Budds Creek: Gene Wilson quickest Pro Stock run in history

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - If anyone thought that Gene Wilson was going to put the remainder of his season on cruise control after clinching the championship early, technically they might have been correct. However that would only be applicable if the ...

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - If anyone thought that Gene Wilson was going to put the remainder of his season on cruise control after clinching the championship early, technically they might have been correct. However that would only be applicable if the cruise control were on an F-16 fighter.

In an effort to add even more icing to his championship cake, Wilson, the newly crowned World Champion from Canton, Ga., piloted the Don Smith Ford-sponsored Mercury Cougar of Charlie Hunt to a 6.532, 213.37 mph blast. His run was two-hundredths of a second under the existing world elapsed record and more than one mile per hour faster than the world speed record.

As if the season hasn't been enough to send him into a total state of disbelief, the history-making run was more than he could fathom.

"I am at a loss for words," explained Wilson, following his run. "This was for everyone that has put in time on this car to help us to get here. We wanted to just make a good hit because we were not in the field at the time.

"These are the conditions that we have waited for all season. We knew the car had the potential to eclipse the existing record at Budds Creek, the baddest doorslammer track in the world. This is just unbelievable."

The phenomenal part of the whole scenario is that Wilson had been bumped out of the show for the first time during the 2001 season.

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