WILK SITS 7th ON FRIDAY Tim Wilkerson entered this weekend's NHRA Northwest Nationals in 7th place on the Full Throttle points list, with 777 of those Full Throttle points. On his first day of qualifying in Seattle, it would seem almost obvious...
WILK SITS 7th ON FRIDAY
Tim Wilkerson entered this weekend's NHRA Northwest Nationals in 7th place on the Full Throttle points list, with 777 of those Full Throttle points. On his first day of qualifying in Seattle, it would seem almost obvious that he'd leave the track, on Friday, in the No. 7 spot on the provisional grid. Despite the fact he's not known to be much of a gambling man, the Levi, Ray & Shoup driver might want to consider a quick trip to Las Vegas, if the lucky 7s keep popping up.
Wilk was No. 2 after the first run, despite some serious damage to one of the car's cylinder heads, and although he stepped right up to be right in the mix with most of the top-half teams in Q2, his 4.277 was the slowest of three 4.27s, and each was a thousandth quicker than the next, with Jack Beckman coming in with a 4.275, followed by Jeff Arend's 4.276, and Wilk's 4.277. There are those 7s again. Hello, Mandalay Bay?
"It was trucking right down there on a really nice lap on the first one, but at 3.5 seconds some little gremlin got in the one head and knocked a valve on us, at which point bad things happen in there and that head is now a really shiny piece of trash," Wilkerson said. "The incrementals showed us that it was on its way to exactly what we were trying to run, so we knew we had a handle on it, and the fact it was still good enough for seventh with all that carnage going on shows you that it was running good.
"We went back out there to try to run a low 4.20 of some sort, but it just didn't have quite enough snap to it. It ran fine, and it was right down the middle like it was on rails, but we could've gone faster than that. I'm glad we're in the top half overnight, but we were trying to do better, and then we got a little unlucky with the three 4.27s all a thousandth apart. You can pick up a thousandth a lot of different ways during qualifying, but this time we were the pooch out of the three. We'll see what tomorrow brings, and try to run as well as this track will let us."