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Tim Wilkerson Post-Race Quotes JCIT Pontiac Firebird June 6, 1999 Does it have any special meaning to win your first race at your home track? "I wouldn't have cared where it happened because we've come close so many times before. This close...

Tim Wilkerson Post-Race Quotes JCIT Pontiac Firebird June 6, 1999

Does it have any special meaning to win your first race at your home track? "I wouldn't have cared where it happened because we've come close so many times before. This close to home with my mom and dad here, and my wife and kids, this is the most special moment since my kids were born. This is a cool deal. We take this win and now we get to race at the Winston Invitational in Bristol."

Does getting your first win take a load off your mind? "I don't get all hyped up and worry about that stuff. Force came up to me right before the run and said "Hey Tim, you're in the zone." I told him that I was having so much fun that I didn't care what happens from here. I told my guys that we were racing the fastest race car driver, the best car, everything there is, in the final round, and whatever happened from here was just icing on the cake."

Did you expect to out pedal the master pedaller? "I don't think that's what I did. He's the greatest race car driver in the world, there's no doubt about that. We did our job and I just happened to catch my car a little better than he did. If that's what everyone want's to say, you're not going to hurt my feelings at all. I catch a lot of stuff for being late all the time so this is a nice reversal of fortune. I did the right thing at the right time, there's no doubt about that and today we out raced John Force. His car smoked the tires before mine, I was fortunate enough to get back in it at the right time and our Firebird went down the racetrack. When that kind of thing happens you have to take advantage of it and gloat that one day."

Did Force say anything to you after the race? "We have a little doll that sits on our car that's kind of a token toy that one of the guys has. It's been on every team he's raced with. John always comes over before every race and kisses the doll. He's been kissing it for the last five or six races and now he's afraid to kiss it."

At what point during the run did you know that you had won? "I saw him fade off and my car started to shutter right when he began to fade. I could just barely see the nose of his car. I did just what I did in the first round and I pedaled it thinking I had caught it. It was hauling down through there and then it jumped out of the groove. When it did that it started smoking the tires. I got it back in the groove, and caught and then it started going straight. That's when I knew that I had won the race."

At halftrack when you heard him in trouble, how long was the rest of the track? "It seemed like I was reeling that finish line in by the minute. I kept looking for the end and when I got to the finish line they were screaming so loud. I was on the brakes and the car started hopping. I thought I was going to hit the guardrail trying to get it around the corner. It was a long last half of the race track."

You're the first racer to beat a John Force car this year. How does that feel? "John's been dominating the class all year, so for a Pontiac Firebird to beat him and to get my first win of my career here makes it extra special. But I don't think you're going to keep him down very long. He told me last year to hang in there because we were going to start winning and he cares for his competitors too. Hopefully we'll start winning some races and continue what we started here today."

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Tim Wilkerson