Driveline failure sidelines Wilson early in Columbus. HEBRON, Ohio - 'Sometimes its just not your day,' comes to the mind of NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer Jeff Wilson after suffering a disappointing first round loss during this past weekend's...
Driveline failure sidelines Wilson early in Columbus.
HEBRON, Ohio - 'Sometimes its just not your day,' comes to the mind of NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer Jeff Wilson after suffering a disappointing first round loss during this past weekend's Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series closer at National Trail Raceway just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Entering raceday, Wilson's Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon machine was the quickest Blown Alcohol Dragster in what was the quickest field in Division 3 history, but had driveline failure sideline him in round one.
Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., in the ABC/Starcon dragster, paced the field until the final qualifying session with a 5.485 second elapsed time at 252.99 mph. In that session, Keith Stark and Dave Hirata's injected-nitro A/Fuel Dragsters took the top two spots with runs in the 5.3 second zone.
In round one, Wilson's dragster was on a solid pass, only to have the driveline failure end the run, giving his opponent Jeff Bohr the win.
"The car really liked the changes we made to the chassis," said Wilson. "It really is balanced well; it would still carry the wheels a foot in the air through second gear, and I've never had a car do that. It just carries them, its not like its trying to go over backwards. I really have to take my hat off to Mike Spitzer at Spitzer Race Cars. With his help, this car just gets better and better. Unfortunately, in the first round, we had driveline problems, so that ended our weekend. We certainly are excited about the way things are looking though. The car was on one of it's quickest ever passes there in the first round until it let go. I guess that's just drag racing."
Wilson and the ABC/Starcon team are excited about their next event, this weekend's Sears Craftsman Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago. During that event, the Jegs Sportsman All-Star Race, which pits the top eight racers from across the country in each class, will be held during qualifying. Wilson won that event last year, and hopes to defend his crown this weekend.
"The All-Stars race will be one of the toughest of the year," stated Wilson. "Route 66 is one of the best tracks out there, and in those kinds of cool conditions everyone will be flying. With as many cars that will be there, I definitely feel it will be the quickest field ever. If the weather stays the way they are forecasting, it will take a .30 just to be in the top half of the field. We really want to defend our All-Stars crown, and it's the home race for Starcon, so we are really looking forward to it."