ILL-TIMED DNQ PLAGUES WILK IN CHARLOTTE There is never a good time for a DNQ, but this one stung Tim Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray & Shoup team a little more than usual. After having his Friday night run tossed out on a tough technical call, he...
ILL-TIMED DNQ PLAGUES WILK IN CHARLOTTE
There is never a good time for a DNQ, but this one stung Tim Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray & Shoup team a little more than usual. After having his Friday night run tossed out on a tough technical call, he made two full laps in the heat of the day on Saturday but neither were quick enough to bust into the 16-car field. Wilk ran 4.243 on his first pass Saturday, then came to the line in the 17th spot for the final run. On that one, a suddenly impotent blower sapped the car's power and his 4.289 was not enough to get in. The bump spot here ended up being John Smith's 4.225.
"That blower was just a dog on that run, I guess just to torment me," Wilkerson said. "That was a 'foot down and on all eight' lap, from A to B, and that's all it had in it. It didn't have enough boost to go any faster than that. I'm trying to get over the Friday night thing, but it's still bugging me a little bit because that run would've qualified us just fine. Instead, we come out here today in the heat and couldn't make it go quick enough to do anything, so we didn't deserve to be in the show.
"It's a terrible time to do this, but we have four races left and that means we have four races we could win. Even if the math says we're done, we're still going to approach every lap and every race with the intention of winning. At some point, we might start trying some things just to get a leg up on next year, but right now we're still going with the mindset that we can come back and win races. If we do that, you can't count us out yet. And it's not just that, either. Every team out here wants to finish as high as they can in the points, and not just because the Full Throttle bonus check is bigger. We're no different than anyone else, in that regard. It's a pride thing, for all of us, so we'd like to finish as strong as we can."