WILK'S REBOUND BEGINS WITH TWO FINE RUNS Tim Wilkerson came to Dallas knowing he had to bounce back from a very disappointing DNQ in Charlotte, and on one of the most oppressively hot and humid days of the season he overcame the challenging ...
WILK'S REBOUND BEGINS WITH TWO FINE RUNS
Tim Wilkerson came to Dallas knowing he had to bounce back from a very disappointing DNQ in Charlotte, and on one of the most oppressively hot and humid days of the season he overcame the challenging elements to do just that. During Q1, run at the hottest point in the day with track temperatures hovering above 140 degrees, Wilk was low for the session with a 4.325, earning three bonus points in the process. In Q2, with the sun off the track and the temperature becoming somewhat reasonable, he was third-quickest, running 4.181 to land in the No. 3 spot overnight, which allowed him to grab another bonus point for a total of four on the day.
"That wasn't perfect, but it feels a whole lot better than Charlotte," Wilkerson said. "That first run was just a deal where you dig back through the log book and try to find a match race on a hot day in July, somewhere. If you thought you were going to go out there on that track and run 4.20, you smoked the tires because you really couldn't do it. I thought we left just a little bit on the table, because we dropped some cylinders way down there, but skating it to the other end like that was about the only way to get it there.
"Coming out tonight, I seriously doubted the 4.32 would even stay in the top 12, so the object was to get into the teens and see how that ranked, if we could do it. It didn't make it all the way to the end, but I think we put on a good show as the last pair, us and Jeff Arend, with the flames up and side-by-side. Good for those guys, to be in the No. 2 spot, so we'll take No. 3 and go after it tomorrow. Not perfect today, but a very good day on the track for the LRS team. We'll take it, that's for sure."