Cincinnati: Jeff Wilson preview

Wilson gunning to start second half rally at Edgewater. CLEVES, Ohio - In every form of sports, often times the great athletes are measured by their ability to perform under pressure. In football, names such as Joe Montana, John Elway and ...

Wilson gunning to start second half rally at Edgewater.

CLEVES, Ohio - In every form of sports, often times the great athletes are measured by their ability to perform under pressure. In football, names such as Joe Montana, John Elway and "Captain Comeback" Roger Staubach come to mind with their many great come from behind victories. With the NHRA Division 3 season at it's midpoint, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson is currently in second place in division standings, and hopes to start a second half rally at this weekend's Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Edgewater Sports Park just outside of Cincinnati. Wilson and the Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon team are currently 14 pts. out of first place, and could erase that lead with a win this weekend.

Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., feels that his team has all the tools in place for such a rally. Since doing extensive testing with his new state-of-the-art Spitzer adjustable chassis Memorial Day weekend in Topeka, Wilson's year has really turned around, and he has ran competitive numbers at every event since. Just over a month ago, Wilson and the ABC/Starcon team used the adjustable technology to turn in a dominating performance in Stanton, Mich., where he qualified No. 1 and ran low elapsed time of every round en route to victory. Wilson feels they will run in similar conditions this weekend at Edgewater, and believes that being able to adjust more 'bite' into the car will give him an advantage again.

"We are just going to take a look at the conditions, and see what they will give us," said Wilson. "We think that it will be very similar conditions to what we ran in Stanton, if not a little bit worse since it's warmer now. Luckily, with this Spitzer chassis, we can adjust the car to hook harder on tracks like this. We are experimenting with some other areas of the tune-up that will give us more flexibility as well."

In Stanton, Wilson set low e.t. with a 5.51 second clocking. While Wilson feels those kinds of numbers aren't completely out of the picture this weekend, he feels that high 5.50's and low .60's will be the mark this weekend.

"It's going to be pretty hot this weekend," stated Wilson. "Anytime it gets warmer, it's harder to run those kinds of numbers because the air is worse, and the track is just that much harder to get down. I think high .50's will be about all you will see this weekend. We're just going to give it all we have, and see what the track takes."

Not only is the weekend important points-wise for Wilson, but Wilson will be entertaining members of the Ohio Valley ABC Chapter, in addition to doing a display at their new training facility in Springboro, Ohio.

"We are having a lot of guests from the Ohio Valley ABC Chapter this weekend," explained Wilson. "We really want to show them what NHRA Drag Racing and the Lucas Oil Series is all about, and I think the best way to do that is to put them in the winner's circle on Sunday."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol classes, with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Wilson , Joe Montana , John Elway