like any race, we're going to see what we can do, and try to win the race," commented Wilson. "We've heard that it is a marginal track, but that is one thing we have learned about with the tuneability of the car we have. We were going the wrong way with it when the tracks were too good. If it's like we've heard and a marginal racetrack, it may play into what we have been struggling with - the car reacting too hard for the situations we were in. It may come back in the long run and help us this particular weekend."