Topeka: Jeff Wilson preview

Starcon Racing Wilson still looking for strong divisional start. TOPEKA, Kan. - After having last weekend's Division 3 event in Joliet, Ill., rain out, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson will be once again shooting to get a strong...

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Wilson still looking for strong divisional start.

TOPEKA, Kan. - After having last weekend's Division 3 event in Joliet, Ill., rain out, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson will be once again shooting to get a strong start divisionally during this weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. With a strong debut in Houston behind them, the Wilson feels that it is only a matter of time before his Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon team returns to the form that won them the Division 3 Championship in 2000.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., only was able to make one run last weekend that was plagued by heavy tireshake, and produced an off-pace time. With the possibility of more rain this weekend, the team plans to have that in mind for qualifying.

"We'll just have to look at the weather and see what we have," said Wilson. "Up in Chicago [Joliet], we felt like we were only going to get one qualifying shot due to the weather, so we had it pretty conservative, but then again, you can't give up too much. We have already made changes to the car for if we had run the car again up there, to address what we didn't have up there. If the conditions are close to the same, then we will run the car like the car is set up."

"This weekend we intend to get after it a little more, because that is why we fell off so bad in the first run at Joliet - we were too conservative. We want to be able to make a good run if bad weather comes in again."

Wilson is not only striving to go as many rounds as possible this weekend, but also to get laps on his new Mike Spitzer chassis and fine tune the combination to the car. The car ran in the 5.4 second zone in it's debut in Houston, and Wilson hopes that conditions will permit those kind of numbers again.

""We want to get some more laps on the car and start tuning the chassis," stated Wilson. "If we can get the tune-up for the car, I definitely think we'll be back down in the .40's. That's our goal: to at least run .40's, take a look at the weather, and go from there."

Qualifying begins on Friday at 4 p.m. for the Top Alcohol Dragsters, followed by two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

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