Gainesville: Tim Wilkerson Saturday report

13... 12... 11... WILK CONTINUES TO IMPROVE ON EACH LAP Tim Wilkerson could hardly ask for more from his newly rebuilt chassis and his new 2010 Shelby Mustang than for the combination to run well, run straight, and continue to improve with ...

13... 12... 11... WILK CONTINUES TO IMPROVE ON EACH LAP

Tim Wilkerson could hardly ask for more from his newly rebuilt chassis and his new 2010 Shelby Mustang than for the combination to run well, run straight, and continue to improve with every lap it makes. After Friday's lone run and Saturday's pair of sessions, Wilkerson continued to shave hundredths from his qualifying time with each effort, posting a 4.13, then a 4.12, and finally a 4.11 on his final pass. Although he might have wanted a little more out of it on that final run, he still sees the value of having made this change and he knows he has a race car that likes to go down the track.

The 4.114 on the final attempt landed Wilkerson 9th on the grid, and he will face Jeff Arend in round one on Sunday.

"It's going to be a good car, for the rest of the year, and it really takes us back to the way we ran in 2008, so I'm happy about all of that," Wilkerson said. "The '09 car didn't want to run for us at first, and it took us about half the year to really get it going. Basically, with that car, I had to tune it like I hated it. Now we have pretty much the 2008 car back again, after we put a new front half on it, and the best thing about it is that it came right out of the box and ran just like it used to. We need to find the right way to make it go a little quicker on a really fast track like we had today, but it sure is a good car.

"On Sunday, we have to just keep doing what we're doing and try to peck another hundredth off it if we can. If they beat us they beat us, and they ran great to get the eighth spot, so all we're going to worry about is getting our car down there like we've been doing here. It doesn't matter who is in the other lane, I'm just racing the race track and trying to put the best possible number on the board."

-source: team wilkerson racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Jeff Arend