BUDDS CREEK, Md.- Gene Wilson looked an awful lot like his dad, professional fisherman Orlando Wilson, during this weekend's Expressautoparts.com President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md. The elder Wilson may reel in some hefty sized fish, but...
BUDDS CREEK, Md.- Gene Wilson looked an awful lot like his dad, professional fisherman Orlando Wilson, during this weekend's Expressautoparts.com President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md. The elder Wilson may reel in some hefty sized fish, but his offspring was doing his own reeling in. He caught a couple that was "that big".
In what has to be his best performance of the 2000 season, the Canton, Ga.-based driver reached the semi-finals and appeared to be on course to go further when his day ended with a red-light against Tom Lee.
"I just guessed at the tree," explained Wilson, who joined Charlie Hunt's two-car Pro Stock team at the start of the season. "Other than that, this was just a fabulous weekend. Our whole team worked hard to get us to the semis. This is a great feeling. I definitely want to do this kind of thing some more."
Wilson let his thunder be known as he qualified third with a 6.622/210.57 in his final attempt.
The popular driver single-handedly took out the entire Moser Engineering team as he beat Steve Spiess in the first round and then sent Ron Miller to the showers, despite both driver carding identical reaction times and identical elapsed times.
He was too quick on his guess and fouled with a .202 reaction time against Lee.
Wilson's teammate Floyd Cheek didn't have a shabby weekend as far as qualifying, but would have preferred a better outcome for eliminations. The former World Champion from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., continues his "breaking-in" of the team's new Mercury Cougar.
He exceeded all expectations in qualifying when he blasted out a 6.668/207.75 on the two-race old Jerry Haas-built Mercury. He claimed the eighth spot, but fell to Ed Machacek in the first round.
The Charlie Hunt team will travel to Shreveport, La., and compete in the Mopar Performance World Finals, Oct. 14-16.