Joliet: Tim Wilkerson Friday notes

GREAT OPENING LAP LANDS WILK 7th ON DAY ONE Tim Wilkerson pulled his Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang out of the box here at Route 66 Raceway on Friday, and immediately posted a sterling 4.171 during his first qualifying pass. That run put him...

GREAT OPENING LAP LANDS WILK 7th ON DAY ONE

Tim Wilkerson pulled his Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang out of the box here at Route 66 Raceway on Friday, and immediately posted a sterling 4.171 during his first qualifying pass. That run put him in the No. 2 spot after one session, and afforded him the luxury of testing the limits and looking for "the edge" in the nightcap. He succeeded in finding the edge, but tip-toed slightly over it, smoking the tires about two seconds into his second pass. Still, his Q1 effort held on for the No. 7 spot at the end of the day, and the LRS driver wasn't that disappointed to find out there the danger zone began.

"We really don't go out there looking for the edge very often, but tonight we gave it a shot and gave it just a little too much," Wilkerson said. "When you come back from the first run in the number two spot, you have some leeway to play with, so that was really a test run, to see what was out there. It was either going to make it, and be right up there at the top, or skate over the edge, and that's what it did. It's great data though, and we can see right where it did it and pretty much figure out why, so there's value in all this.

"We'll just come out here tomorrow and ask for the clouds to show up, but the rain to stay away. That's not asking for too much, is it? Seriously, we're supposed to have some clouds to work with tomorrow, and if that's the case we can move right back up the sheet. If not, we'll play as tough as we can from where we are."

-credit: twr

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