TIRE SPIN ON FRIDAY LEAVES WILK 10th
Tim Wilkerson entered Friday's lone qualifying session from the No. 8 spot on the Funny Car board, and he had every reason to assume he'd be outside the top 12 by the time he ran, late in the order. Instead, enough of his competitors had issues to leave him 10th as he pulled to the line, and after overpowering the track just off the line he stayed in that spot, heading into Saturday's two passes. At the end of the session, beginning with the cars that ran immediately in front of Wilkerson, the class basically went 0-for-Friday, as the final five pairs all failed to maintain a grip on the racing surface.
"I think maybe the air got a little better than we thought, and the track maybe wasn't as good as we thought, because a whole bunch of smart teams missed out there, one pair after another," Wilkerson said. "We just made too much power, spun them loose, and that was it. We were aiming for something in the 4.06 range, and (John) Force ran a 4.06 early in the session, but it's kind of obvious there wasn't a 4.06 track out there by the time the rest of us ran.
"How this all shakes out tomorrow will probably have a lot to do with the temperature. We're running two daytime runs on Saturday, and if it gets a little warmer we'll all have to deal with that. Hopefully, we'll be able to step up enough to get into this thing in the top half of the field. Right now you can do that with a 4.16, but after two more sessions it will probably be a tougher number to run than that."