Seattle: Tim Wilkerson Saturday notes

WILK LANDS 7th, CAN'T AFFORD FEAR OF HIGHT Tim Wilkerson joined in a chorus of tire smoke during Saturday's first session, then came back with a solid and straight 4.274 in the late afternoon, making it a 1-for-2 day in the Levi, Ray & Shoup ...

WILK LANDS 7th, CAN'T AFFORD FEAR OF HIGHT

Tim Wilkerson joined in a chorus of tire smoke during Saturday's first session, then came back with a solid and straight 4.274 in the late afternoon, making it a 1-for-2 day in the Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang. Throughout the course of those dealings, his final qualifying spot for the Northwest Nationals settled in at the No. 7 position, and he will race Robert Hight in round one.

"It will be a pretty big round for both of us, considering what time of year it's getting to be and how many races we have left before the Countdown," Wilkerson said. "He's sitting back there in the 12th spot, and you better believe every one of us in the Top 10 is looking at both Robert and Mike Neff and we're just waiting for the hot streak they're going to go on, because you know they have it in them and it's just a matter of time. Right now, we really need to get back in the win column, we need to get hot ourselves, we need to keep Robert down as long as possible, and hopefully put off that hot streak of his for at least another week. That's a lot riding on one lap, but all we can do is go up there and do our best.

"I'm not going to kid you and say we never think of the points or the playoffs, because of course we do, but I will tell you the truth and let you in on one little secret. We will not change how we tune the car or how we race the car because of the points. You're doing exactly the opposite of what you should do if you let the points dictate your strategy, because the car can't feel urgency or pressure. It's going to do what you tell it to do, so we'll calm ourselves down and just try to put a good number on the board against a very, very good team."

-credit: twr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Robert Hight , Mike Neff