WILK SAVES BEST FOR LAST WITH SOLID SATURDAY Tim Wilkerson led the pack in Q3, posting a fine 4.181 to move into the 7th position in the middle of the day, and then saved his best qualifying run for last with a 4.170 in the final session, which...
WILK SAVES BEST FOR LAST WITH SOLID SATURDAY
Tim Wilkerson led the pack in Q3, posting a fine 4.181 to move into the 7th position in the middle of the day, and then saved his best qualifying run for last with a 4.170 in the final session, which moved him back into the 7th spot after he had slid into 10th earlier in the session. All of the juggling means Wilk will face Ron Capps, his final-round opponent just a week ago in Seattle, in the opening round.
"That's how tough it is out here on a day like this," Wilkerson said. "There was so much shuffling going on it was impossible for us to keep tabs on who was in what position, so we just waited until it was over and listened to the P.A., like everyone else. I was happy to hear the part about being number seven, but not too thrilled to hear we have to run Ron in round one. Tell you the truth, though, if you look at the middle of the pack here, or heck, the whole field even, try to pick someone you do want to run! You'll have a hard time doing that because everyone is tough and there are great cars from top to bottom.
"We improved on both runs today, and the conditions in round one tomorrow are probably going to be better than they were for us in these two sessions, because we'll be running about two hours earlier. It will probably be just like normal here in Sonoma, though, with the marine layer keeping things really cool for most of the morning and then when it burns off and retreats, things change in a hurry. You go from sweatshirts to sunscreen in about five minutes. Maybe it will just be sunny with no clouds right from sunrise. That would make it easier, but I'm not holding my breath."