Wilson makes progress in quarterfinal finish. CLERMONT, Ind. - Despite not taking the win at this past weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson feels the team made good progress during this...
Wilson makes progress in quarterfinal finish.
CLERMONT, Ind. - Despite not taking the win at this past weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Jeff Wilson feels the team made good progress during this weekend's event. Wilson qualified the Associated Builders & Contractors/Starcon backed dragster sixth in what was the quickest field in the history of the class, but lost in the quarterfinals when he overpowered the track.
Wilson, from Winfield, Mo., ran a 5.453 second elapsed time at 253.18 mph for the sixth qualifying spot in a field which saw 34 of the top cars in the country trying to make the 16 car field. The run was made on a new experimental Mickey Thompson tire in which Wilson is testing.
In round one, Wilson took out Todd Datweiler's A/Fuel Dragster with a tire-smoking 6.047 at 244.92 mph. In his second round matchup with Fran Monaghan, Jr., Wilson once again had trouble hooking his Mel Ruir tuned horsepower to the ground, while Monaghan had no such troubles and took the win with a 5.579 at 254.52 mph.
"We are still trying a lot of new things with this new car," said Wilson. "At this point in the season, we are pretty much trying to get a run on next year. We are going to change some things on the chassis to help with the tiresmoking problem. We definitely feel it is in the chassis, not our new Mickey Thompson tires. I think we showed what the M/T's could do. Once we get all of this new technology lined out, I think we should be looking real strong for next year, or even as soon as the end of this year."
The next race for the ABC/Starcon team will be the Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series finale at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. There Wilson and his team will be looking to try their new chassis adjustments.
"We are going to do a couple things to the chassis that we will play with in Columbus," stated Wilson. "I really can't say enough about the assistance we have recieved from our chassis builder Mike Spitzer. He is committed to working with us to make the best car out there. If these changes respond like we hope they will, I think we will be able to put these tiresmoke problems behind us for the most part."