Sonoma: Tim Wilkerson Saturday notes

DESPITE SATURDAY 0-FER, WILK STAYS 4th Tim Wilkerson failed to fully negotiate a tricky Infineon Raceway track on Saturday, smoking the tires at varying points on his two laps, but with nearly everyone slowing down after Friday's mammoth late ...

DESPITE SATURDAY 0-FER, WILK STAYS 4th

Tim Wilkerson failed to fully negotiate a tricky Infineon Raceway track on Saturday, smoking the tires at varying points on his two laps, but with nearly everyone slowing down after Friday's mammoth late session, his No. 4 spot was in no danger of being altered. Wilk will race Jeff Arend in the first round on Sunday.

"Just trying a little too hard, I guess," Wilkerson said. "With the sun out all day, it was a bit of tightrope to get all the way down there without some tire spin, and on the first pass we just wanted to see where the edge was. We found it, but on the last one we were trying pretty hard to get down there with high teen, and it just wouldn't hold when the clutch locked up.

"We're going to have to tame this puppy down tomorrow, because if we go out there and smoke the tires again it won't matter what qualifying slot we're in. The key thing is going to be when the morning clouds burn off. Until they do, you'll be able to be really aggressive out there, but once the sun comes out it's going to be just like today. Why do I expect the sun to burn off the clouds about a minute before we run? You just know that's how it's going to go. We'll come out here wearing jackets, we'll get ready, and we'll be in the lanes with the clouds still there, then as soon as they play the national anthem it will burn off and everything will be different. We going to have to be ready to react. The teams that react the best to the changing conditions will win."

-credit: twr

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